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Alabama’s construction industry is booming; Jobs and apprenticeships available

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There are thousands of job openings in the Alabama construction industry and now free bulldozer and skid steer operator training is available through the Skills for Success program Alabama Community College System (ACCS).

A unique feature of Skills for Success education is how quickly it can be completed. Part of the training is offered online, with interactive, self-paced learning. Upon completion of the online portion of the course, students complete 16 hours of hands-on training with qualified instructors at one of 24 community and technical colleges across the state.

The training is developed by the ACCS Innovation Center in partnership with Alabama businesses and industries.

“The biggest challenge for most companies right now is finding and retaining skilled workers,” said Chris Stricklin, Chief Technology Officer at Dunn Companies. “The Skills for Success training, developed in conjunction with industry partners, is the most innovative in the nation. We work together to create a better future for our individuals, businesses, industries, communities, state and nation. Together this will revolutionize our social dialogue and develop career paths with advancement paths.”

The Alabama Community College System launched the Skills for Success Rapid Training program earlier this year. Since its inception, more than 1,500 Alabamaans have signed up for training for in-demand jobs in industries such as construction, food and beverage, and trucking. The training is offered free of charge.

“Alabama faces a critical skills shortage. By providing rapid training, Skills for Success rapidly deploys the skilled workforce employers need to fill in-demand roles,” he said Keith Phillips, Vice Chancellor for Manpower and Economic Development of the Alabama Community College System. “Our community colleges have partnered with Alabama businesses and industries to develop these courses so they can deliver job-specific training that leads to immediate employment.”

Participants who complete the training also receive an ACCS credential, signaling companies that the individual has mastered the skills taught in the program and is ready to work. The ACCS credential can also be used as the basis for additional courses and training at Alabama’s community colleges.

To learn more about Skills for Success and to register for training, visit the ACCS Innovation Center website: innovation.accs.edu.

Skills for Success is the Alabama Community College System’s rapid employee training program, introduced earlier this year. It was developed in partnership with the state’s businesses and industries so that training is aligned with the skills employers say workers need to fill available positions. Skills for Success training is offered to participants at no cost. The Innovation Center is a division of the Alabama Community College System that brings together state community colleges, business and industry, and community partners to provide Skills for Success training.

earlier this Monthgovernor Kay Ivey announced that Alabama’s interim seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October was 2.7%. That’s easy from September course of 2.6%, but below the October 2021 rate of 3.1%.

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