Harrison library supplies resources for skilled workers, trade students

Published 3:41 pm Wednesday, July 27, 2011

By BRAD GASKINS / Staff Writer

COLUMBIANA – The Harrison Library System has received a grant to develop a local collection of instructional resources for skilled workers and trade students.

The grant will provide equal and easy access of resources to those wanting to begin or advance their careers, as well as provide current code and regulations for those already working.

Shelby County, even during a down economy, is recognized as the fastest-growing county in Alabama.

“As such, there is a great need for skilled workers to facilitate the challenges of a growing population,” said Kim Roberts, assistant director for the Harrison system.

Career fields include electrician, HVAC installation and repair, construction technology, plumbing, welding, woodworking, automotive maintenance and repair, urban landscaping, CDL, PE, highway and road construction and computer/networking.

Roberts said the Shelby County library system has “had an influx of requests for educational and instructional materials supporting skilled workers, craftsmen and trade students.”

The grant will help people get a job or advance their careers in a chosen trade while significantly contributing to Shelby County, Roberts said.

“Our hope is that by making this investment in quality craftsmanship that it develops a professional skilled labor market and improves the quality of life of skilled workers, their families and communities.”

The project is funded, in whole or in part, by the Cawaco Resource, Conservation and Development Council and ACES (Alabama Cooperative Extension System).

Cawaco works to support educational and community projects that will make a significant local impact. RC&D Council works to encourage economic and environmental advancement and to raise the standard of living in all communities. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System cultivates community development and economic prosperity in areas throughout Alabama.