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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.


Shelton State Receives Approx. $400K for Automotive Training Program



Gov. Robert Bentley announced in December that Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa will receive a $368,266 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to help workers qualify for careers in the automotive manufacturing industry.


The school is in close geographical proximity to Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Vance, and also provides many training programs that feed the company's labor force.


The new program will begin by targeting potential workers from Hale County. Outreach efforts will target Hale County through partnerships with Community Works Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama Economic Development Academy and the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce. Shelton State is providing $92,090 in matching funds for the grant.



Jeff State Secures Robots for Manufacturing Program

 Dave Felton, right, instructs students on how to operate the robotics

Students in St. Clair County can now learn manufacturing technology while using the newest industrial robots available.

“Industrial robots are now a mainstay in advanced manufacturing and it is crucial that our graduates have a good technical foundation in understanding how to operate, program and service these robots,” said David Felton,  Jefferson State manufacturing and technology coordinator.

Through an Alabama Workforce Development grant, Jefferson State’s Technology Center in Pell City recently received four new industrial robots that will be used in a variety of courses across several manufacturing and technology degree options.

“Many types of learners will benefit from these new robots,” Felton said. “They will be used by high school dual enrollment students, traditional students, and workforce education students. The entire St. Clair County manufacturing community can gain from this.”

Jefferson State’s manufacturing and technology program prepares students for employment in industries such as industrial and automotive manufacturing, equipment technology and maintenance, biomedical equipment technology, industrial and commercial electronics, and computer aided drafting/design (CADD).

In December, Jefferson State will acquire two additional robots at the Jefferson Campus Manufacturing Center through a matching grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

For more information about Jefferson State’s manufacturing technology programs, contact Felton at 205-856-8517 or




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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