News about Marcellus Shale

Short-Term Roustabout Training Scheduled at Penn College

Openings remain for a 15-day Ready-to-Work Field Service Worker and Roustabout Training program offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The short-term, full-time training – which runs from Nov. 14 to Dec. 6 – prepares participants to work in the following industry sectors: energy, construction, warehousing/logistics and manufacturing. Students experience classroom and hands-on learning by instructors with real-world work experience.

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Six Graduate From Latest ShaleNET ‘Roustabout’ Class

Meredith places a hard hat on his son, one of seven family members to share in the success of Meredith and his brother.

This fall's class (from left): Meredith, Bergquist, Johns, Landi, Hilfiger and Baer.

A safety vest and calculator depict the blend of skills acquired by Tuesday's graduates during their combination of classroom and on-site instruction.

Bergquist receives his certificate from Bubb as Mendell looks on.

Hilfiger, who previously operated heavy equipment for the natural gas industry, said the 15-day course “opens up the field for me more and has given me more knowledge.”

Six students in the ShaleNET training program – including two brothers and three alumni of Penn College or its immediate predecessor – received their Ready to Work Field Service Worker & Roustabout certificates at a Tuesday ceremony near Allenwood. Graduating during afternoon proceedings at the Energy Technology and Education Center were Jessica A. Baer, Antes Fort; brothers Dakota W. Berquist and Lathan Meredith III, Williamsport; Richard Hilfiger, Mansfield; Dennis M. Johns, Wellsboro; and Brock H. Landi, Williamsport. The brothers were introduced to ShaleNET by their father, who underwent natural gas training through the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education department. Johns earned an associate degree in civil engineering from Williamsport Area Community College, while Landi (2004, electronics engineering technology: communications/fiber optics emphasis) and Baer (2001, building construction technology: masonry emphasis) are Penn College alums. Each of the graduates spoke during the event in the ETEC classroom; also participating were Diane H. Bubb, ShaleNET U.S. case manager; and Daniel R. Mendell and Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant/instructors.

Short-Term Roustabout Training Scheduled at College

Openings remain for a 15-day Ready-to-Work Field Service Worker and Roustabout Training program offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The short-term, full-time training – which runs from Oct. 3-21 – prepares participants to work in the following industry sectors: energy, construction, warehousing/logistics and manufacturing. Students experience classroom and hands-on learning by instructors with real-world work experience.

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Regulators Get Firsthand Glimpse of College’s Oil/Gas Industry Training

Tracy L. Brundage (left), vice president for workforce development, explains ETEC's significance as a vehicle for teaching teamwork and safety before introducing her colleagues in that enterprise. From left center are Diane H. Bubb, ShaleNET U.S. case manager; Craig Konkle, energy development emergency response coordinator for the Lycoming County Department of Public Safety; and Rex E. Moore, ShaleNET U.S. consultant/instructor.

Hard-hatted ETEC visitors watch a live burn from a safe distance ...

... while capturing the simulation on cellphone cameras.

Ladlee and Bubb watch from the control tower as Moore lights another of the facility's realistic props.

Gary Eide (left), representing the Virginia Bureau of Mines, Minerals and Energy, Division of Gas and Oil, uses a self-propelled welder to heat-seal an absorbent mat. Aiding the demonstration are (from left center) New Pig field operations manager Drew Huff; Moore; and Beth Powell, the company's vice president and general manager.

Regulators from 17 states and four Canadian provinces toured the region Wednesday, stopping by the Center for Business & Workforce Development on Penn College’s main campus and the Energy Technology Education Center to its south. The visit was arranged by James R. Ladlee, interim assistant director of energy, entrepreneurship and community development programs for Penn State Cooperative Extension.  Following a stop at the wellfield training lab, facilitated by Daniel R. Mendell, ShaleNET U.S. consultant/instructor, the group was treated to a variety of demonstrations at ETEC (a collaborative training site for current and prospective gas-industry employees, as well as emergency response crews). New Pig Energy, among the generous corporate partners in the center’s operation, showcased its spill-containment liner before the guests traveled to lunch and other industry-related locations.

