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Department of Career and Technical Education Alliance Annual Report

August 27, 2007

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

July 29, 2004


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education (DCTE) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces, and technical education centers. OSHA and DCTE hereby form an Alliance to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help protect students and employees’ health and safety, particularly in reducing and preventing exposure to hazards associated with the building and trades industry.

Implementation Team Members

Bruce Beelman
Tom Deutscher
Mike Maslowski
Travis Clark
Wayne Kutzer
Don Roloff
Todd Stewart
Mark Dougherty
Area Director - OSHA
Compliance Assistance Specialist - OSHA
Assistant Area Director - OSHA
Compliance Officer - OSHA
State Director - DCTE
Supervisor – DCTE
Safety Director – NDAGC
Membership Services Director – NDAGC

Evaluation Period

July 29, 2006 to July 28, 2007

II. Implementation Team Meetings
August 4, 2005
December 10, 2005
May 26, 2006
July 20, 2006
Quarterly meeting
Quarterly meeting
Annual review and renewal meeting
Renewal signing

III. Events and Products

Training and Education Goal
  • Develop training and education programs that introduce safety and health education into the core curriculum of trade schools and career education centers.

  • Develop and implement workplace safety and health curricula within the vocational, technical, and career training centers of North Dakota.

Training Vo-Tech Teachers

Essentially the first year of the alliance was devoted to the development of a curriculum through the group effort of DCTE, NCCER, AGC, OSHA, and the Red Rocks Community College (OTI) in Denver, Colorado. This reporting period was devoted to the training of teachers and standardizing safety training into current Construction Technology programs. The OSHA 10-hour has been integrated into all piloted high school programs. The OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour are both offered at the collegiate level. The training is not held in the normal 10 or 30 hour block of time, rather it is spread throughout the year with testing and competency incorporated into the program. The different programs trained are as follows:
  • 22 high school Construction Programs
  • 2 high school Welding Programs
  • 6 college Carpentry Programs
  • 1 college Plumbing Program
  • 1 HVACR Program
  • 1 Electrical Program
All programs include the Student Safety Officer. Students are required to be the acting safety officer in the lab or on the project. They will take charge in doing the following: complete a safety checklist each day, they will give one safety talk on a safety topic, they will complete an incident report if required, they will contribute to safety discussions during their week of responsibility.

All programs are instructed to test all students taking the standardized safety training. Only those that pass the tests are given recognition, i.e. OSHA card and NCCER transcript and card.

Currently 55 instructors are trained statewide with approximately 250-350 students in the program.

The Safety Orientation Project met its objectives. Summary statements are as follows:

Objective 1: Provide a standardized basic safety unit that would include training in the OSHA ten-hour. The curriculum, Contren Learning Series, designed by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) was selected as part of the training. The curriculum selected was: Core Curriculum – Safety Module, Safety Orientation (OSHA 10 Hour equivalent) and Field Safety (OSHA Thirty Hour equivalent). The OSHA 500 training materials were also used in the training provided NDSU and Career and Technical Education staff.

Objective 2: Provide training to instructors to become knowledgeable in using the standardized curriculum and integrating standardized safety instruction into course outlines. Integrated OSHA and NCCER safety training was provided to fifty high school and college instructors (see attachments). All programs have introduced the safety program into the curriculum. Fifty percent of the programs have fully implemented the safety program including the OSHA 10 or 30 Hour, Safety Orientation, testing and recognition. Approximately twenty five percent will include the complete program during the 2007-2008 school year. The remaining twenty five percent have not moved to the complete program. Reasons stated were: no money available to purchase texts, retirements or resignations leaving the program without qualified instructors and need technical assistance to implement the entire program.

Of the original fifty instructors trained, there are five who have retired, resigned to go back into industry or have moved out of state.

Objective 3: Certify instructors in Field Safety designating them as meeting basic standards for instruction. Instructors received recognition from NCCER as certified instructors in Field Safety giving them the ability to teach Safety Orientation and Field Safety to high school and college students.

