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Two students first to receive industrial safety certification

May 08, 2017

Two PCCUA-Helena students first to receive industrial safety certification

This spring, two advanced manufacturing majors at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas-Helena will be the first to receive certification in industrial safety.

Hunter Rutland, of Helena, and Rasheem Barton, of West Helena, are among the first advanced manufacturing students to receive this credential, according to their instructor Mike Shaw.

Shaw, who is one of the experts from the industry for PCCUA’s manufacturing program, said PCCUA students may receive an Associate of Applied Science degree, technical certificate, and certificate of proficiency in the area. In addition, they may earn several certifications. The certifications are national portable credentials and will track their qualifications for certain areas. This is something that Shaw has implemented in the core curriculum.

Shaw says the certification is through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), which provides assessments and craft training. The required assessments evaluate the competence level of experienced workers by documenting education and validating skills.

NCCER provides a program series of entry- and journey-level written exams as part of its National Craft Assessment and Certification Program (NCACP). These programs assess levels in specific areas and provide the opportunity to advance training and skills when needed.