State Board Approves Northeast Purchase
of Technology Equipment
The Alabama State Board of Education recently approved the
request by Northeast Alabama Community College to purchase more
technology equipment for the college’s Industrial Systems
Technology (IST) Center. As a result of this decision, Northeast
will use up to $280,000 to purchase a coordinate measuring
machine, orbital welding equipment, and expand the Center’s
programmable logic control laboratory. This equipment is in
addition to the state-of-the-art equipment that is already in
the IST facility.
“The funding for this purchase came through a grant from
Congressman Robert Adherholt,” stated Dr. David Campbell, NACC
President. “We are very appreciative to Congressman Adherholt
for this. He saw clearly how this equipment would be used to
help train and retrain workers in the technology fields that are
so much a part of today’s workforce.” The grant from Congressman
Aderholt (AL-04) was through the United States Small Business
Administration. The total grant was for $330,000 with a portion
reserved for IST start-up and salary costs.
The college’s IST facility houses programs in welding
technology, machine tool technology, industrial maintenance, and
engineering technology. In furnishing the Center to date, the
college has received and utilized grants for equipment from the
Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, the Alabama
Technology Network, and a donation of robotic equipment from a
local industry (G. H. Metal Solutions in Fort Payne). “With this
support, and the use of our own funds, we think we have an
outstanding training facility,” Campbell noted. Campbell added
that having a facility like IST is not only important in
training and retraining workers, but it also serves in helping
recruit industry into the area. “Before locating in an area,
industry leaders want to know the existing and potential skill
level of the workforce,” Campbell stated. “With the IST facility
we can certainly help meet the needs that an industry might
Campbell added that the college’s workforce development staff,
led by Dr. Mike Kennamer, works closely with local industry to
determine the exact type of training equipment that is needed.
Decisions on what to purchase are made with input from local
industry. “Our staff does a great job working with local
industry, identifying needs, and then following through with
projects,” Campbell said.
The IST facility opened in the fall of 2008. Since that time,
the welding program alone has served more than 200 students.
Fall Registration at Northeast will be held August 17-18, 2011,
on the Northeast campus. Students may register for the IST or
other programs and the college’s extensive academic transfer
courses on those dates.
For information about the IST programs, contact the college’s
Workforce Development Office at
phone college extension. 254. For information about Northeast
call college extension 222.