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ADOT has hosted many sessions of its Construction Academy during the past six years. But the latest one held at the beginning of March in Phoenix was still a momentous first. That's because all the participants in this academy, which ran from March 2 to 13, were women.

RAM Inc.'s 2020 enhanced Blasting and Explosives Safety Training (BEST) Course will be held at the South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City, S.D., from Sept. 9 to 11. Building on a solid foundation of explosives regulatory, technology and application sessions, this year's course features instructions on hazard recognition posed by deteriorated explosives.

Linemen have one of the most dangerous jobs out there, and now apprentices from the Missouri Valley region will have one of the best places in the country to learn their trade. The Missouri Valley Line Constructors and Apprenticeship and Training Program is building a $13.5 million facility to train apprentice linemen, traffic signal technicians and substation technicians from seven states — Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin — in Indianola, Iowa.

To continue support of employee education and training in the work truck industry, NTEA developed a new Truck Equipment 201 module covering powertrain systems. TE201 is a series of online courses, designed for those with technical knowledge seeking deeper understanding of specific topics outlined in the introductory TE101.

The group of students with many different company names on the shirts are all gathered close to the green machine where their instructor has opened a side hatch to demonstrate some key service points. The group talks casually with questions for the instructors, while they each share some of their personal experiences from the field.

In late October, Hyundai dealers from all across North America converged on the headquarters of Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Inc. in Norcross, Ga., for Heavy Metal Training. The program is a two-day training event for continuing education for Hyundai dealers and their sales and service representatives.

The Baker-Polito Administration announced the awarding of $12 million to 45 high schools, colleges and educational institutions that will use the grant to acquire the newest technologies to educate students and expand career education opportunities. Schools also can now apply for an additional round of Skills Capital Grants, totaling $15 million that will be awarded this fall.

Lift & Move USA, featuring career paths for specialized transportation, crane, rigging and machinery moving operations, is coming to Texas this fall. "Lift & Move USA engages students and educators in learning about the skills needed and careers available in this highly technical field, serving construction, manufacturing, power gen, petro-chem, highway and related industries," said Tracy Bennett, director of Lift & Move USA.

Stone Equipment Co. staffers Brent Boswell, Craig Johnson, Austin Miller, Dustin Underwood, Doug Stone and Jack Howard attended Hyundai's Heavy Metal training on Oct. 21 to 22 at Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas Inc. headquarters in Norcross, Ga.

Takeuchi-US held a ground-breaking ceremony on Oct. 11 for a new training facility set to open in spring 2020. The new center will allow dealers from North America and around the globe to gain knowledge about Takeuchi products, and offer year-round service training to its growing dealer network.

GOMACO University prides itself on offering the best education by combining classroom education with hands-on shop time. Both are taught by knowledgeable University instructors and service representatives who travel the world setting up and working on GOMACO equipment.