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Walter Clough

Posted by nahetsblog on July 20, 2009

The story of Walter Clough is not a rare one for many students that attended one of NAHETS member schools. Walter graduated from the Oklahoma College of Construction and is working for APAC in Missouri making 35/hr. He is an operator, but also doing site plans and other duties. This isn’t Walter’s first HEO job since graduation, but it’s his first full time job. 35.00/hr is very impressive for anyone, however for Walter it’s…. well…you gotta know Walter. I asked him his secret to landing this job (Apac was one of his job leads in his original packet) almost a month ago. He walked onto the jobsite, filled out an application and was hired on the spot!!! That’s it! We always encourage our graduates to not be afraid to walk on a job site and speak with a foreman/site supervisor. These guys usually know what their immediate needs are before the corporate office does. Anyway, Walter has been encouraged to do this for quite some time….he finally did it and it’s finally paying off. Congratulations to Walter!

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First Career Fair For Southern California College of Construction

Posted by Taylor Morris on September 11, 2007

September 4, 2007-San Bernardino, CA-The Southern California College of Construction (SCCC) held its first in-house career fair on August 30, 2007. The purpose of the fair was to expose the SCCC students and graduates to various employers. The fair also allowed employers to become acquainted with the students and graduates-their potential employees.

Throughout the fair, students and graduates did on-the-spot interviews with various potential employers. Many industry-leading companies and employers attended including the following: Volvo Rents, Phelps Dodge, Aerotek, Riverside County Waste Management, Hub Construction, and the Veterans Vocational Rehab. The students also had their professional resumes ready for the companies to see.

Regarding the career fair, President of the SCCC, Henry Salgado, said ” We believe in our product and we believe in our students; we want to give our students the best possible chance in obtaining employment within the heavy equipment and construction industries.” SCCC career services director, Rocio Rodriguez, was the main organizer of the event. She worked with several companies in attendance, and helped prepare the students by assisting them in compiling their resumes.

Student and Employer Exchanging Handshakes


The Southern California College of Construction opened in June of 2007. It is a member college of the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools (www.NAHETS.com). The mission of the SCCC is to provide professional heavy equipment training and education to students, so they can become certified heavy equipment operators. The SCCC focuses on job placement assistance within the industry once students complete their training and become certified.

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Nevada School of Construction Hosts NCCCO Workshop

Posted by nahetsblog on August 9, 2007

PRESS RELEASE
From the NCCCO News Center:

August 2007 – The largest CCO Practical Examiner Accreditation workshop ever held by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) was hosted May 22-24 by the Nevada School of Construction (NSOC) in Las Vegas, NV.

A total of 30 candidates from 17 states attended the mobile crane workshop, which included first time student examiners, as well as refresher and re-accrediting examiners.

As sponsor of this event, NSOC provided the location, cranes and meals for the 3- day workshop. “Crane operators are in high demand,” said Debra Forbush, NSOC Campus President. “One national company has hired about 15 of our graduates and one of the largest national mining companies is also a client.”

NSOC, a member of the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools (NAHETS), has been operating in Las Vegas for the past three years preparing students for jobs in heavy construction, including crane operation. The school boasts over 250 years of collective experience among the instructors, and claims a national reputation for graduating operators in the construction industry.

Forbush said the crane operator training program had been a positive addition for the school and its students. “We stress safety, safety, safety!” she says, and claims safety and attitude are the two contributors to success—a belief reflected in a sign on her office wall which states, “Attitude is everything; pick a good one!”

Since January this year, Nevada has required crane operators to be certified. CCO certification is a part of the NSOC graduation requirements. Forbush noted that, with the new legislation in effect, emphasis on becoming certified had intensified. “Employers use our school as a resource to locate new talent, and our graduates use our school as a springboard to find employment nationwide,” stated Ms. Forbush.

The NSOC facility comprises a training site as well as classroom space. For hands-on training, NSOC has a Link Belt RTC-8030 mobile crane on site in addition to other heavy construction equipment. A small telescopic crane (boom truck) was rented for the Workshop so the students would have an opportunity to meet the small telescopic hydraulic crane type requirement.

Feedback from the NCCCO Workshop had been very positive, Forbush said, and she noted that she has already had several inquiries from potential examiner candidates for a repeat event.

