Author: Tayte M. Olma
On December 20th, 2017, the San Bernardino Community College District’s Economic Development and Corporate Training (EDCT) Division hosted an 8-hour stand-alone forklift class that took place in collaboration with the California State Reentry Initiative (CSRI) in Victorville, CA. CSRI programming is comprised of a partnership between California State University San Bernardino and the California Department of Corrections that seeks to transform the post-incarceration experience of former inmates through educational rehabilitation. Eighteen students participated in the course and left with a certificate of completion.
During the course, students learn hands-on how to operate a sit down, stand up and reach forklift and they must demonstrate forklift operation abilities to obtain the certificate. Demonstration includes driving around obstacles and turning tight corners. Training is administered via physical practice, book theory, formal lecture, video, and a written test that is issued at the end of the class.
“The Forklift Training Program was awesome times 10! Larry Mills instructed the class for 8.5 hours with book theory, hands-on training and a test. The video segments were really helpful as well. I’ve learned more than just forklift training! Thank you for what [EDCT] does. I appreciate it from the bottom, middle, and top of my heart.”
–Reginald Bradford, Forklift Training Program Graduate
As a branch of the San Bernardino Community College District, the EDCT division strives to develop employee skills and knowledge that can help companies achieve the full potential of their human resources and reach goals through tailored programming in technology and workforce development. EDCT has worked with the CSRI for almost five years on numerous projects. CSRI has helped EDCT fill five out of their eight forklift course cohorts, two of which were filled completely with CSRI clients. For more information on this class and other training opportunities, please visit www.edctraining.org.