Monday, June 2, 2014

CDL/ Heavy Equipment Graduation

Commencement ceremonies were held on Friday, May 23 for the nine graduates of the first Zuni Pueblo class of Commercial Driver’s License and Heavy Equipment Operators program.  The celebration took place at the Zuni Wellness Center and honored the participants who completed the 20 week program which consisted of 8 weeks of training in commercial truck driving, and 12 weeks of instruction in heavy equipment operations.  Josh Lucio and Bernadette Panteah of the Pueblo of Zuni provided welcoming comments followed by addresses by Dr. Christopher Dyer of UNM-Gallup and Arlen Quetawki, Sr., Zuni Pueblo Governor.  Certificates were presented to the graduates by program instructors Jimmy Gonzales and Charles Kline.  The festivities also included student speeches, a performance by Zuni dancers, and a catered banquet.  The CDL/Heavy Equipment graduates were: Gerald Coonsis, Rodney Coonsis, Jonathan Dewa, Richard Bratthauar-Garcia, Brandon Haloo, Brandon Laate, Tiffany Sanchez, Octavius Tuscon, and Clybert Zunie, Jr.   The program was run through the Community Based Education & Workforce Development Division and was developed and managed by LD Lovett, Sonny Moore, Louise Lopez and Denise Silva.

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