Edward Bell Technical Center holds open housePublished 10:56am Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Community members of Camp Hill and Tallapoosa County got an early glimpse of what’s to come as the building donning the name Edward Bell enters a new era.
An open house was held Tuesday for the new Edward Bell Career Technical Center in Camp Hill.
The center is located in the former Edward Bell School building and will provide courses for area high school students in welding, pre-engineering and robotics, law enforcement, distance learning, health science and information technology.
Tallapoosa County Schools Superintendent Joseph Windle said the center will help students obtain the skills that business and industries in Alabama are looking for in the workforce.
“What does this mean to Tallapoosa County? I think it’s a game changer because it contributes to economic development,” Windle said. “When companies, businesses and industry are looking for places to relocate, they want to know that they can get the workforce that they need. The skills we are developing here are based on what workforce development, business and industry people say they need. These are the jobs of the future. Between now and 2020, these are the job skills we need.”
Windle said there will be more than 100 students from the three county high schools of Dadeville, Reeltown and Horseshoe Bend, as well as students from Benjamin Russell, attending the center starting on Monday when it opens.
During the open house, visitors got a chance to talk to the various instructors and see the facilities students will use when the center opens.
Dr. Philip Cleveland, Director of Career and Technical Education and Workforce Development for the Alabama Department of Education, said the center is stocked with great faculty to help students transition into the working world.
“The faculty and staff that were introduced here are super people. Looking at their credentials and their backgrounds, I think you’re going to be very happy with the choices that were made,” Cleveland said to those in attendance. “It’s also a great day when you can pull from your local community to bring in teachers to teach in this area to help the students learn and transition to the world of work here locally and stay at home.”
Windle added the opening of the career tech center is thanks to a group effort of hard work, including Tallapoosa County Schools career and technical education director Gerry Moses.
Cleveland said the center has the support of the state department of education.
“We’re really proud of this facility as should you be,” Cleveland said. “So know as a community that anything we can do at the state department of education to help you in your endeavors and your efforts here, we want to do that.”