Mar 11 2008

Shelby Announces $1.9 Million for Manufacturing Training at Northwest Shoals Community College

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded a $1.9 million advanced manufacturing initiative to Northwest-Shoals Community College for the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center.

 “Education and job training are vital tools that our youth can use to ensure a better future,” said Shelby. “Once established, the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center at Northwest-Shoals Community College will play a significant part in meeting the needs local industries. This job training program will increase employment opportunities and self-sufficiency for many Alabamians living in and around the Muscle Shoals area.”

The DOL’s Community Based Job Training Initiative is a competitive grant program through which proposals are chosen from a nationwide pool.  This year the Initiative received nearly 400 applications for this program and selected only 62 winners.  Northwest-Shoals Community College is expected to increase the number of students admitted to machinist programs to 40 students annually and increase the number of machinists employed in the local economy by 25 percent.