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Community and Technical Colleges receive $100,000 in Dominion Foundation grants

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Both West Virginia Northern Community College and West Virginia University at Parkersburg recently received $50,000 apiece from the Dominion Foundation to be used for more hands-on oil and natural gas training.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, West Virginia Community and Technical College System of West Virginia Chancellor James Skidmore and Robert Orndorff of Dominion Power presented the funds Aug. 16.

"As new extraction methods are used in the Marcellus share region, advanced welding techniques and an extensive understanding of both mechanical and electrical technology will be necessary," Tomblin said in a news release. "In an effort to meet this demand for highly technical professionals, these grants will be used for cutting-edge simulators which will allow students to learn in a safe classroom environment."

Jeffrey Barger, vice president of pipeline operations for Dominion Transmission, said work force development, along with having skilled and trained workers positioned to take advantage of the state's opportunities is critical to its economic vitality.

"We take great pleasure in forming strategic partnerships with colleagues such as West Virginia Northern Community College and WVU at Parkersburg to help our schools provide West Virginians with the skills they need to compete in a highly competitive work environment," Barger said in a news release.

WVU at Parkersburg is planning to install a Lincoln VRTEX 350 Welding Simulator to allow students to learn and practice advanced welding processes in a safe environment, according to a news release from Tomblin's office. The simulator is expected to reduce the materials, the energy consumption and much of the associated costs of the program.

West Virginia Northern is planning to include a hydraulics simulator, which will deliver training in the design, installation and troubleshooting of complex hydraulic systems.

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