WVU-P announces new Master Trainers

PARKERSBURG – West Virginia University at Parkersburg instructional specialists Christopher Furr in industrial maintenance, Joseph Hunt in welding and Jerry Rowley in electronics and instrumentation have achieved the Master Trainer certification offered through the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

The center is the accreditation sponsor for WVU-P’s HVAC, energy assessment and management technology, welding, electrical and instrumentation, industrial maintenance, multi-craft technology and residential and commercial electricity programs.

As part of the accreditation process, the center offers the Instructor Certification Training Program, which ensures a uniform and consistent delivery of training to all participants. After earning certification as Master Trainers through the program, Furr, Hunt and Rowley are able to certify other craft instructors.

The training provides new perspectives on methods of instruction and how those methods benefit students; regardless of background or leaning style. According to the center, it is this network of training that ensures accredited institutions are able to meet the standards of instruction set by the industry.

“I am very thankful for this opportunity and greatly appreciate WVU Parkersburg’s confidence in our instructional abilities,” Furr said. “Our goal as Master Trainers is to provide both students and instructors with the tools necessary to navigate a career path that benefits them and, ultimately, our entire community.”

The center is a not-for-profit education foundation. It was originally created to revolutionize training for the construction industry by developing industry-driven standardized training and credentialing for craft programs. Based in Alachua, Fla., the center is affiliated with the University of Florida’s M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction.