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New program aims to place veterans in oil and gas jobs

About 15,000 military veterans are returning from overseas with injuries to their limbs that can make it hard to find work.

But a new program that trains veterans to work in the oil and gas industry can help them.

The Wyoming Contractors Asso-ciation has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to train veterans who have been discharged in the past four years, are at least 30 percent disabled or served in combat.

“The oil and gas industry has guys retiring. This will bring veterans in as trained supervisors and middle management,” said Bill Harding of the Colorado Workforce Center.

Harding said he knew of 20 to 25 Moffat County veterans who would be eligible for the program.

The program aims to fill 5,000 oil and gas positions in Wyoming.

Employees will be trained for 50 hours during one week.

Trainees will be paid $10 an hour during training and can expect to earn $17 to $22 an hour after completing training.

Trainees must be at least 18 years old, possess basic reading and writing skills, pass a drug and alcohol test, and be capable of performing physical work.

For more information, contact Mark Hicks at the Wyoming Workforce Center in Casper at 307-234-4591or

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or

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