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ANGA $50,000 Scholarship Donation Featured

Written by SOT Staff

Education-fund-lgOhio, 5-13-2013: America's Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) has donated $50,000 to the Support Our Troops Education Fund. These funds will be used for scholarships for Ohio veterans interested in an exciting career in the natural gas industry. Teaming up with Stark State College in North Canton, Ohio and Eastern Gateway Community College in Steubenville, Ohio, the $50,000 scholarship will send veterans through the ShaleNet program, a course designed to train veterans in the technical skills natural gas employers are seeking.

Ohio is one of many states across the country that finds itself on the forefront of America's newfound energy revolution. This could impact every aspect of our daily lives – from the way we fuel our vehicles and heat our homes to the way we power the economy of the future. The catalyst of this revolution? Natural gas.

Natural gas is a cleaner, more affordable domestic fuel that is found abundantly in various shale rock formations across the country. If you have read a newspaper, watched the news, or listened to the radio recently, it's clear that natural gas is a fuel source that has taken America by storm.

As companies look for qualified workers to help meet the demand created by the shale revolution, who better to fill the ranks than the men and women who have served our country in the military? Motivated, driven, innovative, and resourceful, veterans consistently demonstrate the leadership and professionalism that is essential for success in jobs with the energy industry.

At roughly $1,300 to cover the cost of books, tuition, and training, ANGA's $50,000 scholarship donation will translate into a new and exciting career for nearly 40 veterans. After successfully completing the ShaleNet program, veterans will be prime candidates for the many high-paying jobs in the natural gas industry.

ANGA logoShaleNet is the result of a grant funded by the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Its mission is to design a comprehensive recruitment, training, placement, and retention program for high priority occupations in the natural gas drilling and production industry.

According to a recent study by the research firm I.H.S. Global Insight the U.S. natural gas industry supports over 2.8 million jobs. Ohio veterans have a particularly promising outlook. The shale gas industry in Ohio supported 31,462 total jobs in 2010, a number projected to increase to over 81,349 by 2035. Similarly, by 2035, value added economic output will increase to $7.92 billion, thanks to the hard work of thousands of Ohio veterans trained for a new career in natural gas.

Not only are natural gas jobs plentiful, but these are well paying jobs too.

The average hourly wage for the shale gas industry is $23.16. This is significantly more than the average pay for non-shale related production, professional and business-services workers, which range from $13.10 to a high of $22.00 per hour.

Thanks to the natural gas industry, and the member companies at ANGA veterans in Ohio can now have a promising future filled with the assurance that high paying jobs are within their reach because the American natural gas industry is committed to serving those who serve America.

If you are an Ohio veteran and interested in a new career as a Roustabout, Welder's Helper or Floor Hand, please visit and register for ShaleNet training. To qualify, veterans must:

  • Provide DD Form 214
  • Possess a valid driver's license
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Pass a drug test
  • Pass a physical fitness test

If you are interested in learning more about the ANGA funded ShaleNet scholarship, please visit to complete the "Talent Match" process and contact:

Kathleen Steere
Coordinator, Oil and Gas Programs
Stark State College
330-494-6170, Ext. 4777
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Tracee Joltes
Eastern Gateway Community College
Workforce Outreach
740.264.5591, Ext. 311
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ANGA is a trade organization representing 26 of North America's largest independent natural gas exploration and production companies and the leading developers of the shale plays now transforming the clean energy landscape. For more information on ANGA, their mission and their membership, please visit

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