Kearney High School Offers Construction Simulation Class


Kearney High School has started a new Heavy Equipment Operator class this semester that allows students to learn how to operate construction equipment.

Students learn by using simulators that include equipment such as loaders, motor graders and excavators.

"I like it. The new machines do well, they allow us some good practice for when we're done with high school," said senior Cody Zapata.

Classmate Zack Kendall agrees a hands-on job is better than other careers.

"In a business job you can't get your hands dirty, with this you can virtually do anything you want," said Kendall.

The class was made possible from donations of more than $150,000, including some from local construction companies.

The class is the only one its kind in the state. Teacher Steven Hoyt told NTV if a student is certified through his class, they may have the opportunity of landing a job that pays $75,000 a year.