The construction of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines caused a lot of controversy in the area. While some are concerned about the environment, others are looking forward to the promise of new jobs.
To ge a job as a pipe fitter, a person needs special training and certifications. New River Community Technical College offers several courses to help people interested in fields related to the pipeline construction.
Jenni Canterbury is the Director of Communications for New River Community College. She said they are glad to offer these courses and keep people in West Virginia.
“We’re all about providing the education and the training people need to get the degrees to lead to jobs here ,so they don’t have to leave area,” Canterbury said.
Canterbury said they offer many course from CDL training, to a new diesel technology program.
“So that’s very exciting for people interested in studying diesel. Before this in southern West Virginia, you really had to travel to Charleston if you were interested in that training, but that is a training that’s needed in our area so we are bringing it to this region,” Canterbury said.
Administrators at NRCTC told 59 News they are seeing growing interest from students in these fields as the pipeline projects draw closer to home.