It seems drilling in the Marcellus is not only good for landowners and energy companies, but also for education and jobs. From an article published on iStockAnalyst (reprinted from The Daily Review, Towanda, PA):
Lackawanna College will begin offering an associate’s degree this fall in natural gas technology to prepare students to work in the growing local natural gas industry, and many of the required courses for the degree will be offered at the college’s Towanda Center.
In addition, Lackawanna College will soon start giving accounting students at the college’s Towanda Center the option of customizing their degree to prepare them to work in the accounting side of the natural gas industry, said Larry D. Milliken, director of energy programs at the college.
And the college is in the process of contracting with Sage Technical Services of Vestal, N.Y., so that its Towanda Center can again offer training to students who wish to obtain a commercial driver’s license, as there will be a large number of trucks required when drilling for gas, he said.
And this on the number of new jobs that will be created from Marcellus drilling activities:
“Development of the Marcellus Shale gas is expected to generate over 90,000 jobs over the next 20 years,” states a press release from Lackawanna College, which this week announced the launching of the natural gas technology program. “This kind of job growth and economic stimulus to northeastern Pennsylvania will be transforming to our region and to the lives of those people who get the technical education and training needed to take advantage of the best job opportunities as they arise.”
The new applied science degree in Oil and Gas Production Technology will be available at the college’s main campus in Scranton, and some of the other satellite locations, in addition to Towanda.
For more information about the new program, read the article Lackawanna College to Offer Natural Gas Technology Degree, read Lackawanna College’s news release, or contact Lackawanna College’s Department of Continuing Education at (570) 961-7883.