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NCCC Elects Non-Renewal Status with NCCER

Posted by nahets on September 12, 2008

On August 1, 2008 Northern California College of Construction (NCCC) elected to not renew its Accredited Training Sponsor and Accredited Training Unit status with the National Center on Construction Education and Research NCCER. In late August NCCC notified NCCER of its intended actions regarding election to not renew its training entity status with NCCER; however, the value of the NCCER sponsored training curriculum; i.e., Contren Learning Series will remain an integral part of the NCCC and all NAHETS member schools’ curriculum.

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New Corporate Website–NAHETS.org–Unveiled

Posted by nahets on March 11, 2008

dotorgblog.jpgThe National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools (NAHETS) launched its new corporatewebsite–www.NAHETS.org–on February 28, 2008. Unique from the existing NAHETS sites, NAHETS.org is an information-based site that focuses solely on sharing relevant company information and industry news with an expanded audience–partners, industry companies and associations, and employers.

What is the purpose NAHETS.org?

Already with a universal site (www.NAHETS.com), a leading job placement site (www.yellowmetalusa.com), and program and curriculum-based sites (www.heavy-equipment-school.com & www.yellowmetalbootcamp.com), NAHETS discerned the need for a website that was filtered to the business relationships of the heavy equipment industry. NAHETS.org is unique because its primary purpose is to communicate to industry companies, partners, and employers, instead of primarily towards students as other NAHETS sites.

Central to NAHETS.org is that it avoids the heavy traffic from students while maintaining a credible reputation for the industry. Although the NAHETS.com site is a more “all-inclusive” site, its heavy focus on students can detract from the experience of those not looking to attend the schools; i.e., partners, employers, and industry associations. NAHETS.org maintains enough design and information to be useful to students, but mostly meets the demands of non-student visitors by focusing on relevant content for NAHETS and the heavy equipment and construction industries.

Where did it come from? Who was involved? How long did it take?

The concept of “employers vs. students,” or in other words, the idea of website communication to the business relations of NAHETS, in addition to students, has been a goal of Executive Director, Matt Klabacka, since he founded NAHETS in 2005. After various evolutions of the main NAHETS.com site, Klabacka realized that one site, by itself, was not enough to create the desired student and business relationships. After discussing the matter with NAHETS personnel, Klabacka launched the NAHETS.org undertaking.

With ideas coming from Klabacka and other personnel, including Mike Martens (Director of Operations), Rhett Nielson (Creative Director), and Brian Thornton (Technology and Marketing Director), Klabacka turned the creation of the site over to Mike Wille, Internet Manager. Wille spent months designing and testing the site before its February 2008 take off.

What are its features?

Wille created the site using a modern design scheme, making it compatible with the appearance of related industry sites. NAHETS.org also incorporates the latest in website technology:

  • Cold Fusion to power the website with the most current information and news from a database
  • Video Streaming in the “Schools” and “Videos” sections
  • RSS Feed from the company and video blogs to the “News” section of the website



Just the beginning

This release of NAHETS.org is just the beginning. The site is designed to continually grow with updated company and industry information and news. We invite everyone to come back and visit the site frequently, as well as pass the word along to family, friends, employers, etc.

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Job Fair and Grand Opening for Northern California College of Construction

Posted by nahets on February 5, 2008

From Marci Monteiro, Placement Director:

Northern California College of Construction (NCCC) just held our first job fair in addition to a grand opening. This event was a huge success. We were able to take this opportunity and get great publicity about the school, and also create some awesome job leads for the graduates. Employers also had a chance to visit the campus and to see what we are all about. The following employers participated in the job fair:



• A Plus Material
• Adecco
• Blois Construction Inc.
• Burns Robert Construction Inc.
• Business Industry Association
• Caltrans
• Central Valley Rentals
• City of Stockton
• DSS Construction
• East Bay MUDD
• Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.
• Granite Construction
• Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce
• Operating Engineers
• Raytheon Polar Services
• Robb’s Earthmoving Service
• Sheedy Drayage Co.
• Solano Construction
• The Hire Source
• US Army
• Visionary Home Builders

Northern California College of Construction would like to thank all of the employers who participated in this event, and contributing to our community!! Thanks to everyone here at the NCCC for getting it set up!

We had a live broadcasting from the radio station the HAWK 104.1 and The Stockton Record newspaper published an article about the school and its training. Many showed up to witness the ribbon cutting by Campus President Charina Olitan. There was over two hundred in attendance at this event!! We had a great time, and look forward to the next job fair!

