MUSCLE SHOALS, ALA. — The Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) Adult Education, Ready to Work (RTW), and the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) programs are partnering to offer a free summer pre-apprenticeship program, CTE 101, beginning May 26, 2020.

According to Adult Education and RTW Director Tara Branscome, the new 7-10 week program gives participants an opportunity to develop career skills, explore career technical education, and get connected with a mentor. “In approximately two months or less, our participants have an opportunity to earn as many as 22 workforce certifications,” said Branscome. “Our mentors help our participants stay focused and give them that little bit of encouragement we all need at times.”

CTE 101 has limited seats available and will accept participants on a first come, first serve basis. Certifications that are available through CTE 101 include:

  • Alabama Certified Worker

  • National Career Readiness Certificate

  • MSSC Certified Production Technician Certification

  • MSSC Safety and Employability

  • MSSC Quality Practices and Measurement

  • MSSC Manufacturing Processes and Production

  • MSSC Maintenance Awareness

  • OSHA 10 Certification

  • Financial Literacy Certification

  • 12 Digital Literacy Certifications

  • FEMA Active Shooter Certification

For more information about the CTE 101 or to register, call/text 256-415-6992 or email

About Northwest Shoals Community College:

Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) is part of the Alabama Community College System and home to approximately 3,600 students. NWSCC offers over 100 certificate and degree programs and is committed to providing career technical, academic, and lifelong educational opportunities that promote economic growth and enrich the quality of life for the people it serves. For more information about the NWSCC, visit