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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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NAHETS Member School in Oklahoma Becomes NUCA’s First Oklahoma Training Center

Posted by nahets on January 23, 2008

The Oklahoma College of Construction (OKCC) is now Oklahoma’s first, and currently only, National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) authorized training center for competent person training in trenching and shoring. We are proud to promote trench safety here in Oklahoma and around the nation. With an estimated 10 to 15 deaths per year in each state in trenching accidents, and with OSHA now requiring a competent person to be on-site whenever excavating, there is now a nationally recognized training center in the heart of Oklahoma and the nation.

Troy Rouse, director of corporate training and an instructor, got the ball rolling on this a few months ago. Previous to Troy’s work here at the OKCC, he started his own training company in Michigan and managed it for 10 years. During this time Troy served on the Michigan OSHA Advisory board and became a member of NUCA. He is also certified as an OSHA Construction Outreach Trainer and as a Trench and Shoring Competent Persons Instructor for NUCA.

Oklahoma College of Construction Logo
National UtilityContractors Association LogoTroy Rouse

When Troy started working here 5 months ago, he realized that there was no NUCA training center for trenching and shoring in Oklahoma. Having extensive knowledge and experience with NUCA training programs, he brought up the idea and possibility for the OKCC to become the first training center for NUCA in Oklahoma. Campus President Jerry McGinnis agreed that his was a valuable opportunity for the college. After months of working out the details things finally went through, and now everything is set in place. A big thanks to Troy for taking the initiative and getting things worked out with NUCA.

In addition to his previous work in Michigan, Troy also served as a heavy combat engineer for the U.S. Army and was employed in Iraq as a Heavy Equipment Trainer. He is also a certified NCCER instructor in heavy equipment operation.

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Oklahoma College of Construction Receives Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation Award

Posted by Taylor Morris on July 17, 2007

From June 2-4, 2007 the Oklahoma College of Construction (OCC) attended the Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation Conference, where it was recognized and awarded for its service to the clients of the Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation Centers.

Approximately 72 service providers attended the conference. Suzanne Constien, the Agency Services Director, represented the OCC and accepted the award. The award given to the OCC was for Outstanding Work with the State of Missouri for people with disabilities. There were only three of these Certificates of Recognition awarded, and the OCC was the only out-of-state provider that received one of these awards. The award was presented by Yvonne Wright, President of the association for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors. She said that the OCC surpassed expectation in making clients and counselors feel comfortable about affiliating with an out-of-state school.








The Oklahoma College of Construction and the Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation offices have been working together for over four months. During this time, there have been approximately 11 students from the MVR agency that have attended and trained at the OCC.

In addition to Missouri, Constien is also working with agencies in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. In order for these agency students to train at the OCC, they must qualify through their state agency, as well as the OCC being approved through the agency and on State Training Providers List. The OCC is building a strong reputation in providing heavy equipment training to out-of-state agency students, and has had about 55 such students year-to-date.Suzanne Constien

The Oklahoma College of Construction has been in operation since 2005. It is a campus branch of the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools. The OCC is dedicated to providing training, education, and national certifications for students to become heavy equipment operators. After students complete any or all of the various training programs, then the College dedicates its efforts to providing job placement assistance for the graduates.

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NAHETS Awarded “Approved Content Provider” for

Posted by nahetsblog on June 28, 2007

The National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools NAHETS, has become an approved video training publisher with the
popular website
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Matt Klabacka, NAHETS President states, “This is a major milestone for NAHETS to achieve the status of “training content provider” for one of the Internets most popular self-help websites.”

HowStuffWorks is the leading source of credible, unbiased, and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works. Founded by North Carolina State University Professor Marshall Brain in 1998, the site has since grown to be an award-winning online resource for millions of people of all ages.

NAHETS curriculum development department and internet video department, in conjunction with yellow metal tv, have created a series of heavy equipment training videos entitled, “Yellow Metal Boot Camp.”

Skid Steer Yellow Metal Boot Camp Sample 1
click to view sample

The skid steer series represents the first of many training videos that NAHETS and Yellow Metal Boot Camp will produce, and includes live footage and 3-D animation. Each series begins with a “Safety First” component emphasizing the importance of safe operation of the equipment. NAHETS will publish, and disseminate these into the web 2.0 environment.
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Klabacka says, “NAHETS is focused on a long term strategy in providing quality, publicly
available, heavy equipment specific, instructional material in a rich media environment.”

According to Klabacka, “heavy equipment instruction, which is made available to the public, can improve the results obtained through the equipment’s use, increase the longevity of the machines, reduce property damage and accidents, and, most importantly, help to cut down
on the number of injuries and even save lives.”

Heavy equipment accidents are common and many are preventable. After watching the Yellow Metal Boot Camp Skid Steer Safety module, Klabacka stated “Every skid steer rented in the country should come with this basic safety video.”

“Equipment rental companies across the country are renting hundreds
of skid steers every day and many of the operators are clueless on safety matters regarding this very useful, yet potentially dangerous piece of heavy equipment.”

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Chris Cannon, NAHETS Director of Curriculum Development says, “skid
steer loaders are not ‘lawn tractors.’ Many weigh as much as a car and have more power, pound for pound, than their larger cousins on the heavy equipment line-up. These small machines warrant a healthy respect. We will start to see an increase in small equipment being used as contractors realize how they can improve production and profits as the size of residential real-estate continues to shrink and the ‘do-it-yourselfer’ launches out into various projects; often without receiving more than a few minutes of training! These machines have come a long way since their invention in 1957 when they were just being used on a farm. More and more, the cost to own, transport, and operate a skid steer with its incredible versatility and the availability of many work tools is making it the obvious machine of choice for many contractors and rental fleets.

The ‘Yellow Metal Boot Camp’ Video training is far superior to a
simple instructional manual, pamphlet, or 5 minutes of instruction from a rental clerk or co-worker. Nothing takes the place of seat-time and professional hands on training by a qualified instructor; but in the absence of that, nothing comes close to these videos. They are professionally produced, high quality, and very engaging unlike many traditional training videos which tend to be rather boring. These videos have been “kicked up a notch.” They have great music, eye catching graphics, 3-D animation, and have more of the look and feel of an adventure; yet they still deliver expert advice, techniques, and emphasize safety as the number one priority. Making this valuable resource available to the public is a mandate that we, at NAHETS, feel very strongly about.”

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