ACOM Educator Workforce Academy
ACOM and Southeast Alabama-Works are partnering to erase the disconnect between reality and opportunity in the workforce.
Thursday marked the 4th and final session of the educator workforce academy pairing local education leaders with industry professionals.
It's a chance for educators to hear from business leaders about their challenges and opportunities.
The director of Southeast Alabama-Works Ryan Richards says the number one challenge industries face is finding employees with strong soft skills.
"So, showing up, showing up on time, showing up every day, being able to pass a drug test and interview skills. We hear a lot of…we actually had our healthcare industry panel today, and they said a lot of the times it's just the interview that trip up a lot of students, and so our education partners to hear that can go back and work on some of those skills with our students."
Richards says he hopes educators will use what they've learned to evaluate programs within their school systems to meet workforce demands.