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Community colleges aim to train people for natural gas, oil industries

By Jim Mackinnon Published: February 23, 2012

The (W.Va.) Intelligencer/Wheeling News Register has a story out on how people are taking new community college classes and hoping to land jobs in the natural gas/oil industry.

The story starts:

NEW MARTINSVILLE - Iraq War veteran Greg Starkey hopes the training he received during West Virginia Northern Community College's second natural gas rig class helps him land an industry job.

Fellow unemployed veteran Paul Cox spent about three hours on the road each day this week traveling from his New Cumberland residence to the college's New Martinsville campus to complete the training program, as he also hopes to break into the gas and oil drilling business.

The veterans joined 23 other students of various educational and cultural backgrounds for the free class this week. All the students hope to gain employment with natural gas and oil companies. Topics covered during the class included general safety, first aid, CPR, some basic knowledge of the actual drilling process and career opportunities in the field.

The full story can be found here.



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