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November 16, 2016

Bishop State Community College Hosted a Graduation for a Workforce Training Program

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Mobile, AL – Bishop State Community is proud to have partnered with MAAS Aviation, Mobile Works, SAWDC, and other stakeholders to train workers to go straight from a training program to jobs in the aviation industry. Bishop State provided both in the classroom training and also hands on training in the paint shop at the Carver campus for a group going through a workforce training program. The goal of the collaboration was to help train the skilled workforce needed in the area of painting and protective coatings for airplanes are being built in the Mobile area. MAAS Aviation is expanding its operations in Mobile due to the growing aviation industry. In order to expand, they need trained workers. In order to do so, MAAS Aviation in partnership with Bishop State, Mobile Works, and other stakeholders embarked upon a preliminary training program to get potential workers trained in the skills needed to come onboard with the company to work in the paint field.

Twelve workers that went through the rigorous training program graduated on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The graduation was held at Bishop State Community College. Each of them successfully completed the required Ready to Work and Specialty Aviation Program in partnership with Bishop State Community College and MAAS Aviation. All of the twelve graduates have been hired by MAAS Aviation and are starting with the foundation needed to be a success in this career path. Dr. Reginald Sykes, Acting President of Bishop State, addressed the graduates. He told them that according to Henry Ford, “coming together is the beginning and keeping together is progress.” Dr. Sykes also noted that the “goal at Bishop State Community College is to provide Mobile and our service area with work based learning experiences that result in a quality job.” Bishop State’s participation in this workforce training initiative illustrates the college’s commitment in the job training area. Mayor Sandy Stimpson, Councilman C.J. Small, Commissioner Jerry Carl along with Tim Macdougald, Director of MAAS Aviation all addressed the graduates.

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Tim Mcdougald, Director of MAAS Aviation, travelled to Mobile and gave the keynote remarks to the graduates. Proud family members and friends attended the graduation as well. Mayor Sandy Stimpson, Councilman C.J. Small, and Commissioner Jerry Carl all gave words of encouragement to the new graduates. Bishop State looks forward to continuing partnerships like this with businesses and industries in this area. It is truly a win-win situation for all involved.

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