May 4, 2023 – The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) and Shelton State Community College (SSCC) in partnership with IKAROS and Thompson Tractor recently launched its heavy equipment operator training at the College’s C.A. Fredd Campus on Martin Luther King Blvd. Training sessions are available on Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Heavy equipment operator training is part of the ACCS’s rapid training program, Skills for Success, offered through the ACCS Innovation Center in downtown Decatur, Alabama. The Innovation Center works alongside business and industry leaders to deliver customized, no-cost training for high-demand jobs available across the state. The goal of this program is to provide effective, certified training to Alabamians who are ready to work, but lack necessary skills and the time needed to complete a certification or degree. This program is designed to solve both problems in a shorter period and get individuals to work more quickly.
Prior to participating in heavy equipment training, participants are required to register through the ACCS Innovation Center and complete online modules which teach the concepts, objectives, and safety practices required to operate skid steers in a construction zone setting. Upon successful completion of the online training, applicants can proceed to physical training where they will learn how to operate heavy equipment in a safe manner as required by industry policies and guidelines.
Currently, workers who are trained to operate skid steers and bulldozers are in high demand across the state and have an entry-level pay between $17- $23 per hour. Upon completion of the full online and physical equipment training, students will be awarded an ACCS credential making them immediately eligible to apply for jobs in the construction industry.
To learn more about this program, and other upcoming trainings, visit innovation.accs.edu.
About Skills for Success
Skills for Success is the Alabama Community College System’s rapid workforce training program launched in early 2022. It was developed in partnership with the state’s businesses and industries, so the training is aligned with the skills employers say workers need to fill available jobs. Skills for Success training is offered at no cost to participants thanks to appropriations from the Legislature. The Innovation Center is a division of the Alabama Community College System that brings together the state’s community colleges, business and industry, and community partners to deliver Skills for Success training.
More than 2,700 Alabamians have registered for Skills for Success training for jobs in industries ranging from construction and fiber optics to trucking and food and beverage services. Visit innovation.accs.edu for more information.