From the Associated Press



Classroom training for prospective employees in the oil and gas industry soon will be offered in Fairmont, W. Va..



Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and West Virginia community college system Chancellor James Skidmore announced Wednesday the establishment of the Appalachian Petroleum Technology Training Center.



Pierpont Community and Technical College and West Virginia Northern Community College will offer associate and certificate programs in Petroleum Technology, plus a variety of other customized training programs. Both schools will house indoor drilling simulation labs, and they'll share an outdoor lab in Fairmont.



The schools are accepting applications for the programs. Classes will begin in August.



West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association executive director Corky Demarco says having more skilled workers will make West Virginia more attractive to industries in the highly competitive regional market.