The Community College of Allegheny County has decided to offer free tuition to Washington County residents, as part of a scholarship program meant to build a workforce for Royal Dutch Shell’s ethane “cracker” plant in western Pennsylvania, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times.

The Cracker Ready Grant has made $100,000 in scholarships available for students to either receive a one-year mechatronics certificate or go through a commercial driver’s license program. Through PNC Charitable Trusts, the Remmel Foundation is funding the grant.

As Shell builds its petrochemical facility, commercial drivers will be needed to move materials to and from the site during construction. Once the cracker is open, it will need people with mechatronics knowledge.

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