TCIDA offers qualifying companies access to a variety of training programs through the Tuscaloosa Workforce Support System (TWSS). Continuing and specialized education in the area of workforce training allows companies to be more productive and profitable. Tuscaloosa County training resources support new, expanding, and existing operations. A network of training programs collaborates to produce effective training for industry while improving the skill-level of Alabama’s labor pool. The Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA) serves as a liaison between industry and area training resources.
Alabama Industrial Development Training Institute (AIDT), recognized as one of the nation’s most effective training programs, is a post-secondary education program that encourages economic development through job-specific training. AIDT’s Total Workforce Delivery System has provided thousands of skilled, motivated employees to Alabama industries since 1971. In 2009, AIDT received “unconditional approval” and no nonconformities to the ISO standards were identified from the SRI Quality System Registrar team.
- Services provided at no cost to employers or trainees.
- Workforce delivery system includes:
– recruitment, assessment and training of potential employees;
– leadership development;
– development and production of job-related training materials;
– provision of training facilities;
– delivery of job-specific services;
– safety assistance;
– maintenance assessments;
– continuous improvement/process improvement assessments;
– on-the job training.
- Provides certified manager training and supervisory and team leadership training.
- Program enhances career technical program offerings at the state’s community and technical colleges, and guides employers to existing resources.
- Training delivered through classrooms or 38 Mobile Training Units (MTUs) customized to meet specific company needs.
Shelton State Community College offers training and services to new and existing industries with a focus on workforce development. Programs include:
- Customized Training-Training for Existing Business and Industry Center (TEBI) works closely with local business leaders to provide professional instruction that upgrades the skills needed in today’s workplace.
Current Customized Training Programs Include:
– Computer Applications
– Industrial Maintenance Technology
– Customer Service
– Leadership and Supervision
– Workplace Spanish
– Forklift Safety
– Truck Driver Training
- Workforce Development Center-Provides employer-driven workforce services designed to prepare Alabama’s citizens to be productive members of a World Class Workforce.
- WorkKeys-Used by employers nationwide to identify the skills employees need to be successful on the job and to determine where additional training can help develop a higher caliber workforce.
- Ready To Work provides trainees FREE training in basic skills and abilities required by most leading businesses and industries in Alabama. The RTW curriculum is designed by AIDT to build skills based on demands of local businesses and industries. Successful graduates receive an “Alabama Certified Worker” Certificate from AIDT as well as an Alabama Career Readiness Certificate from ACT WorkKeys allowing them to compete for jobs in today’s competitive market.
- LAPP Center for Excellence in Cable Technology: Shelton State Community College is the first community college in the United States to partner with German based U.I. Lapp Group. The LAPP Center is equipped with authentic Lapp manufactured high tech cables that students in the Mechatronics, Industrial Electricity and Industrial Electronics disciplines will learn how to work on. The company will also supply a curriculum that will allow students to train with the most up to date tools and equipment in the cable industry. This major resource will also prepare students as they complete their education and transition into the workplace.
Alabama Technology Network (ATN) links Alabama manufacturers with technological resources from a network of universities, colleges, businesses, and government to deliver training that helps companies be more efficient, more productive, and more competitive. ATN is ISO 9001:2008 Certified. In addition, ATN’s team of experts can meet local needs and provide innovative and cost-effective solutions to enable Alabama’s existing industry to be globally competitive. As Alabama’s Affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, ATN is able to provide services through a variety of training options and methods including:
- lean manufacturing training;
- quality services training;
- continual improvement methods;
- environmental health and safety training;
- industrial maintenance training.
Bill Taylor Institute offers training opportunities through its High School Apprenticeship and Community Apprenticeship programs. Through the collaboration of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International and AIDT, the program combines theoretical learning with lab and in-plant training which broadens a student’s chances of employment in local and international industry. The Institute focuses on two areas of study: production and maintenance. The Production course of study is open to high school seniors, which enhances the skilled labor pool for local industry. Students successfully completing the program will be assisted with obtaining employment with an automotive supplier.
Secondary Education Training
In Tuscaloosa, workforce training starts in high school. Tuscaloosa County schools offer technical training tailored toward today’s industrial needs through their secondary education curriculum and facilities.
Career and Technical Education at the secondary education level is a curriculum focus of both public schools in Tuscaloosa County. The programs introduce students to career options through a specific course of study while teaching valuable work skills before graduating. Students completing the program may continue their education at two- or four-year institutions or they may enter the workforce. In addition, students may earn college credits while completing a technical curriculum. Four-year high school courses of study are offered through the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy (TCTA) and other career education courses are offered through both the Tuscaloosa City Schools and the Tuscaloosa County School System. The Career and Technical Education programs are a partnership effort between secondary schools, post-secondary schools, business/industry, community leaders, parents and students.
Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy (TCTA), a secondary vocational education program, broadens the curriculum of the local high schools by providing students with life skills to meet the challenging workplace and/or pursue a post-secondary degree. Through Tech Prep articulation agreements with various post-secondary institutions, seniors may earn college credit for advanced placement. All programs are 100% State Department & Business/Industry certified and Automotive Technology is certified by National Automotive Technician Foundation. Students may also participate in the Mercedes-Benz Automotive Production Apprenticeship Program.
Course offerings include:
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Human Services Cosmetology
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