ACCS looks to expand support to business partners

The Alabama Community College System makes a great partner for business and industry across the state.

Consider the numbers:

  • The system’s Training for Existing Business and Industry program provided services to nearly 930 Alabama companies in 2012-13, helping 45,000 workers upgrade their skills.
  • The Alabama Technology Network, which provides innovative technical assistance to help companies enhance efficiency and profitability, worked with nearly 500 companies and 7,500 employees.
  • ACCS institutions used grants to begin new or continue existing training programs across Alabama, preparing more than 6,600 individuals for skilled labor positions.
  • The system has 45 different career technical programs at multiple campuses to ensure that the Alabama aviation industry has the workers it needs. Programs turn out airframe and power plant mechanics, as well as technicians in fields such as avionics, composite materials and machine tools.
  • The systems counts companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Bell Helicopter, Toyota, ST Aerospace and others as partners through worker training and student co-op programs.

ACCS leaders have set a goal of increasing the partnerships with businesses as the system fulfills its critical workforce development role. Plus, the system is constantly evaluating all its technical education programs and courses to make sure regional workforce needs are being met and resources are being managed efficiently.

ACCS has adopted a budget priority in the upcoming fiscal year to request additional funding to establish a special fund to significantly increase education and training to existing and expanding business and industry partners.

“Skills upgrading is going to be crucial as we prepare Alabama’s workforce for high-demand, high-wage occupations in the future,” Chancellor Mark Heinrich said. “ACCS will make sure workers have to right skills to do the job.”