Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Study: Rural Economies Booming Thanks to Natural Gas

For student veterans at CCAC interested in a long-term career, the energy sector is a great option.  The fact that the energy sector continues to grow jobs and economies is important.  At CCAC, our Veterans in Energy Training Project (VETP) is integral to providing linkages between student veterans and energy sector careers.  Consider the following...

"Nationally, shale gas and oil has the potential to boost our nation’s gross domestic product by between $380 billion and $690 billion. Those are huge numbers and represent almost four percent of our estimated GDP in 2020.

Already the Marcellus Shale and related industries are responsible for 239,474 jobs in Pennsylvania, according to our state Department of Labor and Industry.

Not every industry has the capability to make such a substantial impact on our economy. When an industry, such as energy, does have the potential, we need to encourage it. The McKinsey report makes very clear the upside, game-changing opportunities of shale gas and oil production. We would do well to encourage such a stimulus."

The full article can be found at:

Veterans Need Jobs Too!

Our work on the Veterans in Energy Training Project (VETP) at CCAC aligns well with many of the perspectives held by senior leaders like George Stark within the energy sector.

"The experience that Veterans bring to our industry is second to none. We want to make sure that as you are securing our future and protecting us we want to ensure that we are doing all that we can from the energy security standpoint; that energy security is being brought forth here in Pennsylvania and our goal is to make certain that we put you folks back to work." – George Stark Cabot Oil & Gas

Check out the full article at:

Monday, April 8, 2013

Introducing the Gas Technology Institute (GTI)

The Gas Technology Institute (GTI) is key to the energy sector.
The Gas Technology Institute (GTI) is a major organization within the energy sector.  GTI has a division in Pittsburgh, PA which would be good for our CCAC student veterans to check out, learn more and begin to make connections.

Solving Important Energy Challenges and
Creating Value in the Marketplace

"GTI is the leading research, development and training organization addressing energy and environmental challenges to enable a secure, abundant, and affordable energy future. For more than 70 years, we have been providing economic value to the natural gas industry and energy markets by developing technology-based solutions for industry, government, and consumers.
Our research initiatives address issues impacting the natural gas and energy markets across the industry’s value chain—supply, delivery, and end use. We offer an integrated systems perspective to expand the supply of affordable energy, ensure a safe and reliable energy delivery infrastructure, and promote the efficient use of energy resources.
GTI is an independent technology organization, established as an Illinois not-for-profit corporation. We are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code" (http://www.gastechnology.org/About/Pages/default.aspx).
GTI's Annual Report can be found at:


Friday, April 5, 2013

Local Career Fairs!

Today I came across an awesome career resource!  Not only are there many job fairs close to Pittsburgh, but a number of them are focused on the energy sector.  The resource below also has key information about finding jobs with Twitter, interview advice and much, much more.  Check it out at:

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Why is it Difficult to Connect US Veterans With Energy Jobs?

"The proliferation of veterans' agencies with different responsibilities and little coordination is a major problem for both potential employers and veterans, several speakers said.

'It's harder than it should be,' said Emily De Rocco, President, the Manufacturing Institute, National Association of Manufacturers. Businesses value the veterans' strong work ethic, she said, but now, businesses must match military skills to civilian requirements service by service, and..." 

The full article can be found at:



Tuesday, March 26, 2013

PA Oil and Gas Industry is Hiring Veterans

"...Range Resources Corp., whose Marcellus headquarters are in Canonsburg, estimates that veterans account for about 10 percent of its employees.  Stephen Johnson, an environmental health and safety emergency response manager for Range, spent most of his career as a general in the Marines. He had no oil and gas background when he moved back to his native Washington County three years ago, but 'the growth of the natural gas industry here in western Pennsylvania is something you can’t miss,' Johnson said. Knowing that, he began to make contacts in the field, and six months ago, Johnson landed his job with Range.  It’s been an easy transition, he said.  'Military people have tremendous skills in communication, mechanical things, coordination of transportation,' he said. '(They) are used to a 24-7 lifestyle. Everybody has basic security and safety hammered into them constantly, and it’s a very important thing here (at Range).'"

The complete article can be found at: http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/print-edition/2011/03/18/push-to-get-veterans-pa-oil-gas-industry.html?page=all


Friday, March 22, 2013

Jobs for Veterans in Allegheny County

Allegheny County has created a special "Jobs for Veterans" page on its website.  The link below provides names of companies seeking veterans, along with contact information.  For more information, please visit: