COLUMBUS - State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) announced the approval of more than $280,000 in state funds that will be invested in a workforce training program at Zane State College, which prepares workers for skilled positions in southeast Ohio's growing oil and gas industry.

Members of the Ohio Controlling Board approved the release of funds supporting the construction of a new standalone workforce training facility. Zane State's decision to build the new facility was in response to demands from local employers seeking to hire qualified workers to fill high-wage jobs.

"New investments in Zane State's training facilities will help prepare students to take on available, good-paying jobs in Ohio's developing oil and gas industry," said Balderson.

Students participating in the program develop a deeper understanding of the oil and natural gas industry and establish basic knowledge and skills necessary to begin careers as heavy truck and equipment technicians in the oil and gas industry.

Senator Balderson serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Utilities. Both committees play an important role in setting policy initiatives for the oil and gas industry, which is one of the fastest growing sectors of Ohio's economy.

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