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Article on Northern California College of Construction Published in “The Stockton Record”

Posted by nahets on January 30, 2008

A few weeks ago Charina Olitan, our campus president, contacted The Stockton Record news department and invited them to our job fair and grand opening of the Northern California College of Construction (NCCC), which took place January 25, 2008. As a result of the invitation, the next day The Stockton Record sent out their business reporter to the NCCC campus to interview Charina and take some pictures of the site. Shortly after, The Stockton Record published an article about the NCCC on their website. The article is entitled, “Construction school flourishes at Port of Stockton.”

NCCC Article on The Stockton Record Website

The article describes the heavy equipment training process of NCCC. It goes into some detail about the different training levels and programs, and also states how the students who train and graduate from NCCC can help satisfy the demand for skilled heavy equipment operators in the industry. Click on the above links to read the complete article.

The NCCC express thanks to The Stockton Record for making this happen.

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NAHETS Introduces iPod, “An Instructor in a Pocket,” for Heavy Equipment Training

Posted by nahets on January 16, 2008

The National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools (NAHETS) is introducing a new training tool for heavy equipment operators called, “An instructor in a pocket.” This method of training allows NAHETS heavy equipment students to receive instruction in video format via Apple iPods. The iPods will be used at the Northern California College of Construction (NCCC), as well as all NAHETS campuses.

Purpose. The purpose behind this training tool is to provide students with a visual learning resource to help them better remember their tasks and ultimately increase performance on heavy equipment operation. The iPod training tool (a.k.a. “an instructor in a pocket”) will ensure NAHETS students are beyond the curve in technology and learning resources for heavy equipment operation instruction.

Content. The iPod videos will have a series for each type of heavy equipment at the school. Currently, the skid steer series is available, with more to come. On each video series, an instructor takes the student through basic and advanced drills to show students what training objectives they need to complete and how to complete them.

Origin. The “instructor in a pocket” idea originally came from Matt Klabacka, executive director of NAHETS, and Rhett Nielson, media and creative director. They discovered the idea as they were working together with Chris Cannon, director of training and curriculum development, in implementing the Yellow Metal Boot Camp Program, unique to the construction and heavy equipment industry. They envisioned heavy equipment training beyond the traditional textbook, class room, and on-site instruction . . .

Yellow Metal Boot Camp Program. Yellow Metal Boot Camp is the “technology meets heavy equipment operating” curriculum created and implemented by NAHETS:

  • Manuals
  • DVDs
  • Drill cards
  • Online “hot tips” videos
  • iPod podcast videos

The iPod training tool focuses on the “read, see, and do” NAHETS Yellow Metal Boot Camp philosophy of construction equipment training:

  • “Read” it and forget it (textbooks, etc.)
  • “See” it and remember it (iPod videos)
  • “Do” it and understand (on-site heavy equipment)

iPod Nano Video–”Instructor in a Pocket”

iPod Details. Each student who enrolls with any of the NAHETS schools will receive a 4 GB Video iPod Nano. Students are told how to access the private URL links that give them the location of the podcasts to download onto their iPods. Students will use campus computers to download everything into iTunes and then sync onto their iPods. The students can frequently use these videos while attending NAHETS schools and also watch them in the future as they begin new jobs or need to brush up on certain skills. In other words, the “instructor in a pocket” provides a lifetime of instruction.

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