Objective 4: Recognize students for successfully completing the Safety Orientation modules. Instructors have the authority to register successful students onto the NCCER National Registry. Transcripts and wallet cards will be sent to students from NCCER upon request. A complete accounting of the number of students who have successfully completed the Safety Orientation and Core Safety will be identified on the NCCER sponsor annual report due in July of 2007.

Objective 5: Provide a North Dakota means by which instructors can be certified or re-certified in Safety Orientation. Dr. Gary Smith, Construction Management, NDSU and Todd Stewart, Safety Director, North Dakota Associated General Contractors have completed the Instructor Certification Training Program (ICTP) required by NCCER prior to teaching NCCER curriculum. The ICTP was administered by Don Roloff, NCCER Master Trainer, in the spring of 2004.

Objective 6: Receive recognition from OSHA that the Safety Orientation modules meets the OSHA Ten-Hour requirements. A formal agreement was signed between NDSU and Red Rock Community College, OSHA Outreach Training Institute for Region 8. NDSU will have the authority to represent Region 8 in OSHA training. NDSU will provide to Construction Technology / Related Construction Technology instructors training in OSHA 500. The OSHA agreement and the NCCER certification gives Dr. Smith and Todd Stewart dual certification to teach both OSHA and NCCER materials.

In addition, the schools integrated the Safety Orientation curricula into Construction Technology programs. The integration and implementation took place beginning in fall of 2005 to the fall of 2006. The integration consisted of:

Contren Learning Series Core Curriculum – Safety Module and Safety Test
Contren Learning Series Safety Orientation – All Modules and Safety Tests
Contren Learning Series Field Safety – Used as an Instructional Resource
OSHA 29CFR 1926 – Used as an Instructional Resource
Student Safety Officer – Student participation in pier training, safety checks and reporting of near misses, accidents, etc.

Each program introduced the Safety Orientation in different ways. The following are examples of safety implementation:

Bismarck Technical Center (2005) – Construction Technology – Dave Peterson, Instructor. The Core Curriculum Safety Module was introduced early in the fall with additional instruction in hand and power tool safe use. Students were tested with written exams and performance exams where appropriate using the NCCER standardized tests. The Safety Orientation topics were introduced throughout the year. Instruction in the entire Safety Orientation course was done in March with students taking the written and performance exams at that time. Results of the number of students successfully completing all safety instruction is forthcoming. The Student Safety Officer was not introduced this year. The Safety Officer duties were instructor driven for this year to determine the best way to introduce this element. These are the proposed changes for next school year: The Core Curriculum Safety Module, the Safety Orientation and the Student Safety Officer will be introduced early in the fall and will be taught in its entirety. Safety “reminders” will be done by the Student Safety Officers throughout the year. Additional safety information will be introduced by the instructor. No accidents were reported this school year.

Minot Public Schools (2005) – Construction Technology – Duane Johnson, Instructor. The Core Curriculum Safety Module was introduced early in the fall semester with additional instruction in hand and power tool safe use. The Student Safety Officer component was also introduced early in the fall. Students were instructed as to their responsibility, how to use the safety checklist and how to report. Students were rotated throughout the year having the responsibility of the Safety Officer. The Student Safety Officer was a great success with strong participation from students. If a Safety Officer reported a near miss or potential hazard, the hazard was discussed the next day with input from the entire class as to how this hazard could be eliminated. The Safety Orientation course was introduced in the spring semester. The Field Safety course was used as an instructor resource. Students received instruction, were tested using standardized written and performance exams. Students did very well with the exams. Final results will be forthcoming. Successful students were registered on the NCCER National Registry. These are the proposed changes for next school year: All safety instruction will be done early in the fall semester. The safety officer will be used again next year as a resource to continually remind students on safety topics. No accidents were reported this year.

