Energy Institute Offers Additional Courses to Enhance Existing Degrees with Oil & Gas Industry Training
St. Clairsville, OH (August 22, 2012) – In order to allow current degree holders the opportunity to become more
marketable in the energy industry, Belmont College is now offering coursework and training to provide graduates
additional credentials through the Energy Institute.
“The Belmont College Energy Institute provides direction and resources to educate, train, and retrain individuals
in the creation, management, and operation of sources of energy, such as oil and gas,” said Dr. Holly Bennett, Dean of
Workforce and Economic Development. “These training opportunities and short-term certificates are available to
individuals who may already have a college degree but are looking to re-tool and re-train for job prospects in the
oil and gas industry; therefore allowing them to remain aggressive in the workforce.”
Supportive coursework has been developed for civil engineering, industrial electronics, welding, accounting, and
business that will better prepare students for employment opportunities in the oil and gas industry. According to
Dr. Bennett, graduates with degrees in these programs can add oil and gas certifications to their qualifications in
order to become more sought-after in the energy careers.
By taking the offered oil and gas courses, students can enhance their skills and qualifications by adding specialized
proficiencies to an existing degree. This additional coursework can also be added at the end of a student's program and
in some cases, can be used as electives in specific programs. These specialized credit classes can be valuable to students
seeking pathways to lucrative employment in the oil and gas industry.
When applied to an already completed degree, these certificates usually can be completed in less than a year and
can potentially lead to a specific job in the energy industry.
For more information about short-term certificates or the Energy Institute please contact the Workforce Development
and Community Education Office at 740.699.3869 or visit www.belmontcollege.edu/energyinstitute.
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