Students gain oil and gas industry skills

May 16, 2017
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MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. - John Marshall High School partnered recently with the West Virginia University Extension Service to provide introductory oil and gas industry training to 20 junior and senior students.

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The West Virginia University Safety and Health Extension is working to bring oil and natural gas safety training into Mountain State classrooms this year thanks to a $20,000 grant awarded to the WVU Foundation from Dominion Transmission as part of the company's Higher Educational Partnership Grant program.

"SafeLandUSA" training was developed by a collaboration of industry specialists and educates new and potential workers about the hazards within the oil and natural gas industry. According to WVU Extension Specialist Tom Stockdale, who led classes at John Marshall Tuesday, students will receive a certification card necessary to work at most oil and natural gas extraction sites in West Virginia and surrounding regions, if they pass a test at the end of the course.

"A lot of companies like Antero and Consol like these rig passes. It lets these young men get started in their career," Stockdale said.

"They're trying to start a job and career soon. The class will also work into giving them information on construction and building trades."

Angela Kidd, a career technical math instructor at John Marshall, said the class may be a gateway for students interested in the field.

"While people usually have to pay for these trainings, our students received it for free," Kidd said. "The gas and oil industry is booming around here and this eliminates a lot of the process they would have to go through to acquire a position."

Samuel Hall, a senior automotive student at John Marshall, said he hopes to find a job in the industry upon graduation.

"You can get many certifications through the pipeline and I've thought of going into that before and I'd like to have one of those certifications to start out," Hall said. "I've learned about safety harnesses and procedures."

Senior Colt Hummel said the class gives students a jumpstart in the industry.

"To work on rig sites you have to have this kind of training," Hummel said. "It helps us get hired faster."



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