West Fargo Public Schools – Construction Technology (2005) – Bob Bjornson, Instructor. West Fargo students began with the Core Curriculum Safety Module with the first year students. All tool safety is also completed by first year students early in the fall semester. The Student Safety Officer is part of their leadership responsibility with students being rotated throughout the year. The Safety Orientation was done in the spring semester. Prior to the Safety Orientation instruction, this instructor had students use the Field Safety as a resource and created a research project based on the Field Safety exams. Students were required to find the answers on their own. The Safety Orientation was then instructed and tested with standardized exams. The instructor felt that the students were well informed using this method. The students had a high rate of success with the Safety Orientation testing. Students will be registered on the NCCER National Registry. Proposed changes for next year are: Select one day a week to be the safety day, all safety instruction will be done in the fall with the Safety Orientation review and testing done in the spring semester with second year students. No accidents were reported this school year.

Sitting Bull College (2005) – Construction Technology – Dave Luger, Instructor. Since this is a post secondary program, the offering is somewhat different from secondary education. The Core Curriculum Safety and the Safety Orientation is taught in the Fundamental of Carpentry class. The class is offered in the fall and spring semester. All students are tested using the standardized NCCER exams. Students are registered on the NCCER National Registry. Safety Officer responsibility is done on the job site. There are no major changes expected for next year since the safety program has been very successful. No accidents were reported this school year.

Cankdeska Cikana Community College (2006) – Construction Technology – Louie Garcia, Instructor. The Safety Orientation and the OSHA 10 hour are taught in the fall semester. All students are tested. Students who successfully complete the course are given the OSHA 10 hour card and the NCCER wallet card to be used in their resume.

North Dakota State College of Science (2006) – Construction Technology – Brian Wolfgram and Jeff Berg, Instructors. Safety courses are offered throughout the two year program with a culmination of testing and practice resulting in recognition in the OSHA 30 Hour and the NCCER Field Safety. Students are awarded wallet cards from OSHA and NCCER.

Lake Area Career and Technical Center (2006) – Construction Technology – Ken Forsberg, Instructor. Lake Area achieved their Accredited Training and Education Facility (ATEF) status in 2007. To meet the ATEF standards, Ken introduces the Safety Module from the Core Curriculum in the sophomore year. Safety topics are included throughout the study of construction systems. The OSHA 10 hour and the Safety Orientation are completed and tested in the last semester of the senior year. Students receive OSHA and NCCER cards as recognition for their achievement.

Continued technical assistance is being provided by the Department for Career and Technical Education to move all programs into full implementation. The Associated General Contractors is also providing technical assistance to schools. Best Practice for Implementing Safety into the Construction Curriculum will be featured at the Professional Development Conference in August of 2007.

A review of all instructors and their programs is ongoing as part of the oversight responsibility of the Department for Career and Technical Education.

A grant will be sought for the 2008-2009 school year to update the OSHA and NCCER cards for instructors or train new instructors in safety.

This concludes the Summary Report for the Safety Orientation Pilot Project.

Professional Development Conference
Safety Orientation Instructor Training
August 10-11-12, 2005

Participant List
Confirmed Participant Telephone School Program ATEF Pilot
Yes Bob Bjornson   West Fargo HS CT Yes Yes
Yes Bruce Benson   Sitting Bull College CT Yes Yes
Yes Dan Wahlman   BSC HVAC Yes  
Yes Earl Torgerson   BSC CT Yes  
Yes Keith Bymers   Standing Rock HS CT No  
Yes James Holmquist   Pembina HS CT Yes  
Yes Jeff Berg   NDSCS CT No  
Yes Louis Garcia   Candeska Cikana CC CT No  
Yes Omar Gimail   United Tribes TC CT No  
Yes Richard LaQua   JVCTC CT Yes  
Yes Ron Heid   YCC CT No  
Yes Ron Parisien   TMCC CT No  
Yes Ryan Pierce   Fargo South CT Yes  
Yes Doug Snare   Fargo North CT Yes  
Yes Duane Johnson   Minot Magic City CT Yes Yes
Yes Scott Schmidt   Dickinson HS CT Yes  
Yes Verdell Smith   Ft. Berthold CC CT No  
Yes David Peterson   Bismarck CTC CT Yes Yes
Yes Dave Anderson   SVCTC CT Yes  
Yes Nick Krush   Mandan HS CT Yes  
Safety Orientation Instructor Training
February 14, 15, 16, 2006 Fargo Skills and Technology Center