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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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New Campus President

Posted by nahets on December 28, 2007

Charina Olitan, NCCC Campus President

Our campus, Northern California College of Construction (NCCC), has a new president, Charina Olitan. She has been involved with the campus since February 2007, as the admissions director. This position gave her the opportunity to train and support the staff, as well as learn the “ins and outs” of the campus affairs.

Prior to her work with NCCC Charina has over 15 years of experience in the education industry, including experience at ITT Technical Institute in West Covina, CA, Corinthian Colleges, and Career Education Corporation.

Charian said of her experience as admissions director, “As an admissions Director I worked very long and very hard to train, coach, mentor, and support the staff. I absolutely love the time that I have been with Northern California College of Construction. It has been a fun challenge . . . Everybody here is so passionate about what they do.”

Charina was born in the Philippines and raised in Chicago. She has an 18 year-old son and is an avid sports fan.

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Northern California gets NCCCO certified

Posted by nahetsblog on August 20, 2007

NCCCO was formed 12 years ago and is currently the leading Crane Association. The fact that Northern California College of Construction is approved by CCO means that we are held to the highest standards in the industry. When graduates leave our college, they take with them an outstanding crane certification that is recognized industry-wide. The employers that hire our graduates have a comfort level knowing that they went through a CCO certified school. Not only do they learn how to operate a crane, but most importantly-they learn how to operate a crane SAFELY.

To become NCCCO certified, each school must complete an application process, which includes information regarding instructor qualifications and program safety. NCCCO uses the expertise of one of the industry’s leading credentialing organizations: International Assessment Institute.

Being an NCCCO certified training school will assure potential students an prospective employers that Northern California College of Construction utilizes the highest standards in training and safety.Jeff Dorricott, College President

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Succesful First Start

Posted by jeffdoricott on July 27, 2007

Our first start on July 16, 2007 was a huge success-the largest first start in the company’s history.  This is due to the high demand of heavy equipment operators in Northern California. 

The students at Northern California College of Construction our well on their way to a succesful career!

Jeff Dorricott

College President

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Press Release

Posted by jeffdoricott on July 25, 2007

The Northern California College of Construction opened its doors on July 16, 2007.

Historically, the male, non-traditional, college-bound student population has been under served. For women, non-traditional higher education is generally served through cosmetology schools, medical assistant schools, and career colleges. However, the male-dominated trades have been overlooked by the majority of the higher education community. Community colleges do serve a portion of the male population, but not to the level necessitated by educational demands.

In past years, students were given the opportunity to learn a trade by going to vocational schools. Unfortunately, these “trade schools” have diminished, and electronics schools are becoming obsolete. Electronics are no longer repaired-they are replaced. The training of welders, truck drivers, crane operators, and equipment operators have been lacking in recent years, leading to a shortage of well-trained professionals.

The educational community is not meeting the needs of several facets of the male population: the non-traditional, college-bound high school graduate, the high school graduate who is not college-bound, and the high school drop out. This large population is severely under-served by the traditional college educational products. Matt Klabacka, president of NAHETS, believes that the market is ripe for a product that provides an alternative to the current educational options, at the same time meeting the need for nationally certified heavy equipment operators.

Klabacka states: “Post-secondary students can be defined in five separate categories: the traditional college-bound student, the semi-traditional college-bound student, the non-traditional college-bound student, the non college-bound student, and the high school dropout. “

Northern California College of Construction aims to serve the needs of these students by supplying industries with a qualified, motivated, and skilled entry-level equipment operator.

The National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools, NAHETS was formed to improve upon and fill the needs of the equipment operator shortage around the country. A short review of Wikipedia shows that NAHETS is the nationally recognized organization to oversee quality and standards within the heavy equipment industry. NAHETS campuses utilize standardized curriculum produced by the National Center for Construction Education, and institutional standards.

Members schools and colleges of NAHETS must have the following:

* Full time campus director or college president
* Full time on site campus job placement director
* Full time on site campus financial aid director
* Full time on site campus admissions director
* Full time on site Heavy equipment training director
* Full time Certified heavy equipment training instructors
* 20 acre minimum heavy equipment training area
* 3-4 classrooms dedicated to training heavy equipment operators
* No other business conducted at training site
* Clean administrative facilities.

A heavy equipment training school that wishes to join NAHETS must have no other activity associated with the operation of the school. In other words, 100% of their operations must be dedicated to training heavy equipment operators.

“Our focus here at Northern California College of Construction is to equip
our students with a solid foundation to become successful as a Heavy
Equipment and Crane operators. We have built an educational environment
specifically aimed at providing technology with hands on learning practices.
We are here because we are passionate about what we do and that is what will
set our students down the path of success.”

Jeff Dorricott

College President

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