Displaced Coal Miners Trained for In-Demand Jobs in Gas Industry
The natural gas gathering, transmission, midstream, and distribution pipeline industry will be active and hiring for the next decade or more because of old infrastructure repair and new build-out. The ARC POWER project, Transitioning from Black to Blue, capitalizes on that strong job market by training displaced coal workers in natural gas utility and pipeline field skills through a four-week pre-employment blend of classroom and hands-on training. The work-ready training has been designed to improve the skills of the participants to enable them to secure employment in high-quality, in-demand, and sustainable jobs in the gas utility and pipeline industry.
Delivered in southwestern Pennsylvania and southeastern Ohio, this program, organized by Washington Greene County Job Training Agency, Inc., was designed by Gas Technology Institute(GTI) in collaboration with industry, Workforce Investment Boards, workforce and economic development offices, United Mine Workers of America Career Centers, community colleges, and other partners. As one example, Belmont College, in partnership with GTI, recently held a Pipeline Field Skills training class where students learn basic pipeline skills, as well as safety and employment competencies. Another Pipeline Field Skills class will be held in June. To date, From Black to Blue has trained approximately half of its 100 student target.