The expanding Las Vegas skyline is currently dotted with a veritable forest of booms and jibs representing multiple crane types, working on the latest construction projects.

Forbush said NSOC was a good choice for the Workshop, since Las Vegas will clearly need more certified crane operators as growth continues and the demand for crane operators rises. “People stop on the freeway and take pictures of our city because of the unique construction scenes,” she noted.

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Northern California College of Construction Opens Doors

Posted by Taylor Morris on July 31, 2007

During World War II, Rough and Ready Island was a naval base and the central communications point for all of the armed services. As of 2004, the Port of Stockton took over most of the area and designated it as a redevelopment area. Today, Rough and Ready is also a commercial port that ships raw materials throughout the world. As of two weeks ago, the island is adding something new to its history.

NCCC First Class Start

On July 16, 2007, The Northern California College of Construction (NCCC) opened its doors in Stockton, CA…on Rough and Ready Island.

The NCCC was started to fill the needs and demands of qualified and certified heavy equipment operators not only in northern California, but everywhere in the country. Jeff Dorricott, the president and director of the college, said that “Our focus here at Northern California College of Construction is to equip our students with a solid foundation to become successful as Heavy Equipment and Crane operators. We have built an educational environment specifically aimed at providing technology with hands-on learning practices. We are here because we are passionate about what we do and that is what will set our students down the path of success.”

The opening ceremonies were a success at Rough and Ready Island. The NCCC had 17 students begin training on the opening day-a 100% show-rate. Dorricott sees this as evidence for the demand of heavy equipment operators in the area.

The NCCC is one of five member schools of The National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools (www.nahets.com). Individually and collectively, these schools serve a significant demographic that is essential to the heavy equipment and construction industries, as well as society at-large.

President of NAHETS, Matt Klabacka, believes that this demographic includes “Post-secondary students [that] can be defined in five separate categories: the traditional college-bound student, the semi-traditional college-bound student, the non-traditional college-bound student, the non college-bound student, and the high school dropout.” Klabacka feels that the current educational community is not meeting the needs of these people. He further stated that “the training of welders, truck drivers, crane operators, and equipment operators have been lacking in recent years, leading to a shortage of well-trained professionals.”

The Northern California College of Construction aims to serve the needs of these students by supplying industries with a qualified, motivated, and skilled entry-level equipment operator. The means to accomplish these goals hinge on curriculum and standards. At the NCCC, as well as all NAHETS member schools, several learning methods combine to create a most effective education in heavy equipment operating: classroom instruction, simulation training, hands-on operating, internet tools, and more. In addition, each member school or college must meet the following credentials:

*Full time campus director or college president
* Full time on site campus job placement director
* Full time on site campus financial aid director
* Full time on site campus admissions director
* Full time on site Heavy equipment training director
* Full time Certified heavy equipment training instructors
* 20 acre minimum heavy equipment training area
* 3-4 classrooms dedicated to training heavy equipment operators
* No other business conducted at training site
* Clean administrative facilities.

With the addition of the Northern California College of Construction to the heavy equipment industry, dreams and goals will be realized for those who aspire to become accomplished heavy equipment operators; and the nation-wide demand of construction companies to employ these operators will further be satisfied.

 

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Southern California College of Construction Opens Doors

Posted by nahetsblog on July 3, 2007

The Southern California College of Construction opened its doors on June 16, 2007. California College of Construction Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting

Historically, the male, non-traditional, college-bound student population has been under served. For women, non-traditional higher education is generally served through cosmetology schools, medical assistant schools, and career colleges. However, the male-dominated trades have been overlooked by the majority of the higher education community. Community colleges do serve a portion of the male population, but not to the level necessitated by educational demands.

In past years, students were given the opportunity to learn a trade by going to vocational schools. Unfortunately, these “trade schools” have diminished, and electronics schools are becoming obsolete. Electronics are no longer repaired-they are replaced. The training of welders, truck drivers, crane operators, and equipment operators have been lacking in recent years, leading to a shortage of well-trained professionals.

The educational community is not meeting the needs of several facets of the male population: the non-traditional, college-bound high school graduate, the high school graduate who is not college-bound, and the high school drop out. This large population is severely under-served by the traditional college educational products.

