First Graduates Of Training Program For Gas Industry Jobs

From Potter County Today

Seneca Highlands Career & Technical Center, in partnership with the Potter County Education Council, is one of just eight ShaleNET Training Partners in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. Having an approved training provider in Port Allegany brings pre-employment programs at little or no cost to area residents interested in working in the gas industry.

A federally sponsored initiative, ShaleNET supports recruitment, training, placement, and retention in high-demand occupations, including derrick operator, rotary drill operator, service unit operator, roustabout, welder/brazier, and commercially licensed driver. Dividends are already being seen locally. In December, the first ShaleNET training was launched as a pilot program. The Career & Technical Center and Education Council worked with Penn College of Technology, Northcentral Pa. Regional Planning, Northcentral Pa. Workforce Investment Board, and regional CareerLinks. This session allowed instructors to become certified and provided 14 applicants with an opportunity to enroll. Several trainees have already accepted positions with the industry. Anyone interested in enrolling in the program, interviewing graduates, or learning more should please contact the Education Council’s Port Allegany office at (814) 545-1333.

Shown from left are Director of Planning for Workforce Development Pam Streich; ShaleNET training participants Corey Williams, Bill Bennett, Michael McCoy, Mark Bechtold, Alex Krajewski, Matt Galsick, Ron Haskins, Timothy Hale, Jacob Krajewski, Sheila Blass and Gerald Donachy; ShaleNET Eastern Hub Director David Pistner; and ShaleNET Eastern Hub Technician Wanda Engel.

Potter County Today is a timely information site courtesy of the Potter County Commissioners. Reprinted with Permission.

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