MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The president of Bishop State Community College in Mobile said Airbus will be talking to the school about what it can do to help prepare its students for work at the company.
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Dr. James Lowe was one of the Mobile business leaders who visited Airbus headquarters in Germany last week.
Dr. Lowe attended a convocation Wednesday, May 1, to recognize honor students some of whom are taking classes in machine tool technology.
He traveled to Airbus headquarters last week, and said he visited a technical college in Hamburg, Germany that builds Airbus planes.
Dr. Lowe said, "I saw that some of the curriculum they had we certainly have also at Bishop State."
COURSES IN PLACE
Bishop State officials said students in the machine tool technology program work on machines used already by shipping companies working here in Mobile.
But, can they adapt that machinery for training for work at Airbus?
Associate Dean Roderick McSwain said, "We definitely would be able to do that. We're poised to look at those situations. We have been examining what their needs and wants will be. We don't specifically know at this time but as we gather that information, we will adapt those programs for their needs."
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
Dr. Lowe is encouraged that Airbus will be calling, after meeting with a top company official in Hamburg.
Lowe said, "He certainly indicated that he will be communicating with Bishop State in terms of the educational needs for this initiative."
HOW AIRBUS TRAINS
As far as other impressions from visiting Airbus headquarters, the Bishop State president said, "They have high school students coming in, dually enrolled, receiving training. And then from high school, they segue right into the college there in Germany as we do here. But the other thing that was very impressive is that many of the students were getting paid by business and industry as they segue through the training all the way up to the final employment of Airbus."
Another course Bishop State officials said they offer that can be adapted to work with Airbus is electronics engineering technology.
Bishop State is enrolling for summer semester courses.
If you're interested in learning more, here's the website for Bishop State
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