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 class says this is a much safer way to train students. Not only are the simulators designed to teach a range of operations, but they are making the students using them more employable in the area. Those hours include real-life training on sites owned by the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation. Associate Director Michael Staton says this in-depth training process will be crucial for the Tri-State’s workforce. This prospect is one which students of the program find promising. The course is currently fully-enrolled, but for more information on the class and Collins Career Technical Center, visit their website here.

Mark Norris (left) says it’s easier to train students in the classroom than it is on the heavy equipment. (Photo Courtesy: 13 News Reporter Natalie Wadas)