December 9, 2009


NACC to Offer Welding and Machining Classes

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 Technology Building.

“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 dictates.

"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.