Shale Summit in Muskingum County

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The campuses of Ohio University Zanesville and Zane State College play host to a summit on Utica Shale.

The Utica Shale Workforce Development Summit is the first of its kind, bringing together industry representatives, economic development professionals and job trainers throughout Southeastern Ohio. Broken up into teams they discuss issues that arise from shale drilling.

A major topic is education a workforce that includes increasing math and science scores for young children.

"We got to engage children actually in the 6,7 and 8 grades," said Safety and Workforce Administrator Charlie Dixon. "We need to be engaging them so that they start thinking about what do I want to be when I grow up."

Dixon also mentioned the need for trade schools to teach students in fields connected to shale drilling including heavy equipment programs and machine tool training. Groups also talked about how to sustain the jobs in the future.

"We need to make sure that our people are trained. We need to make sure our local businesses have access to contracts and the like so that they benefit from this period and that we develop the kinds of businesses within our region that will still be here and still be operating after the boom times are over," said David Wilhelm.

Currently the state has 180 Utica shale wells. Results from the summit will be put together in a report and be made available to the public.

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