[lightbox link=”http://www.alamoacademies.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/New-Heavy-Equipment-Academy-pic-3.jpg” thumb=”http://www.alamoacademies.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/New-Heavy-Equipment-Academy-pic-3-300×225.jpg” width=”300″ align=”right” title=”Heavy Equipment Academy – Kawasaki 1″ frame=”true” icon=”image”]The Alamo Area Academies Inc. Board and the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees approved the creation of a Heavy Equipment Academy to address the emerging demand of the Oil and Gas industry for Heavy Equipment Technicians. HOLT CAT, ASCO (Case), ROMCO (Volvo), RDO (John Deere), Zachry Construction, Dean Word Co., Martin Marietta and other heavy equipment dealers and construction businesses are partnering with the Alamo Academies to start a fifth Academy in August 2014. The new Academy will provide a college pathway for high school juniors and seniors to attain industry and academic certificates helping to lead to high wage jobs or to further higher education while addressing critical industry workforce needs.

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The Heavy Equipment Technology curriculum provides students with career-exploration information, hands-on learning experiences, job-specific training, paid internships and college credit coursework.  It is designed to assist students in making an informed career decision and to prepare them for entry-level employment as a Heavy Equipment Technician. In response to a Heavy Equipment Industry Consortium meeting hosted by HOLT CAT on September 26, 2013, the new Heavy Equipment Academy will award two (2) Level I Certificates of Completion aligned to the Diesel/Construction Equipment Technology Associate of Applied Science degree to meet local industry’s needs. Graduates will possess the college education, industry certificates and work experience for the high-tech skill-sets required by the high-demand Heavy Equipment industry.

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