A Tampa University is Paying Students to Be Crane Operators


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Cranes in an equipment yard
A Tampa university is paying high school kids to learn to operate cranes.

Sims University in Tampa, Florida, is paying high school students to learn to operate cranes.

“College isn’t for everybody,” Sims University’s Dean Sims told WFTS TV in Tampa Bay. “The average crane operator makes about $30 an hour in wages. But with benefits, health and welfare, retirement, it’s actually a $50-an-hour package.”

Students are paid to attend a 16-week course in crane operation.