19 on the Pathway

(NW-SCC Courtesy photo)

MUSCLE SHOALS – Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) hosted its inaugural Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) Signing Day today (6/13) on the Shoals Campus as 19 students were sponsored by 12 local business and industry sponsors.

The FAME Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program at NW-SCC is a pathway to a challenging and well-paying career as a multi-skilled technician. Students will attend classes two full days per week (16-20 hours per week) while working three full days a week (24+ contact hours) with a sponsoring company. Over two years, students can earn as much as $33,500, which can cover all of a student’s education expenses.

“It is so exciting to see our industry

companies, and our community for years to come. This is just the beginning.”

Each student interviewed with the sponsoring companies on May 22 and were drafted by companies that afternoon. Students were notified and began the pre-employment process with each of the respective companies. The inaugural FAME class will begin working immediately with their respective companies. However, they will begin classes in August when the NW-SCC Fall semester begins.

“It is truly amazing to see how our area companies have taken ownership of this program,” said NW-SCC FAME Coordinator, Leslie Tomlinson. “This program and the partnership it strengthened with local business and industry gives our students an advantage in the workforce they have not had before. I can’t wait to see how this program grows from here.”

The FAME program began in Kentucky in 2009 with Toyota as one of the main initial industry sponsors, and the initiative has been established in Alabama in recent years.

For more information about FAME at NW-SCC, contact Tomlinson at 256-331-8040, ltomlinson@nwscc.edu or visit www.nwscc.edu/fame.

Sponsors are North American Lighting, Freightcar America, TASUS, Pilgrim’s, Applied Chemical Technology, G&G Steel, Essity, Southwire, MidSouth/Central Extrusion Die Co, Tri-Cities Manufacturing, Flexco, and Forsyth and Long Engineering.


Allen Brice Townsend

St. Joseph, TN

Aubrey Shirah Wylie


Trey Alexander Byrd


Isaac Emmanuel Salamanca


Isaac Cole Hulsey


Austin James Thompson

Lawrenceburg, TN

Christopher Heath Brown


Preston Caleb Hughes


Noah Robert Boggan


Walter Thomas Buchanan


Colton Brody Chapman

Muscle Shoals

Jordan Story Nutt


Carter James Azbell


Barry Louvert Knight, Jr.


Lucas Wyatt Isbell

Muscle Shoals

Donovan Jabar Allen


Rebel Dylan Duane Staggs


Seth Avery Thompson


Kirkland Thomas Danielowicz