Bentley says Alabama needs to do more to encourage students to pursue skilled jobs and show them that skilled workers make a good living.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Gov. Robert Bentley says he plans to appoint a task force to help provide seamless workforce development training from the middle school through college.
Bentley told the Birmingham Business Alliance on Tuesday that development of a skilled workforce is the key to Alabama attracting more industries.
He said he's setting up a task force that will include representatives of K-12 schools, two-year colleges, four-year colleges, and the state's job training program, Alabama Industrial Development Training. He said all education starting in the seventh grade ought to be geared toward workforce training.