Dr. Linda Young, president of Wallace Community College, says higher education is important, but it is crucial to build from the bottom up.
"If you don't have the foundation of education, you can't succeed in higher education."
And the Alabama Commission on Higher Education agrees....
So now the A-C-H-E is establishing a five point state plan to improve education and job training in Alabama starting at the pre-k level.
Executive director, Gregory Fitch, spoke to the Dothan Rotary Club about that plan on Tuesday.
"The plan I've provided is actually a five-priority plan to advance education within the state to ensure that our kids are not only prepared for career options, business, and industry, but also college at the same level."
Fitch's speech to the Rotarians mainly revolved around how the A-C-H-E is using student data to formulate a plan that will make a difference in Alabama.
"When our kids either finish high school or finish college there should be a business plan working with business and industry to decide how we're gonna address the economy and be progressive."
To ensure local Rotarians that after the A-C-H-E plan goes into effect, students in schools around the Wiregrass will be prepared when they enter the work force.