State, community and corporate leaders expect great things from HVAC Training Center in Jasper

State, community and corporate leaders expect great things from HVAC Training Center in Jasper
Alabama Power CEO Mark Crosswhite, left, Kim Ennis, interim president of BSCC, and Jimmy Baker, Alabama Community College System chancellor, sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the new facility. (Karim Shamsi-Basha / Alabama NewsCenter)

Bevill State Community College in Jasper and Alabama Power have joined forces to develop the HVAC Training Center on the college campus.

While the current facility is in Clanton, Jasper will be home to a new, relocated HVAC training facility. There, the program will be expanded and course certification options will be included.

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Alabama Power Chairman, President and CEO Mark Crosswhite was joined by Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker, Bevill State Community College interim President Dr. Kim Ennis and Gov. Kay Ivey, along with state Sen. Greg Reed for a news conference. Leaders also signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

“The folks in Clanton built a strong foundation that we will build on right here at Bevill State,” Crosswhite said. “Alabama Power is excited to be a part of this effort to develop Alabama’s workforce.”

Ivey noted the importance of public-private partnerships such as this.

“The best investment in economic development is education,” Ivey said. “A well-trained workforce is essential for our state. We will always need electricians, plumbers and HVAC workers.”

Here’s what the revamped training center will include:

  • Six functional classrooms
  • Six designated learning laboratory areas
  • Six offices (minimum)
  • An auditorium accommodating up to 100 people

The center will ready students for the HVAC industry by teaching product application and installation, performance analysis and service. More than 33,000 people (from more than 40 states and four countries) have received training, professional development and education from Alabama Power’s HVAC Training Center since 1986.

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