Congressman Bright announces $3 million grant for Wallace Community College Community-Based Job Training grant will train students to work in nuclear energy
DOTHAN – Congressman Bobby Bright announced that George C. Wallace Community College in Dothan will receive a $2,995,970 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant is through the Community-Based Job Training (CBJT) program, which is designed to improve the ability of community colleges to train and prepare workers for employment in high growth and other emerging industries. The grant will be used to train workers in nuclear energy, which will help Wallace continue its close partnership with the nearby Farley Nuclear Station.
“This is great news not only for Wallace Community College, but for the entire Wiregrass,” Bright said. “Our use of nuclear energy will continue to grow in the coming years and Wallace Community College and its students will be at the forefront of this growing industry. I am extremely pleased that CBJT funds are being put to good use by training students for 21st Century jobs in the Wiregrass. I believe people across Southeast Alabama will see the benefits of this grant.”
Last year, Congressman Bright successfully secured $200,000 for Wallace Community College’s Energy Innovations for Alabama Program. The Energy Innovations program targets the critical shortage in the local energy-related workforce through training activities to address current and future needs for first-line energy supervisors, industrial maintenance professionals, and engineers. The CBJT grant will build on the Energy Innovations for Alabama program and focus directly on education and training for nuclear energy workers.
“Nuclear technology has been identified as a critical workforce priority due to the current level of retiring workers and the projected growth of new jobs,” said Wallace Community College President, Dr. Linda C. Young. “This grant will allow Wallace Community College to place cutting-edge simulation technology into labs and prepare a new generation of nuclear energy workers who will enjoy job security and earning power. We are very excited about the positive economic impact this grant will have in our community.”
The Department of Labor is awarding approximately $125 million in CBJT grants to 41 community colleges and organizations today. In addition to Wallace Community College, the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education is set to receive $4,937,950 for industrial maintenance education. Over the last four years, more than 147,000 individuals have received education and training through the CBJT program.