Alabama Power, college partner to develop new HVAC training center in Jasper

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 5/14/17

Through a partnership between Bevill State Community College and Alabama Power, a new HVAC Training Center will be developed in Jasper.

Alabama Power’s current training facility for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, located in Clanton, …

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Alabama Power, college partner to develop new HVAC training center in Jasper

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Through a partnership between Bevill State Community College and Alabama Power, a new HVAC Training Center will be developed in Jasper.

Alabama Power’s current training facility for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, located in Clanton, will relocate to Jasper as part of a state-of-the-art program expansion.

A press release from Bevill State Community College said the joint program development agreement between BSCC and Alabama Power was met on May 10. The Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees approved the agreement.

“Bevill State Community College is excited about expanding our partnership with Alabama Power (Southern Company) to include the development of this state-of-the-art HVAC Training Facility. The college has a proven cooperative relationship with Alabama Power that has been mutually beneficial to both parties’ objectives. And, Bevill State has a longstanding commitment to both workforce solutions and economic development for our service area and beyond,” Bevill STaye President Dr. Kim Ennis said. “The relocation and expansion of this program to Jasper will have a positive impact for Bevill, Alabama Power, program attendees and the economic vitality of the area.”

The new training center will be located at Industrial Court in Jasper, in the old HTNA building. It is slated to have six classrooms, six laboratory areas, six or more offices and an auditorium to accommodate 100 students.

BSCC will retrofit the building for Alabama Power equipment necessary for training.

“This is tremendous news for our community and college,” Sen. Greg Reed (R-Jasper) said. “I commend Dr. Ennis and Alabama Power for their collaborative work in making the new HVAC training program and facility possible. This partnership between Bevill State Community College and industry is exactly the type of innovative educational model that will give our young people the training necessary for a chance at long-term, well-paying jobs today and in the future.”

A timeline on when the new facility will open has not been announced.

“This project is a great example of a public-private partnership. It will benefit not only Bevill State and Alabama Power but also our state as a whole,” Jimmy Baker, the chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, said.

Alabama Power Vice President of Human Resources and Ethics Jeff Peoples added, “The outcome of this strong partnership with Bevill State will be long-term, high-value career growth not only for the current workforce but for the next generation. The relocation of the HVAC Training Center is a key step in providing these opportunities as well as helping grow the state’s workforce system.”

Alabama Power’s HVAC Training Center originally opened in 1986, and more than 33,000 students from 45 states and four countries have participated.