Publish Date: 7/19/2012
July 19, 2012
MANSFIELD, PA—The first ever Marcellus Summer Camp was held at Mansfield University July 8-10.
Twenty one students in grades 10-12 from Tioga, Bradford, Clarion and Indiana Counties in Pennsylvania were joined by students from New York State for an introduction to the natural gas industry and possible career paths.
Throughout the event, campers were introduced to many of the 150 occupations within the industry and the educational opportunities available in our area. They gained real world knowledge of a well site and had the opportunity to interact with faculty members from various educational institutions as well as industry professionals.
The camp included water quality and mudlogging learning sessions taught by Jen Demchak and Chris Kopf, both assistant professors in MU’s Geography & Geology Department, as well as field trips to a Chesapeake Energy well site, the Pennsylvania College of Technology campuses, and the Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center’s Energy Technology Education Center. Campers also received safety orientation training through SeaTrax, Inc.
Lindsey Sikorski, interim director of The Marcellus Institute at Mansfield University, says the camp was a success and plans are underway to make it an annual event.
“We were excited to offer high school students the opportunity to explore different career options within the natural gas industry,” Sikorski said. “As the first educational outreach activity The Marcellus Institute at Mansfield University has offered to the community, we were thrilled by the response we received. “
The camp was co-sponsored by The Marcellus Institute at Mansfield University, Pennsylvania College of Technology and the Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center.
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