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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Penn State DuBois Partners with Marcellus Shale Education and Training Center

Penn State DuBois Partners with Marcellus Shale Education and Training Center

DuBOIS – In an effort to better prepare members of the local workforce for job opportunities in the Marcellus Shale Industry, Penn State DuBois has partnered with the Marcellus Shale Education and Training Center (MSETC) at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. The MSETC is a collaboration between the Pennsylvania College of Technology and the Penn State Extension, designed to provide a wide variety of resources to the community and the oil and gas industry.

"As an affiliate of the Marcellus Shale Education and Training Center, Penn State DuBois acquires expanded curriculum and instructional capability needed to train and educate existing employees of gas companies, and those who want to enter the natural gas industry," said assistant director of Continuing Education at Penn State DuBois, John Blasdell. He explained that students who enroll for Marcellus Shale training programs at Penn State DuBois will have access to a wide range of resources offered at MSETC, which addresses a multitude of training and education needs of the natural gas industry.

"We feel these courses will complement the other successful industry programs offered at Penn State DuBois," said Larry Michael, assistant vice president for Workforce Development and Special Projects at Pennsylvania College of Technology. "Our Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center (MSETC) has trained in excess of 3,500 students over the past eighteen months and our MSETC Affiliate Program is expanding throughout the region to help meet the demand."

That demand, Michael said, is the demand for trained workers to support the various occupations associated with the development of Pennsylvania’s natural gas resources. According to MSETC studies, each well requires a workforce of approximately 420 individuals working across 150 different occupations.

Some of the initial programs available at Penn State DuBois through the MSETC include training for Onshore Rigging and Hoisting, SafeLandUSA, Hazard Recognition, Natural Gas Measurement, and Roustabout. "As the demand for natural gas training programs continues to grow across the Appalachian Basin, Penn College is excited about our opportunity to expand with that demand," Michael said.

"The MSETC has a strong reputation throughout the Commonwealth in serving the workforce development needs of this quickly expanding industry," said Blasdell. "Penn State DuBois is proud to have this affiliation."

For more information, contact Blasdell at (814) 375-4822, or jfb12@email.psu.edu or visit www.msetc.org

8 comments :

Anonymous said...

Nice to see Penn State teaching people how to run a shovel.

Anonymous said...

Would sooner see you running a shovel instead of running to the "gimme" line.It's called PRIDE.There is no shame in working for a living.This country was built on the backs of hard workers!

Anonymous said...

I am sure this course work is a lot more than running a shovel you moron! Don't assume that this type of blue collar job doesn't require smarts! Many of these jobs require continuous retraining, technology updates, safety training, math skills, knowledge of blue print reading, skill sets to use various instrumentation, etc.

Anonymous said...

Lets see- You pick the dirt up from here, and you put it there. Can,t believe people are going to pay Penn States high tuition rates when the only jobs available are 10 to 12 dollar laborers. Thats teaching them math and other skill sets they will need to know.WHAT A JOKE!

Anonymous said...

This guy commenting here about a shovel is a bozo. People in this industry are making more than $65K/year, plus overtime and great opportunities for advancement.

You enjoy your retail or fast-food minumum wage job -- those guys are going be hungry and ready to spend their money.

Anonymous said...

YEA YEA YEA! You make 65k a year and still live in your trailer.How do you know this is a guy you sexist p--.I don't know anyone who got one of these higher paying jobs.The people who worked for the gas companies before the marcellus shale boom were the hard workers,your just a lackie for the man.Plus you sold your soul. I pity you.

Anonymous said...

10:09 you must be one miserable SOB! Get a life.

Anonymous said...

I know about a dozen guys who work in this industry. Not a single one attended college.