In its first year, ShaleNET has helped place 288 local people in jobs related to the natural gas industry, according to the recently released issue of the ShaleNET newsletter.

The newsletter also highlights training successes and opportunities, as well as information about the Third Annual ShaleNET Workforce Forum on Sept. 19-20 in Altoona. Gov. Tom Corbett has been invited to be the forum’s keynote speaker.

ShaleNET is a multi-state, comprehensive recruitment, training, placement and retention program for jobs in the gas industry throughout the Marcellus Shale footprint. It links industry, workforce investment boards and training providers to ensure local worker placement in six entry-level, family sustaining positions that have been identified as High Priority Occupations  by the Pennsylvania Workforce Development, a program of the state’s Department of Labor & Industry.

To subscribe to the newsletter or learn more, go to www.shalenet.org.