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10-06-2010 -- CCAC offers training for jobs in Marcellus Shale industry
PITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is
developing numerous degree and certificate programs that align with
sustainable, high-skill occupations in the Marcellus Shale natural
gas industry. The programs and public workshops are part of a
comprehensive strategy to prepare individuals for a wide range of
occupations across the industry.
"Current state and regional proposals focus on helping
individuals become entry-level field workers for the industry,"
said Charles Blocksidge, PhD, executive director of the
CCAC-Allegheny County Workforce Alliance. "CCAC also wants to
position itself to serve those industry employees who seek more
substantial positions in the industry and to assist entry-level
workers in their move up career ladders."
CCAC has been working with Allegheny County Economic Development
and the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB), monitoring
the jobs and training opportunities available in the industry. CCAC
is working to adapt and develop programs that can meet specific
Marcellus Shale industry needs.
"CCAC's mission has always included preparing individuals for
the careers available in our region's economy," said CCAC President
Alex Johnson, PhD. "Our aim with the Marcellus Shale is to help
ensure that people have the skills to take advantage of these
emerging jobs as they are created."
CCAC has developed or retooled several programs specifically to
better prepare individuals for opportunities in this emerging
CCAC is collaborating with other schools, such as Westmoreland
County Community College, to train workers for additional jobs like
roustabouts. CCAC will also focus on serving the economic hubs of
the industry in Pittsburgh and Washington County, preparing
individuals for a broad range of occupations in the headquarters,
legal, financial and technical areas.
"Throughout CCAC's approach to this new industry, our focus has
been on preparing well-rounded individuals who will not only be
prepared for jobs with the Marcellus Shale but also have
transferable skills to succeed in other industries," said Judy
Savolskis, interim vice president for Workforce Development.
Using data from Three Rivers Clean Energy Partnership, the
Marcellus Shale Collaborative and a study CCAC commissioned this
spring on growing industries in the region, the college identified
11 existing associate's degrees and 10 credit certificate programs
that align with industry workforce needs. Additional programs, both
credit and non-credit, have significant overlap with skills
required by positions in the industry.
For members of the general public seeking more information about
the Marcellus Shale industry and its impact on the region, CCAC has
developed informational sessions that address many of the issues
related to the industry. They cover a range of topics, including:
"What to know before you sign the lease for drilling rights"; an
overview of the environmental impact; and an explanation of the job
categories in the drilling industry. Inaugural sessions were
recently held at CCAC's Washington County Center. In January, an
expanded series will be offered for free at both Washington County
Center and CCAC-Boyce Campus.
For more information about these programs, contact any CCAC
admissions office or visit www.ccac.edu, search keyword
About CCACThe Community College of Allegheny County is the largest
institution of postsecondary higher education in Pennsylvania. The
college serves 30,000 credit students through 170 degree and
certificate programs and offers thousands of lifelong learning
non-credit and workforce development courses to 35,000 students
annually. Incorporating a learning-centered environment committed
to the future of the region, CCAC continues to expand its reach
through innovative programming and accessible instruction offered
via convenient day, evening, weekend and online courses. With four
campuses and six centers serving Allegheny County and surrounding
communities, CCAC endeavors to fulfill its mission to provide
affordable access to quality education and offer a dynamic, diverse
and supportive learning environment that prepares the region's
residents for academic, professional and personal success in our
changing global society.