Participant List
Confirmed Participant School Address School Phone Program ATEF
X Clarke Molter Dakota Prairie Unity HS
PO Box 37
Petersburg, ND 58272-0037
345-8233 CT  
X Eric Poitra Dunseith High School
PO Box 789
Dunseith, ND 58329-0789
244-5349 CT  
X Eugene Nadeau Dunseith High School
PO Box 789
Dunseith, ND 58329-0789
244-5349 FM  
X Allen Mueller Fargo North High School
801 17th Ave. N
Fargo, ND 58102-2299
446-2445 CT Yes
X James Holmquist North Border School District
155 S. 3rd
Pembina, ND 58271
852-6261 CT Yes
X Peter Holand North Valley CTC
1540 School Road
Grafton, ND 58237-1715
352-3705 CT Yes
X Gary Purpur Red River High School
2211 17th Ave. S
Grand Forks, ND 58201-5299
746-2407 Ext. 608 CT Yes
X Nicholas Winistorfer Sheyenne High School
320 Sunnyside Ave.
Sheyenne, ND 58374-7113
996-3461 CT  
X Bryan Wolfgram ND State College of Science
800 N. 6th St.
Wahpeton, ND 58076-0002
671-2140 CT Yes
X Mark Wood ND State College of Science
800 N. 6th St.
Wahpeton, ND 58076-0002
671-2797 HVACR  
X Joel Krause ND State College of Science
800 N. 6th St.
Wahpeton, ND 58076-0002
671-2515 HVACR  
X Lon Lessard ND State College of Science
800 N. 6th St.
Wahpeton, ND 58076-0002
671-2585 PL  
No Ron Knudtson ND State College of Science
800 N. 6th St.
Wahpeton, ND 58076-0002
671-2132 EL  
X Shane Suko ND State College of Science
800 N. 6th St.
Wahpeton, ND 58076-0002
671-2731 EL  
X Jerry Brackin ND State College of Science
800 N. 6th St.
Wahpeton, ND 58076-0002
671-2176 EL  
X Luke Baker Turtle Mtn. Comm. College
PO Box 340
Belcourt, ND 58316-0340
477-7862 Ext. 3401 CT  
Safety Orientation Instructor Training
August 9, 10, 11, 2006
Bismarck State College

Participant List
Confirmed Participant School Address School Phone Area ATEF
X Ron Streit Fargo South High School
1840 15th Avenue South
Fargo, ND 58103
701-446-2154 CT X
X Curt Hanson Four Winds Community HS
PO Box 239
Ft. Totten, ND 58335-0239
701-766-1405 CT  
X Wayne Hooey Four Winds Community HS
PO Box 239
Ft. Totten, ND 58335-0239
701-766-1405 CT  
X David Davidson Four Winds Community HS
PO Box 239
Ft. Totten, ND 58335-0239
701-766-1405 FM  
X Ken Forsberg Lake Area CTC
205 16th St. NW
Devils Lake, ND 58301-1597
701-662-7650 CT  
X Travis Sorenson Minot Magic City Campus
1100 11th Avenue SW
Minot, ND 58701
701-833-7862 CT X
X Albert White Calf, Jr. New Town High School
PO Box 700
New Town, ND 58763-0700
701-627-3658 CT  
X Byron Borgen Surrey High School
PO Box 40
Surrey, ND 58785-0040
701-838-5366 CT  
X Mikel Olson Southeast Region CTC
2101 9th St. N
Wahpeton, ND 58075-3015
899-4142 CT  
X Verlin Allery Turtle Mountain High School
PO Box 440
Belcourt, ND 58316-0440
477-6471 Ext. 644 CT  
X Arlan Okerson Bismarck State College
PO Box 5587
Bismarck, ND 58506-5587
701-224-5593 HVAC X
X Jason Bowen Litchville-Marion High
104 2nd St.
Marion, ND 58466-0159
701-669-2262 CT  
X Clifford Martin Fort Berthold Community College
PO Box 490
New Town, ND 58763-0490
Ext. 271
X Michael Matheny United Tribes Technical College
3315 University Drive
Bismarck, ND 58504-7565
Ext. 1242

