• 70°
Hartselle Enquirer

Your opinions

By Staff
Robotics center shouldn't be at colleges
The following letter was sent to Gov. Bob Riley
Editor:
There is a lot of talk about a robotics center in North Alabama. There has been talk about placing this at Calhoun or Wallace (community) colleges. Many people in an industrial setting would not attend college.
I personally have a bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting but like working with my hands. You have a chance not to just bind this center to robotics but to other trades in the industrial world. There is a shortage right now of pipe fitters and welders certified to do a proper job and many of these, like me, are getting older than we like. Millwrights like me know our trade but many jobs require NCCER Certification, something you can't get on the job. I am a precision millwright having a knowledge of robotics, yet I know how far behind I am in this field because there is no structure to build on. There are many fields such as machinists, industrial air conditioning and cooling, the list is long here. Today's employers want to see a piece of paper to show certification in whatever. (Someone needs) a piece of paper to say they are ready to work in this field (that has) changed over the last decade. It is hard for someone like me with experience to find a job without certification; will you help others like me get that certification?
If the center is placed at a junior college many of the people I know that would like to attend wouldn't I would like to recommend you do something that has not been done since Gov. Wallace did it in the '60s to promote technical abilities. In Decatur sits the empty Lurleen B. Wallace campus.
Using this facility would cut down on the millions needed to build structures and classrooms at another sight. It would also give not just the people who are super smart a place to learn but give the average person a place to learn and train for something new.
Please do not just limit this robotics yet to work with industry and show the rest of the world that Alabama has enough forethought to train its future employees instead of having to wait on AIDT (Alabama Industrial Development Training) or the state to train them. I would like to suggest when looking at this, don't just place it at the junior college level but also with AIDT to promote a Ready in Alabama for Business much like you are advertising now. The more trained and ready we are, the more industry we can attract and the better employees will be.
Michael Hinshaw
Moulton
Night of Bands a success
Editor:
The Brewer High School Band boosters would like to thank the following for sponsoring Morgan County Night of Bands, because of their generosity band programs will continue to grow in this county!
American Legion Post #15, Allegra Printing, Allied Mortgage, American Recycling, Award Graphics Screen Printing , Band Wagon, Bates Pumping &Line Cleaning, Burger King, C &C Fabrication, Classic Cleaners, Corum's, Creative Sewing, Crye Leike Realtors AREA, Eddie Preuitt Ford, Eva Appliance
Eva Bank, Gilchrist Pharmacy, Goodwyn, Mills,&Cawood, H&R Block, Hartselle Enquirer, Humidor, Jack's, Jimmy Smith's Jewelry, JW Steakhouse, L &N Electrical Service, LB Concrete, Lynn Layton, Mortgage America, Mouchette Enterprises, Nucor, Papa Johns, Peck Funeral Home, Pendley Farms, Peoples Bank, Pepsi, Piggly Wiggly, Premier Bank, Quail Creek Golf, Quilter's Refuge , Railroad Bazaar, Redstone Federal Credit, Regions Bank, Rep. Ronald Grantland, S &S Food, Somerville Feed &Seed, Trimmers, Trucker's Warehouse and Wachovia.
Lisa Maxwell, Chairman
Morgan County Night of Bands

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Goodbye to a good boy

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

College Street Players to present Newsies: The Broadway Musical 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle adds two police officers 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle bomb threat deemed hoax

Editor's picks

At 90, Carl Winton keeps on trucking

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle man with rare genetic condition headed to Grand Ole Opry

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Morgan delegation discusses recent legislative session 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

College Street Players to present Newsies: The Broadway Musical

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

HU adjusts rates for water, sewer and natural gas services

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Town Council helps Priceville Elementary furnish school 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle City Schools hires three math coaches for 2024-25 school year 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Crestline students rock Alabama Stock Market Games, poster contest

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

New EMA director worries and plans for a living

Falkville

Jonna’s journey: Local woman battles Glioblastoma with unyielding faith 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Sheriff’s Office opens applications for 2024 youth academy

Brewer

MCS Technology Park to host STEAM summer camp for middle school students 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Bridging the gap: Hartselle Historical Society launches guided walk downtown bringing history to life

Falkville

Storm shelter companies see increase in calls for installation

Falkville

Morgan County rabies clinic to be held June 1

Eva

Community class reunion celebrates Morgan schools

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hats off: Class of 2024 graduates from Hartselle High School

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

City adjusts garbage routes for Memorial Day

Falkville

Larry Madison has been a pillar in Falkville for four decades

Hartselle

Hartselle trio nominated for two K-LOVE awards

x