Snead State Community College received two Appalachian Regional Commission grants to provide job training opportunities for students in North Alabama.
The grants totaled $226,459 and will benefit two programs – an Apple App Development Pilot Program and the new Aviation program. The funds will cover the cost of purchasing Mac computers, iPads and other related equipment for the Apple App Development and for the implementation of a full Airframe and Powerplant program at the Aviation College, located near the Albertville Regional Airport in Albertville. The Aviation program will train students to become licensed through the Federal Aviation Administration and obtain credentials and certifications.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced the grants on Monday, July 23.
“A strong and skilled workforce underscores the message that Alabama is open for business,” Ivey said. “I am pleased to see this ARC grant funding opportunities for Alabamians to gain a solid foundation with the knowledge and skills necessary for good jobs and brighter futures.”
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs administers the ARC program in Alabama. Thirty-seven counties in Alabama are part of the ARC region and eligible for funds. The ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.