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Snead State Community College Students Celebrated forCompleting First Semester as Apprentices
Snead State Community College recently honored two students for joining the apprenticeship program for Industrial Maintenance Technology. Seated from left, Jacob Hudgins and Derek Lowe completed their first semester as apprentices for Newman Technology in Albertville. Congratulating the two students were, standing from left, Snead State Workforce Development Specialist Cherri Barnard, Alabama Community College System External Affairs Liaison Zach Lee, Snead State Project Director of Workforce Enhancement Dr. Greg Randall, Snead State Industrial Systems Technology Instructor Dr. Todd Freshwater, Michael Bridier with the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship, Reggie Lowe and Derrick Abbott with the Maintenance Department at Newman Technology, Snead State Director of Workforce Development Teresa Walker, and Alabama District 26 Representative Brock Colvin.

Snead State Community College’s Industrial System Technology Registered Apprenticeship Program continues to grow. The College and Newman Technology of Albertville recently recognized students for joining the apprenticeship program.

Jacob Hudgins and Derek Lowe, both of Albertville, completed their first semester as apprentices for Newman Technology.

“It’s always a great day to have apprentices sign up, especially with Newman Technology. They are a great company to work with, and we’re glad to have them as part of this program and help us to expand it. We’re excited to help our students to achieve their credential and their degree,” said Snead State Project Director of Workforce Enhancement Dr. Greg Randall.

Snead State’s Registered Apprenticeship Program is business driven, combining on-the-job learning with related technical instruction through the classes offered at the College. The program also includes a national occupational credential from the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship.

“We couldn’t be happier with how well our apprenticeship program has taken off over the last few years. The successes we’ve seen are exciting, especially when we know this program will only continue to grow,” said Snead State Director of Workforce Development Teresa Walker. “Apprenticeships with our partner companies and the Industrial Systems Technology students will assist with filling the skills gap of the industrial maintenance profession and provide employment opportunities for our students. The apprenticeships are a good way for the students to earn while they learn and a great way for them to pay for their college education. Being a bridge to pair our industry partners with quality employees and provide connections for students seeking a high-demand, high-wage career is something we’re happy to provide.”

Reggie Lowe with Newman Technology said, “We’re thankful that we can (have apprentices) a lot closer to home than traveling 45 minutes or for their training. It’s beneficial for us, and we’re hoping for even more opportunities to come.”

Alabama District 26 Representative Brock Colvin was on hand as the students signed their agreement for the apprenticeship program. “Workforce development is a big priority for the state. It takes partnerships between industries like Newman and education institutions like Snead State. Without that, we can’t succeed in fixing this gap in our workforce.”

Michael Bridier with the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship also offered his congratulations to the students for signing up to the apprenticeship program. “You’re going into an occupation in North Alabama that is a great field. With all of the growth we’ve seen going on in the state, especially this region, you have to have people who can keep the plant up and running. A company may need other positions, but they need those employees who can keep it up and running. You’re key to keeping a company successful.”

For more information about the Registered Apprenticeship Program, contact Ms. Walker at twalker@snead.edu or (256) 840-4211 or Dr. Randall at grandall@snead.edu or (256) 840-4166.