Philly college faculty oppose shale group funds

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 29, 2012 6:21 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- Several faculty members at Community College of Philadelphia say their school shouldn't be accepting funds for a new Energy Training Center from a natural gas industry trade group.

The training center, which will launch in January, will receive $15,000 for student scholarships from the Marcellus Shale Coalition.

In a statement, three faculty members are calling on the administration to neither accept funds nor collaborate with the shale gas industry in providing "career, certificate and academic programs in the energy field."

They say they want no part of what they call "an environmentally destructive industry."

The college says the training center will offer an associate degree in building science and prepare students for careers in the energy conservation industry.

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