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Beaver partners with Shale Training and Education Center at Penn College

11/30/2012 —

In order to prepare members of the local workforce for job opportunities in the Marcellus and Utica shale industry, the Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education has partnered with the Shale Training and Education Center (ShaleTEC) at Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College) in Williamsport. 

“A compatible workforce with appropriate skills and training to meet the demands of the energy sector will be critical to the region’s success,” said Marian Vendemia, Beaver’s director of continuing education. “Beaver has become an affiliate of the ShaleTEC which means we will offer expanded curriculum and instructional capability needed to train and educate existing employees of gas companies as well as those who want to enter the natural gas industry.”

Vendemia noted that anyone enrolled in Shale training programs at Beaver will have access to a wide range of resources offered by ShaleTEC, which addresses a multitude of training and education needs in the natural gas industry.

"We feel these courses will complement the other successful industry programs offered at Beaver,” said Tracy Brundage, assistant vice president, workforce development and continuing education, Penn College. "Our ShaleTEC has trained nearly 4,400 students over the past fifteen months, and our ShaleTEC Affiliate Program is expanding throughout the region to help meet the demand." 

ShaleTEC, a collaboration between Penn College and Penn State Extension, provides a wide variety of resources to the community and the oil and gas industry.

Brundage said the demand for trained workers is rising due to the ongoing development of Pennsylvania’s natural gas resources. According to ShaleTEC studies, each well requires a workforce of approximately 420 individuals working across 150 different occupations.

Some of the initial programs available through ShaleTEC at Beaver include SafeLand USA, Hazard Recognition, Hydrogen Sulfide Awareness, and Confined Space.

“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," Brundage said. 

Penn State Beaver seeks to provide job-seekers with an opportunity to pursue the education and training needed to qualify for employment in the energy sector. 

For more information, contact Vendemia at 724-773-3700 or mev7@psu.edu.  For more information about ShaleTEC courses that will be offered at Beaver, visit http://www.shaletec.org.

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