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October 1, 2009

 

Northeast Alabama Community College to Serve as Application Assistance Center for Volkswagen Production Team Members

Northeast Alabama Community College has been selected as an Application Assistance Center for those interested in being hired as production team members at the Volkswagen Plant near Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Volkswagen recently announced that the company will begin accepting applications for Production Team Members beginning Monday, October 26, 2009, and continuing through Saturday, November 8, 2009. Applications will only be accepted online, but locations have been established in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia to provide assistance in the application process. NACC is one of these site locations. Production Team Members, among other assignments, are responsible for the assembly of vehicles. A description of the position can be found online at http://www.vwjobschattanooga.com/teammember.html

Although NACC and Volkswagen officials stress that no applications will be accepted until October 26, 2009, those who plan to apply can prepare by compiling all the information normally required for a job application, including work history, education, and references. Officials stress also that the role of the college in the process is to help people apply for the jobs and that Volkswagen does the actual job selection.

“I am very pleased that we are able to partner with Volkswagen and our Tri-State Workforce Alliance to be a part of this process,” stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. “As a college we want to be a force in economic development and job training for our area, and this gives us an opportunity to help in this process.” Campbell commended NACC Workforce Development Director Dr. Mike Kennamer, for keeping the college involved in Volkswagen activities through the Tri-State Alliance, as well as NACC Workforce Development staff members Todd Greeson and Nancy Griggs, who also will be providing the application assistance.

Volkswagen is expected to employ up to 2,000 Production Team Members at the Chattanooga facility, which will begin to produce cars in early 2011. The Volkswagen Plant is located in Tennessee, twelve miles northeast of Chattanooga in the Enterprise South Industrial Park along Interstate 75. Initial production capacity for the one billion dollar plant is anticipated to be 150,000 vehicles with production focused on a midsize sedan designed specifically for the North American market.

“Interstate access and good roads make the Chattanooga area an easy commute for citizens of Jackson and DeKalb County,” stated Dr. Mike Kennamer. “We hope that our serving as an application center will help those in our area to access these jobs.”

Northeast Workforce Development personnel will receive training through Volkswagen for their role in the application assistance program. Designated personnel will attend a workshop in Tennessee for this training. “When we constructed our Workforce Development Building, we wanted it to not only provide workforce training, but also have it serve as a facility for the community to use to promote economic development and job opportunities,” Campbell stated. “The Workforce Development Building has the technology to provide this and we are pleased to serve the community in this capacity.”

Campbell added that economic development agencies, elected officials, and civic leaders also are working hard to bring Volkswagen tier suppliers to DeKalb and Jackson counties, although the selection of tier sites is in the early stages. “The Volkswagen Plant being located near our area provides us with some great possibilities for economic growth,” he stated.

Northeast Alabama Community College will provide application assistance in Room 251 of the Workforce Development Building during the following hours:
  Monday October 26–Thursday October 29:  12:30 pm–7:00 pm
  Friday October 30: 12:30 pm–4:00 pm
  Saturday October 31: 10:30 am–3:00 pm.
It is expected that the application process will take 10–20 minutes. The location of the Workforce Development Building is shown on the Campus Map.

More information will be posted on the college’s web site as it becomes available. Specific questions may be addressed to NACC Workforce Development staff members Nancy Griggs at griggsn@nacc.edu or phone ext. 217, or Todd Greeson at greesont@nacc.edu or phone ext. 375.
NACC Workforce Development Building