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International Operating Engineer - Winter 2018

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Feature IUOE PROGRAMS AT Jacobs Creek Job Corps, located outside of Bristol, Tennessee, has completed a multitude of projects during the past 52 years. One of their most recent endeavors takes place at an elevation over 2,400 feet. It is one of the highest mountain valleys in the state of Tennessee, rightly named Mountain City. In 2016, the Johnson County School system of Mountain City requested the assistance of the NTF Job Corps heavy equipment program to develop, engineer and build a roadway system above the location of their vocation and high schools. The project provided Job Corps pre-apprentice trainees with hands-on experience in a real-world work setting. Based on the success of that 1.5-mile roadway system, the county gained additional approval for the IUOE instructors and students to undertake a new project engineering and building a new ballfield. Each of these project sites had to be cleared of heavy timber at the onset. They also required pre-apprentice heavy equipment operator trainees learn to assist in conducting the engineering for both projects. The pre-apprentice heavy equipment mechanics also gained valuable training while making equipment repairs and performing heavy equipment maintenance during the ongoing projects. Ms. Mischelle Simcox, Director of Johnson County Schools, remarked about the work. “Not only are these projects helpful, they are attractive. The countless hours of digging, grading, tree/stump removal and landscaping have definitely paid off! If contracted, this venture would have cost Johnson County Board of Education several hundred thousand dollars. Those funds can now be saved and passed on to students in other needed ways. We would not have been able to complete this development without the crew of young adults trained by Job Corps.” Job Corps at Jacobs Creek Carving Career Pathways for Over 50 Years The training parameters of these projects are “project driven”. The IUOE Job Corps program utilizes a performance based measure for trade completion, therefore, instructors incorporate equipment operator performance testing on the grounds of the project location. On average, students complete the required IUOE Job Corps training in 12 to 14 months. The NTF Job Corps works closely with IUOE Local Union apprenticeship programs to provide pre-screened, preapprentice applicants, either through direct referral to IUOE Job Corps or direct entry into an apprenticeship. To learn more about the NTF Job Corps Pre-Apprenticeship program, contact NTF Job Corps National Director, Sharon Mumpower at: smumpower@iuoe.org 14 INTERNATIONAL OPERATING ENGINEER WINTER 2018 15

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