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    PIPELINE TO JOBS: Work Readiness Training for Coal-Impacted Communities in Appalachia

    The Natural Gas Utility & Pipeline Field Skills Training Program is four weeks of pre-employment blended classroom and hands-on training that improves participant employability by providing basic understanding and awareness of natural gas, the natural gas utility and pipeline industry.  Delivered in southwestern Pennsylvania and southeastern Ohio, this program was designed by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) in collaboration with industry (gas utility and contractor companies), WIBS, workforce and economic development offices, UMWA, community colleges and other venues.  Critical to program success is gas industry involvement through development of targeted curriculum content, hosting valuable field days and participating in the graduation day job fair to begin dialogue with prospective employees.  Employers are recognizing this program for the strong candidates it is developing and students value this “pipeline” to jobs.

    Program Attributes:
    • Results:  This program is demonstrating its success through jobs.  A student from our first class landed a job with a local gas utility one week after graduation!  This current program has resulted in over 40 interviews and 26 job offers.  These numbers will continue to grow.  A total of 100 students will be trained this year under this program.
    • Jobs:  Many jobs are currently available with gas utilities, pipelines, midstream and their contractors.  Industry activity replacing old lines and building out new pipelines is very robust and capable workforce will continue to be in demand due to level of work activity and demographics (older, retiring workforce).  A clear path to employment in the natural gas pipeline industry is an integral part of this program.
    • Instant Job Fair:  The last day of the class includes a graduation celebration and “Instant Job Fair” with potential employers.  This feature has been recognized as very valuable by both graduates and companies to initiate discussions that can lead to employment. 
    • Students: Recruiting targets include displaced coal workers, coal-impacted communities, veterans, high school graduates, minorities and other displaced and impacted workers in Appalachia looking for an attractive career.
    • Rewarding Career:  This program is a channel to an attractive career that features good benefits and continuous skills training.  Starting salaries can exceed $40,000 – $50,000 and, depending on skills possessed and obtained, advancement can lead to six-figure compensation.

    Upcoming Classes
    The next round of classes are scheduled in November at the following locations.  If you would like to participate, please apply online at:
    • November 12- December 14, 2018: Armstrong County Industrial Development Council (ACIDC) in Armstrong County.

  • Tue, 13 Nov 2018 09:59:00 -0500

    Pioneer for women's health passes at 97

    The medical degree seemed to be an afterthought Monday as the community learned of the death of Dr. Mary Dorcas Clark Harley, the retired Indiana Hospital physician who died late last week.
  • Tue, 13 Nov 2018 09:54:00 -0500

    Red Kettle Campaign kicks off

    The annual Red Kettle Campaign kicked off this morning with the Indiana Salvation Army setting a lofty fundraising goal during a breakfast.
  • Mon, 12 Nov 2018 09:49:00 -0500

    Diamond Pharmacy earns award from foundation

    Indiana-based Diamond Pharmacy Services has received the 2018 Herb Langsam Pharmacy Provider Services Award from the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Foundation for their distinguished Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP).
  • Mon, 12 Nov 2018 09:48:00 -0500

    IUP team reaches international level of case-study competition

    A team from Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology successfully reached the international level of a case-study competition conducted by APICS, the Association for Supply Chain Management.
  • Mon, 12 Nov 2018 09:44:00 -0500

    Community Center to hold dinner

    The Chevy Chase Community Action Center is hosting a chicken dinner fundraising event on Thursday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children and are on sale now at the center and from board…
  • Mon, 12 Nov 2018 09:44:00 -0500

    Blood drives scheduled

    Blood drives will be held by the American Red Cross in Indiana County on the following dates in November:
  • Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0500

    Quota welcomes new members

    Quota International of Indiana recently instated new members.
  • Sun, 11 Nov 2018 00:59:00 -0500

    Holiday season kicks off Friday in Indiana

    Indiana’s annual transformation is just days away as downtown merchants and community nonprofits get set to model the town in the spirit and image of native son Jimmy Stewart’s beloved film “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
  • Sun, 11 Nov 2018 00:54:00 -0500

