Sometimes it takes new ideas to achieve progress. On Friday, The Outlook sat down with Dr. Doug Flor, Central Alabama Community College’s new dean of workforce and economic development, and learned about some of his ideas for the college and what he wants to bring to the table.
Flor said some plans include expanding the workforce program to include cyber security and marine mechanics. He also mentioned plans for night classes for students who are not able to attend school during the day. Plans to have night classes for those who work full time is a great way to reach out to the greater local population.
Bringing in new programs such as a mechanic marine programs, considering we’re on Lake Martin, is a great way to bring in students who love the lake. This program could benefit the lake and those who regularly work for and visit it.
The program already has computer science, office administration, machine shops, robotics, automotive manufacturing technology and welding. Flor said 95 to 98 percent of the program’s alumni are employed full time. Adding new programs can only help the campus positively.
Even with recruiting, Flor had an interesting idea — reaching out to local pastors. Since preachers should know who is in their congregation and who could benefit from CACC’s programs, that is one way to bring in new students.
Of course, Flor also said he plans on working with industry representatives with recruiting. With many approaches, students can be drawn into CACC from many angles through reaching out to different people.
With many options to attend schools, Flor is bringing in a new and interesting angle for recruitment and expanding the program.
It never hurts to try something new, especially something this different. We hope Flor’s plan succeeds and Alexander City benefits.