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Lawson State Receives State Energy Sector and Partnership Grant

8/26/2010

LAWSON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
3060 Wilson Road
Birmingham, AL 35221

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Contact: Geri Albright
Director of Public Relations
(205) 929-6315
(205) 370-8201
galbright@lawsonstate.edu

Lawson State Receives State Energy Sector and Partnership Grant


August 26, 2010 – Lawson State Community College has been approved by the Governor’s Office for a State Energy Sector and Partnership Grant funded by the U. S. Department of Labor in the amount of $587,675 for the purpose of training for jobs in the maintenance and inspection of alternative powered vehicles such as liquefied and compressed natural gas, hybrid and electric vehicles, etc.

“This is a welcome opportunity as it will allow us to provide beneficial training to more than 600 individuals,” said Tommy Hobbs, Business and Industry liaison for Lawson State. “Additionally these funds will position Lawson’s Corporate Services Division and the Alabama Center for Automotive Excellence (ACAE) to provide community awareness workshops regarding alternative fuels vehicles as well as offer community service workshops for first responders at the scene of an accident.”

Alabama received $6,000,000 to share with partnership agencies.  Program recipients will receive the technical and occupational skills necessary to obtain industry recognized credentials. “These grants will help workers gain access to good jobs, while supporting the sort of statewide energy efficiency strategies that play a crucial role in building the green economy of the 21st century,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

Lawson State’s Corporate Services Division and the Alabama Center for Automotive Excellence continue to stay in the forefront of alternative fuels training. The College has partnerships with General Motors, Ford, Toyota, and college faculty have participated in a number of alternative fuels training sessions offered locally and at West Virginia University through the College’s partnership in the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC).

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