Six Graduate from County’s First Heavy Equipment Operator Skid Steer Certification Class

Words by Jenny Lynn Davis | Images Courtesy of Bevill State Community College

Walker County is celebrating a significant milestone with the successful completion of its first Skid Steer Certification class. The non-credit program, offered free of charge in partnership with the Alabama Community College System’s Innovation Center’s Skills for Success, is a crucial step in preparing individuals for careers in heavy equipment operation.

Six individuals have emerged from the program with the knowledge and skills to operate skid steer equipment effectively. These newly certified operators are Daniel Harris, Brian Browning, Caleb May, Daniel Partridge, Johnny Hargett, and Patrick Gambrill.

Jason Crump, the program’s instructor, played a vital role in guiding these individuals through their training.

The Skid Steer Certification training was conducted at the former Cupps Coal Yard in Empire, providing participants with valuable hands-on experience in a real-world setting.

The completion of the first Skid Steer Certification class is just the beginning of a more extensive effort by Bevill State Community College. They are planning to offer additional free training programs for excavator and bulldozer operation, further expanding opportunities for individuals interested in heavy equipment operation.

Walker County recently celebrated its first successful Skid Steer Certification class completion, a non-credit program training individuals in heavy equipment operation, offered free via the Alabama Community College System.Walker County recently celebrated its first successful Skid Steer Certification class completion, a non-credit program training individuals in heavy equipment operation, offered free via the Alabama Community College System.

This program showcases the commitment of Walker County to workforce development and the partnership between educational institutions and the community to provide valuable training opportunities. Congratulations to the first Skid Steer Certification class, and best wishes to the graduates as they embark on their careers in the heavy equipment industry! WL

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