July 16, 2015 | The State Journal
West Virginia’s first class of Petroleum Technology program graduates is already making its way into the workforce.
and with help of several natural gas industry representatives, the state CTC system has developed several programs to meet the needs of the energy sector, including mechatronics technology, instrumentation technology, applied process technology and electrical distribution technology.
“Representatives from Noble Energy, Dominion Energy, Southwestern Energy, Chevron, Chesapeake and other gas companies stepped up to the plate, both financially and through providing equipment and expertise, to create a world class program,” said Karri Mulhern, director of Economic and Workforce Development at West Virginia Northern Community College. “This has been a concerted effort focused on the single purpose of training West Virginia residents for jobs that keep them — and their skill sets — here at home.”
Corky DeMarco, president of the West Virginia Oil & Natural Gas Association, also said, “Pierpont, as well as Northern Community College, has done an exceptional job of building a program that both improves the skill set of West Virginians and provides a ready workforce for the gas industry.”
The Petroleum Technology Associate of Applied Science degree program focuses on the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are required for success in technician-level jobs within the upstream petroleum production industry. The program includes 60 credit hours of study and prepares students for direct employment into the oil and gas industry.
For additional information, contact Tucker at 304-558-0087.