Jacoby Dixon graduated from Central High School in May, 2017. During his senior year, he completed the high school based Ready-To-Work (RTW) program developed by a consortium of stakeholders from Tuscaloosa City Schools, Shelton State Community College and local employers that included DCH Healthcare Systems, Lear Corporation, McAbee Construction, Mercedes Benz, Onin Workforce Solutions, Phifer Incorporated, Schnellecke Logistics, and ZF Chassis Systems.

As part of the RTW, Jacoby learned employability skills in workplace technology, financial literacy, communications, problem solving, workplace behaviors and job preparation. He also developed relationships with employers during field trips and as employers visited the RTW class throughout the semester.

Upon high school graduation, Jacoby was employed by Phifer Incorporated into a modern manufacturing production position. He excelled in his new role and in January was accepted into the Phifer Loom Technician apprenticeship. During this one year program, Jacoby will earn his Certified Production Technician (CPT) through Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) curriculum at Shelton State Community College and graduate from the Phifer Loom Technician academy. Upon completion of the apprenticeship program, Jacoby will utilize his advanced troubleshooting and problem solving skills in his daily role of loom maintenance and repair.

John Southall, apprentice program coordinator at Phifer, said, “We are proud of Jacoby and what he is accomplished in such a short time. As a high school ready-to-work graduate he has opportunities that would not otherwise be available because he has shown through his effort and hard work that he is has the knowledge, skills and abilities to succeed in modern manufacturing.”