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EGCC to host sessions on shale gas training

January 8, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Eastern Gateway Community College is hosting two information sessions on shale gas training.

The event will provide information on entry-level jobs, the training programs offered at the college, program requirements and what is involved in the application process.

Sessions will be held at 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Jan. 17 in the lecture halls on the Jefferson County Campus. The sessions are free and require no registration.

"The gas industry has clearly stated its preference for a local work force and is committed to hiring local employees as fast as workers can be identified and trained," said Trace Joltes, assistant director of work force outreach at Eastern Gateway.

"The biggest challenge to building a well-prepared local work force for the gas industry rests in recruitment and pre-employment training for this industry, especially because of its unique culture. Eastern Gateway will offer recruitment and pre-employment training in high-priority occupations, targeted by the ShaleNET grant, which include derrick operator, rotary drill operator, service unit operator, roustabout, welder/brazer and CDL. Successful graduates of these programs will possess the entry-level skills and aptitudes necessary for successful entrance into the industry."

Eastern Gateway has been working to develop relationships with local oil and gas companies to support the ShaleNET training efforts by making their work sites available to the trainees and committing to interview successful completers as their work force needs dictate, she said.

As a partner to the ShaleNET grant, the college applied for training funding to offer these initial classes for free or at discounted rates. The ShaleNET grant Marcellus ShaleNET, a comprehensive recruitment, training, placement and retention strategy for jobs in the Marcellus shale gas industry - was launched in 2011 with a $4.964 million community-based job training grant from the United States Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Several community colleges are participating from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Eastern Gateway is the only college from Ohio participating in this grant program.

Two training programs currently scheduled include:

The required safety course for those interested in preparing for jobs in the oil and gas industry will be offered in January. The PEC Premier Basic Orientation, which provides the student with SafeLand and SafeGulf certification upon completion of this course, is scheduled to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 19 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 20. A second session is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Jan. 21. Eastern Gateway's work force development department is the only authorized PEC/Premier Safety Management provider of this training in Ohio.

The Commercial Drivers License program also starts this month. Big Rig Truck Driving School Inc., an Ohio- licensed CDL training provider, and Eastern Gateway have partnered to offer a Class A Basic Truck Driver Training program. The Class A Basic Truck Driving training prepares adults, 18 or older, for entry-level positions as tractor-trailer drivers. This is a 160-hour program. The first class begins Jan. 30.

For details on the information sessions or scheduled training, call (740) 264-5591 or (800) 682-6553, extension 310.

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