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Marcellus Shale training available locally

Individuals take part in Marcellus Shale training at Penn State Fayette.
Individuals take part in Marcellus Shale training at Penn State Fayette.
12/19/2012 —

Individuals and businesses seeking Marcellus Shale training can get the training they need locally through a special partnership of Penn College’s Shale Training and Education Center (ShaleTEC) and Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus.

The training offered at the Fayette campus features a range of non-credit courses to meet the needs of Marcellus Shale industries in the region.

Tina Sepic, Penn State Fayette’s area representative in Outreach and Continuing Education, says, “With Marcellus Shale, it’s like the Wild West out there. These courses offer local companies the opportunity to become players and grow their businesses, but at the same time they are training their workers in safe and responsible drilling practices.”

The ShaleTEC program includes courses on employee training such as Hazard Communications, Land-Based Energy Operations Rigging, PEC Basic SafeLand Orientation, Rough Terrain Forklife Certification, and OSHA courses; Courses relating to the natural gas industry are also available, including surveying, First Aid/CPR & AED, Heavy Equipment Safety & Operations, and Shale Development & Production Overview.

In addition to the courses offered through Penn College, Penn State Fayette can develop custom courses and currently offers a certificate in Land Management that can benefit individuals who are interested in learning more about Marcellus Shale and land use.

Penn State Fayette is one of only three Penn State campuses affiliated with Penn College for this special program (The other campuses are Penn State Dubois and Penn State Wilkes-Barre). Penn College is based in Williamsport, Pa.

Joe Segilia, director of Outreach and Continuing Education at Penn State Fayette, indicated that this partnership effort is an example of how Penn State is providing outreach programming to meet the growing education and training needs of various industries. Segilia says, “This program partnership is consistent with our Outreach and Continuing Education mission. We constantly strive to identify, develop, and deliver quality education and training programs that engage individuals and organizations with the university’s resources. These kinds of efforts can help individuals enhance their personal and professional expertise while also helping to provide economic development opportunities within the communities we serve.”

For more information on courses, contact Penn State Fayette’s Continuing Education office at 724-430-4211.

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