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Army Garrison Command Signs Agreement with Drake State


(Huntsville, Alabama)-The Army Garrison Command at Redstone Arsenal and Drake State Technical College have entered into a partnership for a Cooperative Educational Program. The agreement will become effective for the Fall Semester of 2009.
The agreement provides students studying at Drake State the opportunity to participate in STEP - Student Temporary Employment Program, at the Army Garrison – Redstone Arsenal. The program allows participating students to work part time gaining valuable on-the-job experience while completing their educational requirements.

Joe W. Winston, Director of Human Resources for the Army Garrison, says this is the first agreement the Garrison has signed with a two year college. “At the current time, we have opportunities for inspectors,” states Winston.

“The Garrison’s immediate need for inspectors is a perfect fit for students participating in the Drafting, Electrical and Heating and Air Conditioning Programs of study at Drake,” adds Helen McAlpine, President of Drake State. “The partnership with the Army Garrison is just another opportunity for Drake State to deliver on our motto of: Our Graduates Work.”

Winston states that the student workers of today are truly a conscientious group - contemplating their futures and beginning to see themselves as the decision makers of tomorrow. Co-op agreements provide a valuable workforce development tool for both the student, Garrison Command and the college.

“The U.S. Army Garrison is vigorously pursuing workforce development and workforce revitalization considering that over half of our current workforce is or will be eligible for retirement within three to five year timeframe and our workforce is expected to grow due to BRAC/Base Realignment and Closure. In effort of meeting our future manpower requirements; we have established Cooperative Education Agreements with several local four year college and universities which will supplement other recruitment and staffing program,” said Winston. “Drake State Technical College is the first two year college that we have established a Cooperative Education Agreement with as we continue to enhance workforce development and workforce revitalization. These recruitment and staffing tools provide great opportunity and incentives in aiding our manpower requirement.”

A student, who participates in STEP or Co-op at the Garrison, will be considered for permanent placement into an authorized position upon completion of the Co-op/STEP Program. The program provides great opportunity for on-the-job work experience with pay along with pursuing college education.

“Our students are now not only receiving education and hands-on experience on our campus, but the opportunity to put that knowledge to work when participating in a co-op program,” says McAlpine.

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