Belmont College Receives Grant to Assist with Training in the Oil and Gas Industry
Belmont College receives $20,000 from Dominion Resources to purchase welding equipment
which will be used to train students for work in the oil and gas industry.
Pictured (from left to right; front to back): Jeff Murphy, Dominion East Ohio’s
Managing Director of Commercial Operations; Judy Sandstead, Belmont College Director
of Program Development, Belmont College; Dirk DeCoy, Director of Industrial Trades
and Contract Training, Belmont College; Edward Mowrer Operations Manager, Energy
Institute, Belmont College; R.J. Konkoleski, Director of Development and External
Affairs, Belmont College.
St. Clairsville, OH (August 15, 2013) – Twelve Ohio institutions,
including Belmont College in St. Clarsivlle, Ohio, received $220,000 in Dominion
Foundation Higher Education Grants Tuesday during a presentation at the University
of Akron’s Martin University Center. The grants focus on programs that will help
prepare students for technical positions in Ohio’s growing energy production and
other industries. The Dominion Foundation is the charitable arm of Dominion Resources,
Dominion East Ohio’s parent company.
“Dominion East Ohio has a long and proud tradition of providing natural gas services
throughout the state,” Jeff Murphy, Managing Director, Commercial Operations, noted
during the presentation luncheon. “We were an active participant in the first Appalachian
natural gas boom of the early 1900s and are now providing competitive reliable gathering,
transportation and processing services for Ohio producers in the new, 21st century
natural gas boom. Ohio’s colleges and universities also provide an essential service
to the natural gas renaissance. They are equipping our area workforce to maximize
the economic benefits and to ensure effective stewardship of these new energy supplies.
Potentially even more significant, the talented innovators that study at Ohio’s
colleges today will contribute to the growth of manufacturing, transportation and
service sectors made possible by affordable, abundant local energy.”
Belmont College received $20,000 from the Dominion Resources grants which will assist
with purchasing equipment that will support and build student skills in a controlled
environment welding lab.
According to Dirk DeCoy, Director of Industrial Trades and Contract Training at
Belmont College, the grant will be used to purchase four TIG welders which will
be installed in the College’s welding lab, which is currently being refurbished.
“Our welding lab refurbishing project is now almost complete; the addition of the
new welders will be installed in four of our 16 new weld booths” said Decoy. “Upon
completion of the welding labs, we will have increased our ARC welding capacity
by nearly 70%, giving us a total of 40 welding booths with ARC welding capabilities.”
Belmont College has offered hands-on welding training for 35 years. The welding
program offers students the option of a one-year certificate or a two-year associate
degree in welding technology, as well as specialized training in pipeline welding.
Oftentimes graduates of the welding program seek employment in the coal or steel
industry; however with the increase in pipefitters and construction in the oil and
gas industry, graduates have more opportunities for immediate employment in the
oil and gas industry.
The Ohio Higher Education Grants are part of nearly $1.4 million in Dominion Foundation
grants the Dominion Foundation is awarding this year to colleges and primary and
secondary schools in states where Dominion does business, including Ohio, Connecticut,
Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, and
the District of Columbia.
Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with
a portfolio of approximately 27,000 megawatts of generation, 11,000 miles of natural
gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,400 miles of electric transmission
lines. Dominion operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems
with 947 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers
in 15 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s website at
For more information about Belmont College’s welding program contact Dirk DeCoy,
Director of Industrial Trades and Contract Training at 740.699.3867 or visit
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