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 Community College Daily/AACC - Not your father's apprenticeship


A frank discussion about why apprenticeships are a significant game changer in higher education.



Toyota Supports

9,700 jobs in Alabama!

Toyota is a key contributor to Alabama’s economy, supporting an estimated 9,700 jobs at its Huntsville engine plant, suppliers, and their spinoffs.

Over the next five years Toyota plans to invest $10 billion in it's U.S. facilities creating even more jobs!

For full story from the Business Council of Alabama:



Worlds of Work 2017!

CARCAM had a fun filled 3 days talking to over 3200 East Alabama students at this year’s Worlds of Work, in Calhoun County. Eighth grade students had the opportunity to get hands-on experience with more than 85 companies in our area, and gain a better understanding about the careers in these regions. CARCAM was on-site to provide information on the career opportunities in manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing Technology degrees, scholarships, and salary information.



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CARCAM Welcomes our Newest Industry Partner, Shaw Industries!

Shaw Industries is a global flooring provider with plants all over the United States. They have been recognized on Forbes "America's Best Employer List", and listed as one of the Best Places to Work for Recent Grads, due to their College to Career program.


Acker Electric Company Inc. donates $30,000 to Gadsden State scholarship fund


Anniston business Acker Electric Co. Inc. has donated $30,000 to the Gadsden State Community College’s Cardinal Foundation for a scholarship fund to benefit current and potential students in the Electrical Engineering Technology Program.

 The scholarship fund is named in memory of Gerald Acker, who passed away in July. The Anniston businessman’s family requested donations to the fund in lieu of flowers.

Gerald Acker founded Acker Electric Company almost 60 years ago.

“He believed in serving the community, serving customers and serving employees,” said his son, Aaron Acker. “And, he believed in Gadsden State.”

Gerald Acker has a long history with the College beginning after World War II when he attended Alabama Technical College. ATC is the oldest technical college in the southeast and is now known as Gadsden State’s East Broad Campus. He also worked closely with Gadsden State’s Ayers Campus in support of its Electrical Engineering Technology Program.

“He believed in technical education and training and benefitted from it, both in himself and in the employees who were improved by it,” Aaron Acker said.

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Grad Finds Satisfying Career Through Alabama's CARCAM Program

Stephanie Luster shifted gears into the automotive world and has not looked back.

Five years ago, Stephanie Luster, 31, says she mapped out her career path. She applied for the nursing program at Central Alabama Community College (CACC) in Alexander City. Her goal: to earn an associate degree and become a registered nurse. But Luster also recalls reading about the automotive training program and decided that if the college did not accept her application for nursing school, the automotive program would be her “back-up plan.” 

Luster won acceptance into the nursing program in 2011. But after a few classes, she decided to make the switch to the automotive program.

“I ended up getting scholarships,” says Luster, “and that’s pretty much what made me stick with it.” ...

For full article see Southern Automotive Alliance:


Bevill State Awarded a $1.92M Grant!

Bevill State was awarded a $1.92 million to fund a new training center. The training center will serve as a training and job placement hub

for Northwest Alabama.

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CARCAM welcomes our newest partner college

L.B. Wallace





In 2017 CARCAM welcomes our newest partner college, L.B. Wallace Community College, Opp, Alabama. We are confident that together we can further our goals for   education and workforce development. This new collaboration will increase our network of experienced faculty members, working with their regional industry partners, to recruit and educate highly skilled technicians within the state of Alabama.  

Our grant faculty contact is Mr. Allen Teel, Division Chair for Advanced Manufacturing and Instructor of Industrial Electronics. He can be reached at

LBWCC recently received a NSF project grant “Educating Technicians in Energy Efficiency”. This grant will help train students in industrial electronics, diesel, and heavy equipment mechanics courses. This funding will help students to train on PLC’s and natural gas diesel engines, and the faculty to gain professional development in order to adapt to current trends in the industry.

For full article: nsf_grant.aspx



Gadsden State receives $15,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation

The Gene Haas Foundation recently presented Gadsden State Community College with a $15,000 grant to cover tuition for students pursuing credentials in the Precision Machining Program.

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The American Association of Community Colleges with the support of the National Science Foundation held its 23rd National ATE Principal Investigators Conference October 26-28 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference brought together over 800 individuals to focus on the critical issues related to advanced technological education.

Nathaniel Carroll, a current student at Wallace State-Hanceville, was honored by receiving an AACC scholarship to attend the conference and provided a CARCAM booth exhibit in coordination with over 60 other students and recent alumni from across the nation. 

CARCAM faculty and staff presented a Breakfast Roundtable discussion on Challenges and Opportunities with On-the-Job Training Internships.   We also participated in a panel discussion session titled Keep Calm and Career Coach On! Presenting on behalf of CARCAM and Gadsden State Community College were Laura Swann, Director of Enrollment Services, Gadsden State and CARCAM Director, Beverly Hilderbrand. CARCAM presented within the Birds of a Feather session in collaboration with LASER-TEC How to Effectively Recruit, Retain, Graduate, and Place Your Students in Good Jobs, and the panelist were Joe Hendrix, Professor, Wallace State Community College-Hanceville and Ms. Hilderbrand. Lastly, the CARCAM Director participated in the Birds of a Feather panel on Advanced Manufacturing Centers’ Resource Lighting Round with other similar focused centers.



Bentley announces nearly $1 million in grants to Central Alabama Community College

Gov. Robert Bentley visited Central Alabama Community College on Thursday to announce the college had been awarded two Appalachian Regional Commission grants totaling nearly $1 million.

The grants will allow the college to expand a classroom and purchase new equipment for students studying advanced manufacturing at its Alexander City campus.

“The community college system is extremely important in our workforce training program that we have in the state,” Bentley said. “I’ve always said that it is the most important thing, and I truly believe that.”

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Seen on Scene at the 2016 Industry & Education Leadership Meeting at Lawson State:

















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 Jeff State Students to Benefit from WKW Automotive Partnership

 A new partnership between WKW Automotive and Jefferson State Community College will provide local students with financial assistance for tuition and books, a paid internship, and a career opportunity this fall.

 The partnership will provide 12 Jefferson State manufacturing students an opportunity for a paid 24-hour-a-week internship at WKW Erbsloeh in Pell City. Students will work as an advanced machine operator apprentice while taking classes toward an associate in applied science degree. Classes start in the fall 2016 semester and are within Jefferson State’s manufacturing and technology degree option.

 “As WKW grows and expands its business with automotive OEM’s, we’re excited to offer an opportunity for talented individuals to build a future together with us and Jefferson State in the form of an apprenticeship,” said WKW Automotive President Todd Green. “This is a new endeavor and WKW is eager to embark on this journey with Jefferson State.”

 For more information and program requirements, go to or call (205) 856-8517.


National Science Foundation


Opportunities to Address Barriers and Opportunities for 2-year and 4-year STEM degrees:

 Systemic Change to Support Students' diverse Pathways (National Academy of Sciences, 2016)









CARCAM Mission: 

CARCAM responds to rapid advanced manufacturing sector growth by establishing and implementing innovative methods to develop a highly-skilled, diverse technical workforce and provide state-of-the-art professional development.

Who Are We?

The CARCAM consortium is one of 42 regional National Science Foundation ATE Center’s. We are educating today’s workforce in cutting–edge technology. Our curriculum is specifically designed and developed with input from business and industry and implemented in today’s highly advanced technical manufacturing industry. 


With the skills learned at CARCAM colleges, Students are ready for today's top manufacturing technology careers.



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