NOT all college degrees are created the same. Starting salaries for petroleum engineers average $98,000 a year, according to Sodahead, a news and commentary website.
But one does not need a four-year degree to make big bucks. Northern Community College in Wheeling and Pierpont Community and Technical College are teaming up to develop both a two-year associate
degree and a one-year certificate program in the field of petroleum technology.
Jobs in this field pay average salaries of $60,000 to $100,000 a year.
The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation gave the project a $250,000 grant, and the industry gave $70,000 in grants to help make the program possible.
West Virginia needs a trained work force to maximize the benefits of extracting natural gas from the Marcellus shale formation. This is a smart investment by the colleges, the industry and the foundation.
High school graduates of the Class of '13 should take advantage of this opportunity to make good money.
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IN an effort to increase attendance at sporting events, the Marshall County Board of Education urged athletic directors to slash ticket prices.
Students and parents now pay $3 to $5 to sit in the stands. Prices would drop to $1 to $2.
"We are in economically challenging times," Superintendent Fred Renzella said. "It's prohibitive for
families, particularly if you have a child in more than one sport."
But athletic directors are hesitant. Charles Duckworth, athletic director of John Marshall High School, said it costs $48,000 a year to field a football team.
"I haven't raised ticket prices in eight years," Duckworth said. "However, the cost of everything else keeps going up and up."
But if cutting ticket prices in half triples attendance, revenues would soar.
Sports officials throughout the state should at least consider the idea.
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RYAN Kirker, 20, of 1515 Caldwell St., McMechen, faces serious federal charges after making threats to the president and his family in three letters in 2012.
Secret Service officials said in court documents that Kirker wrote a man named John. Kirker said he was wanted to meet "John" in Washington and
boasted that he has a "30.06 semi-automatic," the Secret Service said.