NEWS

 

 

May 14, 2009

 
Grant Received for Training Former Hosiery Workers

The Northeast Alabama Adult Education Program at Northeast Alabama Community College has recently been awarded a “Just in Time” grant to provide funding to address an immediate need for the employees of the Gildan Hosiery Incorporation in Fort Payne.

Gildan is the largest hosiery industry in the nation. Due to an economic downturn, Gildan has lost several employees over the past few months and will loose more by the end of June. The hosiery industry has been the main source of workforce in this area for the past six decades. These employees have dedicated many years of service to the hosiery industry and had plans of continuing for many years to come. Many of these individuals being laid off are husband and wife, leaving no one in the household employed.

“Our goal for this project is to expand the educational opportunities for these adults and to provide educational opportunities that will enable them to get a job,” stated Randall White, Adult Education Director at Northeast Alabama Community College. “These employees must further their education and training in order to qualify for the new technology type jobs that are coming in.” Some may need to obtain a GED before going on to higher training while others may only need academic brush up.

“Mr. White and his staff worked hard to acquire this grant,” stated Dr. David Campbell, NACC President. “We also appreciate the support of the Adult Education staff at the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education and of Chancellor Bradley Byrne in authorizing this grant. Because of the economy and layoffs, this type of opportunity is what so many people in our area so badly need.”

Classes for this project will be held at the Gildan Technology Center in Fort Payne and will begin July 1, 2009. If you are a Gildan employee and are interested in these classes, please contact Linda Sterling at the Gildan Corporate Office in Fort Payne.

For more information on this project or to apply for a temporary part-time teacher or aide position, contact the Adult Education office at 638-2957, or e-mail bunchl@nacc.edu. The deadline for applications is May 22, 2009.