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Calhoun Offers Paid Apprenticeship Opportunities

February 22, 2021

The Calhoun Community College Technologies Division is now accepting applications for its Alabama FAME (Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education), EPIC (Excellence in Process Industrial Controls) and AMP (Alliance for Machining Professionals) paid apprenticeship programs. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. CST on March 31, 2021.

According to John Holley, Calhoun Dean of Technologies, The FAME, EPIC, and AMP programs are ideal opportunities for individuals who have the desire to secure a career in the manufacturing or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) industry. Students learn skills such as robotics, pneumatics, hydraulics, motor controls, AC/DC machines, Programmable Logic Controllers, and many others, which include safety procedures and general education courses. Individuals applying to either of the programs must test into credit-bearing math and English courses based on their ACT or Accuplacer score. Approximately 60 students are selected each year to be a part of these exclusive and highly competitive programs.

Upon being accepted and enrolled in the program, students begin working with their sponsor company during the summer before beginning coursework in the fall. Starting wages are very competitive and students have the potential to receive performance-based raises and bonuses throughout the program. While not guaranteed, there is an option for sponsor companies to hire students upon graduation. According to Terry Patterson, Calhoun’s Coordinator for Collaborative Advanced Manufacturing Programs, Some of the sponsor companies includes Asahi Kasei, Brown Precision, Bruderer Machinery, CerroWire, EFi Automotive, GE Appliances, Mazda Toyota, Packaging Corporation of America, Plasma Processes, Polaris, Remington, Shape Corp, Snap-on Tools, Sonoco, Toyota, and Westrock.

The program boasts a 100% in-field job placement rate for graduates seeking employment. Students also have the potential to graduate with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Advanced Manufacturing and two years of industry experience without accumulating any school-related debt.

To learn more about the programs, join the Calhoun Technologies Team at its Information Session on Wednesday, March 3, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Lecture Hall of the Advanced Technology Center on the College’s Decatur campus, 6250 US Hwy 31 N, Tanner, AL.

Applications are still being accepted for all programs and interested students should apply online at www.calhoun.edu/technologies. The deadline to apply is by 11:59 PM CST on March 31, 201.

For more information on the program, contact Terry Patterson terry.patterson@calhoun.edu or at 256-306-2915.

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