b'Career and Technical programs use state-of-the-art simulators to teach vital skills in high demandMississippi Gulf Coast Community Colleges West Harrison County Center is home to high-tech equipment specially designed for students.Programs at the center are usingThe heavy equipment operation simulators simulators in their industry-driven training programs that allowprovide flexibility in how we train and where students to drive trucks, bulldozers, and other heavy equipmentwe train students because the simulators in a safe environment while learning to troubleshoot problems.are mobile; they can be deployed to industry partners for on-location workforce training. Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technology (Heavy Equipment), Commercial Truck Driving (CDL), and Maritime Multi-CraftThe additional equipment allows MGCCC Technology (Multi-Craft) programs at the colleges West Harrisonto rapidly respond to industry needs in County Center in Long Beach received simulators through thea manner that is both safe and cost-CARES Act. effective. We look forward to leveraging CDL simulators allow instructors to engage multiple studentsthese simulators to offer immersive and at once in performing skills training.The open-entry/open-exitrobust learning experiences for students program has three trucks and three truck simulators, allowingand trainees.instructors to work with multiple students at once to provide more advanced training. In addition, simulators can be used Dr. Jonathan Woodward, Executive when there is inclement weather around WHCC without theVice President of Teaching and Learning/loss of safety found on the actual road. Simulators make the training more valuable to students, allowing them to practiceCommunity Campusskills more often and with a greater variety of scenarios than in the past.13'