Outreach and Communication Goals
  • Develop and disseminate information through print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and links from OSHA’s and DCTE’s Web site.

    DCTE has developed a link to the OSHA web page on their home page. OSHA has provided information about the alliance including news releases, a photograph of the signing ceremony, a photograph of training sessions, activities and events in several of the local area office e-newsletters created by the CAS. This newsletter is issued quarterly and reaches approximately 700 subscribers.

    • July 2005 e-newsletter
    • October 2005 e-newsletter
    • January 2006 e-newsletter
    • April 2006 e-newsletter
    • July 2006 e-newsletter
    • October 2007 e-newsletter
    • January 2007 e-newsletter
    • May 2007 e-newsletter
  • Speak, exhibit, or appear at OSHA’s or DCTE conferences, local meetings, or other stakeholder events.

    OSHA has presented information regarding the benefit of alliances and utilized the DCTE alliance as an example when talking with stakeholders. Examples of local and stakeholder meetings are as follows:

    • 3 AGC sponsored meetings
    • 1 HBA meeting
    • 2 safety and health seminars
  • Share information among OSHA personnel and industry safety and health professionals regarding DCTE’s best practices or effective approaches and publicize results through outreach by DCTE and through OSHA and other organizations such as Associated General Contractors (AGC), Home Builders Association (HBA) or trade union locals developed materials, training programs, workshops, seminars, and lectures (or any other applicable forum).

    During this reporting period, no best practices or effect approaches have been generated to share with other organizations. It is anticipated that this will occur once results are generated.

  • Encourage stakeholders such as AGC and/or HBA chapters to build relationships with OSHA’s Regional and Area Offices to address health and safety issues regarding student education and construction safety.

    During this reporting period, the OSHA and DCTE Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal.
Promoting the National Dialogue Goals:
  • Raise others’ awareness of and demonstrate their own commitment to workplace safety and health whenever DCTE leaders address groups.

    During this reporting period, the OSHA and DCTE Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal

  • Develop and disseminate case studies illustrating the value of safety and health training for students in vocational, technical, and career education centers and publicize their results.

    During this reporting period, the OSHA and DCTE Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal

  • Convene or participate in forums, round table discussions, or stakeholder meetings to help forge innovative solutions to safety and health issues in the industry of trades education or to provide input on safety and health issues in career education centers.

    During this reporting period, the OSHA and DCTE Alliance Implementation Team did not start work on programs or projects to address this goal
IV. Results

The value to OSHA of bringing a comprehensive approach to understanding standardized workplace safety practices, training and enforcement to the trade schools is immeasurable. Through this cooperative venture, the OSHA Construction 10-hour certification will be awarded to those students completing and passing the study. The culture that is fostered results in a higher level of awareness and understanding of the value of safety. Through the alliance, we are able to influence many more employers/employees than through traditional methods. Through the alliance, we are also able to leverage resources within the construction community.

Initial funding was to be accomplished through a grant from Workforce Safety and Insurance (WSI) and has since been terminated. Although initially a setback, subsequent funds have been established to continue with the funding of the project and has only resulted in a slight delay. It is anticipated that established timeframes will continue to be adhered to and the progress of the alliance not compromised.

Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
OSHA Residential Construction 80
e-newsletter 690
North Dakota Safety and Health Conference 350
AGC 60
Home Builders Association 600
DCTE training 55
TOTAL 1795

V. Upcoming Milestones

Skills USA meeting (June 2008)
Semi-annual meeting (April 2008)
Annual report (July 2008)