Pictured above is the Community College of Beaver County’s first ShaleNET funded CDL with a Gas and Oil Emphasis training program that was offered by Truck Technology Training, Inc., out of Leetsdale, PA. The ten students trained in November and December 2012, and are currently in the process of taking their CDL-A exams in New Kensington, PA. The participants have high expectations for securing employment at firms working in the natural gas and oil industry.
ShaleNET Picks up Traction
The ShaleNET program, linking people to opportunity in the energy industry, was the feature story in the February 10th, Post-Gazette’s Sunday Business section. The entry level jobs training program began in 2010 with a $5 million grant supported by the U.S. Department of Labor, and recently ShaleNET received an additional $14.9 million grant to expand the scope and reach of the program. With the maturing of the industry and with the additional money, interested individuals will be able to continue their education and training by earning certificate and two year degrees focusing on job placement in midstream and downstream jobs.
The article noted there is not one unique “student profile.” People come to this industry from all walks of life and parts of the country. The common attribute, however; of those seeking jobs in the energy sector is that they are hard-working, willing to work long hours in outdoor conditions. Training classes are available throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Ohio and shortly, Texas. To learn more, please visit, www.ShaleNET.org