Photo: NCCCO Foundation and HEC.
After the highly successful launch of the Veterans In Crane Training Outstanding Recognition (V.I.C.T.O.R) award program in 2021, the NCCCO Foundation and Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (HEC) are thrilled to announce the expansion of the V.I.C.T.O.R. program to two additional HEC locations.
Moving forward, at the conclusion of each quarter, the V.I.C.T.O.R. award will broaden its scope to recognize the top-performing veteran at each of the four HEC training centers, providing instruction for NCCCO mobile crane operator certification. Originally, the award was limited to veterans in HEC training classes at the Fort Irwin Army Base in California and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord location in Washington State. However, it will now encompass HEC training programs in Stone Crest, Georgia, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Furthermore, the value of the gift cards presented to each award winner will be raised from $100 to $250, in addition to the coveted YETI tumbler and a Certificate of Achievement plaque. Profiles of the award winners will be shared and prominently featured on both HEC and NCCCO Foundations’ websites.
T.J. Cantwell, Executive Director of the NCCCO Foundation, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “The NCCCO Foundation is delighted to collaborate with HEC of America to sustain and expand the V.I.C.T.O.R. program to more locations. This program serves as a vital means for the NCCCO Foundation to facilitate access for veterans to enter crane and rigging careers, encouraging more veterans to pursue a career in the industry by highlighting exceptional veterans.”
HECA CEO Bob Albano shared his thoughts, stating, “The V.I.C.T.O.R. award program represents an excellent opportunity to acknowledge excellence among our veteran students. The ability to extend this opportunity to veterans at our other locations is truly wonderful.”