Veterans VICTOR Award Program Announced on Veterans Day

Cory Albano, COO, Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (left) and Graham Brent, CEO, NCCCO Foundation announce the VICTOR award program at the Sixth Annual Industry Forum on Personnel Qualifications¸ November 11, 2021, in Arlington, VA.

The NCCCO Foundation and Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (HEC) has announced the launch of a new program designed to recognize top-performing veterans.

The announcement was made at the Sixth Annual Industry Forum on Personnel Qualifications held on Veterans Day in Arlington, Virginia and hosted by the NCCCO Foundation.

Central to the new program is the Veteran In Crane Training Outstanding Recognition (or V.I.C.T.O.R.) award, which will be presented to the top-performing veteran in each HEC training class for NCCCO mobile crane operator certification.

“A central component of the NCCCO Foundation’s mission is to facilitate access by veterans to the construction industry,” said NCCCO Foundation CEO Graham Brent, “particularly in the crane and rigging sector. The V.I.C.T.O.R. program is a small but significant step in that direction, and its launch on Veterans Day when we acknowledge the sacrifice of those who served to protect that which we hold most dear could not be more appropriate.”

A key factor in the decision to develop this program with Heavy Equipment Colleges of America, Brent said, was HEC’s status as an authorized organization through the Department of Defense’s SkillBridge program that allows service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during their last 180 days of service.

“HEC is proud to help veterans and civilians to find rewarding careers in the construction industry,” said HECA CEO, Bob Albano, “and the V.I.C.T.O.R. program will serve to reward excellence among our veteran students.”

The V.I.C.T.O.R. program will be offered at HEC campuses at the Ft. Irwin Base in California and at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State.

About the V.I.C.T.O.R. Award

Eligible participants must be a veteran and have completed the HEC Mobile Crane Training Program. Awards are issued every three (3) weeks in accordance with the program completion timeline. Through the sponsorship of the NCCCO Foundation, awardees receive a $100 Cabela gift card, a YETI tumbler, and a Certificate of Achievement.

About HEC

The Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (HEC) is a private educational and training school specializing in entry level training on mobile earthmoving and lifting equipment at four (4) locations around the country.  Programs are designed to teach students the basic fundamentals of equipment operation and to gain experience of immediate value to employers.

About the NCCCO Foundation

The NCCCO Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization formed by the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) in 2018 to promote industry safety by conducting research, educating about—and advocating for—personnel safety and certification, and facilitating access by youth, military personnel, and underserved communities to education, training and certification through scholarships and grants with a goal of ensuring a safe and skilled workforce now and for the future.