Central Arizona College to Dedicate Sundt Construction Training Wall
By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing
A new workforce development partnership between Central Arizona College and Tempe-based general contractor Sundt Construction, Inc., will be celebrated on July 13 when CAC dedicates the new Sundt Training Wall built by Sundt for the college’s Welding Department. The wall dedication will begin at 10 a.m. in the V building compound.
“The concrete training wall provides great possibilities. It gives the ability to utilize all parts of our program and create real-life situations for our students to experience, representing all stages of construction,” said CAC Welding Professor Brent Couch. “Our AutoCAD students will be able to create fabrication, structural and construction drawings for creating structural connections. So many of our students are visual learners and this wall will allow them to visualize their work while replicating actual construction conditions. The more they are out of the welding booth, the better they understand what their jobs will entail.”
In conjunction with Sundt, CAC has selected five pre-employment one-year certificates and one three-year academic apprenticeship program that will lead to certifications, certificates, and degrees that prepare students for workforce needs in the areas of heavy equipment operator, structural welding, pipefitting, industrial construction and concrete construction technology.
“We are pleased to partner with Sundt Construction. Our established welding, heavy equipment operator and pipefitter courses meet Sundt’s business needs,” said Kristen Benedict, CAC Chair of Agriculture and Advanced Technology. “Upon approval from the Higher Learning Commission, we will implement new certificates this fall for concrete construction technology and industrial construction technology to provide a complete workforce development partnership.”
“The construction industry presents many opportunities for exciting, rewarding careers,” said Sean Ray, Sundt’s Craft Workforce Development Manager. “There is growing demand for skilled workers in many areas. Our partnership with CAC will help develop a curriculum that meets today’s construction industry needs and standards, setting students up for successful careers. Together, Sundt and CAC are committed to developing the next generation of construction professionals.”
The course offerings meet National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) standards, American Welding Society (AWS) requirements and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 30-hour requirements. Students who complete the Associate of Applied Science can go on to pursue a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Industrial Technology Management at Northern Arizona University or a related degree at universities throughout the state.
For more information regarding CAC course offerings related to this partnership, please contact CAC Career Navigator Sandra Zires at 520-494-5308 or Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org.