John Floyd looks at manufacturing center, EYO, election


John F. Floyd

I will address three topics in this commentary, Gadsden State Community College’s Advanced Manufacturing Center, the Etowah Youth Orchestras and the Gadsden city election.

The announcement of Gadsden State’s Advanced Manufacturing Center is monumental for Gadsden and Etowah County. The facility, which will cover more than 50,000 square feet, will feature programs that will encompass precision machinery and robotics.

Miranda Prescott, Gadsden Times reporter, wrote, “These workshops, according to Dr. Alan Smith, dean of workforce development, will allow the college to offer a variety of educational programs for dual enrollment, short-term and long-term professional certificates, associate degrees and a wide variety of other trainings.”

The Advanced Manufacturing Center has been a dream and goal of Dr. Smith for quite some time. I remember a conversation we had on the street where he discussed his ideas and goals to accomplish the creation of the Center.

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