Leaders tour new Edward Bell Tech CenterPublished 10:36am Thursday, May 16, 2013
Area leaders gathered in Camp Hill on Wednesday to find ways to help the new career technical center get off to a fast start.
Local leaders, including State Rep. Pebblin Warren (D-Tuskegee), toured the Edward Bell Career Technical Center in Camp Hill, which is scheduled to open in August.
Tallapoosa County Schools Career & Technical Education director Gerry Moses said Wednesday’s tour was aimed to update area leaders on where the center is in its development and find out what they can do to help out.
“What we wanted to do was bring some of the stakeholders in, let them see what we’re trying to do and tell them where we are, where we need to be and see if they can assist us,” Moses said. “And we wanted to see where they can help us and where we can help them.”
The Edward Bell Career Center aims to provide students from Dadeville, Horseshoe Bend and Reeltown high schools with training for high-skill, high-demand occupations such as construction, industrial maintenance, health science and welding.
The tour of the center included stops at the future locations and classrooms of each program that will be offered by the center.
Area leaders learned what equipment will populate the empty classrooms once it opens in the fall.
Warren said career technical programs are important because they provide students with the skills that companies are looking for when they search for employees.
“I think it’s a great initiative because it’s in line with the governor’s workforce-development plan. They are meeting the needs of business and industry,” Warren said. “They have surveyed the industries, and they know what skills are needed and what type of employees they want. This program is truly addressing those needs.”
Warren also serves as the community resources outreach person for AIDT, which helps develop the workforce for Alabama’s new and existing businesses.
She said she’s excited to be working with Tallapoosa County schools and other local groups to help bring the new career technical center what it needs in order to be successful.
“I’ll be working with Windle and Moses, and I’ll be also working with the community and trying to make sure they understand,” Warren said. “I’m going to work very closely with them, the community and Central Alabama Community College so we can get some grant proposals for this facility and what’s going to be done here.”