CVCC hosts New Workforce Training Center grand opening

Published: Nov. 15, 2023 at 11:07 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 15, 2023 at 7:43 PM EST
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PHENIX CITY, Ala. (WTVM) - The Chattahoochee Valley Community College unveiled its state-of-the-art Workforce Training Center.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday, November 15, at 11 a.m., at the new facility on Seale Road in Phenix City.

The Workforce Training Center will house all Applied Technology programs, the Adult Education department, and Continuing Education courses all designed to better prepare students for life after school.

“We have in this building currently, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), industrial maintenance, automotive manufacturing, we have our information technology or computer courses,” said Jackie Screws, President of CVCC.

Those at today’s special event also took self-guided tours of the building.

One of the rooms in the center is for automotive manufacturing where students can learn how to program robots used to do tasks in factory production and other electrical technology.

Kenneth Bibb, an automation technician, said jobs utilizing these skills are in high demand and, on average, can pay around $75,000 a year.

“Everybody’s so worried about robots taking their job. Why not let a robot give you a job,” said Kye Hamm, from Industrial Training Solutions.

Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe said the new center will enhance the region and community.

“It’s investing in the people in our community, people outside of our community, people in this region to help develop them with skills that will be able to have them a quality of life,” he said,

Mylik James, a freshman who does HVAC at the college, said having the new center will him learn the fundamentals he needs to get a job in heating and air conditioning.

“It’s all new equipment. It’s better. It’s not so crowded. It’s more of an open space. It’s better,” he said.

Screws said what’s in this new center is only the beginning as they plan to add more programs like electrical technology in the future.

To see the full list of programs offered by CVCC you can click here.

If you’re interested in these programs and want to apply you can click here.