Calhoun Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week Spotlighting Paid Apprenticeship Programs

Calhoun Community College kicks off its celebration for National Apprenticeship Week by highlighting three paid pre-apprenticeship programs FAME, EPIC, and AMP. These paid hands-on training programs provide students with the rare opportunity to complete courses necessary to obtain their degree or certificate all while getting paid. The programs are currently accepting applications through April 15, 2022.
The Alabama FAME (Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education), EPIC (Excellence in Process Industrial Controls) and AMP (Alliance for Machining Professionals) programs are ideal opportunities for individuals who have the desire to secure a career in the manufacturing or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) industry. “This is a big win for employers who partner with us to provide co-op jobs to our students as they have a hand in providing them with customized on-the-job training, which helps them not only become acclimated with their working environment and processes, but it also makes them ideal picks for current or future openings at their companies,” commented Nathan Steele, Calhoun Advanced Manufacturing Instructor and Collaborative Programs Coordinator. “It’s also a really big win for the students because they have the opportunity to obtain current industry knowledge in robotics, pneumatics, hydraulics, motor controls, AC/DC machines, and Programmable Logic Controllers. Students gain this knowledge as they complete the educational portion of the program at Calhoun while earning an income,” he added.
Individuals who are interested in applying to either of the programs must test into credit-bearing math and English courses based on their ACT or Accuplacer score. About 60 students are selected each year to participate in the highly competitive programs.  Upon acceptance into the program, students are paired with a sponsor company during the summer before beginning coursework in the fall. Starting wages are very competitive and performance-based raises and bonuses are available to students throughout the program.

“Many of our sponsor companies hire students to work full-time after they graduate. These companies include, but are not limited to Asahi Kasei, Brown Precision, Bruderer Machinery, CerroWire, EFi Automotive, GE Appliances, Mazda Toyota, Packaging Corporation of America, Plasma Processes, Polaris, Remington, Shape Corp, Snap-on Tools, Sonoco, Toyota and Westrock,” said Steele.

The programs boast a 100% in field job placement rate with local companies, which are a win-win for employers and graduates. The employer gets to know the students and fill vacant skilled labor positions. The students work, learn and earn income while studying for an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Advanced Manufacturing without accumulating school-related debt.

Applications are still being accepted for all programs and interested students should apply online at The deadline to apply is by 11:59 PM CST on April 15, 2022.

For more information on the program, contact Nathan Steele at or at 256-306-2915.