Alabama College Creates Unique Vocational Training Center

Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) has partnered with Bishop State Community College in Mobile to deliver the organization’s first-ever work-study program focused on training people in process technology.

FAME on the Coast will train workers for pulp and paper mills, chemical plants, power plants and other industries that require processes to complete the product. David Felton, dean of applied and professional technology at Bishop State, said the timing of this project was perfect because more companies need more skilled employees.

“These days, with baby boomers retiring and also with the challenges we’ve had in the past two years with COVID, workforce development is extremely important,” Felton said. “It’s a mechanism to do that.”

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FAME on the Coast will be located at Bishop State Community College in Mobile. (Dennis Washington/Alabama Press Center)

Partners in this new FAME chapter include Alabama Power, Honda, hyundai and FABS. Felton said students will spend two days a week learning technical skills in the classroom and then spend three days a week working for one of the partner companies until they graduate.

“It’s going to be a work-based learning program that gives students the opportunity to earn a living wage while they go to school, so when they graduate they don’t have to this debt,” Felton said.

There are many FAME chapters across the country, but they focus on industrial maintenance. Audrey Webb, project manager of the ALAMAP project, said this new FAME chapter is different because it will be the first to prepare workers for a career in process technology.

“The program is critical because it helps create new jobs and fill jobs that are currently needed,” Webb said. “There are so many job vacancies in this industry.”

For more information on FAME on the Coast, call AJ Greggs at 251-665-4084 or email [email protected].

Milton S. Rodgers