May 24, 2011


News release from the Alabama Technology Network
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ATN’s Jada Freeman Receives National Award

Jada Freeman, office Manager for the Alabama Technology Network (ATN) Center in Rainsville received the Unsung Hero of the Year Award from the Manufacturing Extension Partnership at its National Conference May 17 in Orlando.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) works with small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits and save time and money. MEP also works with partners at the state and federal levels on programs that put manufacturers in position to develop new customers, expand into new markets and create new products. The Alabama Technology Network is the state’s MEP affiliate.

According to its criteria, the Unsung Hero of the Year Award recognizes individuals who have supported MEP affiliates with behind the scenes work such as administrative, marketing or human resources endeavors.

Freeman’s nomination referenced the outstanding job she did with the Alabama Initiative for Quality Program. The program provided quality management system training classes for existing and potential auto suppliers to prepare them to enter the automobile supplier chain.

“Winning this award is a wonderful honor, and being recognized is extremely motivating. Realizing that my contributions play a part in an important mission, I will continue to look at new ways that I can better serve our clients,” explained Freeman.

The Alabama Technology Network of the Alabama Community College System links two-year colleges, The University of Alabama System and Auburn University together to solve the needs of industry by providing innovative and cost effective solutions to Alabama’s existing manufacturers and businesses

Among the fifteen ATN Centers located throughout the state, ATN’s Rainsville Center is located on the campus of Northeast Alabama Community College.