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Heavy Equip. Colleges, NCCCO Foundation Launch Award for Vets

From left: Albano, Brent

Nov. 17, 2021 - The NCCCO Foundation and the Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (HEC) have launched  a new program that recognizes top-performing military veterans.

The new program was announced at the Sixth Annual Industry Forum on Personnel Qualifications held on Veterans Day in Arlington, Virginia, and hosted by the NCCCO Foundation.

Central to the new program is the Veteran In Crane Training Outstanding Recognition (or V.I.C.T.O.R.) award, which will be presented to the top-performing veteran in each HEC training class for NCCCO mobile crane operator certification.

“A central component of the NCCCO Foundation’s mission is to facilitate access by veterans to the construction industry,” said NCCCO Foundation CEO, Graham Brent, “particularly in the crane and rigging sector.  The V.I.C.T.O.R. program is a small but significant step in that direction, and its launch on Veterans Day when we acknowledge the sacrifice of those who served to protect that which we hold most dear could not be more appropriate.”

A key factor in deciding to develop the program with Heavy Equipment Colleges of America, Brent said, was HEC being authorized through the U.S. Department of Defense’s SkillBridge program. The program allows service members to build valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during their last 180 days of service.

“HEC is proud to help veterans and civilians to find rewarding careers in the construction industry,” said HECA CEO, Bob Albano, “and the V.I.C.T.O.R. program will serve to reward excellence among our veteran students.”

The V.I.C.T.O.R. program will be offered at HEC campuses at the Ft. Irwin Base in California and at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State.

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