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.