College Awarded High-Tech Workforce
Northeast Alabama Community College continues to obtain
state-of-the-art, high-tech equipment for use in training area
workers. Recently, the Alabama State Board of Education approved
two grants for Northeast to be utilized in this training. These
grants were made through State Workforce Development funds and
will permit the purchase of industrial robotic training
equipment ($73,000) and a virtual welding machine ($63,500). The
funds particularly are designed to help reduce unemployment in
the twenty-three Alabama counties with the highest rates of
unemployment, which includes DeKalb County. Alabama Community
College System Chancellor Freida Hill recently notified NACC
President David Campbell of these awards.
The equipment will be used in the college’s Industrial Systems
Technology (IST) Training Center. This Center provides training
in industrial maintenance, welding technology, machining
technology, and instrumentation. This fall an Engineering
Technician/Technology program also was added to the Center.
“Our IST staff and faculty, directed by Dr. Mike Kennamer, has
done a great job in pursuing these grants,” stated Dr. Campbell
stated. “They have worked with local industry officials to
determine the exact type of training equipment that is needed in
our area.” Campbell noted that more and more robotics training
is being added to Northeast programs and that the grants for
robotic training equipment will be used for this.
A grant to the college for workforce training by U. S.
Congressman Robert Aderholt has permitted Northeast to add some
$280,000 in equipment for a coordinate measuring machine,
orbital welding, and to expand the college’s programmable logic
control laboratory. Other training equipment for the Center was
obtained through the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development
($550,000), the Alabama Technology Network ($120,000), the
donation of robotic equipment from local businessman Don Stout,
and the college’s own funds. In all, the IST Center contains
more than 1.5 million dollars in training equipment. The Center
complex itself was purchased and renovated by Northeast.
“We think that providing a training facility like the IST Center
is extremely important to our area,” Campbell stated. “With
TVA’s plans to renew construction and the opening of Bellefonte
Nuclear Plant there are going to be many jobs available in these
fields. Also, with all the plant closings and layoffs that have
occurred in recent years not just locally but nationwide this
training gives people the opportunity to start new careers.”
For more information about these programs, contact the Office of
Workforce Development at
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone ext. *2254.