Shale academy to operate out of Southern Local High School

SALINEVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – In just days, students will be able to learn more about the oil and gas industry through a unique learning environment. Parents and students are getting ready for the unique opportunity at Southern Local High School.

The Utica Shale Academy isn’t your traditional 9th through 12th grade school but the education will have the same outcome as it does for all graduating seniors.

“Coming out they will get a high school diploma just they would at any school,” said Eric Sampson, Utica Shale Academy.

The academy will be inside Southern Local High School, but the students will learn primarily online. Parents such as Mindy Gregory are interested in learning more for her son.

“I am kind of interested in having him do this because I think it would be a good experience.” Gregory said.

The courses are offered to high school students across Ohio and so far 24 have registered. The class size is unlimited so no one gets turned away.

Industry expert Brian Logue said now is a great time to open a school specializing in Utica Shale.

“The area is ripe with opportunity. It is just we would like to bring more local talent, local employees from the area,” Logue said.

Sampson said they hope to expand the program in the future and offer different certifications.

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