Work with the oil and gas industry to identify the areas of local business and local job growth so as to seize growth opportunities while providing a local workforce and engaging the industry to use local businesses for their needs. Identify the specific employment positions needed in gas & oil exploration and plan for the education and training to enable residents of Fayette County to obtain employment.
Contact : John Cofchin Economic Development Subcommittee Chair by email Economic Development Chair
RESULTS - ACTION TAKEN OR RECOMMENDED
This subcommittee has learned of three nearby educational opportunities : Westmoreland County Community College offers a three week Roustabout training program beginning September 13, 2010. The free training is designed to prepare for jobs related to natural gas drilling and production. Also, Laurel Highlands High School will offer a new elective course in Fall of 2010--- Introduction to Natural Gas, designed to provide students with basic knowledge related to employment in the natural gas industry. In addition, L.H. is offering an Adult course that, upon successful completion, offers certification in well tending. The Fayette County Career & Technical Institute has announced classes for Welding and Gas/Oil Safety beginning March 2013.
In addition, useful information can be found at Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center
Job Links: Marcellus Shale Jobs ShaleZoneJobs Marcellus Shale Coalition Job Link PAMarcellusJob FracTech
Are jobs being created? View PA Department of Labor Marcellus Shale Fast Facts August 2011 report