Students Training for Shale Drilling

by Kelly Choate on October 13, 2011 at 6:37 am

Local schools are preparing students to excel in energy-related careers.

Zane State College offers programs in fossil fuels and alternative energy sources.  President of Zane State Dr. Paul Brown said jobs in these fields should provide long-term financial stability for graduates.

"We happen to be sitting on two of the largest shales in the country, so these are not jobs that are going to come into the state and then go away," said Brown.

Brown said the first group to complete a short-term intensive training course is already working on drilling rigs.  He said Zane State is helping Ohio lead the way in reducing the nation’s imports of oil.

"Through new technology of fracking and horizontal drilling combined together, we can make it so this country is not dependent on foreign sources of energy anymore," said Brown.

Zane State received a nearly $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in June to fund new energy programs.  For more information about these programs, you can visit