SAN ANTONIO -

The Eagle Ford shale project has brought with it the promise of thousands of new jobs in everything from truck driving to geophysics.

But just because the openings are there, doesn't mean locals can fill the spots.

The promise of tens of thousands of well paying jobs in a down economy is great news to the unemployed, but the open spots are often for skilled positions that need training and experience.

"If people aren't qualified to meet those jobs, then this opportunity goes to waste. You've got to have the skills and you've got to have the readiness to be there," said Blas Castaneda, of the Eagle Ford Steering Committee.

The problem is that many locals looking for jobs don't measure up.

"This industry basically needs more workers than we have in the immediate available pool of our immediate area," said Betsy Sifuentes, of Texas Workforce Solutions.

Everyone from accountants to IT professionals to scientists need advanced degrees. Even truck drivers need a commercial license gained through hours of class.

"This industry does not just need short term workers, they need long term workers and they need people that are educated and trained," said Castaneda.

So the solution for many lies in going back to school. Local programs are working with the industry to develop students qualified to work. Two years of schooling might seem like a lot, but Castaneda says the jobs will be there for a while.