ADECA Includes ISTC in PPE Distribution

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) has provided J. F. Ingram State Technical College with a variety of personal protective equipment and supplies to help ensure safe learning environments for students and teachers. 

Brian Forster, ADECA Law Enforcement Programs Supervisor, said the supplies were available through a Department of Justice grant designed to assist law enforcement-related agencies throughout the state. “The grant addresses safety needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Forster. “Ingram was a natural choice to participate in this program based on the work they do with incarcerated individuals.”

J. F. Ingram State Technical College served incarcerated students exclusively, providing career technical training and adult education at seven locations across Alabama.

The ADECA supplies included face masks and disposable gloves as well as equipment to sanitize classrooms and labs. “Ensuring the safety of our students and employees is our first priority,” said ISTC president Annette Funderburk. “This generous donation from our ADECA partners will allow us to do that even more effectively.”

Photo: (Top, from LEFT) ADECA Law Enforcement Program Manager John Rogers, ADECA Law Enforcement Program Supervisor Brian Forster, ISTC Job Placement Specialist Terry Keahey, and ADECA Law Enforcement Program Manager Greg Jones. (Lower LEFT) ISTC Facilities maintenance technician Tony Garner worked with Forster and Keahey to load supplies to sanitize classrooms and labs; (Lower RIGHT) ADECA Surplus Property staffer Jeffrey Van Gilder transported supplies from the warehouse.