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Drake State building advanced manufacturing center

HUNTSVILLE — Drake State Community and Technical College will build an advanced manufacturing center on its Meridian Street campus, the school announced Wednesday.

The 50,000 square-foot building will support the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries. It will also house the most in-demand training programs, including engineering design and mechatronics.

Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Madison Mayor Paul Finley, and U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s Regional Director Gwen Shelton highlighted the positive impact the center will have on North Alabama’s workforce.

“The need is so great,” said Baker. “We want to show students that there are a lot of ways to make a good living that will allow them to be outstanding members, not only in their families, but in their communities as well.”

Skills learned at the new Advanced Manufacturing Center will help Alabama workers earn a high wage and gain nationally recognized certifications at a low cost.

“We know that our continued economic growth depends on a highly skilled workforce,” said Drake State President Dr. Patricia Sims. “A Community College is the best vehicle to change our state by providing access to more career opportunities.”

Ground for the facility is scheduled to be broken in January.

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