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Chilton County Officials Announce Partnership with Jefferson State

Clanton, AL – Mayor Bobby Cook and the Clanton City Council members announced a partnership with Jefferson State Community College and presented a check to the college for the purchase of a training simulator in the new Workforce Development Center at the Chilton-Clanton Campus.

The Workforce Development Center is a collaborative project involving the City of Clanton, Jefferson State, the Chilton County Industrial Development Authority, the Chilton County Commission, the Alabama Rural Economic Center, Dunn University, and private existing industry in the Birmingham region. As Alabama continues to develop the training needed for all jobs, both in academic and technical, the trade skills gap continues to grow. The gap in our workforce is not novel, but the gap grows larger by each graduating class. As one generation enters retirement age, another generation is not trained to fill those jobs. This gap requires creative and expansive leadership to meet the needs of our employers across the state.

“We must rise to the challenge for our industries in the state of Alabama,” said Mayor Cook. “As we look onto the horizon of where the state of Alabama is headed, the City of Clanton is determined to be part of the solution and promote growth and sustainability. Working with Jefferson State, the Alabama Farmers Federation, Chilton County and the IDA, we saw the opportunity to create a unique facility to build a foundation in workforce development. However, the foundation is just the beginning. The potential for the Center is limitless and is only restricted by our ability to foster stronger partnerships throughout the state and grow together for the betterment of our future.”

“We are excited about this partnership and the opportunities it will provide our students and the Chilton County community,” said Jefferson State President Keith Brown. “This equipment will help Jefferson State provide training that will lead to in-demand jobs and, consequently, improve lives and help meet workforce demands.”

Dunn University President Chris Stricklin stated, “We are proud of the teamwork felt recently, uniting our industries, our communities and our Alabama Community College teams. Together, we will build a better, more capable workforce to lead us into the future. Thank you to the motivated and passionate leaders of today who have devoted their time and effort to this innovative initiative!” “Since the beginning discussions of building the Clanton campus, I have known we were distinctively situated to make a positive impact in the state of Alabama,” said business owner and community leader Wayne McKinnon. “Seeing our campus partner into a new project with all of the leaders involved is a pivotal moment for myself and all of the foundational leaders in the City of Clanton.”

“We are excited to be part of the continued Clanton and Chilton County.Last year, we announced the City of Clanton will be home of the Alabama Farm Center. Today, we are proud to announce the newest addition to the Center, the Workforce Development Training Center,” stated Alabama Farmers Federation President, Jimmy Parnell. “It will provide a venue to foster leadership among our youth while they learn valuable career skills. These education and training facilities are central to the Alabama Rural Economic Center’s mission.look forward to continue working with Chilton County as we create a stronger Alabama.”