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Workforce Training

Gadsden State Cherokee

A growing number of workforce development programs are being created at the Cherokee campus of Gadsden State Community College in Centre. For current information about what programs are being offered, please contact the Cherokee County Industrial Development Authority office at 256-927-1805. More information about the Cherokee campus can be found on the Gadsden State Cherokee website.

Jacksonville State University Center for Economic Development

Located less than 30 miles from Cherokee County, the Center for Economic Development at Jacksonville State University (JSU) has many business assistance programs and services. The center provides workforce training, research assistance, employee attitude assessment, and economic impact and marketing surveys. More information about these services can be found at the JSU Center for Economic Development website.

Gadsden State Community College

Gadsden State Community College, located approximately 30 minutes from Centre, offers 2-year technical degrees. More information can be found on the Gadsden State Community College website.
  • Programs include:
  • Air conditioning and refrigeration
  • Automotive manufacturing technology
  • Civil engineering technology
  • Drafting and design technology
  • Electrical engineering technology
  • Electronic engineering technology
  • Industrial automation technology
  • Machine tool technology
  • Mechanical design technology
  • Realtime reporting
  • Automotive collision repair
  • Automotive service
  • Carpentry
  • Cosmetology
  • Diesel technology
  • Welding technology

Cherokee County Career and Technology Center

Career and technical education courses are available to Cherokee County high school students. These programs provide skills training for technical careers, as well as co-op opportunities. For more information, view the school’s website.

  • Programs include:
  • Home living
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Carpentry
  • Automotive service technology
  • Welding technology
  • Keyboarding
  • Business education
  • Health Care Science Technology
  • Child care and elder services
  • Cosmetology
  • Collision repair technology
  • Horticulture
  • Principals of Technology

The Bevill Center for Advanced Manufacturing Technology

Located on the main campus of Gadsden State Community College, the Bevill Center provides courses on advanced manufacturing. Additionally, local industries can benefit from customized workforce training programs through the center.

  • Programs include:
  • Blueprint reading (mechanical and electrical)
  • Computer-aided design
  • Computer training
  • Continuous quality improvement
  • Engineering (drafting)
  • Hazardous materials
  • Heavy equipment repair (diesel)
  • Industrial maintenance
  • Machine tool technology (CNC) management training
  • Meeting OSHA regulations
  • Robotics
  • Supervisor training

Alabama Technology Network (ATN)

ATN program courses are available through Gadsden State Community College. This program provides workforce training courses to help make companies more efficient, productive, and competitive. More information about the program can be found at the ATN website.

  • Topics covered include:
  • Lean manufacturing
  • Manufacturing systems
  • CNC, plant layout
  • Quality systems
  • Information technology
  • Environmental safety and health
  • Business services and strategic management
  • Industrial maintenance
  • Engineering and technical services


AIDT is a statewide program that provides workforce recruitment and training assistance to new and expanding industries located throughout the state. For more information about how to qualify and benefit from AIDT programs, visit the AIDT website.
  • Some of the services offered, include:
  • Pre-employment screening and training
  • Leadership development
  • Industrial safety program
  • Industrial maintenance technician assessment program

East AlabamaWorks,
Work Force Training Region 2

East AlabamaWorks represents a seven-county region covering Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Etowah, Randolph and Talladega. It is led by local businesses and industry leaders and is one of seven regional councils in the state of Alabama. The council is a coalition of leaders in business and industry, education providers and trainers, and municipalities. Providing short-term and long-term solutions for closing the skills gaps is one of their most important goals. More about the council can be found at

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