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June 28 is deadline for veterans seeking drilling scholarships

By Bob Downing Published: June 24, 2013

From a press release received today:

COLUMBUS, Ohio. – ShaleNET wants Veterans, and a key application deadline for scholarships specifically for Veterans is fast approaching. Former service members interested in applying for a scholarship to train for a career in the growing natural gas industry are encouraged to submit applications before June 28 to


America’s Natural Gas Alliance recently established a $50,000 scholarship program for veterans to participate in the ShaleNET training program at Stark State College in North Canton and Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville. ANGA’s scholarship will provide funding for the cost for nearly 40 veterans to receive training through the ShaleNET program. The coursework can be completed in a matter of weeks, and is designed to train students in the basic technical skills needed in the natural gas industry. Upon completion, graduates will receive a certificate of training, which is recognized by exploration and production companies operating in Ohio.


As veterans search for employment, the natural gas industry continues to spur job creation and growth. Research firm IHS Global Insight has found the natural gas industry supported more than 30,000 well-paying jobs in the natural gas field in Ohio. This number is expected to increase in Ohio to more than 80,000 jobs by 2035.


Interested Ohio veterans should visit www.ShaleNET.organd register with “Talent Match” to learn more. Those interested can also visit Stark State College or The Employment Sourcefor application materials. To be considered, applicants must provide a DD Form 214, possess a valid driver’s license and pass a criminal background check, as well as a drug and physical fitness test.



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