Students of Maintenance Training Program Tour SEMO Behavioral Health
Students and staff from Mineral Area College recently toured Southeast
Missouri Behavioral Health’s Aquinas Facility to observe firsthand the responsibilities
of the maintenance staff. Students were able to see how the staff sustains the
electrical systems, sprinkler systems, generators, heating and cooling systems,
all which keep their clients and buildings safe and comfortable.
the tour, Darrell Pratt of Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health maintenance staff
answered the students many questions about safety, preventive maintenance
schedules, daily jobs and best practices of maintaining the large campus.
facility tour was scheduled during the first part of the eight-week Healthcare
Facility Maintenance Technology Certificate training program. This program
gives students college credit while learning theory and hands-on skills in
electrical, rotating machines, basic carpentry, fluid power and mechanical drives.
Students learn in a classroom, the manufacturing lab and through flexible e-learning
programs. A small classroom size guarantees a quality experience with the
Sansagraw, health care facility maintenance technician instructor for MAC, said
he was grateful to assistant to Jason Gilliam, the president/CEO at SEMO
Behavioral Health, and his maintenance staff for the informational tour.
would have to say the students were very impressed with the different types of
equipment at the Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health facility,” he said.
joined other local healthcare facilities representatives on the MoHealthWINs
Maintenance Advisory Program board. This board meets quarterly to discuss MAC
training curriculum and the immediate needs of local employers.
grant, titled MoHealthWINs, has allowed MAC to implement two new programs on
campus to address the current and future workforce needs in the health services
industry. Local unemployed, underemployed, low-skilled individuals, veterans
and those people who have lost their jobs as a result of their jobs moving
overseas may be eligible for short term job training at no tuition cost.
determine if an interested student meets the MoHealthWINs grant eligibility
requirements, call Alison Sheets, MOHealthWINs program support specialist at
Mineral Area College. Applications for the health service programs are
available at www.MineralArea.edu or call (573) 518-3820. Interested participants may also apply at
the Park Hills Career Center, located on Parkway Drive in Park Hills;
Supportive services may also be available to qualified applicants. Call the Career Center at (573)