Free Oil and Gas Industry Training At Stark State College

In North Canton, Ohio, Stark State College is offering a program to people who are interested in pursuing careers in the gas and oil industry. The program is free, and it will last 10 weeks during the summertime.

The course is scheduled to run from June 4th to August 9th. It will run Monday to Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Students will be given free room and board at the resident halls in Mahone College. There are only 24 spaces in the program.

Upon completion of the program, students will earn 14 credits that can be put toward an associate’s degree in measurement and mechatronics. To pursue the associate’s degree, students can go to Hocking College, Eastern Gateway Community College, Stark State or Belmont College. These colleges are partners in the free program.

Students will attend five technical classes that will cover topics such as pipeline operations, process controls, gas measurement, corrosion prevention, gas utility installation, wellhead production operations, data acquisition and supervisory control. Students will be brought on field trips to Stark State’s well-site training, which is 7,000 square feet.

Some people may wonder how the students’ education will be funded. The Ohio Department of Higher Education and Chevron is funding ShaleNET Share scholarships that will pay the tuitions and fees of students.

For more information about this opportunity, people who are interested can call Jean Barbato, the case manager, at 330-494-6170 ext. 5194. Jean Barbato can also be contacted via People who are curious about the program can also go onto the college’s website,

In a day and age where people are forced to go into severe amounts of debt for a college education, this is not a bad deal. It is a shame that there are only 24 spaces in the program.