Short-Term Roustabout Training Scheduled at Penn College

Openings remain for a 15-day Ready-to-Work Field Service Worker and Roustabout Training program offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The short-term, full-time training – which runs Sept. 7-27 – prepares participants to work in the following industry sectors: energy, construction, warehousing/logistics and manufacturing. Students experience classroom and hands-on learning from instructors with real-world work experience.

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College Included in National Story About Natural Gas Industry

Contributor Joseph Hammond talks with ShaleNET trainee Susan Foster, of Tioga, during his February visit to ETEC.

Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development, provides the reporter with an overview of natural gas training initiatives.

A tour of the ESC with Justin W. Beishline (left), assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

A contributor to The Daily Caller has filed his story and supporting video, “After the Boom: How the Marcellus Shale Changed Life in Pennsylvania,” from reportage that included a winter visit to Penn College. Joseph Hammond spent a complete late-February day at the college, where he got a look at Workforce Development & Continuing Education natural gas training efforts; and toured the mechatronics laboratory, wellsite trainer lab, welding and machining lab, the Schneebeli Earth Science Center and the Energy Technology Education Center.

Regional Visitors Hope to Facilitate European Import of Marcellus Gas

Strittmatter discusses ShaleNET's successes in workforce development.

Guests mingle with their hosts before boarding their coach back to Washington, D.C.

Daniel R. Mendell, ShaleNET U.S. consultant/instructor, explains the virtual-reality world of wellfield training simulation, through which miscues can be ascertained and corrected ... without costly consequences.

Parties interested in the international export of natural gas included Penn College in a fact-finding visit to the region this week. Meeting with ShaleNET personnel in the college’s Thompson Professional Development Center were representatives of LNG Allies Inc., a nonprofit research and advocacy group; the American Petroleum Institute; Anadarko Petroleum; the embassies of Croatia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia; and the European Parliament Liaison Office. While on campus, the working group heard presentations from Robert Montgomery, Anadarko’s production engineering manager for the Appalachian Basin; John F. Strittmatter, director of the ShaleNET U.S. Regional Hub; Diane H. Bubb, ShaleNET U.S. case manager; and David Yoxtheimer, an extension associate with the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. The coalition’s two-day stay also featured a breakfast meeting with the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, as well as tours of the Panda Patriot power plant in Clinton Township and the Energy Transfer Partners compressor station along Route 87.

Short-Term Training Scheduled at Penn College

Openings remain for a 15-day Ready-to-Work Field Service Worker and Roustabout Training program offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The short-term, full-time training – which runs from July 6-26 – prepares participants to work in the following industry sectors: energy, construction, warehousing/logistics and manufacturing. Students experience classroom and hands-on learning by instructors with real-world work experience.

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Short-Term Roustabout Training Scheduled at Penn College

Openings remain for a 15-day Ready-to-Work Field Service Worker and Roustabout Training program offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The short-term, full-time training – which runs from May 23 to June 14 – prepares participants to work in the following industry sectors: energy, construction, warehousing/logistics and manufacturing. Students undergo classroom and hands-on learning from instructors with real-world work experience.

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International Guests Assess College’s Role in Gas Industry

Visitors from China listen to Daniel R. Mendell, ShaleNET U.S. consultant/instructor ...

...and gather with their Penn College hosts in the lobby of the BWD.

A delegation from China visited Penn College on Wednesday, beginning with a presentation about the programs – credit and noncredit – that help feed the natural gas industry. Representing the Petrochina Huabei Oilfield Co., Huangding Energy Services and Henen Polytech University, the 12-member group toured the wellsite training facility and mechatronics lab in the Center for Business & Workforce Development, and the machining and welding labs in the School of Industrial & Engineering Technologies. The contingent also met for several hours with Thomas B. Murphy, extension educator and co-director of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. Following lunch at Lycoming College, the group explored instructional space at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center and the wellfield simulation at the Energy Technology Education Center.
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North American Delegation Explores Shale Development

The group talks about shale policy and regulation with John Ryder, director of the Bureau of District Oil & Gas Operations for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Visitors, representing commissioners and staff from New Brunswick and the Newfoundland and Labrador Hydraulic Fracturing Panel gather with Thomas B. Murphy, director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research. (Also helping to host the group was David C. Pistner, director of special projects for Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College.)

