MUSCLE SHOALS, ALA. — Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) hosted a Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) Signing Day this morning (6/22) in the Patriot Center (gym) on the Shoals Campus as 26 students were sponsored by 12 local companies.

26 NWSCC students sign with 12 sponsoring companies during Thursday's (6/22) FAME Signing Day
26 NWSCC students sign with 12 sponsoring companies during Thursday’s (6/22) FAME Signing Day

The FAME Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program at NWSCC is a pathway to a challenging and well-paying career as a multi-skilled technician. Students will attend classes two full days per week (16-20 hours per week) while working three full days a week (24+ contact hours) with a sponsoring company. Over two years, students can earn as much as $33,500, which with planning can cover all of a student’s education expenses.

“It is so exciting to see the difference the FAME program is making in the lives of our students and with our industry partners,” said NWSCC President Dr. Jeff Goodwin. “This is our biggest (FAME) class yet. The partnership we have formed with all 26 companies through the FAME program will benefit our students, their companies, and our community.” The NWSCC FAME program currently has 49 students in the program.

Each student participated in selection interviews and was matched with a sponsoring company. Students were then notified and began the pre-employment process with each of the respective companies. The 2023-2024 FAME class are currently working with their sponsoring companies and will begin fall semester classes on August 17.

The 2023-2024 FAME Program signees were: 

Student Hometown Sponsoring Company 
Carson Ray Archer Killen Constellium 
Rhett Walker Jackson Spruce Pine Constellium 
Amayah Gicole McDaniel Tuscumbia Constellium 
Houston Lee Meek Florence Constellium 
Royal Thomas Sandlin Moulton Constellium 
Gevin Andrew Simmons Moulton Constellium 
Jax Samuel Tedford Florence Constellium 
Aaron Colby Wright Muscle Shoals Constellium 
Jace Andrew Terry Moulton Control Southern 
Zach Glenn Turner Lexington DURA 
Aiden Channing Crittenden Killen Essity 
Jonathan Caige Smith Russellville Essity 
Bradan Joseph Davis Red Bay FLEXCO 
Stone William Freebeck Florence FLEXCO 
Maxwell Wayne Marks Tuscumbia Kaiser Aluminum 
Drace Phillip Banks Florence McVantage 
Andrew Reed Heupel Killen McVantage 
Jake Baxter Hall Florence North American Lighting 
Tyler Ryan Jumper Tuscumbia North American Lighting 
Andrew Clay Rainey Killen North American Lighting 
William Curtis Boyles Hillsboro NUCOR 
Brodie Wayne Gilley Florence NUCOR 
Cosmo Dylan Phillips Florence Tarkett 
Joshua Robert Whitehead Florence Tarkett 
Matthew Cordell Rainey Killen TASUS 
Kaelin Mccasey Simpson Hillsboro YKTA 

The FAME program began in Kentucky in 2009 with Toyota as one of the main initial industry sponsors. The NWSCC program, one of seven in the state, is in its third year. 

For more information about FAME at NWSCC, contact Allison Mefford at 256-331-5266 or email visit  


About Northwest Shoals Community College:
Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) is part of the Alabama Community College System and home to over 4,000 students. NWSCC has campuses in Muscle Shoals and Phil Campbell, Ala. NWSCC offers over 100 certificate and degree programs and is committed to providing career technical, academic, athletic 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