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Impact Fees to Fund $15,000 in Regional ShaleNET Scholarships

Pennsylvania College of Technology will provide $15,000 in ShaleNET scholarships to veterans, unemployed and underemployed residents of Bradford County.

The scholarships are made possible by Act 13 funding – fees levied on each gas well drilled in the Marcellus Shale formation – recently approved by the Bradford County Commissioners.

In an agreement similar to those enacted for residents of Lycoming and Tioga counties, Penn College will offer tuition-free training – $1,000 for each of 15 qualified Bradford County students – to provide the basic skills and certifications required for entry-level employment in the oil and natural gas industry.

Training will specifically address the occupations of roustabout, floorhand, completion technician and welder helper to reduce unemployment by increasing job opportunities for county residents.

ShaleNET staff will partner with PA Career Link-Towanda and the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission in promoting the opportunity to county residents, recruiting students, coordinating the necessary assessments and assisting in selection of appropriate occupations for training.

“We are pleased with the decision of the commissioners to invest these funds in the residents of Bradford County. Working with our partners at the Northern Tier WIB and PA CareerLink-Towanda, we at ShaleNET look to provide residents with quality training for careers in the oil and gas industry,” said Tracy L. Brundage, Penn College’s vice president for workforce development.

“Graduates of the ShaleNET program have had great success with securing employment across multiple segments of the industry, obtaining family-sustaining wages and gaining an excellent opportunity for growth. We look forward to building upon this success and provide Bradford County residents with the opportunity to improve their lives, as well as the economic well-being of the county.”

Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College trains more than 10,000 students through noncredit courses each year and administers funding to more than 30 educational institutions that train more than 50,000 students annually. For more information, visit the WDCE website or call 570-327-4775.

For more information about grant-funding opportunities, faculty and staff may contact the Grants and Contracts Office at ext. 7580 or through its Web portal.

For more about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.