Nichole Hannahs

Energy Jobs Could Grow

by Nichole Hannahs on October 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Mid-East Technology Center is one school that takes an active roll in educating students in energy related fields.

Right now, the Adult Center has a class for line workers, energy technicians and plant operators. These jobs along with welding could see growth during an expected boom from hydraulic fracturing in Utica shale.

"We have shorter term training, hands on training," said Superintendent Mid-East Bill Bussey. "It gets right to what the skills area needed to take a position without all the other peripheral things they might have to take."

Two classes have already graduating from the lineworker program of those seeking jobs one hundred percent have found careers. Bussey said networking is a key part to Mid-East students success.

"One of things we always look for is placement of our students and that’s what we’re here for," said Bussey. "We do have a lot more students going on to college these days, but even the main objective in going to college is to get a job."

Classes at Mid-East also count for college credit for those looking to transfer or further education.