Congressmen help moderate Youngstown forum on Ohio shale-gas job opportunities

YOUNGSTOWN — U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan and Bill Johnson today were joined by a host of oil and gas experts and industry advisers to discuss the importance of developing Ohio’s workforce as the shale-gas revolution continues to unfold here and across the country.

Ryan and Johnson, taking time out from a congressional recess, helped moderate a forum this morning at the Choffin Career & Technical Center on East Wood Street that covered the economic impacts of state’s the oil-and-gas industry and what still needs to be done to train Ohioans for the opportunities the business will create in eastern and southeastern Ohio in the coming years.

Dozens of area educators turned out to hear more about the opportunities their students can take advantage of and some of the growing programs that are gaining popularity among the region’s youth.

Members of the Western Reserve Building and Construction Trades, the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 396 and the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program were on hand to discuss their programs and what kind of background and requirements are needed to gain admission.

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