21 06, 2021

SOFTEC draws state attention and grant

June 21st, 2021|Categories: Articles, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Lieutenant Governor’s office were in Siren on Tuesday, June 15 noting a $47,000 WEDC grant award for the Softec facility in Siren, which does virtual heavy equipment training. Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes was on hand and praised the opportunity the Softec offers,

8 06, 2021

Youth learn heavy equipment skills

June 8th, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Program gives Camp Florence hands-on construction equipment training Camp Florence Youth Transitional Facility is a work study program which provides education and training to youth who are preparing to transition into the community from state oversight. One of the main ways the students prepare to accomplish this often-daunting task is

27 05, 2021

Students Build Heavy Equipment Operating Skills at Hamilton Heights High School

May 27th, 2021|Categories: Articles, News|Tags: , , , |

Hamilton Heights High School students (Ind.) learn to move dirt in the classroom with Cat® Simulators. Kids have the opportunity to experience the trades through programs offered at the school and build real skills for their future. “Students today are attracted to all things in technology and the SimLite simulator

11 05, 2021

Coastal Pines Trains Future Forestry Operators

May 11th, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , |

Have you tried to find building materials lately? Have you visited a well-maintained park during the pandemic? Forestry operators are another facet of heavy equipment that are in short supply. Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) is training a workforce to operate forestry machines. Georgia Forestry, along with students from CPTC and

7 04, 2021

Nevada DOC Prepares Inmates for Apprenticeships & Reduces Recidivism

April 7th, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Since 2017, the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) has been helping to build the state’s workforce. High Desert State Prison (HDSP) is the largest state prison in Nevada and houses approximately 3,800 inmates. Its vocational program is made up of culinary, automotive, and construction, and is the location for the

19 03, 2021

Meet the Simulator at Northeast Iowa Community College

March 19th, 2021|Categories: Articles, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) is using the popularity of hands-on simulation to recruit students to a career in the construction industry. Roger Solberg, an independent trainer-consultant for NICC and owner of Equipment Operator Training, LLC (EOT), is taking the Construction Equipment Operator Mobile Simulator Trailer across Iowa. Solberg said

9 03, 2021

Operating Engineers Local 49 new partnership with Minnesota Virtual Academy

March 9th, 2021|Categories: Articles, News|Tags: , , , , , |

Operating Engineers Local 49 is hoping a new partnership with Minnesota Virtual Academy will draw more high-school graduates into the union’s registered apprenticeship program – and help meet future demand for skilled, trained workers in the heavy-equipment industry. At the start of this school year, instructors from Local 49 began teaching for-credit courses

16 02, 2021

Iowa students get taste of equipment operation with simulator

February 16th, 2021|Categories: Articles, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Oelwein High School junior Austin Perry strapped on the virtual reality goggles and held up his hands to match hands on the screen, to calibrate the machine to his body, allowing him to see the heavy equipment simulation he had been practicing, now in 3D. He turned to look behind

5 02, 2021

Collins Career Technical Centers Adds Cat® Simulators Training

February 5th, 2021|Categories: Articles, News, Video|Tags: , , , |

LAWRENCE COUNTY, OHIO (WOWK) — Collins Career Technical Center is training the up-and-coming workforce of heavy equipment operators a little differently this year. The Collins Career Technical Center recently installed two heavy equipment simulators to teach aspiring operators—and they do a lot. Mark Norris, the instructor of this groundbreaking new