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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.

During 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. 

The 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 instructor.

Bill 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.

“I would have to say the students were very impressed with the different types of equipment at the Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health facility,” he said.

Gilliam 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.

A 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.

To 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  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) 518-2431. 

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