Here’s a theme we return to from time to time, when we spot a story worth highlighting. Not everyone can or even should go to college following high school. Some students would be better served by learning a skill, a trade, and entering the workforce sooner rather than later. There are a number of skilled trades in the shale industry–in all segments from upstream (drilling) to midstream (pipelines) to downstream (petrochemicals). Last week a workforce forum was held at the Mon Valley Career & Technology Center in Washington County, PA. A panel discussion pointed out we’re quickly heading for a shortage of skilled workers for shale (and other industries) in the tri-state area.