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“All Systems Go” for Southern California College of Construction: MSHA Approves Facilities

Posted by Taylor Morris on September 27, 2007

On the morning of September 21, the Southern California College of Construction (SCCC) received a visit from Chad D. Hilde—a representative of the U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). SCCC Training Director Al Loya discussed matters of safety with Mr. Hilde as he inspected the SCCC facilities. Loya said the following regarding the visit:

I was able to meet with Mr. Hilde briefly in order to assure him that we are constantly striving to be a very safe work site, especially since we are a training site. He was able to look through our site plan and “Part 46” plan, which he found favorable and in order as expected. We also discussed certificates for our students and we assured him that all on site were in possession of their certificate. Mr. Hilde was gracious enough to address our students and provide real world examples and safety concerns that are prevalent in the workplace and are major violations. We look forward to meeting again with Mr.Hilde and we will continue to encourage and insist on safe practices at all times.

The MSHA enforces mandatory safety and health standards at all mining and mineral processing sites in the United States. The SCCC was visited by MSHA because its training facility is also located on a mine site. The SCCC campus president, Henry Salgado, is very pleased with the MSHA visit, and said that Mr. Hilde was “very impressed and had no negative findings.”

SCC Training Director Al Loya

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SCCC Training Director receives NCCCO certification

Posted by nahetsblog on September 12, 2007

Since May 1, 2007, Al Loya has been with the Southern California College of Construction as our Training Director. More than twenty years ago, Al was a crane operator, but had never taken the time to get licensed. In the years since, he has been running equipment in one form or another, as well as training others in safe operation of machines.

In order to become a certified crane operator, a written and practical examination must be passed. To get Al back up to speed with crane operation, SCCC sent Al to a four-day refresher course in preparaton for taking the examination. This certification will give the Training Director more validity, as well as a boost to the credentials of the training program.

Al will also be serving as a back-up instructor to our Certified Trainer, Willie Tubbs. The Southern California College of Construction believes in upward mobility for each and every staff member, and look forward to our faculty excelling in each of their chosen professions.

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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 ( 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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