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Stark State to host drilling class starting on March 17

By Bob Downing Published: March 5, 2014

From Stark State College in Jackson Township:


(North Canton, OH – Jan. 13, 2014) – Stark State College and ShaleNET will offer a three-week floor hand class beginning March 17.

Full scholarship funding from ANGA (America’s Natural Gas Alliance) is available for qualified students who are unemployed Ohioans or military veterans. The registration deadline is March 7.

This class teaches the skills needed to get an entry-level position in the oil and gas industry. Floor hands operate well drilling and service rigs, assist in the connection and disconnection of pipes and do general maintenance. These labor-intensive jobs are often 12-hour shifts for 14 days at a time.

Six of the eight students in the College’s last floor hand class were employed in Canton and Dover the week after the class ended, while the other two students are enrolled in Stark State’s credit programs in oil and gas.

The class will be held at the Hoover District campus, 265 East Maple St. NE, North Canton. Each potential student must pass a physical, a drug screen and a criminal background check which may cost up to $150. A valid driver’s license (and a copy of a DD214 for veterans) also is needed.

For more information or to register, call 330-494-6170, Ext. 5662 or Ext. 5194.



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