Matt Klabacka, president of NAHETS, believes that the market is ripe for a product that provides an alternative to the current educational options, at the same time meeting the need for nationally certified heavy equipment operators.

Klabacka states: “Post-secondary students can be defined in five separate categories: the traditional college-bound student, the semi-traditional college-bound student, the non-traditional college-bound student, the non college-bound student, and the high school dropout. “

Southern California College of Construction aims to serve the needs of these students by supplying industries with a qualified, motivated, and skilled entry-level equipment operator.

The National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools, NAHETS (www.nahets.com) was formed to improve upon and fill the needs of the equipment operator shortage around the country. A short review of Wikipedia shows that NAHETS is the nationally recognized organization to oversee quality and standards within the heavy equipment industry. NAHETS campuses utilize standardized curriculum produced by the National Center for Construction Education, and institutional standards.

California College of Construction Grand Opening Staff Members

Members schools and colleges of NAHETS must have the following:

* Full time campus director or college president
* Full time on site campus job placement director
* Full time on site campus financial aid director
* Full time on site campus admissions director
* Full time on site Heavy equipment training director
* Full time Certified heavy equipment training instructors
* 20 acre minimum heavy equipment training area
* 3-4 classrooms dedicated to training heavy equipment operators
* No other business conducted at training site
* Clean administrative facilities.

A heavy equipment training school that wishes to join NAHETS must have no other activity associated with the operation of the school. In other words, 100% of their operations must be dedicated to training heavy equipment operators.

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Georgia School of Construction on Local News Affiliate

Posted by nahetsblog on June 13, 2007

The Georgia School of Construction, a NAHETS member school, was featured on the local Fox 5 Affiliate. Brett Martin, the Fox 5 “Road Warrior”, visited the field site early in the day to watch of the training exercises of our students.
Highlighted in the two-minute news clip was the fact that students come from all over the nation, from Maine to the Virgin Islands, to attend the Georgia School of Construction, with the intent of gaining various certifications in heavy equipment operations.

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Student Testimonial

Posted by nahetsblog on June 7, 2007

“My name is Tom Johnson.

“I’m from New England, Connecticut. I am 24 years old. I was actually eating breakfast with my mom and dad when they mentioned I should go to the Georgia School of Construction, member of the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools, NAHETS, (www.nahets.com). They said they would pay for it and I took them up on it. The drive down from Connecticut was 1,000 miles, and it took me 18 hours. I found out about the Georgia School of Construction through the website. The difference was the website. It was very professional-it looked like something I want to be part of.

“I really didn’t know what to expect-I was a little nervous. They were talking about job placement; they were really stressing safety. One of the things they said it would take was a good attitude. You have to be at the school at 7 AM, you do 4 hours of book work then you break for lunch, then you get out to the site around noon and spend the rest of the day on the equipment. It’s just like playing in the dirt.

“We showed up at the site and they gave us our hard hat and safety glasses. They could not stress enough the safety. We went and familiarized ourselves with the equipment there and we walked around the equipment telling us about the pinch points, about the grease nipples, stuff like that.

“Our first week we went over safety, our second week we really got on the equipment and really learned how to operate it and basic stuff, our third week it was more of skilled operator stuff. Level I was about skidsteer(bobcat), backhoe, tractor, dumptruck, watertruck, front loader, safety, familiarizing yourself with the equipment, and skill training on 7 pieces of equipment.

“The school stressed that their biggest thing was job placement so I put my confidence in them. The school would make a lot of contacts for me, they would write me up a resume. They went on the computer for me the used their own contacts.

“I stayed at the suburban extended-stay hotel, it’s a decent place. There’s a lot of people in and out so there’s always something going on.

“The staff is great. Jay, he is like one of the guys. I feel like my ability is much greater than from when I started. I feel very comfortable on the equipment that I learned to operate.

“I feel I know enough to start my own business.”

View the testimonial here

Posted in Admissions & Recruitment, crane, crane operator, dump truck, dump truck operator, Education & Training, excavator, excavator operator, fork lift operator, forklift, Graduate Placement, heavy equipment operator, heavy equipment schools, heavy equipment training, motor grader, motor grader operator, wheel loader, wheel loader operator | Leave a Comment »

Nevada Campus visited by U.S. Department of Interior

Posted by nahetsblog on May 8, 2007

On May 2, 2007, the Nevada School of Construction and NAHETS Corporate offices hosted a visit by members of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Lynn Forcia, Division Chief of the Office of Indian Energy & Economic Development-Division of Workforce Development, as well has two of her colleagues, Jody LeCompte-Garrison and Francis Dunne, were taken on a tour of the Nevada Campus and Field Site by Debra Forbush, campus president, and Sharla Patterson, Native American Liaison.

