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ATS is coming to Rockdale

June 7 ribbon-cutting planned; first session begins in 5 weeks

Farr Farr Associated Training Services Inc., the largest heavy equipment training provider in the United States made it official on Thursday.

They’re coming to Rockdale.

Steve Farr, regional agency director told The Reporter ATS has made the decision to locate a school/training facility in Rockdale and isn’t wasting any time getting rolling.

A ribbon cutting is set for Monday, June 7, and ATS is actively recruiting students.

45-60 students

Cindy Jerman, businesses services coordinator of the local Workforce Solutions of Central Texas office, said ATS offices will be located in the former Outreach Center on North Ackerman.

“The training area will be in the Rockdale Industrial Park, further north on Ackerman, just north of the juvenile justice center,” she said.

Farr said the first level training course will begin that week. He said there is room for 15-20 students in each level.

“There are four levels and almost everyone takes the first three,” Jerman said.

With the potential for three courses going at the same time, the school could have 45- 60 st udents at once.

Instructors

Farr said one instructor will come to Rockdale from ATS’ only other Texas facility, at Wills Point to begin classes.

“We think there could eventually be as many as 10-13 instructors here,” Jerman said.

ATS executives met with community leaders two weeks ago to pledge support for the training school.

Those leaders noted ATS would fulfill a needed niche in the area’s employment situation.

Dr. Howell Wright, Rockdale ISD superintendent, pointed out as much as 60 percent of Rockdale High School graduates head directly into the work force.

ATS offers training in backhoe, wheel loader, dump truck, scraper, bulldozer, compactor, hydraulic excavator, motor grader, cranes and boom trucks.

Students wanting to enroll at ATS must be at least 18.

The company termed age limit “endless as long as you are able to pass a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical.”

For more details regarding enrollment qualifications, call 800-678-8120.

A high school diploma, or GED certifi- cate, is not required.


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