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Degree Program Prepares Professionals for Gas Industry; Classes in Clearfield

12/7/2011 —

Penn State DuBois now offers courses in the Earth Science degree program in Clearfield.  Students may choose to complete the entire first year of the bachelor degree program in Clearfield, and complete the rest of the degree on campus at Penn State DuBois.  Graduates who earn an Earth Science Degree are poised to start a lucrative career in the natural gas drilling industry.


"You'll have plenty of opportunity in a field that is going to thrive here in our area for the next 30 years or more," said Clearfield Outreach Coordinator Jeannine Hanes.  She said graduates of the Earth Science program can go on to be geologists, soil scientists, or seismologists, or pursue any number of other careers related to the study of the earth. She said people in these fields are in high demand in the Marcellus Shale drilling industry.    


Hanes said the courses have been made available in Clearfield, in addition to DuBois, as a convenience for students across the area.  Courses are also offered during the evening, and online for people who have to work during the day, but want to expand their career opportunities locally.


"If you want to get a job in the natural gas industry, this is a great opportunity to get your education close to home and enter the local workforce," Hanes said of the Earth Science program. 


Registration is still open for Spring Semester classes.  For more information, contact Hanes at 814-375-4836, or jhanes@psu.edu



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