    Wheels and Thrills: Trains, quilts now on display at museum

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s University Museum kicked off the holiday season this week with its newest exhibit, “Holiday Wheels & Thrills: A Model Train Display.”
  • Sun, 11 Nov 2018 00:54:00 -0500

    NAACP banquet speakers focus on moving forward

    Indiana County Commissioner Sherene Hess talked about the history of the NAACP Saturday night, both nationally and locally.
  • Tue, 13 Nov 2018 22:10:39 +0000

    Catalyst Connection to take space at Hazelwood Green

    Catalyst Connection announced Tuesday it will move into Hazelwood Green in October 2019, according to a news release. It will take 8,300 square feet of space on the third floor of a building shared with Carnegie Mellon University and Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing, which it plans to foster partnerships with. “An economic development organization dedicated to helping small manufacturers in southwestern Pennsylvania improve their competitive performance, this move will accelerate our opportunity…
  • Tue, 13 Nov 2018 22:05:44 +0000

    Bell drops off highest-paid athletes list

    Le'Veon Bell, the likely former Pittsburgh Steelers running back, did not sign his tender offer with the team by the deadline today, meaning he will not play in the NFL this season. By skipping the season, Bell will not receive any of the $14.544 million franchise player tender offer. As a result, Bell drops off The List of Highest-paid Pittsburgh-area Professional Athletes, published earlier this year. Bell was on the List with the placeholder contract, footnoted with the the assumption he would…
  • Tue, 13 Nov 2018 21:33:31 +0000

    Le'Veon Bell refuses to sign, won't play for Steelers this year

    It appears Le'Veon Bell's time as a Pittsburgh Steeler is now over. After a contentious offseason that turned into an even more contentious holdout, the star running back appears to be done with the Steelers and done playing NFL football for the rest of this season. The deadline for a player to sign a team's franchise tender came and went on Tuesday, and with Bell declining to sign with the Steelers, he gives up his eligiblity for the rest of this season. He will qualify for free agency in March,…
  • Tue, 13 Nov 2018 19:24:54 +0000

    Pittsburgh developers look for consolation in Amazon's HQ2 jilting

    Pittsburgh developers ponder lessons to be learned from Amazon HQ2 competition and how region needs to improve.
  • Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:55:23 +0000

    Allegheny County executive: Courting Amazon was an 'extremely positive experience'

    Even though Pittsburgh didn't get Amazon's HQ2, Rich Fitzgerald says the publicity was worth it.
  • Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:24:59 +0000

    Ride share hotspots: Uber and Lyft's most popular Pittsburgh destinations

    It's no surprise that Pittsburgh International Airport is the most common destination for riders using peer-to-peer ride-share services Lyft and Uber. Rivers Casino offers a sirens call to gamblers around the region, and is a sure bet as the No. 2 choice for riders in the region. After that, there are a few surprises among the top 10 specific destinations in the region for Uber and Lyft rides, according to the two companies. Apparently, there is some differences in the places Uber riders and Lyft…
  • Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:19:41 +0000

    Tecum invests at least $5M in security firm

    Wexford-based investment firm provided subordinated debt and equity.
  • Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:22:39 +0000

    Mayor submits 2019 budgets to Pittsburgh City Council

    Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto proposed 2019 Operating and Capital budgets to Pittsburgh City Council on Tuesday, according to a release. The budges included no tax increases, but did include increased spending on dealing with landslides and flooding, facilities, paving and other needs. Total projected revenues for 2019 are $579,421,038, and expenditures are $571,531,034. "The fifth budget I've presented as mayor continues to cement the city's long-term financial stability, while investing in core…
  • Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:10:46 +0000

    Lemieux Foundation gives $5M for UPMC's immunology efforts

    The foundation, started by the Pittsburgh Penguins owner and legendary player, has already given $25 million to UPMC for other efforts.
  • Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:58:47 +0000

    How Pittsburgh can still capitalize on Amazon

    Strategy and takeaway a plus for region although coveted HQ heads to New York and D.C. suburbs.
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