2 August, 2019
Gadsden State Community College is hosting a signing day for the first class of students participating in a new program known as Alabama Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education or Alabama FAME. The event will be at 5 p.m. Aug. 6 in the Computer Science Auditorium on the Ayers Campus.
“This event is to celebrate those who have been selected to participate in an innovative program that is filling the need local industry has for more trained multi-skilled workers in advanced manufacturing,” said Audrey Webb, division chair of technical programs at Gadsden State’s Ayers Campus.
FAME students will spend five semesters going to Gadsden State for 16 hours a week in a two-day period. On the other three days of the week, students will work for up to 30 hours at a sponsoring company. The company will pay the student a minimum of $12 per hour during the three workdays.
“Students are learning in an apprenticeship-style training program that provides working experience as well as training in a classroom and lab setting,” Webb said.
Sixteen students are participating in the ceremonial signing that commits them to the program. Companies that have hired the students include Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, which produces the Honda Odyssey, Passport, Pilot and Ridgeline in Lincoln; Bridgewater Interiors, a company that manufactures the complete seat assembly for the Honda Pilot and Passport in Eastaboga; Kronospan, the world’s leading manufacturer of wood-based panels in Eastaboga; General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, an Anniston manufacturer of munitions, artillery projectiles, bomb bodies and force protection products for the U.S. military; Resolute Forest Products, the global leader in the forest products industry in Childersburg; Koller Craft, which provides molded plastic components and automated assembly in Gadsden; and Tape Craft, which manufactures high-quality polypropylene, nylon, polyester and cotton webbing in Oxford.
Students are Matthew Wright, Eric Anderson, Bret James, Cameron McElroy, Eli Garrett, Taylor Chappell, Houston Stockdale, Devon Chambers, Jalen Green, Jayden Nunn, Christopher Taylor, Blaise Adams, Bailey Henry, Savona Garrett, Wesley Thornton and Jarred Joiner.
All media is invited to attend the celebration. Questions? Call Jackie Brehm Edmondson, director of public relations and marketing, at 256.549.8224.