13 01, 2021

A Community Comes Together to Develop a Workforce

January 13th, 2021|Categories: Articles, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Donna Comer,  Program Manager for Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) and  Plumbing Programs, has been with Workforce Solutions at Lord Fairfax Community College for 2 years. Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) has two campuses and two sites, and serves eight locations in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont

12 11, 2020

CW Matthews Simulator Apprenticeship Program

November 12th, 2020|Categories: Articles, Community, News, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

C.W. Matthews realized that the best way to have the most safe and efficient heavy equipment operators was to train them in house. But the consistent struggle in training new operators is tying up machines. Because “time is money” it becomes very expensive when machines are not productive. So developing

28 10, 2020

‘Be Pro Be Proud SC’ hoping to recruit younger workers to skilled trades

October 28th, 2020|Categories: Articles, Video|Tags: , , , , , |

WESTMINSTER, SC (FOX Carolina) -- South Carolina leaders are hoping a 53-foot semi-truck trailer equipped with the latest simulation technology will get more young people interested in pursuing a skilled trade for a career. Today the trailer, called the Workforce Workshop, stopped at Tri-County Technical College's Oconee Campus. It's part

23 09, 2020

Anatomy of a Small Wheel Loader

September 23rd, 2020|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , |

Wheel Loaders (a.k.a. front-end loaders and bucket loaders) are used to move and load materials such as clay, soil, snow, feed, gravel, rocks, sand, woodchips and many other types. The Wheel Loader has a bucket mounted to the front of the machine with two arms and articulated steering which allows

16 06, 2020

The Benefits of Employee Training

June 16th, 2020|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Note: In part one, The High Cost of No Training, you learned the many consequences to organizations that don’t train employees. In part two, find out the upside to training and how to get started. How Employee Training Can Benefit Your Organization Helping employees build skills and knowledge has

9 06, 2020

The High Cost of No Training

June 9th, 2020|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Training is important to workers and organizations alike. In fact, in a Workforce Learning Report from LinkedIn, 94% of employees said they would stay at a company longer if the company invested in employee learning. Whether frontline workers in healthcare, heavy equipment operators on a job site, or back

26 05, 2020

Why Simulation Trains Learners Faster than Traditional Methods

May 26th, 2020|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Why do pilots and physicians train with simulations? Because they can learn better and faster. Pilots were some of the first to use simulators—including the military. Pilots can train in the safety of a virtual environment and never put passengers at risk while learning how to use instruments and

28 04, 2020

Extend the Life of an Undercarriage with Training

April 28th, 2020|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , |

The most expensive part on a tracked dozer or excavator is the undercarriage, representing 50% of the machine’s owning and operating costs. Proper use of the machine can extend the life of the undercarriage. An operator should be ultra-tuned into the machine. How it looks, how it sounds and how