Officials of both the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Mexico's Instituto Tecnologico Superior de Centla signed an agreement Friday in Lafayette that sets up future collaborations in the areas of higher education and technology.

Our news partner KATC was on hand for the signing between UL Lafayette and the Mexican Institution that is based near the Gulf of Mexico, in the state of Tabasco, Mexico's leading oil and gas producer.

UL Lafayette College of Engineering Dean Mark Zappi said the Mexican school's officials have projected a need of 130,000 energy industry professionals within five years from now.