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Chesapeake Energy Supports Welding Technology at Penn College

From left: Bill Meeks, coordinator of quality control training for Chesapeake Energy Corp.; Rich Wagoner, Chesapeake's quality assurance specialist for welding inspection; Donald O. Praster, Pennsylvania College of Technology's dean of industrial and engineering technologies; Jane Clements, coordinator of corporate development for Chesapeake; Jeffrey F. Lorson, director of workforce training at the Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center; and Tom Gregory, associate vice president for instruction at the college. Pennsylvania College of Technology will expand its opportunities in welding education, thanks to a donation from Chesapeake Energy Corp.

Chesapeake Energy presented Penn College with a check for $25,000 to purchase an engine-driven Lincoln welder, as well as a pipe beveling machine and associated supplies. Chesapeake also donated a supply of pipe for use in welding education.

The new equipment and the pipe will be used for training and testing in noncredit courses Penn College offers to address the specific needs of the natural gas industry, as well as in credit courses under the college’s bachelor’s degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology, its associate degree in welding technology, and its certificate in welding technology.

“It’s exciting to witness our community’s growing enthusiasm for the multitude of opportunities Marcellus Shale development is creating,” said Jane Clements, coordinator of corporate development for Chesapeake Energy Corp.”Chesapeake is committed to transitioning to a largely local workforce, and we are proud to partner with Penn College as they continue to take a leading role in meeting the educational needs required to prepare local workers for the new career opportunities being offered right here in Pennsylvania.”

Debra M. Miller, director of corporate relations at Penn College, said the college is grateful for the support from Chesapeake Energy. “The new equipment will be utilized in our welding degree programs and noncredit welding training and will provide our students with skills and knowledge to support the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry,” she said.

Chesapeake Energy is the nation’s second-largest producer of natural gas, with extensive operations in the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania. The company is headquartered in Oklahoma City.

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