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A group of students in Alabama earlier this year received scholarships to train for careers in automotive manufacturing, and another round of scholarships promises to do the same for future students. 

The partnership between the Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association and Alabama Community College System will provide $180,000 in scholarships to 50 students seeking technical education certificates or associate degrees in the automotive manufacturing industry, according to  press release from the Alabama Community College System. 

Students have until Nov. 15 to apply, and must have at least a 2.5 GPA. Scholarships must be used toward automotive-related programs, including Automotive Manufacturing Technology; Automotive Manufacturing; Automotive Service Technician; Computer Numerical Control; Engineering Technology; Industrial Electronics Technology; Industrial Maintenance Technology; Injection Molding; Logistics; Machine Shop/Tool Technology; Manufacturing Technology; Mechanical Design Technology; Mechatronics; or Welding Technology.

AAMA President Ron Davis said the scholarship program was designed to build interest in the exciting and rewarding careers the automotive industry offers. 

 “The access our scholarship recipients have to mentors in the industry, in addition to the training they’ll receive while studying at an Alabama community college, provides tremendous opportunities in the automotive manufacturing industry,” said AAMA President Ron Davis in the press release. “Our partnership with Alabama’s community colleges is industry and education working together the way they should to help individuals succeed.”

 Jeff Lynn, ACCS’ Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development, said the scholarships add significant value to community colleges’ existing training. 

“The best advice we receive for how to educate and train an excellent workforce for employers and entrepreneurs is directly from the source – Alabama industry,” Lynn said. “With industry input and continued investment in career and technical training, including scholarships and new programs, the Alabama Community College System is providing what both employees and employers need to succeed.” 

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The scholarships will provide a total award of $3,600 for each student to cover tuition, fees and books. 

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Students must complete the application and turn in a resume, a maximum 500-word essay on why the student wants to work in Alabama’s automotive industry, one signed reference letter, an unofficial college or high school transcript and a headshot photo.

To learn more about the scholarships and to apply online visit https://dreamitdoitalabama.com/aama/.

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