By Gerry Miller
Elmore-Autauga Press Staff Editor
Top picture – Left to right: Autauga County Commission Chair Jay Thompson, Prattville Chamber Council Chair Annette Funderburk, Autauga County School District 3 Member Mark Hindman, ACBOE District 4 Member Jeffery Keith, Honorable Van Smith, Autauga County Superintendent of Schools Tim Tidmore, ACBOE District 2 Member and Board Chair Jim Manderson, City of Prattville District 2 Councilor Marcus Jackson, Member of District 1 ACBOE Elleanor Ballow, City of Prattville District 1 Councilor Albert Striplin, ACTC Director Brock Dunn, City of Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie and Prattville Chamber President Patty VanderWal.
The expansion of the Autauga County Technology Center (ACTC) will be a great boon for students who live in the county, as it will provide them with more dual enrollment opportunities to prepare for careers in high technology , Autauga County School Superintendent Timothy Tidmore said last week. at the inauguration of the center.
A large crowd of city, county, community and CCTA representatives participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the 18,290 square foot expansion and the community open house that followed. There was also a career day for the students of the center.
Career Day featured a variety of exhibitors, comprised of local industries and businesses. These organizations highlighted company information and shared skills relevant to their career paths with students.
Officials who spoke at the expansion ceremony included Annette Funderburk, president of the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce, Jim Manderson, president of the Autauga County School Board, Tidmore, Brock Dunn, principal of ACTC and Dr. Jimmy Hull, Assistant Superintendent of Vocational Technical Education. and workforce development. Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. and Alabama County Commission Chairman Jay Thompson also attended.
Tidmore said ACTC’s expansion will go hand-in-hand with more dual enrollment opportunities at the new Central Alabama Community College. It is located at 1320 Old Ridge Road in Prattville. The site was previously East Memorial Christian Academy.
The Prattville Chamber hosted the groundbreaking to celebrate the ACTC expansion project, located at 1301 Upper Kingston Road in Prattville. This expansion project will create four new shops that will be used for ACTC’s fire science, engineering, welding and automotive programs. It should be completed in about a year.
ACTC offers a diverse program designed to prepare students to enter the workforce or continue their studies in post-secondary settings. This institution offers courses that combine school-based learning with career-related experiences.
ACTC Principal Brock Dunn said, “Our belief here on this campus is that career and technical education is the foundation of our community. These teachers are extremely excited to be able to do this in a state-of-the-art facility, and I know our students are too. »
Thompson said, “It’s exciting to see the addition to our Technical Center which will benefit the school children of our county and help develop our community’s workforce. »
Kristi Pieper, county economic development project manager, said the expansion will provide many opportunities for students in the county and help create the workforce needed for the future.
“If the industries coming to the region are to grow and expand, our employers must be able to build the kind of workforce needed to make it happen,” she said.
Gillespie said part of his job as mayor is to always look for ways to improve the city’s economy and quality of life. “We all want a piece of the American dream,” he said. “This expansion is a step into the future.”
Thirteen Career Tech programs are now offered, including AgriConstruction, Automotive, Business Management, Cosmetology, Education and Training, Electrical, Engineering, Family and Consumer Sciences, Finance, Fire Sciences, Health Sciences, information and Welding.
Prattville Chamber President Patty VanderWal said, “The programs offered at CCTA are preparing the workforce of tomorrow. We are thrilled to celebrate the expansion and greatly appreciate the efforts being made to advance education in Prattville and Autauga County.
ACTC’s mission is to provide students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills that will enable them to become productive members of an evolving technological society. To learn more about CCTA, please visit autaugatech.com or call 334.361.0258.
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