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Heavy Equipment Camp at Central Arizona College
For Aspiring Diesel Technicians and Operators


If you're looking for a new idea for your local student recruitment strategy, one that really gets students interested in the equipment industry, check this out. At Central Arizona College, the Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Department has had much success in hosting Heavy Equipment Camps in the summer, attracting both in-state and out-of-state students. The camp, which costs just $250.00 per participant, isn't just a place to keep youth busy during the summer; it's an experience in career exploration.

Garrett Hurt, Division Chair and Professor of Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technology, and the John Deere Construction & Forestry Program, describes the camp, "This is a real-life experience for high school-age students who may be interested in a career in heavy equipment. Camp participants learn some basics in operating, maintaining and repairing backhoes, excavators, bulldozers, front end loaders and motor graders. This is a working camp, but we also have a lot of fun." One student remarked about camp, "I don't just think it is cool - it is awesome. We get hands-on practice with the machines. We don't just study in the classroom; we get out there and fix the problem."

High school students graduating in the coming spring, or entering their junior or senior year, are eligible to participate in the camp. Campers experience student life on a college campus living in a residence hall over five nights with food provided. They get a "hands-on" look at heavy equipment technology, learn about potential career paths, and see if it's the career direction for them. Students can even earn two hours of college credit. There is also the opportunity to meet representatives from potential employers.

If you would like more information about how a summer camp program like this is developed, implemented and marketed, feel free to contact Garrett Hurt at Central Arizona College, Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology Department, 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128. He can also be reached at 520-494-5310 or garrett.hurt@centralaz.edu.



Article Date: 06-07-2012
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