Coordinator, External Affairs
Cabot Oil & Gas
PMA Perspective focuses on supporting energy jobs in their latest program and talks about how the gas industry is helping train its future workforce.
The following is an episode of PMA Perspective which is produced by the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association (PMA). PMA is the nonprofit, statewide trade organization representing the manufacturing sector in Pennsylvania’s public policy process.
The episode focuses on supporting energy jobs and visits two locations in northeastern Pennsylvania helping prepare students for their future careers.
In this episode, PMA’s Carl Marrara travels to the Scranton area to visit Lackawanna College’s School of Petroleum and Natural Gas and the Junior Achievement Center of Northeast Pennsylvania for an inside look at how students are exploring careers in energy production.
The natural gas industry is the fastest growing in our economy in terms of employment. There are 339,000 jobs that are provided or supported by the natural gas industry. Natural gas jobs contribute $19.5 billion in labor income. Currently, Pennsylvania is the second largest producing state in the nation, just behind Texas.
Lackawanna College’s School of Petroleum and Natural Gas program has been essential for training students; giving hands on education to begin working immediately upon graduation in a field that provides life sustaining wages. Lackawanna College’s job placement has been near perfect.
Junior Achievement teaches the students the fundamental process of work readiness by helping make the connection between work and school. Their “Opportunities in Energy Program” gives students an opportunity to hear and learn about energy jobs they may not have known existed before. It can make the connection between what the student is interested in and how to find the career that goes along with their interests.
In the studio, David Taylor hosts George Stark, Director of External Affairs for Cabot Oil and Gas for a discussion about investing in Pennsylvania’s workforce. Cabot Oil and Gas is making a career investment in PA, by working and donating to Lackawanna College, Junior Achievement and other schools. They have a need to grow their manpower and they can do that by helping train their future workforce.
The show concludes with “Final Word” commentary from PM’s Chairman, Mr. Fred Anton. Mr. Anton explains that Pennsylvania has a wonderful opportunity to make great strides in economic prosperity because of the mineral reserves that have been discovered in the Marcellus Shale. There have already been benefits in PA and nationally with lower energy prices because of Marcellus Shale production. Next, he explained, we need more manufacturing jobs in PA to be developed. Pennsylvania needs workers to be trained and employed and no company has worked harder that Cabot to train and make PA workers skilled to work.
Reposted from Well Said Cabot.