Successful Debut Leads to Second Offering; Twelve of 13 Students in First Session Earned Employment

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- This past September, SUNY Orange, in partnership with Precision Pipeline Solutions and Northeast Gas Association, offered a new Gas Operator Technician Training program that resulted in 12 of the 13 participants earning employment with Precision Pipeline.

On the heels of that successful debut, SUNY Orange will offer another session of the three-week training program beginning in February 2015, with orientation and training to take place in January.

This innovative training program will be conducted in part, at Precision Pipeline’s newly renovated facility that offers state-of-the-art technology for students, who will be trained by instructors from Northeast Gas Association, Precision Pipeline Solutions and SUNY Orange. The program--partially funded by a Job Innovation Accelerator (JIAC) grant and a Trade Adjustment and Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant--is also being supported by Orange County’s Workforce Investment Board and Veteran’s Services Agency.

The program will meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for a total of 120 hours of instruction. Times for the hands-on training elements of the coursework may vary. The program features training in the following areas: pipe fitting, fusion, installation and inspection; leak detection and gas meter regulation; accident awareness and prevention; blue print and pipeline drawings; and workplace competencies, communication and teamwork skills.

Students must be at least 18 years of age to participate. Those who successfully complete program will receive a program certificate and industry credential from Northeast Gas Association, and will receive job search assistance with local pipeline installation employers. Full scholarships are available.

For more information on participant requirements, contact Patricia Kelly, SUNY Orange JIAC grant coordinator, at (845) 341-9021, or Christine Trieste, SUNY Orange TAACCCT grant coordinator, at (845) 341-9718. Information is also available at

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
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Middletown, NY 10940