The Lawrence County Board of Education was awarded $1,000,000 in Appalachian Regional Commission Southern Appalachian Automotive Worker (ARC SAAW) funds for the Lawrence County Career Technical Center Expansion. The expansion will increase resources and certifications for students to graduate with and enter the aviation and automotive sector in the North Alabama region. The project consists of a 20,000 square-foot expansion to the career tech center, adding four classrooms for Welding, Industrial Maintenance, and an Automotive Technology Lab to increase capacity along with a Robotics Multimedia room for career fairs, business and industry training, meetings, conferences, and other activities that benefit the students and workforce region.
ARC Goal #2: Building Appalachia’s Workforce Ecosystem Expand and strengthen community systems.
ARC Objective 2.2: Invest in workforce development programs and strategies informed by industry talent needs and designed to allow workers to simultaneously earn, learn, and advance along a career pathway.
State Strategy 2.2.3 – Strengthen basic skills programs in public schools, including opportunities for dual enrollment and apprenticeships.