One of the largest underground mining companies based here in the Ohio Valley will be offering students from two local colleges the opportunity to work for them and complete their degree at the same time.
West Virginia Northern Community College and Pierpont Community and Technical College in Fairmont will now be offering an Associates degree in Mine Maintenance. The candidates selected to be a part of the of the program will be working part-time at Murray Energy. They will receive hands-on experience by doing entry-level work down in the mines. This will be a 60 credit program that can be finished in two years. Classes will start next semester at both colleges.
Ryan Murray, the VP of Operations for Murray Energy, says, “for a while we’ve been seeing the need for development of maintenance skills in our underground mines and the industry as a whole has been identifying this issue.” Dr. Vicki L. Riley, the President of WVNCC, says, “It’s a wonderful experience for the students to make sure that this is a good career for them, and it gives Murray first dibs on finding the best employees to help them create their future too.”
It’s not guaranteed that every student will be offered a full-time position with Murray Energy after they complete the program. But there’s a very good chance they might.
If you are interested in applying for the program, you must apply by July 9th.