Hundreds came to Snead State Community College Friday afternoon to welcome Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to the campus.

Ivey was there to announce the school's new 50,000 square foot Career and Technical Training Center. The building, when completed, will hold up to 600 students. It will allow students at Snead State to study technical programs like welding technology, industrial systems technology, machine tool technology, 3D/drafting, and HVAC/refrigeration. The building will still have room for more growth as industrial jobs continue to develop. It will be built next to the Marshall Technical School in Guntersville rather than on the Snead campus. 

Gov. Ivey was joined on stage by Snead State President Joe Whitmore, ACCS Chancellor Jimmy Baker, Sen. Clay Scofield and Superintendent of Marshall County Schools, Dr. Cindy Wigley.

"The reason we get up every day, the reason we put so much time and effort, is because our students," said President Whitmore to the crowd. "This is a great opportunity for Snead to show out and show who we are and the things we can do. This has been a dream years in the making."

Whitmore said they did research on job categories and things needed for Marshall County.

"We looked at, what are the jobs that approach the fastest? What are the jobs that are going to be in greatest demand over the next 10 years? The data showed us four things," he continued. "The expectations for this area over the next 10 years are job demands for industrial systems technology, welding technology, machine building technology and heating/ventilation/air conditioning technology. We took this data and went on plant tours, met with HR personnel and also asked them, what do you need? How can Snead step up and create the work force and teach the skills that you need? Throughout these meetings we kept getting the same information."

Whitmore said many in the community agreed with this decision of growth.

"We had 72 letters of affirmation from leaders in our community agreeing and saying, yes; this is what we need in the community. This is what we need in Marshall County," he said. "So, with the full support of the Chancellor, Jimmy Baker, and the ACCS Board of Trustees, along with the tremendous gratitude from our legislature, our delegation, our governor and our fantastic community, I have the pleasure of showing you a draft of the floor plan that will be our new Career Tech Center. This is a big deal folks. This is everything that has been asked for and we are already anticipating growth as future technology job needs continue to grow."

Sen. Clay Scofield then spoke to the crowd.

"When we started this out, we wanted not just to have a facility that's maxed out all at once and it's packed; so we don't have any room to grow there. We also wanted to be able to continue to grow as the workforce needs in our area grew," he said. "The governor really kicked in a tremendous, extra sum of money for us. And again, there are a lot of other areas she could have helped but she chose to help us right here in Marshall County. She saw the need that we have and I just want to thank her again. Governor, we cant thank you enough for this project and always answering our call."

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey was proud to be a part of the unveiling of the new center.

"It's great to be with friends here in Boaz and it's also great to be able to announce the Snead State Community College Workforce Training Center," Gov. Ivey said. "I want every Alabamian that wants a job to have one. Given the fact that we are experiencing our lowest unemployment ever, I think we are doing a pretty good job. The economy isn't as strong as our workers are and it's imperative that we continue to develop our workforce to meet the needs of the companies that call Alabama home. I was proud to make sure this got done for the people of Marshall County. This Workforce Center perfectly aligns itself with my strong start, strong finish education initiative to ensure Alabamians everywhere have the opportunity to obtain skills and credentials to obtain in demand jobs that are available in this region and to increase Alabama's labor force."

The dollar amount of the center and just when it might be open for business was not announced. 

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