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J.B. Pennington juniors, from left, Hallie Nelson, Samantha Bates, Amber Walls and Heidi Moore observe as Aaron Nichols of the Wallace State Academy of Culinary Arts presents a pizza that had been cooked for “invesTECHgate Day.”

HANCEVILLE – Wallace State Community College hosted more than 300 high school juniors from both Cullman and Blount Counties last week for the second annual “invesTECHgate Day.” The event offered high school students a chance to get an in-depth look at technical careers available at the collegiate level.

High schools visiting campus were Vinemont, Hanceville, Cold Springs, J.B. Pennington, Hayden and Locust Fork.


Wallace State diesel mechanics student Joey Saye of Blountsville discusses proper tire pressure with J.B. Pennington juniors Dylan Wood, Joseph Benson and Matthew McKee during “invesTECHgate Day” this month.

Through a survey administered at the respective high schools, students selected the technical program they’re interested in and spent a couple of hours at Wallace State learning more about the skills and requirements associated with their possible career choice. Students chose among Diesel Mechanics, Welding, Agriculture, Precision Machining, Aviation, Cosmetology, HVAC, Drafting/Design, Auto Manufacturing, Electronics, Culinary Arts, Auto Service and Collision Repair.


Wallace State cosmetology student Christy Black performs a pedicure for a Hayden student during “invesTECHgate Day.”

Students were also advised on the college admissions process and financial aid and dual-enrollment opportunities. The event was organized by Wallace State’s Career Coaches.

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