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Oil and gas work training offered free at Belmont College

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Some natural gas, pipeline pre-training classes are being offered next week at Belmont College, and there's still time to get signed up.

The hands-on opportunity is expected to provide prospects for displaced workers and those looking for a jump-start into the natural gas industry.

"It's a 4-week, intensive program to prepare people with job skills to work on pipelines," said Ed Mowrer, of Belmont College Energy Institute.

The training program will blend classroom and hands-on field experiences to provide a basic understanding and awareness of natural gas, the natural gas utility and pipeline industry, associated equipment, procedures and operations.

"And that could be a pipeline company that's building some of these large pipelines, like the Rover Pipeline, or more specifically, this training is for a longer-term job working for the distribution companies like Columbia Gas and East Ohio Gas and Dominion," Mowrer said.

While the training is targeted at displaced coal workers, veterans, high school graduates, other displaced workers in the Appalachian region are able to take advantage of the opportunity.

The classes are offered at no cost for eligible students in the tri-state area of West Virginia, Southwestern Pennsylvania and Southeastern Ohio thanks to funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission, which covers the cost of tuition and program implementation.

The program begins Monday, Feb. 12 with classes running 20 consecutive weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spaces are still available and interested individuals are encouraged to register now.

A program application form can be found on the GTI website here.


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