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April 13, 2023

Media Contact: Shelby Botone

Pipeline-CNG Training Program to Hold Certification Ceremony

The 16-week program is fully funded with no out-of-pocket costs to participants.

OKMULGEE, Okla. – The Muscogee Nation Employment and Training Administration will hold a certification ceremony on April 19 for those that have completed the Pipeline/Natural Gas Compression Technician Training Program.

The 16-week program, a partnership between the tribe and Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology and Marathon Petroleum, is specifically designated for Muscogee (Creek) Citizens. The competitive application process began in November of last year with the program accepting a maximum of 10 applicants.

Classes began in January on the OSUIT campus. The program provides students with on-campus housing, meal plans, residential stipends and covers all tuition costs. Students learn and engage in a hands-on experience in courses pertaining to the fundamentals and principles of gas compressors and pipeline material and components.

“This program gives Muscogee (Creek) citizens an opportunity to build a career in the demanding pipeline and natural gas field so that they may make competitive wages and provide for themselves and their families,” ETA Workforce Development Coordinator Gerrell Thomas said. Thomas added that the program offers students, “… an opportunity to learn a specialized trade with 100 percent job placement (upon) completion of the program.”

Caleb Wittman, 27 of Weleetka, says he learned of the program on social media and was immediately interested. When asked about his experience, Wittman stated that the program was, “Quick, simple and a good learning experience.” And said that his favorite part was, “The hands-on parts of the courses for sure.”

For more information about the Pipeline/CNG Technician Training Program, please contact Muscogee Nation Employment and Training at 918-732-7773.