Marcellus Shale gas drilling spurs new job-training programs in NY, where industry is on hold

(AP) Rick Allen moved to upstate New York to escape the rat race and tension of Washington, D.C., but when he arrived in his hometown, the 49-year-old electronics technician couldn’t find a job.

“I happened to walk into the workforce center and saw a sign on the wall for natural gas training,” Allen said. “I never knew anything about natural gas.” With encouragement from his daughter and a job counselor, he signed up for the 72-hour course at Corning Community College to augment his computer repair experience with knowledge of natural gas drilling.

Within days of graduating, he landed a job as a computer technician for Superior Well Services in Owego, 65 miles south of Syracuse near the Pennsylvania border.

Read full article by Mary Esch via Associated Press in THE REPUBLIC