Sept. 21, 2009
WVU Parkersburg faculty earn national certifications.
CONTACT: Dave Thompson, chair of Science and Technology Division, 304-424-8251; Mary Beth Busch, vice president, Workforce and Community Education, 304-424-8271.
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Eight West Virginia University at Parkersburg faculty and Workforce and Community Education instructors have completed national certification training designed to standardize construction-related curricula.
Each received training, testing and certification by the National Center for Construction Education and Research. As NCCER-certified instructors, they will teach curricula based upon industry demands and standards.
Participating Science and Technology Division faculty and their certifications included Dave Thompson, division chair - core curricula, electrical, industrial maintenance, and electronic systems technician; Max Sterrett, instructor of multi-craft technology - core curricula, industrial maintenance, instrumentation, and electrical, and Tina Buchanan, associate professor of welding, core curricula and welding.
"The NCCER curriculum assessments are linked to our Associate of Applied Science degrees in Multi-craft Technology, and Engineering Technology in Electronics and Welding, as well as our Industrial Mechanic and Industrial Electricity Certificates to be offered in the spring," Thompson noted.
WCE's certifications are related to a new accelerated training program.
"Those earning certifications on behalf of WCE have developed and will instruct the college's new Fast Track certificate program in construction technology," Tom Lemon, WCE director of technical programs, said.
Receiving certifications included Lemon, core curricula, project management, construction site safety supervisor and industrial maintenance; Kevin Roberts of Roberts Construction, core curricula and carpentry; Jodie Bonnette of Ramjack / Moran Construction, core curricula, carpentry and project management; Carmen Shafer of Shafer Safety Solutions, core curricula, project management and construction site safety master, and Michael Reel of Integrity Home Inspections, core curricula and electrical.
NCCER is an education foundation created in 1996 to develop standardized construction, maintenance, and pipeline curricula with portable credentials and help address the critical skilled workforce shortage. NCCER’s training process of accreditation, instructor certification, standardized curriculum, national registry, assessment, and certification is a key component in the industry’s workforce development efforts.