Drill here, drill now, and simply call it training:
Central Carolina Community College is expanding its course offerings, having recently opened a new health sciences building in Lillington and looking into new classes on operating machinery for hydraulic fracturing and other types of drilling.
About $250,000 of that total either has been or will be raised through grants, officials have said. They plan on raising the remaining half a million through donations from the private sector as well as the three county governments in the college's service area. And Kirk Bradley, the Sanford businessman who is leading the fundraising efforts for the Central Carolina Works program, said they're well on their way.
Which may shed some light on why Mike Stone had four CCCC Trustees removed from their positions earlier this year, a blatantly partisan move to cleanse the board of Democrats. Another well-known fracking cheerleader is knee-deep in this story:
"If they're going to provide a valuable service to the county that we aren't already providing, and the commissioners agree, then it would be approved," Commissioner Jim Womack, a Republican who has been involved in discussions about Central Carolina Works, said earlier this month.
More from Womack in the comment section:
Additionally, the CC Works program must conform to the state's guidelines for administrering (sic) the Career & College Promise program so it can take advantage of the state's full subsidies for dual enrollments. Further, the CC Works coursework should align with employment clusters we project for this area- including advanced manufacturing, healthcare, energy, and agri-business.
I'm sure the drilling companies would jump at the chance to give some "hands-on" training in the area, accompanied by some water quality "studies" of the event to demonstrate how safe it is.