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FAIRMONT, WV – The Community and Technical College System of West Virginia (WVCTCS) will announce the launch of the Appalachian Petroleum Technology Training Center at the Robert H. Mollohan Center at the I-79 Technology Park.  

The purpose of the Center will be to address the growing workforce needs of the oil and gas industry within West Virginia and to provide training opportunities for West Virginians who have interests in oil and gas careers. Pierpont Community and Technical College (Pierpont CTC) and West Virginia Northern Community College (WVNCC) will jointly offer associate and certificate programs in Petroleum Technology as well as a range of customized training programs for oil and gas industries.

"As the development of the Marcellus shale continues to expand, this Center will help our community and technical colleges meet the training demands of this growing sector," said Dr. Martin J. Olshinsky, president, WVNCC. "The launch of this Center reflects our continued commitment to developing training programs that are industry-driven and industry-relevant. The oil and gas industry spoke and we responded."

A component of the Center will be indoor and outdoor drilling simulation laboratories where students can receive hands-on well-site instruction that will complement in-class training. Both WVNCC and Pierpont CTC will house indoor drilling simulation laboratories and will share an outdoor drilling simulation laboratory in Fairmont.

"The Appalachian Petroleum Technology Training Center is the result of dialogue and partnership with the power industries of our region," said Dr. Doreen Larson, president of Pierpont CTC. "However, the ‘power' of the program lies in engaging and developing the intelligence and work ethic of the people of West Virginia. Pierpont is proud to be able to offer this training that provides an avenue to keep talented workers and their families living in West Virginia."

At the press announcement, additional information will be provided about the Center's program offerings and how interested individuals can enroll in the Petroleum Technology program at Pierpont CTC and WVNCC.