Bevill State Community College has received $20,000 from Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to establish a building operator certification program.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs made the announcement in a press release last week.
Bevill State will be the only college in Alabama to offer the specific certification that trains people to manage and maintain equipment in commercial buildings, such as heating and air systems and lighting.
“Establishing this program at Bevill State has truly been a partnership among so many groups,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “I appreciate the work our energy division has done in seeing this in-state program to fruition and appreciate Gov. Ivey’s support.”
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Energy Division has reportedly been working to establish a building operator certification program in the state for a number of years. Previously, those wishing to seek the certification have had to travel out of state to obtain training or trainers have had to be brought to the state on a temporary basis.
“This program will ensure that building managers have a working knowledge of their buildings and equipment, and it will help them manage their facilities more energy efficiently,” Ivey said. “I am pleased with the partnerships that made this program a possibility.”
The U.S. Department of Energy will provide funding to purchase supplies and equipment related to the program. In later years, tuition will fund those needs.
It is unknown when the program will be officially available at Bevill State or which campus will offer the instruction.
"Bevill State Community College is appreciative of the continued support received from ADECA," BSCC President Dr. Joel Hagood said. "With this grant funding, the college will become the only training provider for the building operator certification program in Alabama. Bevill State is proud to be a part of partnerships like this that will establish local programs which foster continued economic growth for the state."