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Snead State Workforce Skills Training Center construction remains on track for Fall 2024

Construction of Snead State Community College’s Workforce Skills Training Center remains on track to open for instruction in Fall 2024.
College officials, as well as state and local government leaders including Gov. Kay Ivey, and community stakeholders broke ground at the Guntersville site in January.
“We’re very happy with the progress that’s been made at the site thus far,” said Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore. “As I’ve said before, this facility is going to impact and change so many lives in this community and across the state. And, we’re thankful for our state leaders, local legislators and community stakeholders who have helped make our vision for this much-needed facility a reality.”

A 50,000 square-foot complex, the Workforce Skills Training Center will be instrumental in the future of local workforce development while facilitating the training needs of businesses and industries across the Northeast. It will be home to four Career and Technical Education programs, including Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration; Welding Technology; Machine Tool Technology; and Industrial Systems Technology with Additive Manufacturing. In addition, the center will have adaptable and flexible space to interchange programs as needed by the local workforce. A conference area, engineering design and 3D fabrication laboratory are also planned.
Per the contractor, construction of the facility is approximately 40% complete, Whitmore said. Snead State is expected to have the ability to start setting and installing equipment in April and take official possession of the building in July.
Currently, interior finishes are being finalized and equipment is being ordered. Whitmore said there have been few setbacks due to weather and other issues, but everything remains on track.
“We have had a few issues as are common in any project of this size,” Whitmore said. “There have been some delays due to the weather and there were some initial issues with the foundation and drainage. The masons are now working 6 days per week to maintain their completion schedule. There have also been some supply-chain delays on some of the mechanical system components, but those are mostly addressed now as well.”
The $30 million facility will be located on U.S. Highway 431 near Marshall Technical School.