Meeting a Business and Industry Need

Across Alabama, the demand for short-term, customized, non-credit training for business and industry continues to exceed the state’s current training capacity. Alabama’s community colleges have served hundreds of companies with non-credit training programs and job attainment skill delivery but there is more work to be done when it comes to fulfilling Alabama industry’s workforce preparedness needs. Funding for this type of non-credit training is limited within state budgets. These types of programs are primarily funded with federal funds such as Workforce Innovation and Opportunity ACT (WIOA) Title 1 but even this funding is not enough to start-up or expand the short-term training programs requested by Alabama industry.

A solution that meets this need is the formation of Regional Rapid Training Centers (RRTCs) in strategic locations across the state. These RRTCs will focus on rapid, industry required, non-credit training determined by the region’s workforce needs. Expanding this needed training will also help the state more easily meet its attainment goal of adding 500,000 newly credentialed employees to the workforce by 2025. The ACCS is requesting $10M in dedicated funding for training facilities, equipment, and services to meet this Alabama industry need.

Location:

  • Centers will be located on existing college campuses in existing unused or underutilized buildings where possible. When space on the college campus is limited, locations outside the campus (i.e. abandoned storefronts) will be considered where strategically appropriate
  • Where possible, centers will be located close to K-12 Career Tech Centers and/or the local Career Center office
  • Rural locations will be prioritized

Training Delivery:

  • Rapid, flexible delivery, including shift training, boot camp style workshops, and night and weekend offerings
  • Customized curriculum designed by experienced business and industry stakeholders to include specialized training for unique industries
  • Occurs at training center or on job site with mobile equipment

Participants:

  • Incumbent workers already employed who need an upskill
  • Dislocated workers who have lost a job and need new employment
  • Unemployed citizens with little to no skill needing instant employment
  • Employed workplace managers and supervisors tasked with scheduling employees for incumbent training

Additional Community College Programs and Services:

  • Registration and financial aid processing
  • Career counseling and support
  • Wrap-around services such as childcare and transportation (based on locality and college offerings)
  • Adult Basic Education assistance where skills gaps are evident
  • Articulated credit for participants interested in additional training in a traditional college program

Why Short Term Training?

Now more than ever, job-seeking Alabamians can enter a well-paying career by securing only industry-recognized certifications and credentials. These trade-specific, non-credit options can be completed in a matter of weeks and align with the state’s high demand occupations like manufacturing.

ACCS institutions are providing this training but offerings are determined by available funding. Because the state’s funding formula is based solely on credit-bearing students, this short-term, non-credit training is often a secondary focus. While grants are sometimes available to assist with startup costs such as equipment and hiring an instructor, these circumstances are rare.

The ACCS is requesting an additional $10M to help colleges set-up additional non-credit programs that are requested by industry in high-demand occupations as determined by the state’s Regional High-Demand Occupations List. These training programs would lead to industry-recognized credentials and certifications and could tie into an apprenticeship program.

Recently Established Short Term Training Programs

MEDIAN SALARY

Recently Established Short Term Training Programs

Jefferson State Community College Heavy Equipment Program: Construction and Road Building

$38,804

Bishop State Community College Lineman Program – Partnership with Alabama Power to train pole workers.

$71,114

Lawson State and Northeast Alabama offer a non-credit Google IT certification program for entry level IT networking and troubleshooting.

$57,505

5 colleges offer Medication Assistant training that prepares certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to administer routine medications in a variety of healthcare settings, primarily long-term care. Additional colleges will offer this program soon.

$28,900

14 community and technical colleges in Alabama offer non-credit short-term CDL programs to train truck drivers

$36,692

15 colleges offer non-credit, short-term certificates in welding.

$42,987

17 colleges offer the MSSC Certified Production Technician certification, an entry-level manufacturing certification for shop floor workers which was requested by all Tier I automotive manufacturers in Alabama.

$63,975

Jefferson State Community College Heavy Equipment Program: Construction and Road Building

MEDIAN SALARY – $38,804

Bishop State Community College Lineman Program – Partnership with Alabama Power to train pole workers.

MEDIAN SALARY – $71,114

Lawson State and Northeast Alabama offer a non-credit Google IT certification program for entry level IT networking and troubleshooting.

MEDIAN SALARY – $57,505

5 colleges offer Medication Assistant training that prepares certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to administer routine medications in a variety of healthcare settings, primarily long-term care. Additional colleges will offer this program soon.

MEDIAN SALARY – $28,900

14 community and technical colleges in Alabama offer non-credit short-term CDL programs to train truck drivers

MEDIAN SALARY – $36,692

15 colleges offer non-credit, short-term certificates in welding.

MEDIAN SALARY – $42,987

17 colleges offer the MSSC Certified Production Technician certification, an entry-level manufacturing certification for shop floor workers which was requested by all Tier I automotive manufacturers in Alabama.

MEDIAN SALARY – $63,975

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