Saturday, December 8, 2007

Yellow Metal Boot Camp! Cool!!

I had no idea that there were actual schools where you can learn to operate heavy equipment. I just thought that you were hired by a construction company and that you would be trained on whatever equipment the company uses. After a bit of research, I’ve found out that there are a lot of places that do train operators like this, but really, wouldn’t it be better to actually go to a school so you could learn all about the machine? I would think that you would have more job opportunities and increased job security if you had received certification through an actual school. If one of my children were planning on going into construction, I would certainly have them check out one of the National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools.

After spending some time at the NAHETS site, I’m pretty impressed. I appreciate the use of videos, especially the ones where the student is telling about his experience at the school. There are actually two different students that share their story. I also like the demonstration videos of the different types of heavy equipment. Really, I’m almost tempted to sign up for the Yellow Metal Boot Camp myself ! You think I’m kidding…the only thing holding me back is that I hate to work in the cold! Lol!

You can read more about NAHETS and how their schools can help many different people learn how to operate heavy machinery by visiting their website. Of course, there is more info about NAHETS in the press release below!


When people talk about going to Hawaii it usually is associated with vacations, luaus, snorkeling, sight seeing, surfing, and so on. It is the ultimate tropical paradise. But just like any other state in the U.S., more goes on there than just vacations and having fun. One important event that took place in Honolulu is the annual National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Convention. The NIEA was founded in 1969 to support traditional Native cultures and values, and also to enable Natives to improve their communities through educational opportunities and resources. The NIEA works with Native Americans throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.

38th Annual NIEA Convention: Return to Cultural Honor and Caring

The National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools (NAHETS) was an educational exhibitor at this year’s convention. Over 3,400 Indian education advocates attended the convention and participated in over 220 workshops. Each advocate expressed concrete, statistical information on Indian education.

Native American Liaison, Sharla Patterson, represented NAHETS and instructed the educators about the educational opportunities available through NAHETS’ heavy equipment operating programs. She showed the attendees that NAHETS education and training curriculum can help the NIEA mission become a reality; i.e., provide Native Americans throughout the U.S. a real and lasting education in construction equipment operating that will improve both the society in which they live and also their own lives.

The National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools is an entity focused solely on heavy equipment operator training and education. There are member schools and colleges across the United States.


Sharla Patterson, Native American Liaison
National Association of Heavy Equipment Training Schools
2920 N. Green Valley Pkwy Ste 811
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 480-248-0731

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