NACC to Offer Welding and Machining
Northeast Alabama Community College will offer welding and
machine tool technology classes on campus beginning January
2010. Classes will be offered in the new Industrial Systems
“The IST Building will be ready for
classes when the Spring semester begins,” stated Dr. Mike
Kennamer, Director of Workforce Development at Northeast. The
new building will house offices, classrooms, and shops for
welding, machine tool technology, and industrial maintenance.
Welding classes will be offered day and
night at the new facility. The afternoon session will meet on
Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon until 5 pm, and an evening
session will meet from 5 to 10 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Will Roberts, of Fort Payne, will be the instructor.
Basic and advanced Computer Numeric
Control (CNC) classes will be offered from 3-5 pm on Mondays and
Wednesdays. Additional machine tool classes are taught off
campus at the Ernest Pruett Center of Technology in Hollywood,
and additional classes will be offered on campus as demand
"We are greatly pleased to provide this
training for people in our area," stated Dr. David Campbell,
NACC President. "Not only can these programs provide for
current, local training needs, but they place us in a position
to provide services that can be a factor in helping our area
attract economic growth through a highly trained workforce."
Campbell added that the facility was financed through a bond
issue provided by the state of Alabama, and with equipment
obtained through grants from the Governor's Office of Workforce
Development, the Alabama Technology Network, and U. S.
Congressman Robert Aderholt.
The 15,000 square foot facility is equipped with state of the
art shops, including 12 fully functional CNC machines, CNC
simulators for classroom use, and an advanced air filtration
system for the welding shop.
“We are very excited about the opportunity
that this facility brings to our area,” stated Kennamer. “I
believe that it will serve our community for many years to
come.” The college plans to hold an open house at the facility
in early 2010.
To learn more about the welding, machining
or industrial maintenance programs, contact Will Roberts at
phone ext. 289 or via email at
The Industrial Systems Technology Building
includes 18 welding booths and contains 12 Computerized Numeric
Control (CNC) machines.