The ShaleNET grant is helping train workers in the region for careers in the oil and gas industry.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration has provided $4.9 million in funding for the three-year ShaleNET grant. The goal is to “develop a recruitment, training, placement and retention program to help provide the gas industry with a ready and well-trained local workforce for occupations that are in high demand,” according to

Fifteen Workforce Investment Boards are key partners in the ShaleNET grant, which will serve Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New York, where there is a big need for oil and gas workers. In West Virginia, the Region VI WIB, which covers 13 counties in North Central West Virginia including Marion, and the Region V WIB, which covers the the Northern Panhandle area, are involved.

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