First CREWTEK Graduates Equipped for Entry-Level Careers in Crane and Rigging Operations


CREWTEK, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on building the crane, rigging, and equipment workforce, has announced the successful graduation of its first cohort of students from the 8-week accelerator program. The program, tailored to prepare individuals for entry-level positions in load handling, witnessed motivated students completing the Crane & Rigging Trainee program at the Woodland, Washington campus.

James Grover, Executive Director of CREWTEK, expressed, "The students are ready to make their mark in the industry, having completed a comprehensive program that covers crane operation, rigging, and load handling activities. Each student, coming from diverse backgrounds, shares a common goal of pursuing careers that take them from the office to the field."

Beyond hands-on instruction, CREWTEK provides valuable support in resume writing, interviewing, and job placement. Zachary Shadix, one of the graduates, highlighted the program's impact, stating, "With the training I received, I can go anywhere. I see myself applying rigging knowledge to just about any industry, maintaining a career, and staying satisfied."

All the graduates, recent high school graduates with limited exposure to equipment operation careers, now hold 12 certifications and qualifications. This positions them for entry-level employment opportunities in construction, machinery moving, manufacturing, heavy industry, and logistics.

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