How can Huntsville keep up with its growth? These 3 new programs will help [VIDEO]

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UNA culinary arts program will help Huntsville keep up with its growth
Huntsville, get ready for some seriously talented workers. (Ben Johnson / Hville Blast)

Huntsville’s growth is not slowing down anytime soon. Especially in the food, hospitality and engineering sectors, the Rocket City’s need for quality workers is higher than ever.

Read on to learn how three new associate’s degrees will help Huntsville keep up with its growth + how to apply today.

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Workforce development is the priority

Dr. Ryan Zayac, Senior Associate Dean for the College of Arts, Sciences + Engineering, said UNA directly collaborated with employers to develop these programs:

“The employers told us they had more positions available than workers to fill them. So we met with these companies and developed a curriculum to produce future employees to fill those gaps.”

Dr. Ryan Zayac, Senior Associate Dean for the College of Arts, Sciences + Engineering

These programs prioritize getting into the workforce fast. Even if students are unable to complete an entire degree, they can receive certificates after completing certain classes.

Plus, all students participating in the Associate Programs will qualify for a 2-year—$4,500 per year—scholarship toward their degree.

1. Culinary Arts program to take Huntsville’s food scene up a notch

Woman baking at UNA
I got to try one of these gourmet cinnamon rolls, and let me tell you—it was delicious. (Ben Johnson / Hville Blast)

Huntsville’s food scene is about to get even better.

Dr. Johnson Ogun, Director of the Jeff Eubanks Culinary Arts Management Program, told us there is a not another culinary program comparable to UNA’s in North Alabama.

UNA already offers a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts Management, but the Associate of Culinary Arts helps students get the basic skills needed to enter the workforce faster.

“Restaurant owners and managers are looking for students with basic skills who can fill the culinary workforce demand, and our Associate in Culinary Arts offers lab-intensive classes to prepare students for these roles.”

Dr. Johnson Ogun, Director of the Jeff Eubanks Culinary Arts Management Program

Associate of Culinary Arts overview:

  • Cost: $340 per credit hour (+ additional fees)
  • Completion time: Two years (four semesters + two summers)
  • Modality offered: In person
  • Credential: Associate of Science in Culinary Arts
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2. Mechatronics program to develop the necessary workforce

Engineering students working at UNA
No more theoretical, disconnected learning—this program is as hands-on as it gets. (Ben Johnson / Hville Blast)

Boasting an interactive engineering lab and hands-on Maker Space, UNA offers stellar opportunities in mechatronics—which combines electronics and mechanical engineering.

The Mechatronics program at UNA uses lab-intensive classes to develop the specific skills local manufacturers want to see in workers.

“These well-paid positions in Mechatronics will continue the growth of the region’s manufacturing sector and provide a comfortable standard of living that will allow our graduates to lead fulfilling and productive lives in the communities of North Alabama.”

Dr. Jonathan Sullivan, Chair of Engineering and Industrial Professions

Associate of Mechatronics overview:

  • Cost: $340 per credit hour (+ additional fees)
  • Completion time: Two years
  • Modality offered: In person
  • Credential: Associate of Science in Mechatronics

Ready to help Huntsville keep up with its growth? UNA’s Associate Degrees in Culinary Arts, Mechatronics and Hospitality + Events Management will launch fall 2023—apply today!

3. Hospitality + Events Management to enhance local entertainment

Prema Monteiro—professor at UNA
These students will be equipped to take the entertainment sector to the next level and help Huntsville keep up with its growth. (Ben Johnson / Hville Blast)

UNA’s Associate of Hospitality + Events Management features a flexible program that will get students into the workforce fast. UNA Professor Prema Monteiro shared with us a success story about a student who is studying while working full-time.

Professor Monteiro helped the student coordinate her schedule, so she was able to work ahead and take 18 hours of coursework in one semester without decreasing the hours at her job.

Associate of Hospitality + Events Management overview:

  • Cost: $340 per credit hour (+ additional fees)
  • Completion time: Two years
  • Modality offered: In person
  • Credential: Associate of Science in Hospitality + Events Management
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Help Huntsville keep up with its growth—apply today!

UNA student working in engineering lab
If you’re ready to begin your career as soon as possible, these programs are perfect for you. (Ben Johnson / Hville Blast)

You can help Huntsville keep up with its growth. UNA’s Associate Degrees in Culinary Arts, Mechatronics and Hospitality + Events Management will launch fall 2023—apply today!

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