Mineral Area College Staff Recognize Students’ Accomplishments in Healthcare Maintenance Program Training
Lawrence Poole of Park Hills, Tanner Serini of Desloge and Kyle Ross of Leadwood were recently congratulated by Bill Sansagraw, Mineral Area College maintenance instructor, for completing the stackable credentials program in healthcare maintenance, part of the MoHealthWINs program at MAC.
Industrial Maintenance Instructor Bill Sansagraw and MoHealthWINs program support staff at Mineral Area College recently recognized three students who completed the three stackable credential programs in healthcare maintenance training: maintenance technician, HVAC technician and stationary engineering.
Kyle Ross, of Leadwood, said he plans to finish his electrical, associate of applied science degree in May 2014. Ross completed his internship at Madison County Hospital under the direction of Danny Kemp, director of maintenance. Applying what he learned in the HVAC and Stationary Engineering classes, Ross worked on water treatment analysis, boiler maintenance, doors and hardware installation and repair, HVAC maintenance, repair and plumbing. “I liked working as a team with Tom, my mentor,” Ross said. “I liked proving myself. I’m a hard worker.”
Tanner Serini, of Desloge, will continue pursuing his associate of applied science degree in industrial maintenance. Serini’s recent experience in the maintenance department at Perry County Hospital included the installation of a closed-circuit TV, completing preventive maintenance on water heaters and boilers, grounds work, HVAC maintenance and repair, painting and water treatment analysis. “I enjoyed the hands-on learning experience I received at Perry County Hospital,” Serini said. “I used the classroom knowledge and manufacturing lab experience on the job daily.”
Industrial maintenance student Lawrence Poole, of Park Hills, performed routine preventive maintenance on a generator in addition to working on doors, locks and plumbing during his educational internship. He worked under the direction of Darryl Pratt, his internship mentor. “I thought this internship was a good learning experience and I enjoyed working with the friendly staff at Southeast Missouri Behavioral Health Aquinas Center in Farmington,” Poole said.
The men started in October 2012 with the first eight-week “stackable credential,” the Healthcare Maintenance Technician Program. Training included OSHA 10 certification, electrical, rotating machines, basic carpentry, fluid power and mechanical drives.
The second credential program, Healthcare HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Commercial Refrigeration), was 14 weeks. Twelve hours of college credit is awarded with this certificate program study of thermal science, environmental applications, thermal troubleshooting, commercial refrigeration and EPA section 608 exam preparation. Students complete OSHA 30 training/ safety, as well.
During the Healthcare Stationary Engineering program, students completed a 90-hour internship at a local healthcare facility. The internship is designed to be part of the educational training, meeting learning objectives and the specific work tasks of the maintenance department. Sansagraw and the healthcare facility maintenance department supervisor monitored and evaluated the students for three hours of academic credit.
All healthcare maintenance programs are offered as a combination of classroom study and hands-on skill application in MAC’s Advanced Manufacturing Lab. A flexible and a convenient e-learning component is offered in addition to the classroom and lab study.
Tina Miller, MoWINs program support navigator said past students that have completed one or two of the MAC maintenance certificate programs are getting interviews, and those interviews are leading to jobs. “In addition, the short-term training and the e-learning capability is unique,” she said. “It offers students flexibility to learn at their own pace and review the skills with their instructor in a hands-on lab.”
“Stackable credentials” offer training to students who seek an Associate in Applied Science in Industrial Maintenance degree, and to students who seek only a certificate in the healthcare maintenance field.
These students took advantage of no tuition costs, part of the MoHealthWINs grant. Mineral Area College is among the 13 colleges in the state of Missouri that were awarded federal funds from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants Program. The federal awarding agency is the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
A Healthcare HVAC and Stationary Engineering certificate program will be offered in the Spring and Summer of 2014.
To determine if you or a family member meet the MoManufacturingWINs grant eligibility requirements, call Alison Sheets or Tina Miller, program support specialist/navigators at Mineral Area College 573-518-3820/3840. Applications and information about future prrograms are available at http://www.mineralarea.edu/MoWINS/
Interested participants may inquire at the Park Hills Missouri Career Center, located on Parkway Drive in Park Hills. Call the Park Hills Missouri Career Center at (573) 518-2431.