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Alpena Community College concrete tech students put their skills to the test

(Photo Courtesy/Jess Rupert) Students in the concrete technology program perform hands-on testing to receive certification.

Alpena, Mich. — Alpena Community College was the center of some great hands on learning on Thursday.

few students in the concrete technology program performed some testing for their state and national certification. Each student must demonstrate their proficiency in a written and hands–on test in order to pass.
The Michigan Concrete Association’s director of technical services and training, David Hollingsworth, examines a variety of factors when students take these tests.

“They’re doing sampling, temperature, slump, density, cylinder, air content by a method called pressure method, and the other one air content by a method called volumetric,” said Hollingsworth.

If they pass both tests, the students become certified to do concrete testing in the field. Alpena Community College has one of the best concrete tech programs in the nation. Certification helps for stronger job placement in the future.