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School for gas workers

The Associated Press The Associated Press WHEELING, W.Va.

West Virginia Northern Community College will soon offer training for people eager to land jobs in the rapidly growing gas drilling industry.

Vice president for workforce development J. Michael Koon says courses at the New Martinsville campus will target potential deck hands, roustabouts, welders and truck drivers.

Koon tells The Intelligencer the school wants to help entry-level workers get into the industry so they can gain some experience.

Some gas industry executives have complained about problems finding skilled workers in West Virginia, and local union leaders and legislators have pushed them to hire locally.

Gas drillers are flocking to Pennsylvania and West Virginia to tap the Marcellus shale gas reserves underlying parts of Appalachia.

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