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Superintendent Ross to Visit Marlington High School Oil and Gas Technology Program

Release date: 5/22/2013

What: Superintendent Ross visits Marlington High School to see first-hand the oil and gas technology course, see the students in action and meet with students and educators. Media availability at conclusion of visit.

Who: Ohio Department of Education State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard A. Ross, Ohio Board of Regents Senior Vice Chancellor Gary Cates and Ohio Department of Commerce Director Andre T. Porter.

When: Thursday, May 23, 2013, 2:30 p.m.            

Where: Marlington High School, 10320 Moulin Avenue, Alliance 44601


  • The program was created last year with encouragement from the school district and the Ohio Department of Education.
  • The Stark State College Oil and Gas Engineering Program is a Marlington High School managing partner.
  • Local oil and gas businesses across the region endorse the program and support the efforts. 

Program:  The Marlington High School’s Oil and Gas Technology Program is a two-year commitment that offers students the opportunity to earn six credits while gaining real-world experience. During both the junior and senior years, the class meets for two class periods per day. Seniors have the option to receive two additional credits by obtaining a course-related job.

Background: The Oil and Gas Technologies program is one of the first of its kind to be developed in the state of Ohio. The Marcellus Shale Field, which runs under Ohio and surrounding states, is the second largest gas field in the world and will provide economic opportunity for the local community.

Training students in this growing industry will provide them with career opportunities close to home. The program will work in a partnership with gas and oil industry leaders to provide necessary training to high school juniors and seniors. A comprehensive curriculum over the two-year program will cover all areas of the industry, ensuring a well-prepared graduate. Students will learn basic exploration of the gas and oil field, workplace safety, communication and team work.

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