The NW-SCC Office of Strategic Partnerships & Industry Training provides area companies and individuals with a wide range of technical training, administrative assistance, and personal development courses in the belief that learning is a life-long experience. This division, because of its flexibility, provides services not found in the traditional education environment.

The NW-SCC Office of Strategic Partnerships & Industry Training staff works with area companies to meet specific training needs. If NW-SCC courses do not meet the company’s requirements, we will work with your company to develop a training program. Northwest-Shoals will provide the training to your standards. NW-SCC staff, along with company representatives, will monitor instruction to ensure employees reach the company’s training outcomes. 

By partnering workforce training with the resources of our College, we are able to draw upon the most current personnel management practices along with modern equipment including computers, software, machine tools, robotics, electronics, and safety devices. Additionally, Northwest-Shoals is prepared to conduct training at the times and locations convenient for our business clients and their employees. Below are some of the options and resources available to business, industry, and community members.

Machinist Apprenticeship Program – A Partnership between NW-SCC and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

In order to meet the growing demand for machinists in the Shoals area, a free on-the-job training program has been created for prospective students in this field.  This is a four-year program with three years spent with time both in the classroom and on-the-job with the final year spent entirely in on-the-the job training.  It will consist of students working full time during the day and going to school at night.  

Applicants to the program must be at least 18 years of age, have good math skills, be able to pass a drug test, and pass a background test for nuclear plant clearance.  Ten individuals will be selected for the inaugural program which will begin in February 2019.  To apply, please complete the application linked below.

Machinist Apprenticeship Application


Contact Information

For more information on what NW-SCC Office of Strategic Partnerships & Industry Training can do for you or your business, please contact:

Leslie Tomlinson
Executive Director of Grants Development & Strategic Partnerships