Pennsylvania College of Technology and Penn State Extension collaborated to form the Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center, in 2008 to provide a wide variety of resources to the community and the oil-and-gas industry. In the fall of 2012, MSETC changed its name to ShaleTEC (Shale Training & Education Center) because of the Center's current and future industry expansion into other shale and tight-sand formations.
The center's primary goals are to provide concise and accurate information for the public, to offer workforce-development services to assist with the anticipated large increase in workforce needs of the industry, and to serve as a central access point for the industry to the vast resources of Penn State and Penn College.
As a special mission affiliate of Penn State, committed to applied technology education, Penn College can provide the transfer of technology resources in fields such as:
- Heavy equipment operation
- Heavy equipment maintenance
- Diesel technology
- Mechanical systems
- Construction management
- Civil engineering/surveying
As a central source for a variety of community-related topics including the impact of natural gas in the region, Penn State Extension can provide:
- Land and leasing education
- Community impact briefing
- Economic impact briefings
- Government/municipality education
- Environmental and water quality
Central operations of ShaleTEC are located in the Center for Business & Workforce Development on the main campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. Additional facilities utilized for specific needs include Penn State Extension offices, Penn College at Wellsboro, Penn College Energy Technology Education Center in Montgomery, and various Penn State campus locations.