Alabama Community College System’s Innovation Center launches

The $ 10 million Alabama College Community Innovation Center opened on Monday, promising to train people in short-term classes to work in several fields.

“Every Alabama resident deserves the opportunity to succeed in the state’s economy. It’s not always someone needs two years in a public college to do it skills are viable for the job market, so we found a way to speed up learning can move people to market faster, ”said Chancellor Jimmy Baker The Alabama College system in a statement. “The Innovation Center is where we are people dedicate the process of developing a curriculum for learning, whatever it may be perhaps so that residents can take these certificates and either get started or get them have increased with the appropriate skills for their work ”.

Mara Harrison, interim executive director of the Innovation Center, addresses a crowd that gathered at the center’s opening on Monday.
Photo: Gary Tramantina

Students, college system executives and industry partners watched Monday a demonstration of some of the curriculum offered by the center. Students in these short-term classes can train from anywhere in the state with a personal lab in the Alabama College Regional System. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate and be able to earn additional certificates at their local community college, the press release said.

Mark Colson, president and CEO of the Alabama Trucking Association, said in a statement that trucking in the country faces a critical shortage of about 80,000 drivers.

“Here in Alabama, trucking already provides more than 112,000 jobs – about 1 of the 15 in the state. These are high quality vacancies that offer great pay and endless careers possibilities of the way. We are proud to work with the College of Alabama A system to increase efforts to attract and connect job seekers with the training they need to get into trucking, ”Colson said.

The first 100 students who completed the Innovation Center pilot project were trained in the hospitality industry, and all of them were selected and hired after training, the release said.

The Innovation Center also provides training for employment as a a butcher and butcher, a CDL truck driver, a diesel technician, an assistant plumber, a heavy machinery operator and a room maintenance worker.

“State Lawson is thrilled with this opportunity to continue to communicate with the greats the ACCS College Network through the Innovation Center, ”said Cynthia Anthony, The president of Lawson State College in a statement. “We are very pleased to see the birth of this new center, as it will demonstrate our creativity and our ability to meet the needs of our local industry and give us access to a partnership that will help in improvement opportunities we can present to our students and society. ”

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