HGTC Announces Heavy Equipment Operator Program
First Class of Heavy Equipment Operator Program to Complete Course November 5
(CONWAY, SC) – Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) is excited to announce a new initiative with an Entry Level Heavy Equipment Operator program that launched last month. This short-term, five-week class prepares someone for a job in Building and Construction, Site Development, Road Maintenance Construction, Paving and Bridge projects.
The class includes hands-on/in-seat individual equipment training on a bulldozer and an excavator. This class has a small class size with a low student to instructor ratio. The site for the class is located in Aynor off of Highway 501. This is a prime example of how HGTC works with the community to respond to the needs of local business and industry.
“We regularly connect with our community leaders to understand the needs of industry and take pride in being quick responders to meeting those special requests,” said Dr. Marilyn Murph Fore, HGTC President. “We are blessed with excellent partnerships in the area and particularly with the demand for enrollment in this program as students prepare for new careers with many area utilities.”
The Heavy Equipment Operator Program was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Truist Foundation to assist with equipment and instructor cost.
Local employers contributing to the program are as follows:
- Charlie Brown with D & L Site Work donated a track of land in Conway for the field time.
- Robbie Causey with R.L. Causey is donating fuel and fluids.
- Rusty Faulk with Palmetto Corporation is providing safety equipment such as hard hats, safety vests, ear plugs, and safety glasses.
The next class starts on November 9, and full scholarships are available. For more information about the Heavy Equipment Operator program, please contact Kristi Evans at [email protected] or 843-477-2191.
Photo of First Class to Complete the Course
Greg Mitchell, HGTC Vice President, Workforce Development & Continuing Education
Michael Pelletier, HGTC Heavy Equipment Operator Instructor
Kristi Evans, HGTC Heavy Equipment Operator Program Manager
Franko Busby, HGTC Student
Christopher Cook, HGTC Student
James Young, HGTC Student
Tziah Alston, HGTC Student
Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore, HGTC President
Brandon Haselden, HGTC Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean
Not pictured: Daniel Costello, HGTC Student