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CASC Occupational Health and Safety Students Attend Conference

CASC Occupational Health and Safety Students Attend Conference

Members of Carl Albert State College’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Program attended the 2016 Arkansas Safety Conference and Trade Show at the Fort Smith Convention Center.  AccoIMG_2935 James Shelburn - OHS Studentrding to Kristi McConnell, Director/Instructor for the CASC program, the Conference covered OHSA updates, Active Shooter Response for the Community, Intergenerational Communication, Internet Safety and Behavioral Safety.

McConnell explained, “This conference was a way for our students to see safety professionals at work. It was a very educational program for students wanting a career in this field. I had a great time at the 2016 Safety Conference, and the networking for our students was fantastic.”   She continued, “We were especially excited that one of our students was able to talk to a representative from Trane about possible internship opportunities.”

James Shelburn, a 2010 Poteau High School graduate and now a CASC student in the OHS program explained, “After I graduated from high school, I attended CASC a semester then went to work in the oil and gas industry building and operating down-hole tools.  After three years, I realized I wanted to return to Carl Albert and finish my general studies degree.  My original plan was to go on to a four year college, but when I learned about CASC’s OHS program, I stayed here and it has been a great experience.”

Shelburn continued, “At the safety conference in Fort Smith, I met with David Qualls, a regional EHS manager with Trane. He explained his efforts to establish an EHS intern/coop type position at the Trane Commercial facility in Fort Smith.  I am excited to see this type opportunity in our area for students like me in the CASC safety program.”

McConnell stated that the OHS degree program at Carl Albert has some openings still available for students wanting to enter the program beginning this fall.  For information contact her at 918-647-1457 or kmcconnell@carlalbert.edu.

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