PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
Wallace Community College
October 24, 2019
Columbia, Ala. – In celebration of Manufacturing Day and National Nuclear Science Week, Farley Nuclear Plant opened its doors on October 15 to 103 area high school students to introduce them to careers in the industry. It was all part of an effort to change perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment while drawing attention to career opportunities. Farley hosted the event in partnership with Wallace Community College and Southeast AlabamaWorks!
Students from Headland High School, Houston County Career Academy, Dothan Technology Center, Ariton High School, and GW Long High School took part in the event. Activities included a tour of the Energy Education Center and an informative presentation by Plant Farley Communications Coordinator Mike Doherty.
The students were selected to attend the session by their career coaches because of their interest or enrollment in a career technical class.
Dale County Career Coach, Vantney Alums said her students and teachers were so interested in what they learned while visiting Plant Farley, she plans to schedule a visit to a hydroelectric power plant so they will be able to compare the two systems of making electricity.
Ariton High School student Noah Phillips said “It was a great opportunity to come and learn. I will definitely think about the Farley Nuclear Plant when looking for work after college.”
A career in manufacturing may not be on most students’ radar in high school, but the opportunity to tour Farley allowed students to get a closer look at the variety of manufacturing careers – and the training required. Trey Cummings, a student at Dothan Technology Center, plans to attend college and work in major machinery. His ultimate goal is to improve prosthetics for veterans.
“There is an increasing demand for highly skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector who can design, program and operate technology,” said Amber Dunlap, Career Resource Coordinator, Wallace Community College, who coordinated the event. “Exposing students to the employment opportunities available in this area is crucial to building our workforce.”
Manufacturing Day is an annual national event executed at the local level and supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.
More information on Manufacturing Day is available at www.mfgday.com.
Wallace Community College is a member of the Alabama Community College System, which is the state’s single largest system of public higher education. With campuses in Dothan and Eufaula, Wallace enrolls over 4,600 credit students every year in its academic and career technical programs. The College also serves approximately 3,000 students through adult education, workforce training programs, and continuing education. Area high school students take dual enrollment courses through Wallace to get an early start on their college education.
Students from Headland High School, Houston County Career Academy, Dothan Technology Center, Ariton High School, and GW Long High School visited Plant Farley recently to learn about careers in today’s manufacturing environment. Farley Nuclear, Wallace Community College, and Southeast AlabamaWorks! teamed up for the Manufacturing Day 2019 event.