New Construction Gas Operator Training Program Recognized by NYS Continuing Education Association

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- SUNY Orange’s successful partnership with Precision Pipeline Solutions and the Northeast Gas Association to train prospective employees for the natural gas workforce has received the “James C. Hall Exemplary Program: Outstanding Business/Organization Collaboration Award” by the Continuing Education Association of New York.

David Kohn, director of Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) at SUNY Orange, accepted the award on behalf of the College yesterday (Thursday, Nov. 12) during CEANY’s annual conference at the Holiday Inn Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He was joined by Patricia Kelly, SUNY Orange JIAC grant coordinator, and Christine Trieste, SUNY Orange TAACCCT grant coordinator.

The award recognizes the partnership’s blending of local business needs and strategic industry needs, as well as the College’s execution of a custom training program to address those needs through its New Construction Gas Operator training program. The program is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration’s Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge (JIAC) grant and a Trade Adjustment and Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant. It is also supported by Orange County’s Workforce Development Board and Veteran’s Services Agency.

Over the past two years, 55 people have graduated from the program’s first five classes, and approximately 90 percent of the graduates have been offered full-time permanent employment in the industry, many with Precision Pipeline.

“The New Construction Gas Operator Training Program combines the efforts of Precision Pipeline Solutions, Northeast Gas Association and Orange County Community College in order to serve a community need,” said Jill Pippin, chair of CEANY’s Awards and Resolutions Committee. “The committee was particularly impressed by the success rate of the program. It epitomizes the spirit of Continuing Education.”

Students attend classes that are conducted, in part, at Precision Pipeline’s facility that offers state-of-the-art industry technology. Instructors from Precision Pipeline Solutions and SUNY Orange provide training in the following areas: pipe joining, meter installation/pipe fitting, leak survey, coating application, joining tracer wire, accident awareness and prevention; as well as competencies, communication and teamwork skills.

Students must be a United States citizen or have the ability/right to work in the U.S., at least 18 years of age, and have a high school diploma or GED/HSE to be considered for the program. Upon completion of the program, students exit with the knowledge and experience needed to seek entry into the natural gas industry’s workforce along with a transcript of their operator qualifications.

“SUNY Orange has become a catalyst to putting many veterans, unemployed and underemployed job seekers to work at steady well-paying jobs,” says Jon Selander, founder and CEO of Precision Pipeline Solutions. “The collaborative partnership between Precision Pipeline Solutions and SUNY Orange has resulted in qualified individuals supporting PPS’s growth and becoming PPS’s leaders of tomorrow.”

For more information on the program, call Kelly at (845) 341-9021 or Trieste at (845) 341-9718.

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