FAME is the newest program created by East Alabama Works and Gadsden State Community College that allows students to gain knowledgeable experience in the workforce while also taking the classes necessary to obtain a degree. FAME stands for the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education.
This program has partnerships through several manufacturing companies including Fleetwood Metal, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, Koller Craft, Kronospan, and more. This program was created based off the region wide need for more workers that are trained in the multi-skilled trades of advanced manufacturing. Students will spend five semesters in the program and will attend classes two days out of the week and work for one of the manufacturing companies for three days a week.
Students will be paid a minimum of $12 an hour from their sponsoring company. Once the program is completed by the student, they will earn an Associate’s degree in Industrial Automation Technology. Lisa Morales is the Executive Director for East Alabama Works and she believes this new program will help bridge the gap between business industries and the community. Morales also says that there are only 25 spots available for the FAME program at Gadsden State’s Ayers campus. Classes are expected to begin this fall.