Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on April 11, 2013 @ 7:02PM
Created on April 11, 2013 @ 6:31PM
The oil and gas industry is big business here in the Mountain State. Students from Harrison, Doddridge and Taylor counties are getting the edge on those trying to break into that industry, all while they complete high school.
On Thursday, they got even more help from one of the industry leaders when Dominion donated two large pipes to United Technical Center. While that may not seem like a big deal, it's actually a donation worth thousands of dollars and it's priceless when it comes to education.
There's about 25 students from those three counties in the welding program at the training center. Last year, eight of the graduates went directly into the oil and gas industry. Even though they're learning a lot about how to weld while they're at school, there's some specific things when it comes to pipes used in the oil and gas industry. These pipes cost thousands of dollars and without the donation, the school wouldn't be able to afford them.
This will help the students be ready for jobs as soon as they graduate.
Dominion representatives said this was just a small way to show their appreciation for what the center is doing.
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