(a) The academy shall have the authority to enter into cooperative educational and training agreements with educational institutions, state governments, labor organizations, mine operators and related industries. Such training shall be conducted by the academy in accordance with curriculum needs and assignment of instructional personnel established by the user.
(b) The Alabama Mining Academy shall use the facilities and personnel of Walker State Technical College. The president of Walker State Technical College may appoint or assign to the academy such personnel as he deems necessary for the performance of the duties and functions of the academy.
(c) The President of Walker State Technical College is authorized to enter into contractual or other agreements for the performance of such safety-related research.
(d) Walker State Technical College shall be authorized to procure mining equipment and other articles that said institution deems necessary for the preservation of Alabama's mining history.