Tyler Union, a McWane Inc. company, is increasing access to skilled trades training by expanding its electrician scholarship program at Gadsden State Community College.
The Anniston-based manufacturer has committed an additional $16,000 to the Gadsden State Cardinal Foundation for the Tyler Union Workforce Development Scholarship. The program previously awarded $1,000 each to two Gadsden State students annually in electrical programs, with the ability to renew the scholarship for the second year of the program with a qualifying GPA. This brings the total donation to $20,000. The new funds will benefit eight additional students – two graduates from Calhoun County high schools – Anniston, Ohatchee, Wellborn and Weaver.
Students must pursue technical degrees in one of six different areas of study, including Electrical Technology, Engineering Design Technology, Industrial Automation, Mechanical Design, Mechatronics and Precision Machining.
“There is an industry-wide shortage of skilled trade professionals,” said Jon Pollard, Tyler Union’s vice president of operations. “Tyler Union is committed to creating pathways for more students to overcome financial barriers and go on to have high-paying careers in fields with ever-growing demand.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth of electrician jobs by 9.1 percent by 2030, which is higher than the 7.7 percent growth rate expected for all other occupations. Aging electrical infrastructures, the emergence of alternative energy systems and the adoption of new technology in existing industries fuel the rising demand.
“At Gadsden State, we have many first-generation students who are doing their best to work, attend school and support their families,” said Dr. Kathy L. Murphy, college president. “Often, being awarded a scholarship makes a college education a reality for many students. Having a committed partner like Tyler Union allows our shared vision of infusing a new generation of local talent to advance communities across our service area.”
The deadline to apply for the Tyler Union Workforce Development Scholarship Program is April 28. To apply for the scholarship, https://gadsdenstate.libguides.com/cfscholarships.