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Jan. 24, 2011

CONTACT: K.E. Schwab




SRU offers Marcellus Shale Basic Well Controls programs


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s Division of Lifelong Learning is partnering with the Petroleum College International, a division of the University of Houston, in Victoria, Texas, to bring a Marcellus Shale Basic Well Control program to western Pennsylvania beginning April 12.

SRU will serve as one of two training centers offering the program in Pennsylvania and one of six worldwide. Enrollment of 12-16 students is expected for each of the three and a half-day session.

Tuition is $875 per person, with classes taught at the division’s facilities at 165 Elm. St., Slippery Rock.   

As of Oct. 1, there were 4,510 active permits and 645 completed wells in the Marcellus Shale plan, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

“The program is designed to provide drillers the information and techniques needed to prevent kicks; to handle them if they occur; and to prevent blowouts in a safe, efficient and professional manner,” said James Brockman, director of workforce and professional development at SRU’s Center for Lifelong and Community Learning.

The program will include classroom instruction and simulator training.

The first class will run April 12-15. Additional sessions will be offered May 17-20, June 21-24, July 19-22, Aug. 23-25, Oct. 18-20 and Nov. 15-18.

For more information or to enroll call 724.738.1601


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.