Heavy Equipment Class Offers Employable Skills

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The Heavy Equipment Operator I Course offered by Gila Community College helped seven out of 10 course graduates get jobs, said Payson Campus Dean Harry Swanson.

Some of them are not working as traditional heavy equipment operators, but the training helped prepare them for other opportunities.

Rick McKenney told GCC that he is employed as Boeing Helicopter Facilities Production Equipment Safety Representative at the Mesa site, because he had completed the OSHA-10 safety training that was a part of this program.

"We were able to contract this OSHA-10 training because of financial support granted by Mary Cook and her Arizona Department of Transportation ADOT Civil Rights Office program to train non-traditional workers in the construction field," Swanson said. Swanson credits the support of Gila County supervisor Tommie Martin for her assistance in getting the course offered, and Jim Richey of Pine for his support.

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