gadsden state community college


The Alabama F.A.M.E. (Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education) Industrial Automation Technology Program includes a two-year technical Associate degree that combines cutting-edge curriculum that supports advanced manufacturing technology, paid working experience, along with learning highly sought after business principles and best practices of a world class manufacturer.

What makes the int program different?

FAME Students earn a wage while attending college and gain priceless work experience with a global manufacturing leader. While in the two-year program, students can earn as much as $33,500 to cover their educational expenses and avoid the costly hassle of student loans. Grants and other forms of financial aid are also a possibility.

what about after graduation?

After two years at Gadsden State, students who graduate will receive an Associate in Applied Science in Industrial Automation; the FAME Advanced Manufacturing Technician credential; five Lean Manufacturing certifications; and two years of verified industrial experience. The best part is graduates have the potential to then begin a full-time career making $60,000-plus a year!

meet our industry partners

Our current industry partners are Bridgewater Interiors, Eastman, General Dynamics OTS, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, Koller Craft, Kronospan, M&H Valve, Prince Metal Stampings, Resolute Forest Products, and Tape Craft.

FAME Information Sessions

An information session for students (and their parents) who are interested in applying to the FAME program is scheduled for in-person and online delivery. The session will include information from FAME faculty and staff as well as industry partners. The session will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 11 at the Advanced Manufacturing Center Auditorium on the Ayers Campus.

See the Facebook Live of January's info session:  

For more information, contact Andy Robertson at 256.549.8615 or 256-835-5427 or

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