MUSCLE SHOALS, ALA. — Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) hosted a Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) Signing Day this morning (7/14) in the Patriot Center (gym) on the Shoals Campus as 26 students were sponsored by 10 local companies.

Austen Stafford of Hatton was one of 26 NWSCC students to sign with sponsoring company, Constellium, during Thursday’s 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 growth in support from our industry partners of Northwest-Shoals and our students,” stated NWSCC President Dr. Jeff Goodwin. “The partnership we have formed with all 22 companies through the FAME program will benefit our students, their companies, and our community.” The FAME program at NWSCC currently has a total of 37 students in the program.

Each student participated in selection interviews and were matched with a sponsoring company. Students were then notified and began the pre-employment process with each of the respective companies. The 2022-2023 FAME class are currently working with their sponsoring companies and will begin fall semester classes on August 18.

The 2022-2023 FAME Program signees were:

StudentHometownSponsoring Company
Asa Lance BelewLexingtonConstellium
Mason Jeremiah Buerhaus        FlorenceConstellium
James Matthew Hill                          TuscumbiaConstellium
Bobby Lance HodgeMoultonConstellium
Samuel Frederick HoodKillenConstellium
Nicholas Carden LyonsFlorenceConstellium
Trenton Dillard NayHazel GreenConstellium
Ryan Daniel PateMuscle ShoalsConstellium
Austen Tyler StaffordHattonConstellium
Jacob Allan WalkerFlorenceConstellium
Steven Wayne WethingtonLynnConstellium
Ethan Cole HarawayRogersvilleControl Southern
Andrew William JeffersLexingtonEssity
Hunter William NashLexingtonEssity
Hunter Chadwick RickmanMuscle ShoalsFlexco
Tyler Joe SherwoodDecaturFlexco
Juan Avian BlalockFlorenceForsythe & Long
Trace Michael RichardMoultonJack Daniel Cooperage
Alex Trenten JarniganBelgreenKontoor
Nicolas Matthew ThompsonMuscle ShoalsMcVantage
Axel Jag BaileyLexingtonNorth American Lighting
Matthew Chase DooleyFlorenceNorth American Lighting
Devin Lamar NelomsLeightonNorth American Lighting
Ryan Andrew MillsTuscumbiaTarkett
Landon Gregory PiggCollinwood, Tenn.Tarkett
Marleni Ponce-TellezFlorenceTarkett

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

2022-2023 FAME program signees at NWSCC

For more information about FAME at NWSCC, contact Allison Mefford Jackson 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 almost 3,400 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, 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