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CIS Expands NCCER Offerings in Northeast

Crane Industry Services LLC (CIS) announces successful completion of NCCER audits for two crane training companies in the northeast. New England Crane School in New Hampshire and Cranes101 in Massachusetts are now approved as NCCER Accredited Training and Assessment Centers (ATS/AAC), under the sponsorship and support of Crane Industry Services. CIS conducted initial instructor certification training and assessments, following the NCCER protocols and curriculum, and will provide annual audits and administrative services to meet NCCER requirements. CIS became an accredited NCCER training sponsor in 2015.

“Currently New England Crane School is offering crane operator certifications, qualified signal person, and basic rigging certifications to our customers, but we plan to eventually branch into other trade areas,” said Anna DeBattiste, President, NECS.  NCCER offers dozens of construction craft programs and credentials from boilermaking to welding. “We are pleased with NCCER’s customer service and the availability of a comprehensive curriculum beyond just crane operator certification,” said DeBattiste.

“Cranes101 is happy to add the NCCER Mobile Crane Operator Certification program to our list of courses. This comprehensive program is excellent for crane operators across the nation to get certified and work smarter. One way NCCER makes that possible is through its online verification and registry system,” said Jennifer Sturm, President of Cranes101.

“Our partnership with New England Crane School and Cranes101 expands the availability of additional accredited crane operator certification options to employers in the region. In addition to our corporate and government customers, our team is strong on workforce development initiatives to recruit and provide opportunity to people interested in learning more about the industry,” said Debbie Dickinson, CEO of CIS.

“Another thing I am personally very excited about is the partnership of three women—myself on behalf of NECS, Debbie Dickinson with CIS, and Jenn Sturm of CranesN101—in an industry in which women executives/business owners are rare. We work together on serving customers, marketing and brand awareness initiatives. Only two of our collective team of instructors is female. The majority of our instructors and examiners are men who are respected as experienced operators, riggers and managers from the industry. This is a great industry for both men and women,” said DeBattiste.


“Build Your Future” Promotes Construction Careers at the Local, State and National Levels

By Amy King, Communications Manager for NCCER

Since 1997, NCCER’s Build Your Future (BYF) initiative has focused on
promoting construction careers to communities throughout the country. What
started as a satellite teleconference broadcasted to more than 300,000 students
among nearly 4,000 schools has become the industry’s trusted source for career
education, recruitment and image enhancement resources…read more

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Contractor Groups, Corrections Program Support Trade Up Platform


WGTC Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c)(3), will facilitate donation of tools and equipment to be used by campuses and correctional facilities.

The Southeastern Construction Owners & Associates Roundtable (SCOAR), an industrial construction association, agreed to circulate lists of equipment needed by Trade Up™, announces Crane Industry Services LLC (CIS).

Trade Up is a platform, formed through cooperative work between West Georgia Technical College, Crane Industry Services and ELA Consulting Group. The mission of Trade Up is to recruit, train and qualify a skilled labor pipeline for contractors. The intent is mutual benefit for employees seeking rewarding, interesting careers and employers seeking qualified people who are ready, willing and able to work.

“Skilled labor shortages are at the heart of corporate inefficiencies, but the good news is that American ingenuity is delivering solutions,” said Debbie Dickinson, CEO of CIS. In May, the SCOAR Board of Directors voted to support Trade Up, by publishing a list of tools and equipment needed to train workers. The WGTC Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c)(3), will facilitate the donation of tools and equipment from contractors to be used on campuses and correctional facilities.

Representatives of the SCOAR Workforce Committee stated that the training is an excellent use use for equipment being replaced on work sites.  The general equipment wish list includes:

  • Lift equipment – chain fall hoists, industrial forklifts, cranes (mobile, tower or overhead), all types of lift equipment
  • Excavation equipment
  • Rigging gear – hooks, shackles, eyebolts, slings, wire rope, etc.
  • Safety – Hard hats, reflective vests, gloves, fall protection
  • Sub station components
  • Hand and power tools used in construction

Second Chance Careers

Using the NCCER crafts curriculum, Trade Up is working with special interest groups, such as veteran transition organizations to welcome our service men and women home to good jobs and quality employers.  In addition, Trade Up is working with numerous correctional facilities to identify people who desire to reinvent themselves through education and skill-based training.

Recently Debbie Dickinson, CEO of CIS, participated in a panel discussion moderated by NCCER’s John Havlick at the 71st Correctional Education Association Conference in Long Beach, Calif. Other panelists included Brian Robinson of Englewood, Colo.-based TIC Inc., an industrial contractor serving power, energy, mining, and marine markets, Rex Rhone of the Texas Department of Corrections, and Mike Valdez of the California Department of Corrections.

Dickinson shared the example of Carroll County (Ga.) Prison, which is planning a training center to be built by prisoners under the guidance of skilled craft professionals. “It has the power to open the doors of prison to a life of productivity and value,” she said.  Inmates train and can earn NCCER certifications in welding, mobile crane operations, qualified rigging, excavation, steel erection, and working near power lines. “Our goal is that after re-entry, they will never see this facility, or a similar one again. They will be too busy raising families, working, building their communities and lives,” said Dickinson.

Carroll County Corrections, using the Trade Up platform and instructors from WGTC and CIS, will begin a new program for certifying crane operators this fall. They are using four different types of lift equipment retired from military service in the Middle East.

“With as little as six months of training, people can begin working in their selected trade. A full trade curriculum takes about two years. Trade Up uses an immersion process that surrounds the trainees with a work environment experience while they are building skills,” explained Dickinson.


Construction Industry Partners with Career and Technical Educators

NCCER’s 2015 Construction Career Pathways Conference, sponsored by Fluor, Turner Industries and Build Your Future, was held on Nov. 19, 2015 in New Orleans. More than 160 representatives from the construction industry and education worked together to create common, actionable goals to implement in their communities.

View materials from the conference, including best practice profiles, speaker bios, collaborative activities, fact sheets and more. Save the date. The 2016 Construction Career Pathways Conference will be Nov. 30 in Las Vegas.


NCCER Releases Craft Training Resources for Vets

ALACHUA, Fla. — As part of their commitment to help veterans and returning military make a smooth transition into rewarding construction careers, NCCER and its Build Your Future (BYF) initiative have developed the Hard Hat Heroes campaign to assist in recruiting, training and hiring veterans. The Hard Hat Heroes program provides military service members and veterans with access to free online training and a portal to connect with interested employers. Read more…



October is Careers in Construction Month

NCCER and its Build Your Future (BYF) initiative once again declare October as Careers in Construction Month. Throughout the month, industry and education partner locally to host career events that introduce students to rewarding construction careers. This year, governors in Nevada, Utah, Nebraska, Texas, Indiana, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi have all proclaimed Careers in Construction Month in their states.