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Ohio veterans eligible for ShaleNET scholarships

Veterans at Stark State College planning a career in the natural gas industry are eligible for scholarships from the Support Our Troops and Education Fund.

Veterans may qualify for a $1,200 award for the ShaleNET program, a course that provides the technical skills natural gas employers are seeking, thanks to a $50,000 donation by America's Natural Gas Alliance for scholarships at Stark State and Eastern Gateway Community College.

Motivated, driven, innovative and resourceful, the men and women who have served our country in the military consistently demonstrate the leadership and professionalism essential for success in jobs with the energy industry. After successfully completing the ShaleNET program, veterans will be prime candidates for the many high-paying jobs in the natural gas industry.

According to a recent study, the U.S. natural gas industry supports more than 2.8 million jobs, and Ohio veterans have a particularly promising outlook. The shale gas industry here supported more than 31,400 total jobs in 2010, a number projected to increase to more than 81,300 by 2035.

Not only are natural gas jobs plentiful, they’re well paying, too. The average hourly wage for the shale gas industry is $23.16, significantly more than the average pay for non-shale related jobs.

ShaleNET, funded by a Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration grant, provides a comprehensive recruitment, training, placement and retention program for high-priority occupations in the natural gas drilling and production industry.

If you are an Ohio veteran and interested in a new career as a roustabout, welder's helper or floor hand, go to and register for ShaleNET training. To qualify, veterans must

  • provide DD Form 214
  • possess a valid driver's license
  • pass a criminal background check
  • pass a drug test
  • pass a physical fitness test

To learn more about the ANGA-funded ShaleNet scholarship, visit, complete the "talent match" process and contact Kathleen Steere, coordinator of Stark State’s oil and gas programs, at 330-494-6170, Ext. 4777 or


ANGA is a trade organization representing 26 of North America's largest independent natural gas exploration and production companies:

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