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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Stark State College's Well Site Training Center Goes Live in Canton

From the Alliance Review:
A $2.3 million Well Site Training Center was opened Thursday by Stark State College as Phase I of its downtown Canton expansion. 
The 7,000-square-foot site is located at the corner of Cherry Avenue and Third Street Southeast, which Para Jones, president of the college, said during her remarks at the grand opening is a perfect location as it connects with U.S. Route 30, state Route 43 and I-77. The purpose of the site is "to make us the shale capital," Jones said. 
"This facility showcases our mission of creating public/private partnerships to provide students with state-of-the-art education and training and prepare the workforce needed by business and industry in the region," Jones explained. 
She also pointed out that once a state appropriation from Gov. John Kasich of $10 million was given to the college about two years ago for the expansion, Kathleen Steere, coordinator of the college's gas and oil programs, seized the opportunity and went to work to leverage the funding by partnering with three other colleges, bringing in another $14.9 million in U.S. Department of Labor grant funds. In addition, Stark State will receive $2.76 million to provide the ShaleNET credit curriculum in the Utica Shale region. The college's three partners in the ShaleNET curriculum are Westmoreland County Community College in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania College of Technology in the Marcellus Shale Region, and Navarro College of Texas, located in the Eagle Ford and Barnett Shale Region.
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