WSCC Prepares to Train Workers for the Oil and Gas Workforce

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School of Business, Engineering, and Industrial Technologies and Workforce Development
Participate in the Ohio Shale Development Forum

According to, the drilling of a single well requires up to 140 employees working in approximately 150 occupations. More than 50 percent of those occupations require less than a four-year degree. Washington State already contributes substantially to the state, regional, and local economies by offering a wide variety of non-credit and credit certificate and degree programs to support the oil and gas workforce.

Last Friday (Jan. 27), Washington State's WFD Director Laurene Huffman, Dean Brenda Kornmiller, Department Chair Janet Schilling, Instructor Dan Blake, Dr. Mark Nutter and Dr. Bradley Ebersole, along with WSCC's oil and gas consultant Josh Will, all attended the Economic Impact & Opportunities Forum: Ohio Shale Development, able to showcase the College's existing and upcoming programs that support the oil and gas industry.

The Ohio Shale forum brought in speakers from communities already experiencing the economic impact of shale drilling, as well as oil and gas industry experts. Its intention included helping local businesses and entrepreneurs learn about possibilities for new business or expansion of current products and services. Washington State's information table additionally showed local businesses and industries about the education offered at the College that supports that up-and-coming workforce.

Some of the forum's speakers included Jack Pounds, Ohio Chemistry Council; David Mustine, GM-Energy and JobsOhio; and Ohio Representative Andy Thompson, along with the keynote speaker, US Congressman Bill Johnson.


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