Portland, Oregon (November 16, 2018)—Response from teachers following the Lift & Move USA event hosted by NessCampbell Crane + Rigging on October 11, in Portland, Oregon, 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 Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association, the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Foundation, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators 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 for 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 and 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,” explained Steve Klein, director, Center for School, Family, & Community at Education Northwest.

Industry support for the Portland event was exceptional. 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. 

The next Lift & Move USA event will be hosted by Superior Cranes Inc. in Rockingham, North Carolina, on November 29, 2018. For more inforamtion, visit liftandmoveusa.com.