Mansfield University is joining the movement to offer degree programs and events aimed at those students wishing to develop a career in the natural gas industry with its Marcellus Institute.
Mansfield University gained Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education approval on June 29, 2012, to add two new degree programs: the associate of applied science in natural gas production and services and the bachelor of science in safety management.
“These programs will enable Mansfield University to help meet the workforce development needs of our region while expanding career opportunities for our students,” Mansfield University Interim President Allan Golden said.
The new degree in Natural Gas Production and Services is designed to prepare graduates for various career paths in the natural gas industry. The five concentrations within the program—permitting and inspection specialist, mud logging/geology specialist, environmental specialist, geographic information systems specialist and safety management specialist—have been identified by industry employers as well as major corporations in the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania as meeting a critical need. The program is closely aligned with the emerging and growing careers in the drilling industry as outlined by the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association.
Mansfield’s program in Safety Management is designed to prepare graduates for the expanding Marcellus Shale industry and associated energy businesses that have an immediate need for safety professionals. It also will prepare graduates for a range of occupational health and safety positions in other industries, both regionally and globally.
The state Department of Environmental Protection has indicated a strong demand for safety workers, as has the Pennsylvania Statewide Marcellus Workforce Needs Assessment.
“Mansfield University is a public liberal arts institution,” Golden said. “We’re in the heart of Marcellus Shale, and that puts us in the unique position to continue to fulfill our mission, serving not only our area but the entire Commonwealth.”
Both programs will be offered beginning this fall.
Marcellus Career Night
The Institute is also offering a Marcellus Career Night geared toward students in grades 10 to 12. These students are encouraged to attend the event with their parents on Sept. 12. Curious students will get to speak with industry and education representatives about career paths within the natural gas industry. Some of the topics to be discussed include:
- ShaleNET Training (short term non-credit)
- Professional and Technical 2-Year AAS programs
- Certificate Training
- Professional/Technical 4-year Degree
- 2 and 4 year Careers in Gas and Oil
- Discovery of more than 100 different technical and professional jobs
Marcellus Summer Camp
The first Marcellus Summer Camp was held at Mansfield University July 8 to 10. Students in grades 10 to 12 from Pennsylvania and New York joined together for an introduction to the natural gas industry and possible career paths.
Campers were introduced to many of the 150 occupations within the industry and educational opportunities available. They visited a well site and had the opportunity to interact with educators and industry professionals.
The agenda included water quality and mudlogging; field trips to a Chesapeake Energy well site, the Pennsylvania College of Technology campuses, and the Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center’s Energy Technology Education Center; and safety orientation training through SeaTrax, Inc.
For more information on the Marcellus Institute, visit http://mansfield.edu/marcellus-institute/.