The need for a collaborative effort to increase workforce training in the River Region is not new. To come up with a means to an end and to meet the growing demands of industry in the area, a group of partners came together to create a one-stop workforce training center dedicated to k-12 and adult educational workforce development needs.
The Montgomery Regional Workforce Training center or MRWTC is a collaborative effort that was championed by the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce. Partners in the training center include: The Montgomery Public School System, Auburn University Montgomery, The Alabama Department of Education, The Alabama Community College System, The Alabama Technology Network & AIDT.
The Chamber conducted several surveys with businesses throughout the region to help identify training needs. Based on the results of those surveys, several areas of training were identified. Training will mainly focus on the Manufacturing and IT sectors. There will also be several “soft skills” classes offered that include Interpersonal Skills, Workplace Behavior & Critical Thinking.
AIDT staff, partner staff, and industry trainers will conduct training at the MRWTC. The training is highly individualized and customized to meet the immediate needs of industry. Participants will be able to receive certified training and graduates will be immediately ready to enter the workforce with specific skills.
Chairman of the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce Leslie Sanders says, “By providing critical, targeted training to meet the current needs of our existing industries, the MRWTC will be meeting one of the greatest needs identified in the Chamber’s regional economic growth strategy. This announcement, combined with the unveiling of a new integrated workforce delivery system in Montgomery and the River Region, will be game-changing for our economic development efforts.”
AIDT Director Ed Castile said, ”The Montgomery Regional Workforce Training Center represents another partnership created under Governor Bentley’s College and Career Ready Task Force. This strategic alliance between State and local entities, education and private industry is key to building the skilled workforce that will move Alabama forward in the coming years. I’m proud of our involvement in this project and can’t wait to see it grow.”
The MRWTC will be located in part of the old Montgomery Mall now renamed One Center Montgomery. Although that center is scheduled to open in late 2016, training is being conducted throughout Montgomery now at various partner locations.