Manufacturing Tours

CALHOUN COUNTY, Ala. — When students in Calhoun County get their high school diploma, some go off to college, but most find jobs elsewhere.
Local companies and educators are working together to combat brain drain by educating students on well-paying jobs available in the area.
The Calhoun County Economic Development Council hosts tours bringing together school administrators, principals, and teachers with local manufacturing companies.
“[Students] think ‘Well I’ve got to go to Atlanta or Birmingham to really get a job.” Kevin Lockridge, Principal at the Calhoun County Career Academy said. ” We have a lot of those jobs right here.”
Administrators are already figuring out how to pass the information on to students.
“We’re going to strategize and possibly brainstorm some ways since we’ve talked to industry, how we can help better prepare our students based on the needs of the industries,” Joicelyn Armbrester, Assistant Principal at Oxford Middle School said.
The EDC has facilitated trips to places like Bridgewater Interiors, Associated Metalcast, Doncasters Southern Tool, and Instrumentation Products Division, among others. The EDC has plans to bring students along for the tours in the future.