Industry and Education Partners open Training Center to deliver Interactive Skills Development Courses

West Georgia Technical College and Crane Industry Services, LLC (CIS) announce a partnership through the College’s Economic Development Division to provide a new series of Skills Development Training Courses essential to construction, utilities, power generation, manufacturing, mining and refining.

Custom courses and open enrollment options are available at the new Centered on Safety Training Center™ on the WGTC Murphy Campus in Waco, Ga. The partnership between CIS, which provides crane and rigging training nationally and internationally, and WGTC is the result of an initiative to support workforce development needs.

Courses delivered by CIS instructors initially will include Basic and Advanced Rigging; Rigging Inspector; Crane Operator training, certification and qualification for Mobile, Overhead, and Tower Cranes; Crane Inspector; Crane Site Safety Management; and Power Line Safety for Utility Workers. Additional courses are in development.

“Our partnership with WGTC opens opportunities for employers to provide hands on, job specific training for personnel and for students seeking to enter the crane and rigging industry,” said Debbie Dickinson, CIS CEO. “We bring accredited programs and certified instructors with on-the-job experience for the purpose of developing skilled craftspeople that America desperately needs to compete in the global economy.” 

WGTC President Steve Daniel said the partnership allows the College to offer expanded programs. “The deep industry expertise of Crane Industry Services allows us to offer greatly expanded training in technically challenging program areas. This is a big benefit for area industries who need this training,” said Daniel.

Centered on Safety™ approach to training

After years of watching industries grapple with compliance issues, Crane Industry Services seeks to shift the priorities. “Test prep courses have minimal value when training is not relevant to the knowledge and skill employees need for day-to-day work,” said Ms. Dickinson. In contrast, CIS courses are designed for industry-specific crane and rigging work.

“Training and testing are not one size fits all,” said Cliff Dickinson, CIS President. CIS employs NCCER certified master trainers, instructors and examiners who deliver validated and accredited training and certifications. “We provide hands-on training to develop proficiency beyond the baseline needed for certification and qualification,” said Mr. Dickinson.

WGTC Foundation Seeks Equipment Donations

To complement training offered at the Center, the WGTC Foundation is seeking short- or long-term loans or donations of equipment for the Centered on Safety courses. Cranes, aerial work platforms, rigging gear, excavators, welding equipment and other construction equipment are needed.

 The WGTC Foundation is a private, non-profit 501(3C) corporation. Donations are tax-deductible. For information on making a donation, contact Foundation Executive Director Kim Learnard at 678.664.0515 or

About CIS and WGTC

Crane Industry Services LLC, based near Atlanta, Ga., was established in 2008 and provides crane operator and rigger training, nationally accredited certifications, equipment inspections, expert witness services and consulting to the lifting industry. CIS is centered on safety and known for creating innovative and affordable solutions for the crane and rigging industry.

The Centered on Safety Training Center is strategically located near Atlanta, which services more than 200 non-stop flights from cities around the United States. Corporate hotel rates are available for nearby accommodations. Nearby points of interests range from hunting, fishing, wineries, theme parks, Talladega Raceway, museums and arts in an area known for hospitality, good weather, great food, music and sights.

To register for classes at the Centered on Safety Training Center (existing WGTC students or corporate clients) should contact Candice Eldredge, or 770-783-9292.

West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties and class sites in Heard and Meriwether counties offers over 120 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Tech is the fourth largest of the state’s 22 technical colleges.

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