Enterprise State Community College holds first-ever workforce development summit

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ENTERPRISE, AL. (WTVY) - Enterprise State Community College held it’s first-ever workforce training summit with the goal of addressing the needs of industries in the Wiregrass.

Ian Campbell, Director of Workforce Development for Enterprise State Community College, says "We've invited industry representatives, government leaders, and education leaders from all over our service area to kind of come together and discuss ways we can help in training our workforce and preparing people for the jobs that are available now and will be available in the future."

This first-event of its kind is a part of Enterprise State's efforts to help expand workforce development statewide.

"We have Chancellor Jimmy Baker from the Alabama Community College System that will be here to speak and he's going to kind of talk from a state-wide, system-wide perspective in workforce development," replied Campbell.

Enterprise State wants to move forward with designing programs that match the needs of local organizations and businesses.

Stephen Schmidt, Public Relations Director/Graphic Designer for Enterprise State Community College, says "We need to know how we can service them, how we can service our communities. We need them to tell us how we can implement those programs to best suit their individual businesses in the industries."

Jimmy Copeland, Director of Special Projects for Troy Cable, says "There are a lot of things that go on out there that geographically we don't ever see or hear without seeing or being at a meeting like this. So, we try to keep up with what's taking place."

Campbell says the workforce needs two things.

"Overall what the workforce needs is direction and unity to say "Hey, these are the jobs that will be available. These are the gaps that we see now, and so let's develop the skills to fill the current jobs and also as we do that look to the future to make sure that we're preparing for the gaps before they occur," replied Campbell.

Participants hope the networking session will help prepare the next generation to enter the workforce.

Mayors, legislators and members of the Alabama Community College System were in attendance at the summit.