Butler Tech became the first career technical center in Ohio to adopt a new 12-point industry-recognized credential program in Mining, Asphalt, Concrete & Construction Technology (MACC). On January 17, 2020, Butler Tech signed the agreement to launch MACC Tech in the fall of 2020 for students in Butler Tech’s Landscape Design and Construction program.
“Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association (OAIMA) members project hiring an average of 8 new employees over the next 2 years and up to 16 new employees over the next 5 years. These factors, along with an aging workforce, makes now the right time to offer training that can lead to a long and successful career in the construction industry,” shared Patrick Jacomet, Executive Director of OAIMA.
Approval of MACC Tech came from the Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) Industry Credential Review Team in July of 2019, qualifying the program as an Innovative Workforce Incentive Program. This qualification spurred the Ohio Aggregate & Industrial Minerals Association, Ohio Contractors Association, Flexible Pavements of Ohio, and Ohio Concrete to pledge $20,000 to support Butler Tech in the launch of MACC Tech. The funding will provide proper equipment, tools and training for implementation of the program.
The MACC curriculum provides a broad base of knowledge beginning with basic aggregate production, to building materials like asphalt and concrete to basic construction equipment and techniques. Along the way, students will be exposed to the many ancillary career paths associated with the entire construction and materials industry and experience hands-on education alongside industry professionals. Additionally, the National Stone Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) has approved the use of the “Aggregates Handbook” to supplement the MACC Tech curriculum.
Key industry associations and education partners recognized the need for quality trained and skilled workers in the construction and extraction occupations. Additional partnerships and support include I Build America Ohio, SkillsUSA Ohio, Ohio University, University of Kentucky, University of Cincinnati, and West Virginia University.