Smart Visits

Inaugural Advanced Technology Academy

On June 4, 2019, the ASmartPlace team visited Woody Anderson Ford where the car dealership partnered with both Ford Motor Company and Calhoun Community College to host their first-ever Advanced Technology Academy for rising 7th, 8th, & 9th grade students. At no cost, students learned about combustion engines, running diagnostics, building engine models, career tech training, and …

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Teaching Real World Lessons with Your Money, Your Life

On May 14, 2019, the ASmartPlace Team participated in Your Money, Your Life at the Madison County Career Tech Center. Students learned great lessons for navigating the world of life such as take-home pay, childcare, upgrading your training, and keeping a budget. It’s essential for students to learn these lessons that come with the real world …

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Kent Ballard, Workforce Education Director

Kent Ballard, Jr., M.ED. is the Workforce Education Specialist at the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber. He is helping promote in local schools. Here, he describes some of the things you’ll find on the website.   Are you interested in having Kent visit your school? Please Contact our team today!


KTECH Visit – Feb 19, 2019 Georgina Chapman, Workforce Director, was able to meet with a matriculating class at KTECH and introduce them to  KTECH is motivating their students to be proactive in their pursuit of training and occupational placement.  A firm connection between KTECH and ASmartPlace should assist future graduates in remaining abreast …

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Visits to Hazel Green High School, Meridianville Middle

By Kent Ballard, Jr., M.ED.Workforce Education Specialist We visited Hazel Green High School to assist with their mock interviews for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.  Ms. Brittany Duncan, Business Academy teacher, is passionate about motivating students to think ahead and plan well.  Kent Ballard, in collaboration with Calhoun Community College, community members, and Madison County counselors …

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Jemison High School Visit

Feb 13, 2019 by Kent Ballard, Jr., M. ED.Workforce Education Specialist Jemison High School is preparing students for AMAZING opportunities!  We visited La’Maz Ray, Jemison’s Heavy Machinery Instructor, who is assisting students in gaining credentials and exposing them to the many local opportunities for companies who are in need of Crane Operators, Drivers for Front …

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Recent School Visits: Huntsville High, Lee High

The Chamber Foundation’s Workforce team is visiting schools to discuss the variety of options students have when it comes to career exploration in North Alabama. Recently, Kent Ballard and Georgina Chapman visited the Freshman Academy at Huntsville High School during Career Day.  Ballard talked with students about being employable and the benefits of living here …

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