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TC Energy, BridgeValley begin partnership to train next generation of natural gas techs


High School students looking for strong employment soon after graduation are being recruited to consider becoming a technician in the natural gas industry. 

TC Energy, which has operations in 48 states including West Virginia, has partnered with Kanawha County’s BridgeValley Community and Technical College to create programs to train future gas technicians for jobs which are expected to be in high demand in the next three to five years. 

Ken Haynes is one of the instructors helping craft the program.  He says West Virginia is currently the sixth largest producer of natural gas in the United States. The industry said there is a market for skilled operators who can work the systems in the growing industry. 

“There’s that going on and with the number of baby boomers who are retiring it has presented a unique opportunity,” Haynes explained. 

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