The first recipients of the VICTOR program were announced today by the NCCCO Foundation and Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (HEC).

The Veterans In Crane Training Outstanding Recognition (or V.I.C.T.O.R.) award is presented to the top-performing veteran in each HEC training class for NCCCO mobile crane operator certification.  HEC runs training classes for veterans both at Fort Irwin Army Base in California and at Joint Base Lewis-McChord location in Washington State.

The four awardees who graduated top of their class are: David Carter (shown below right with HEC campus director Justin Bye) and Gabriel Hope (Fort Irwin); and John Bleignier (pictured above right with HEC instructor Sam Roberto) and William Hare (Joint Base Lewis-McChord).  Each receives a $100 gift card, a YETI tumbler, and a Certificate of Achievement plaque.

While receipt of the VICTOR award surprised most awardees, all felt gratified to be so recognized.  “Receiving this award encouraged me to pursue my education and further my career in this industry,”  said David Carter, while Gabriel Hope set a goal of getting a crane operating job “so that I can make a career out of it and become a proficient outstanding operator.”  All testified to the quality of instruction they received at HEC and stated their appreciation for the focus on safety and the attention to detail provided by the instructors. 

“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.”

“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 serves to reward excellence among our veteran students.” 

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 in accordance with the program completion timeline. Through the sponsorship of the NCCCO Foundation, awardees receive a $100 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.