WSCC to Hold Meet and Greet to Inform Locals of Training Ops for High-Demand Careers in Oil & Gas

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As an educational leader, Washington State Community College (WSCC) is committed to meeting industry needs by training individuals for successful careers in oil and gas. In order to showcase training opportunities available at the college and bring in local employers to discuss jobs available, WSCC will be sponsoring an Oil & Gas Meet and Greet at the Grand Central Mall on Saturday, June 29th from noon until 4 p.m. The meet & greet is an opportunity for those interested in oil and gas job opportunities to learn about oil and gas related training programs at WSCC. It will provide an opportunity for anyone interested in entering the industry to speak with WSCC faculty, staff, and industry professionals about how WSCC programs can prepare them for a career in the field. Those interested in a career in the oil and gas industry can begin training at WSCC as early as Fall Semester, which begins on August 19th.

The growth of the oil and gas industry in the Mid-Ohio Valley is projected to bring numerous jobs to the state. "Employment in Ohio in the oil and gas industries is up 18% from the third quarter of 2011 to 2012," says Brenda Kornmiller, Dean of Business, Engineering, Technology, and Workforce Development. "Salaries from these jobs are well above the average wages in all industries in Ohio." This fall, WSCC will offer a host of degree and certificate programs to train for these jobs.

Gary Williams, Chief Administrator of the Southeast Regional Tech Prep Center, expressed the need for promoting in-demand skills in Ohio's workforce, citing one projection that the oil and gas industry will create 65,000 jobs within the state in 2014 alone. "Our area needs to pull together and get our young people prepared to take advantage of the opportunities ahead," urges Williams. WSCC is doing its part to publicize how locals can prepare for these opportunities by holding the Meet & Greet on Saturday from noon until 4 pm at Grand Central Mall.

WSCC offers numerous programs to train individuals for careers in the oil and gas Industry. Students at WSCC can major in geoscience, geotechnical drafting, and industrial machining and CNC. A certificate of completion in Petroleum Technology is also being offered this fall. Online and part-time training opportunities are also available for Individuals who are unable to fit full-time study to their schedule. The Chemical Operator and Process Technician certificate programs are completely online, so students can gain marketable skills while working full-time or taking care of other non-academic responsibilities.

Anyone who is interested in training for the oil and gas industry is encouraged to come to the meet & greet this Saturday from noon until four at Grand Central Mall. WMOA will be at the event for live remote coverage, and there will be giveaways throughout the afternoon. Dean Kornmiller hopes the Meet & Greet will be an important step in recruiting future talent for this booming field.

If unable to attend the meet & greet, interested individuals should visit and review the oil and gas training opportunities available. Or you can call admissions at 740.568.1900 to find out how you can prepare to enter the industry by enrolling in an oil and gas program this fall semester. It all starts with admissions!


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