Discussed were the three different levels of Heavy Equipment Operation offered, as well as the Crane Operation program and housing options for out-of-state students. Tuition costs, financial aid, job-placement assistance, and success stories of previous students were also topics of note. While at the field site campus representatives were able to discuss in detail seat time on equipment, practical field site projects, instructor qualifications, and unique teaching techniques, including the use of Ipod’s.

At NAHETS Corporate Offices, the group was given a tour by Mike Martens, Brian Thornton, and Rhett Nielson. Discussed were out Heavy Metal Program, and our soon-to-be implemented online course study. The online course was of particular interest to the visitors as it would potentially cut housing costs for out-of-state students as well as facilitate an intense study of material until a high level of proficiency is met.

They were very impressed with our program and have committed to give our education information to the Native American tribes they visit at least once a year. They also personally invited Sharla Patterson to their National Indian Economic Development Conference in Reno, Nevada on October 31, 2007.

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Heavy Equipment Rodeo

Posted by nahetsblog on April 5, 2007

Every two years Toronto, Canada hosts The National Heavy Equipment Show, the most recent just having ended on March 21-22, 2007. This year the show drew a record number in audience, exceeding 11,000 visitors.

One of the prestigious events in the show is the Backhoe Rodeo. It’s been nearly 10 years, and Octavio Miranda still not considered a “rodeo champ.” Miranda, a long time backhoe rodeo competitor, achieved his goal this year. Miranda out-dueled his main competitor and defending champ, Joe Trecapelli, in a series of events. The backhoe rodeo includes contestants knocking balls off of pylons; pouring wine into three glasses; moving two buckets and a 4×4 beam with vintage backhoe controls; and placing two hula hoops on a rack with a three-pronged hook. All events were performed by a four-stick Case 580 model backhoe. This year Miranda finally became the Backhoe Rodeo Grand Champion.

The backhoe rodeo is “fun,” but takes skill and “tests even the most seasoned operator.” For the next two years, Miranda can claim bragging rights as being one of the elite in heavy equipment operating.

NAHETS understands what it means to combine fun with skill in heavy equipment operating. As part of its various training programs, the different training schools have an “egg rodeo” where students who have been training attempt to pick-up an egg off the dirt and place it in an egg carton, without cracking it. This is done with the bucket attachment of a backhoe. To view a video of this see: http://youtube.com/watch?v=g_pJPtfJcQ0.

Events such as the backhoe rodeo at the National Heavy Equipment Show, and the egg rodeo at NAHETS training schools, exemplify the excitement and standards of the heavy equipment industry. These events reflect the skill and capabilities of operators. Despite preconceived notions, certified and qualified equipment operators are more than just guys in t-shirts who move a couple controls around with a cigarette in their mouth.

NAHETS graduates are among the elite in heavy equipment training, education, and operating. The backhoe competition and egg rodeo are simply a mesh and example of higher standards, greater skill, and more fun.

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National Heavy Equipment Operator Job Placement Researcher Hired

Posted by nahetsblog on March 20, 2007

Friday, March 9, 207 signaled a step forward for NAHETS, one I have been anticipating for quite some time. NAHETS has employed the services of Mary Ellen, whose purpose is to serve as a national job placement officer.

Mary Ellen is an expert at finding employment within the industry as heavy equipment operators or crane operators, and will be working with NAHETS full-time locating jobs for NAHETS graduates.

This is a significant development for NAHETS, one I’ve been waiting on for quite some time. More jobs for our graduates. Within her first ten days of employment, MAry Ellen has already found over 1,000 available jobs for our graduates.

Graduates in the heavy equipment operator program and crane operator programs should see an increase in the number of available jobs provided by our job placement assistance departments. On Tuesday March 20, 2007 at 12:00pm, NAHETS will conduct a special meeting introducing Mary Ellen to member campuses. Welcome aboard Mary!

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