To address workforce needs in high-demand career fields, Bevill State Community College has been awarded a $238,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to expand training opportunities in the fields of nursing, drafting, machining, and auto body and collision repair.
The Enhanced Training in High Demand Careers project will focus on two major goals, improving the skill sets of workers entering high-demand career fields and raising awareness of high-demand, high-wage career opportunities.
“The College is excited to receive the support of the DOL in our efforts to expand learning opportunities,” said Dr. Charles Murray, Dean of Career Technical Education. “Through this grant, BSCC will provide new training modules that students are not currently receiving which will allow our graduates to be better prepared with a broader set of skills as they enter the workplace.”
The college will pilot these new training modules in specific programs across the college. The nursing department in Jasper will implement virtual patient simulation with the addition of new state-of –the-art simulation equipment. The Drafting Design Engineering Technology program at Sumiton will purchase Autodesk Inventor training software for use in the computerized training labs. Autodesk Inventor software will allow student to move beyond 3D drawings to digital prototyping.
Training in sinker EDM machining on the Hamilton Campus will be added to the program plan. This machining technique uses spark erosion to machine blind cavities. It is also used for producing fine finishes, intricate details, thins walls, and cross sections. The Auto Body Technology program in Sumiton will add a spot welding module to their current curriculum. Spot welding is very important in the manufacture of automobiles due to the speed of the weld and minimal loss of corrosion protection due to a very small heat effect around the weld.
Additionally, the college will implement a video marketing campaign to raise awareness about career opportunities in these high-demand fields, the needed skills for that field, and the availability of careers in the College service district.
“Upgrading and adding new technology to our programs to meet the needs of business and industry is imperative in today’s workforce environment,” said BSCC President Anne McNutt. “Bevill State is committed to providing our communities and the state with qualified and well-prepared workers.”
For additional information concerning career technical programs at Bevill State, visit the college Web site at www.bscc.edu.