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    Lackawanna CollegeCurrent NewsFalcon HeadlinesLackawanna receives $400,000 in gifts, grants for School of Petroleum & Natural Gas

    Lackawanna receives $400,000 in gifts, grants for School of Petroleum & Natural Gas

    Donation by Check-6, support from Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry further position school as national leader in education, training.


    SCRANTON, Pa. – The Lackawanna College School of Petroleum & Natural Gas in New Milford, Pa., will soon be the second school in the nation to utilize a unique training system.

    Through a $250,000 in-kind gift by Check-6 Training Systems, a recognized leader in the training and safety of Primary and Secondary Well control technology, Lackawanna College will implement a Learning Management Software Server and Well Control VI (Virtual Instructor) training system. The gift will help deploy two Well Control VI workstations, as well as a 60-inch, high-definition touch screen monitor at the front of the classroom.

    Currently, only Texas Tech Petroleum Engineering School has receiveda similar software package and services from Check-6. This unique action further positions Lackawanna College as a leader in petroleum- and natural gas-based education and training in northeastern Pennsylvania and the nation.

    Additionally, Lackawanna College has been awarded a $150,000 Workforce Development Tech Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Workforce Investment Administration. The grant will afford Lackawanna College the opportunity to purchase needed hardware, setup, and configuration of the unique Well Control VI system.

    “We are grateful for the investment that Check-6, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and all of our industry partners are making in our students,” stated Mark Volk, President of Lackawanna College, “We believe this represents a significant step forward in the remarkable growth of the School of Petroleum & Natural Gas.  We know that the opportunities this industry holds for our students aren’t just game-changing, they are life-changing.”

    Jason McAlister, vice president of operations for Check-6 Training Systems, added, “This innovative, hands-on training system is playing a critical role in sustaining competency in today’s oilfield and will prepare the petroleum and natural gas students for their future careers and real-world well control situations in the Marcellus and around the world.”

    Well Control VI Demo from Check-6 on Vimeo.


    The School of Petroleum & Natural Gas at Lackawanna College is sustained by a strong network of partner companies from the natural gas & petroleum industry in northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond. In 2014, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation created a $2.5 million endowment for the school and hundreds of thousands of dollars in educational material and equipment donations from other companies have streamed into the college over the past 12 months.

    “The successful growth of this school represented by these latest investments are proof positive of what a strong and united natural gas and petroleum industry can accomplish,” said George Stark, Director of External Affairs for Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation, “The educational investment we collectively make in the future of the industry workforce will pay dividends for our community for generations to come.”

    “Adding the state-of-the-art Check-6 Well Control VI to our curriculum will enhance our students’ learning experience and provide hands-on well control practice, reinforcing our vision of preparing our graduates to be effective employees in the oil and gas industry from day one. Seventy percent of our graduates are hired by major exploration and petroleum, midstream and pipeline companies, and the Well Control VI training system will allow them to be even more effective in their future careers,” said Rick Marquardt, founding dean of the School of Petroleum & Natural Gas.

    Lackawanna College currently offers associate degree programs in Petroleum and Natural Gas Technology, Natural Gas Compression Technology, Petroleum and Natural Gas Measurement, and Petroleum and Natural Gas Business Administration. The School of Petroleum & Natural Gas is located at 2390 State Route 848, New Milford, Pa. For more information, visit

    Check-6 is team of professionals, passionately inspired to make a difference and empowered to provide innovative solutions, creating a culture of excellence through a higher standard of safety, training and operational efficiency. For more information on Check-6, visit

    Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation is an independent natural gas producer and a leading developer of the natural gas supply contained in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. For more information, visit the Company’s homepage at