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Calhoun and Drake State collaborate to provide free manufacturing training

Two Alabama colleges will be preparing their students to go from the classroom straight into the workforce.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Calhoun Community College and Drake State Community and Technical College are excited to announce their free manufacturing program, STEPS (Students Taking Effective Pathways to Success). 

The program will be offered through the institution's adult education collaborative program, GOAL (Greater Opportunities for Adult Learners), and will provide its students with the knowledge and certifications needed to enter the manufacturing industry as a pre-apprentice.

According to Phyllis Atwood, GOAL Instructor, the 8-week program combines curriculum from the MSSC (Manufacturing Skill Standards Council), industry desired soft skills, and the Ready to Work curriculum into one streamlined program. The courses are conducted through a combination of self-paced independent e-learning, asynchronous classwork as well as synchronous lecture classes. Requirements for the course include 8-hours a week through the online platform with the remainder of the material being completed independently by the student.

Upcoming training schedule:

Calhoun Huntsville Campus: April 11-June 3 (Monday & Wednesday, 5pm – 8pm)

Calhoun Decatur Campus: April 12-June 4 (Tuesday & Thursday, 5pm – 8pm)

Calhoun Huntsville Campus: June 6 – July 14 (Monday - Thursday, 5pm - 8pm)

Calhoun Decatur Campus: July 18 - August 18, (Monday – Thursday, 9am - 12pm)

Currently, the GOAL team works with many manufacturing companies to train individuals in their program to work directly for YKTA, Mazda/Toyota, and many more. “In addition to the STEPS certifications, adult learners can also receive continued training through GOAL with certifications such as OSHA 10, White Belt of Six Sigma, Certified Logistic Technician (CLT), and Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) certifications.

To learn more about this FREE program as well as many others offered by the GOAL team, visit www.goalalabama.org.

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