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Lift & Move USA Provides 'Authentic' Career Exploration Experience

Mon November 19, 2018 - National Edition
Lift & Move USA


NessCampbell's live load demonstration, which included lifting an Oshkosh truck and placing it on a trailer to be hauled away, was the culmination of mini-lessons students learned at each station related to safety, engineering, rigging, crane and transport operations.
NessCampbell's live load demonstration, which included lifting an Oshkosh truck and placing it on a trailer to be hauled away, was the culmination of mini-lessons students learned at each station related to safety, engineering, rigging, crane and transport operations.

Response from teachers following the Lift & Move USA event hosted by NessCampbell Crane + Rigging on Oct. 11 in Portland, Ore., was extremely positive. Lift & Move USA is an industry-led program to promote careers in the crane, rigging and specialized transportation sectors. It is organized by SC&RA, the SC&R Foundation, NCCCO and KHL Group.

All those in attendance represented high school or post-secondary career and technical education programs.

"The student guests were a highly qualified group. Many of them are already enrolled in welding, metals, manufacturing, and carpentry programs," said Tracy Bennett, Lift & Move USA director.

Students, teachers and career transition specialists from more than a dozen schools attended the event.

"My students really got a lot out of it and it opened their eyes to definite career possibilities. Each of the NessCambell employees did a great job speaking to the kids and relating to them. This really makes a difference," said Brian Taylor, CTE Metals Instructor of Centralia High School.

"My favorite part was listening to employees tell their stories about how they became involved in the work, their paths to success, and the pride and ownership they have with their jobs. I think it was a great way for young people exploring careers to connect with those who are successful in their careers and who, in many cases, are just a few years older than the students who toured the learning stations," said Jennie Fennelle, senior advisor in the Center for School, Family, & Community at Education Northwest.

Education Northwest develops work-based learning materials for schools and non-profits, such as SkillsUSA. The organization researches policy, develops relationships between education and industry, and works to provide curriculum that prepares students to be both college and career ready, according to Steve Klein, director, Center for School, Family, & Community at Education Northwest.

"Events like this are critical for taking the content and translating the skills needed by a specific industry into language used byeducators for the future development of career and technical education programs of study," said Klein.

"Lift & Move USA provided an authentic way for students to connect to learn about skills needed and careers available in this industry," said Fennelle. "There's nothing like getting to stand next to a 500-ton crane that puts learning in context for the student. The same information just doesn't translate in a photo."

For the first time, the event included a tower crane, demonstrated by Morrow Equipment. Other hands-on activities were led by Lifting Gear Hire and Industrial Training International.

NessCampbell's live load demonstration, which included lifting an Oshkosh truck and placing it on a trailer to be hauled away, was the culmination of mini-lessons students learned at each station related to safety, engineering, rigging, crane and transport operations.

About Lift & Move USA

Lift & Move USA is a career exploration and education outreach event organized by the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association, SC&R Foundation, the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, and KHL. Events are held at SC&RA member company locations for students ages 15-24, and feature live equipment demonstrations and hands-on learning stations. For more information, visit www.liftandmoveusa.com.