Area offers Marcellus Shale job opportunities and training

The North Central Workforce Investment Board, along with Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center and Penn College of Technology, recently implemented a ShaleNET Floor Hand class for 14 participants from various counties throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio. The PA CareerLink, comprised of North Central Workforce, Veteran’s Administration and Bureau of Workforce Development Staff, assisted in the recruitment of job-seekers hoping to start a new career in the natural gas industry to utilize the new program. The ShaleNET-funded class provided a three-week intensive curriculum intended to prepare participants as floor hands on Marcellus Shale drilling crews. ShaleNET is a coordinated network of industry, the public workforce system and training providers. ShaleNET works to build an industry-recognized uniform training and certification program, developing and augmenting curricula, and adopting best practices throughout the entire network. The network’s primary goal is to link talent to opportunity by effectively training local people and placing them into jobs that can lead to successful careers in the natural gas industry.