The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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June 1, 2010

Students finish new program

Sunday, May 30, 2010 — Students recently completed the first Heavy Equip-ment Operations Program offered at Stanly Commu-nity College (SCC). This two-semester training program, which began in August 2009, provides students with trade knowledge and technical skills in the area of heavy equipment operations. 

Students completed approximately 675-contact hours, with planned subject modules that included: in-dustry core skills, civil drawings and construction math, operator skills I and II, earthmoving procedures, computer skills and more. 

“Our students have gained technical knowledge, practical abilities and problem sol-ving skills, equipping them for employment opportunities in the heavy construction field. I’m extremely proud of each student's accomplishments, as well as our heavy equipment operations lead instructor Josh Aldridge, other part-time instructors and staff, and finally our heavy equipment industry partners,” said Ed Gann, SCC’s Career & Technical Educational coordinator.

SCC partners with Caro-lina CAT of Charlotte to provide bulldozers, loaders, backhoes, excavator and other heavy duty equipment, so students may obtain their “hands-on” training. The college houses a 15-acre training site on the Albe-marle campus. Students also have the opportunity to earn a range of certifications for OSHA and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

“We expect there to be a continued strong demand for trained operators as the economy recovers,” said Ed Thomas, dean of Technical and Vocational Training. 

“We are very fortunate to be able to partner with Carolina CAT of Charlotte. We also receive support from the Golden Leaf Foundation, as well as JobsNOW to offer a complete and fully accredited training program for entry-level heavy equipment operators.”

For more information about the Heavy Equipment Operations Program, visit online at, or contact Josh Aldridge at (704) 991-0173 or


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