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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.

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