The week of February 20th, area high school and elementary school students learned more about the energy industries developing around them and the opportunities that those high-growth industries will present to them in the future.

The Northeastern PA Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) and the Northern Tier Industry & Education Consortium (NTIEC) partnered to host “Energy Careers” workshops at four local schools. Each workshop was led by Michael Forgione, a Geological & Technical Advisor for The Institute of High Priority Occupations.

Students at Lackawanna Trail High School and Tunkhannock Area High School learned about high-growth careers in the Marcellus Shale, wind energy and oil industries and long-term career pathways that exist within each industry and are expected to continue in 2013 and beyond. Meanwhile, students at Tunkhannock Area’s Mehoopany Elementary and Roslund Elementary schools participated in interactive seminars designed to help them better understand those industries and the positive ways in which natural gas, wind and solar energy impact their everyday lives.

During each workshop, Mr. Forgione explained various rock formations, how oil and gas companies locate, extract and refine natural gas and oil, and how other forms of energy are captured and transferred. Older students received information on the various high-growth, high-demand careers within the energy sector and the training programs required for the most common jobs. Younger students handled shale samples and participated in interactive learning.

Schools with an interest in having an “Energy Careers” workshop within their classes can contact NTIEC at 570-278-5038 or via email to

NEPIRC is part of the national Manufacturing Extension Program and works with regional manufacturers to improve their global competitiveness. NTIEC brings educators, employers and students together to create a better understanding of regional career opportunities and greater regional employment through efforts such as Informational Workshops, Youth Apprenticeships, Educator-in-the-Workplace experiences, and Career Fairs.