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The EQT Foundation, the philanthropic extension of EQT Corp., the nation’s largest natural gas producer, awarded the Utica Shale Academy a $25,000 grant to be used for the school’s heavy equipment operator and maintenance program. The academy, located in Salineville, provides a unique learning environment through a specialized academic program which responds to current and emerging and changing global workforce needs and expectations of employers and industries through business/school partnerships. On hand for the presentation at the Utica Shale Training Center were, from left, Carter Hill, dean of students at the academy; Ellen Rossi, president of the EQT Foundation; and Bill Watson, academy superintendent. “We are impressed with the work and dedication of the students and faculty at the Utica Shale Academy as they train the next generation of employees who will help to fuel and grow the energy industry here in Appalachia,” said Rossi. (Contributed photo)

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