18 10, 2021

Hoopaugh Grading Company (HGC) Focuses on Employee Training at the HGC Academy Featuring Cat® Simulators

October 18th, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

When Hoopaugh Grading Company, LLC, (HGC), one of the largest general contractors in North and South Carolina, opened the doors to the HGC Academy, owner Brian McManus’ vision became a reality. McManus and company leaders envisioned HGC would one day be a teaching company able to train and develop its

9 09, 2021

Heavy Equipment Operator Students Gain Confidence of Real-World Skills in Virtual Simulator Training at Collins Career Technical Center

September 9th, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

After an accident left Jason Douglas unable to continue his career as an auto mechanic, he knew he needed to re-invent himself. At 36 years old, Douglas, who lives in Ironton, Ohio, started searching for new opportunities. That’s when he discovered the accredited Heavy Equipment Operator course at nearby Collins

27 08, 2021

Illinois Department of Corrections upends inmate work business model

August 27th, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

As an Illinois state prison inmate, having a job when incarcerated is considered a privilege. About 1,100 men and women — out of the about 40,000 Illinois state prison inmates — have the opportunity to leave their cells during the day to work at prison shops on the grounds of the prison.Prison jobs

4 08, 2021

From hands-on training to the workforce

August 4th, 2021|Categories: Articles, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The partnership between CCHS and BTI provides opportunities for students to gain real-world experience in heavy equipment operation that prepares them for life beyond high school Dust clouds could be seen off Lamonta Road Wednesday afternoon, as dirt was being moved by a dozer, excavator, wheel loader, min excavator and

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