CHS to offer new workforce training in electrical, welding, plumbing, more

Russ Cofield, director of the Academy of Craft Training (ACT), talks to students at Cullman High School about training opportunities. (Cullman City Schools)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Beginning next year, students at Cullman High School will be able to receive hands-on training in several major trade programs through a new partnership with the Academy of Craft Training.

Students can visit the Academy of Craft Training (ACT) campus in Decatur for training courses focused on trades such as electrical, welding, construction, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and plumbing.

“Cullman High School is excited to partner with Academy of Craft Training next year,” said Allison Tuggle, Principal of Cullman High School. “Students can get hands-on training in the construction industry, and seniors get a job offer upon completion. This is a great opportunity for students who may not be interested in going to college or university after high school. College isn’t for everyone and ACT helps prepare students who are career-oriented after graduation.”

Tuggle added that Cullman High’s goal is to ensure that all students have a plan for their future upon graduation, whether it be post-education, career or military.

Russ Cofield, director of ACT, noted that the training program exists to meet urgent Alabama labor needs for the local industry — while also providing multiple avenues for local students to pursue after high school.

“The construction industry needs workers. Our network of over 70 companies helps students to find their future employees at the academy. On the industry side, they find students who have received basic engineering, safety and employability training through our program,” he explained. “Our students have the advantage of being educated beyond the typical entry level, which is an advantage for the industry and the student. The aim of the Academy of Crafts is full-time employment in commercial construction.”

By participating in the ACT workforce training program, Cofield added, CHS students can experience a simulated workplace environment to prepare them for entering the workforce after graduation. He added that students could have the opportunity to earn up to a six-figure salary within five years on some available trading careers.

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