America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) recently donated $50,000 to the Support Our Troops Education Fund. The money will go towards scholarships for Ohio veterans pursuing a career in the natural gas industry. Through a partnership with Stark State College in North Canton and Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville, the funds will put veterans in the ShaleNet program.
ShaleNet is a course designed to train potential workers in skills needed for the oil and gas industry. The program is a result of a grant funded by the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Its mission is to design a comprehensive recruitment, training, placement, and retention program for high priority jobs in the industry.
Companies involved in the oil and gas industry know they need qualified and hard-working people to fill positions that value safety as the top priority. Veterans are safety conscious, resourceful, professional, and many are trained in technical jobs.
The donation by ANGA will fund training for about 40 veterans, after which they will be top candidates for jobs in the industry. With already more than 38,000 jobs created last year, there will be plenty of jobs to pursue.
These jobs will be good paying jobs, too. The average wage for the shale gas industry is approximately $23 per hour. This is much higher than the average wage for other industries, including non-shale related production, and professional and business-service workers, ranging from $13 to $22 per hour.