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Penn State Mining Technology program to be offered in Somerset County

4/21/2011 —

Residents from Somerset and other surrounding counties will have the opportunity to earn an associate degree in mining technology closer to home. Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus has teamed up with Allegany College of Maryland’s Somerset Campus to offer the mining technology associate degree at the Somerset campus. Classes are scheduled to begin June 6. Anyone interested in the Penn State mining technology degree program are invited to attend a free information and registration session Saturday, May 7, at the Allegany College of Maryland, Somerset Campus from 9 a.m. to noon.

Penn State Fayette’s mining technology degree program is the only one of its kind in the state and trains students to assume a leadership role in the mining industry. Prospective students have the opportunity to choose a maintenance or production focus—or a combination. The maintenance-oriented track prepares students to become maintenance supervisors, while the production-oriented track educates students to become mine supervisors or engineering aids.

Penn State Fayette Director of Outreach Joe Segilia says bringing the program to Somerset County can help the local economy, as well as those looking for a good career. “Penn State Fayette decided to offer the program to meet the workforce development needs of the mining industry in Somerset County but, for those looking for new opportunities, a career in mining can be lucrative. This degree program can fast track someone into a high-level position, which can lead to a high salary.” Allegany College of Maryland provided an opportunity for Penn State Fayette to bring its ABET-accredited program to the local community. Segilia explains, “In the past, having to travel to Penn State Fayette in Uniontown may have been a challenge. Now residents of Somerset County can take advantage of the program and not travel very far.”

To learn more about the mining technology degree program in Somerset, call 724-430-4130.

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