Over a quarter of a million dollars in grant money was awarded to Calhoun Community College to help train the next generation of industry workers.
The school is going beyond the classroom to create a simulated manufacturing plant environment on campus thanks to the $280,000 Alabama Community College System’s Special Population Training Fund.
According to John Holley, Dean of Technologies at the college, local industry leaders helped back their application to get the grant allowing them to purchase equipment, which will provide students an interactive plant environment.
“This is another example of how industry is driving our education system, our training and hopefully it will better prepare our students to go out and go to work,” Holley said.
In the spring students will help assemble the advance manufacturing facility equipment and have it up and running by fall 2018.
“Same thing you would actually see at any type of plant in our local area is what we try to use,” Calhoun Community College instructor Patrick Rouse said. “We’re always trying to bridge the gap between real life and real world working experience and the college system.”
School leaders told WAAY 31 technological advancements like this helps to keep up with the growing demand for skilled workers in this area.
“When we speak about advance manufacturing in this day and time it really encompasses everything in North Alabama region. Today you have to have certain skills, and high-level skills at that, to maintain these industries we have to have a prepared workforce so this will prepare our workforce.” Holley said.