AL Sets Up College and Career Ready Task Force

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COLUMBIANA – Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday announced a statewide effort that will help students better prepare for successful careers.

The Governor’s College & Career Ready Task Force will bring together members of the education community and the business community in a united effort to strengthen the preparation of students for the workforce. Governor Bentley is asking business leaders to partner with educators and routinely discuss the types of skills that are needed in today’s workplace. Educators can then use that feedback, coupled with their own expertise, to develop new programs that will train students in the skills that are sought by employers.

“The result is that more students will be college and career ready, and more people will be able to find a good, well-paying job,” Governor Bentley said. “As we continue to strengthen our workforce, that will also help us attract more new companies and more new jobs for the people of Alabama.”

Representatives of K-12 schools, two-year colleges, four-year colleges and the business community will work together on the task force, helping the state offer a more coordinated approach to workforce development. As part of the task force, businesses can also be encouraged to invest in career training initiatives.

Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey, House Speaker Mike Hubbard, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh and Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield will serve as co-chairs of the task force.

Secretary Canfield said the work of the task force will compliment Accelerate Alabama – the state’s long-term, strategic economic development plan.

Tuesday’s announcement was made at the Shelby County School of Technology, which already offers students a variety of Career Technical Academies. The academies are a strong example of how the education and business communities can work together to produce a more highly-skilled workforce. The College & Career Ready Task Force will encourage similar partnerships in additional schools throughout Alabama.

The first meeting of the Governor’s College & Career Ready Task Force is expected to take place within the next month.

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