Shelton State Community College Receives Grant for Auto Training Program

Shelton State Community College will be able to establish a new program to train and certify workers for jobs needed by area auto industry employers, thanks to a nearly $400 thousand grant from the State of Alabama.

Gov. Robert Bentley last week announced a $368,266 Appalachian Regional Commission grant to help west Alabama workers qualify for careers in the automotive manufacturing industry.

The new Shelton State program will initially target workers from Hale County.

In announcing the grant, Bentley called a well-trained workforce “a win-win for employers and workers; businesses get a qualified workforce and workers have the opportunity for a career in a high-growth, high-demand industry.”

“I am pleased to support this program to help participants learn skills that can lead them to a bright future,” Bentley said.

Shelton State aims to have 1,500 individuals participate in the program. Outreach efforts will target Hale County through partnerships with Community Works Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama Economic Development Academy and the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce. Shelton State is providing $92,090 in matching funds for the grant.

Congress established the ARC in 1965 as a supplemental grant program to raise the standard of living, improve the quality of life and promote economic development in the Appalachian mountain region, which includes 37 Alabama counties.

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