SUNY BEST presents “CCC Gas Drilling Curriculum and WorkKeys System”


BINGHAMTON, NY -- The SUNY Business and Education Cooperative of the Southern Tier (SUNY BEST) will host a discussion of the natural gas industry, including the Marcellus Shale and its economic impact on the Southern Tier region at 10 a.m. Thursday, Apr. 7, in the Academic and Workforce Development Center at Corning Community College (CCC).  The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will also provide information about CCC’s new gas drilling curriculum and how the college uses the WorkKeys Pilot Program, a new assessment tool for the center.

WorkKeys, developed to create a meaningful link between job seekers, education and training providers, and area employers, is a comprehensive system measuring “real world” skills in a workplace context, consists of three components: job profiling, skills assessment, and skills training.  The program was developed by American College Testing (ACT) and is administered by the WorkKeys Center out of Syracuse University.

Featured speakers include Mike Atchie, a government specialist with Chesapeake Energy and George Miner, president of the Southern Tier Economic Development.  Other guests include Brenda English, director of the Academic and Workforce Development Center at CCC; Lori Gwin, business service specialist at CCC; and Shelly Madden, coordinator of CCC’s WorkKeys program. Pre-registration for the discussion is required through the SUNY Best website at:

SUNY BEST is a volunteer group comprised of senior staff members from key economic and educational institutions in the Southern Tier.  The group works to forge strong alliances, strengthen industry specific needs and provide information and outreach for business.  SUNY BEST also seeks to explore and support the business community workforce needs for traditional and emerging industry clusters such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy, photonics, energy conservation and renewal.

Last Updated: 9/17/13