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Alabama Workforce Training Center opens in Birmingham

Birmingham Mayor William Bell and Gov. Robert Bentley attended the opening for the Alabama Workforce Training Center. Source: Anthony Moore/WBRC Birmingham Mayor William Bell and Gov. Robert Bentley attended the opening for the Alabama Workforce Training Center. Source: Anthony Moore/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Governor Robert Bentley and other dignitaries turned out for the opening of the Alabama Workforce Training Center.

The center, designed to develop Alabama's skilled workers, will help participants receive certification in areas such as carpentry, iron working and sheet metal fabrication.

Officials say it will work closely with students in area high schools and two-year colleges.

"Industries across the country and especially in Alabama, these high-tech industries, we have to have a skilled work force and that's what we're doing," Rep. Paul DeMarco said.

"There's really nothing around the country modeled like this so I think what you'll see is other states emulating what we've got here in Birmingham around the country," DeMarco added.

Organizers say it took about a year and a half to take the center from a vision to reality.

Participants will be able to receive certificate training with hopes of being able to immediately enter the workforce. The center is located at a facility at 3600 6th Ave. South in Birmingham.

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