ShaleNET US leverages the collective experience of industry, the public workforce system, and our consortium colleges to help individuals build lasting careers in the oil and natural gas industry.
ShaleNET was launched in 2010 with a $4.964M Community Based Job Training grant awarded to Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood, PA by the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. The original intent of ShaleNET was to respond quickly to natural gas industry needs by creating an effective and efficient entry level training program featuring five high demand upstream occupations including roustabout, welder’s helper, CDL, floor hand and production technician. In just 26 months, ShaleNET served over 9,500 people and, with 20 recognized training providers in four states, the program has trained over 3,000 people and more than 1,650 are employed in the industry. By the close of the first ShaleNET grant on June 30, 2013 more than 14,000 people had been served by 20 recognized training providers in four states. The program has trained over 5,000 participants, with more than 3,400 finding employment.
As the natural gas and petroleum industry matures, occupational demand has grown nationwide to reflect a need for a highly skilled workforce concentrating on not only upstream, but mid and downstream jobs as well. In September 2012, ShaleNET received a follow on grant of $14.96 million through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program awarded to the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA by the US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration. Unlike the original ShaleNET grant, which covered the cost of instruction, the second grant is focused on building capacity. It expands the capacity of ShaleNET geographically and incorporates a new stackable credential model.
Building upon the original ShaleNET training model, four new certificates and two new associate programs have been added, culminating, if desired, in the attainment of a bachelor’s degree. The stackable credential model allows multiple entry and exit points to those seeking an education and the standardized curriculum will enable this mobile workforce to continue and finish their education wherever ShaleNET is offered.
With the addition of Navarro College in Corsicana, TX and Stark State College in Canton, OH, and with the support of our key employer partners including, Chevron, Shell, Anadarko Petroleum Corp, Chesapeake Energy, XTO, and Encana, ShaleNET now serves the highest demand occupations in upstream, midstream, and downstream activities. This includes state-of-the-art lab equipment, an open source, and cloud-based curriculum. An innovative strategy integrating new online curriculum into a blended instructional environment will be used to address advanced skill requirements.