A group of Canadian commissioners and panel members from New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador visited Penn College and regional gas-related sites on Monday and Tuesday to meet with key stakeholders on the workforce, economic, legislative and regulatory impacts of shale development.  The delegation met with Penn State, Penn College Workforce Development & Continuing Education, county and state representatives on Monday, followed by regional tours to see shale gas operations.

State Legislator Gets to Know Penn College During Campus Visit

Sens. Vogel (center) and Yaw (right) talk with David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies, in the college's welding laboratory.

Brass candlesticks pique the lawmakers' interest during a stop in the automated manufacturing lab.

Vogel gets behind the wheel of a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Victoria, powered by a Lycoming engine and being restored by Penn College students – including Ian M. Bachleda, of Schaefferstown – for the William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon.

State Sen. Elder Vogel Jr., whose 47th District encompasses Lawrence County and parts of Beaver and Butler counties, got acquainted with Penn College during a tour of main campus Wednesday afternoon. A legislator since 2009, Vogel chairs the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, and is a member of the Appropriations, Banking & Insurance, Communications & Technology, Environmental Resources & Energy, Local Government, and Majority Policy committees. Accompanied by state Sen. Gene Yaw (chairman of the college’s board of directors) and members of the administration, among others, Vogel got a close look at instructional areas for welding, automated manufacturing, collision repair, automotive restoration, and mechatronics. He also visited a natural gas wellhead used by ShaleNET U.S. in the Center for Business & Workforce Development.

College Co-Hosts Recruitment Event for Potential CDL Students

Pamela Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, takes the wheel of the simulator.

Friendly greeters (from left) are Jim Patterson, CTS director; Carla Rhone, program support specialist, Shale TEC; and Hadly Ransom, intensive workforce specialist, PA CareerLink Lycoming County.

CTS' simulator, inside a trailer parked outside, awaits Open House attendees.

Kevin Cromley and Kathy Pentz, local CTS instructors for Penn College CDL classes

A CDL Open House, held Thursday to attract students into Penn College’s Commercial Driver’s License program, was co-hosted at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center by Workforce Development & Continuing Education and the Center for Transportation Safety. CTS brought a simulated rig to the event so that potential students could experience driving a tractor-trailer; a skid steer was also on hand to let participants practice vehicle control. WDCE, which contracts with CTS to provide CDL Class A training at the college’s Energy Technology Education Center site along Route 15 near Allenwood, hopes to add Class B and CDL Refresher Safe Driving courses to its portfolio.
Photos by Pamela Mix and Hadly Ransom

NPR Correspondent’s Visit Yields Second Story on Natural Gas Career Opportunities

Claire E. Kerstetter: ETEC-trained, wellfield-employed

A second National Public Radio report to emerge from a national correspondent’s recent visit – a three-and-a-half-minute piece on women’s increasing accessibility to energy jobs – aired Friday on “All Things Considered.” Jeff Brady’s “Oil Companies Look to Fill Employment Gap With More Women” includes interviews with Stephanie M. Puckly, a welding and fabrication engineering technology major from Spartansburg; Claire E. Kerstetter, of Lock Haven, who completed short-term training at Penn College’s Energy Technology Education Center; and college President Davie Jane Gilmour. (The latter two are also featured in the story’s print version.)

Bulgarians’ Fact-Finding Tour Includes Stop at College, Regional Sites

Regional authorities on the environmental/regulatory, county planning and community impacts of oil and gas operations share insights in a pre-lunch session.

Outside the Thompson Professional Development Center, the group pauses with Thomas B. Murphy (back row, second from right), Penn State Extension educator and co-director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center of Outreach and Research; and David C. Pistner (back row, right), director of special projects for Workforce Development & Continuing Education.

A Bulgarian delegation, fresh from a conference in Houston, visited Penn College and regional gas-related sites on Friday to continue its discussion of shale-energy development in the United States. The group is meeting with key stakeholder voices on the workforce, economic, legislative and regulatory impacts of shale development, and included a college stopover in its firsthand assessment. Comprising the group were Delian Dobrev, chair of the Energy Committee in Parliament, former minister of energy and close contact of the prime minister; Zhecho Stankov, deputy minister of energy; Delian Dimitrov, member of the Board of Directors of Bulgartransgaz (gas system operator of Bulgaria); Nikolai Nikolov, Ministry of Energy; and American Embassy representatives Emily Taneva and Sally Behrhorst.