UW-Platteville designated as an OSHA Mid-America educational training site

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) – Changes are coming to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and they’re aimed at improving long-term construction projects.

The university is now designated as the training site of the OSHA Mid-America Education Center. This means a higher level of safety training for students entering the construction workforce and for those seeking safety certification.

“Everyone needs to work in a safe environment, everyone needs to understand that their actions impact someone else,” said Chris Carlson, UW-Platteville Chair of Industrial Studies.

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s goal is to improve safety while properly training new workers.

“It’s really important for the industry, because there’s such a shortage of employees in this workforce,” said Gretchen Bockenhauer, speaker and program co-coordinator for UW-Platteville Construction Management.

This adds to the success they have already found. For the past three years, UW-Platteville has used its own “construction lab” off the highway to give students hands-on experience.

Construction education goes beyond the college years for UW-Platteville. On October 6, the university will host a construction career day for students in grades 9-12 to network with industry partners and learn what it’s like to be on a construction site. .

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