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Northeastern Tech offering heavy equipment operator classes

First Posted: 2:34 am - December 23rd, 2015 Updated: 2:34 am - December 23rd, 2015.

By Shannon Justice - For the Chronicle



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Northeastern Technical College’s continuing education division will be offering a basic-level training program in heavy equipment operation at both the Cheraw and Dillon campuses beginning Monday, Jan. 11.

Training provided includes operational procedures for backhoe, excavator, bulldozer and front-end loader. Students will receive classroom and hands-on training with an emphasis on safe operation, routine maintenance and fundamental operation techniques.

The basic-level course lasts four days per week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and costs $1,045 per course.

Funding is available for eligible South Carolina residents through SNAP2Work, for anyone currently receiving SNAP benefits.

If interested, call the continuing education division at 843-921-6924 to apply and get qualified before the start date. Participants will be required to obtain proof of benefits from their local DSS office to begin the program.

WorkKeys is a pre-requisite for this training and students must schedule to take the assessment prior to the start date of the program.

Testing is done on the Cheraw campus at 1 p.m. Mondays and 8:30 a.m. Fridays and can be scheduled by calling 843-921-6920.

Free online training assistance is also provided for those who have valid email addresses and Internet access Scores must be provided for those who have already taken WorkKeys in addition to their high school diploma or GED.

Backhoe classes will also begin on Jan. 11, followed by excavator classes on Jan. 18, bulldozer classes on Jan. 25 and front-end loader classes on Feb. 1. Classes will follow the same schedule on both campuses.

Northeastern Technical College’s heavy equipment operator program was developed by the National Center for Construction Education and Research, a nonprofit education foundation created to develop industry-driven standardized craft training programs with portable credentials, and is taught by NCCER-accredited instructors.

For more information about the program or to register for the Jan. 11 training, contact Tammy Morrell at 843-921-6924.

Shannon Justice is communications and marketing coordinator for Northeastern Technical College.

By Shannon Justice

For the Chronicle

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