Kay Ivey

The state has received a $280,000 grant to equip Alabamians with the skills needed to gain employment in the growing economy.

The funds from the <a href=””>Appalachian Regional Commission</a> will go towards constructing a 5,026 square-foot facility featuring a welding shop, lab, and classroom at Jefferson State Community College’s Shelby-Hoover campus.

The welding program will be expanded, helping meet the growing demand for welders in Alabama, particularly in the state’s growing automobile manufacturing industry.

“Alabama’s robust economy is calling for skilled workers, particularly in the welding profession,” Gov. Ivey said. “I am thankful that Jefferson State Community College is helping us meet our workforce demand, and I am particularly grateful to the Appalachian Regional Commission for being a strong partner in helping Alabama to grow and prosper.”

<a href=””>The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs </a>(ADECA) is administering the grant.

“Gov. Ivey is keenly aware that for anything to be successful, you need willing partners, and Jefferson State Community College and the Appalachian Regional Commission both meet that criteria,” ADECA Director <a href=””>Kenneth Boswell</a> said.

Thirty-seven Alabama counties, including Shelby County, are part of the Appalachian Regional Commission and are eligible for funding.

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