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State Agencies’ Three-Day Area ‘Road’ Trip Includes Stop at ETEC

Rex E. Moore, in blue hard hat, ShaleNET U.S. consultant/instructor, introduces his current class of potential natural gas industry employees.
Rex E. Moore, in blue hard hat, ShaleNET U.S. consultant/instructor, introduces his current class of potential natural gas industry employees.
Students in a three-week roustabout training program demonstrate a drilling rig.
Students in a three-week roustabout training program demonstrate a drilling rig.
Steven V. Nickell, director of ShaleTEC, talks about the center’s work with the state Fire Academy to train emergency responders.
Steven V. Nickell, director of ShaleTEC, talks about the center’s work with the state Fire Academy to train emergency responders.
Ash Khare, left, special assistant to the secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development, talks with David C. Pistner, the college’s director of energy initiatives.
Ash Khare, left, special assistant to the secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development, talks with David C. Pistner, the college’s director of energy initiatives.
Nickell lights a prop.
Nickell lights a prop.

Representatives from the state departments of Community and Economic Development and Labor and Industry visited Penn College on Thursday to tour the Energy Technology Education Center. The contingent is spending three days in central Pennsylvania counties as part of the Corbett Administration’s JOBS1st on the Road program. While here, officials are attending workshops, visiting business and touring communities to celebrate and see firsthand projects that are impacting the local economy. At ETEC, the group watched a drill-rig demonstration by students in a three-week roustabout-training course and several “props” at the course, suitable for training both potential gas-industry employees and emergency response crews.

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