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Gadsden State Community College

Examples of credit and non-credit programs in the college’s Adult Education and Skills Training Division include:

  • Blueprint Reading
  • CNC machining
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Continuous Quality Improvement
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Customer Relations
  • Drill Press
  • Electricity and Electrical Safety
  • Electronics
  • Grinding Machines
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Lathes
  • Milling Machines
  • OSHA Regulations and Standards
  • Safety
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Supervisory Training
  • Truck Driving (CDL Class A)
  • Welding (Stick, MIG and TIG)

Additionally, Gadsden State has developed the Focused Industry Training Program, which results in an Alabama Certified Worker status for those who successfully complete it.  Also certified by the U.S. Department of Labor, this program is aimed at meeting the entry-level employee needs of automotive assembly operations and their suppliers in the area.

For more advanced training, the college has developed a two-year associate in applied science degree program in Automotive Manufacturing Technology, with a core curriculum focusing on electronics, troubleshooting, programmable logic controllers and robotic welding.  Its mission is to provide well-prepared, multi-skilled individuals who can perform troubleshooting and technical work to minimize downtime in the manufacturing process. It is not geared to produce assembly line employees, but focuses on electronic and automation technicians.

This 76-hour degree program incorporates a minimum of 22 general education hours, 21 general technical core hours and 33 hours of technical electives.  A 43-hour and a 29-hour Automotive Manufacturing Technology certificate also are offered.

Gadsden State’s Technical Division offers Associate Degree and Certificate programs in many other vocational and technical fields, as described in the Higher Education link. Click here for course descriptions:  For complete details, contact Tim Green, Dean of Technical Education and Workforce Development, 256-549-8601,

As an example, the Precision Machining associate in applied science degree program consists of the following courses.  For more information, contact David Smith, Precision Machining Building, 256-549-8644,

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Gadsden-Etowah County Industrial Development Authority
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One Commerce Square • Gadsden, AL 35901
Phone: 256.543.9423 • Fax: 256.547.2351
Gadsden-Etowah County Industrial Development Authority One Commerce Square, Gadsden AL 35901 Phone.256.543.9423 Fax.256.547.2351