Efforts to ensure that Ohioans are in the best possible position to take advantage of jobs in the booming oil and gas industry are continuing.
The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program or OOGEEP is a non-profit educational organization that provides a variety of programs primarily focusing on teacher workshops, scholarships, education, worker training and more.
Executive director Rhonda Reda says they’ve spent the past fourteen years working to prepare students and adults alike for energy careers.
Reda says a recent OOGEEP study estimates that over 200,000 jobs will be needed in this local industry by 2015.
She says now is the time to train and prepare Ohio’s workforce to help develop, produce and supply the state’s future energy resources.
Reda says in addition to awarding thirty-five scholarships this year to students pursuing energy careers, OOGEEP and the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Foundation for the first time awarded scholarships at the technical level.
Scholarship recipients include Dakota West, Dennison; Zachary Zody, Wooster; Erica Schubert, New Philadelphia; Emily Zabasnik, Minerva; and Joseph Zollars, Killbuck.