Lt. Governor's commission report recommends workforce training improvements

House Bill 206 allocated an additional $30.5 million to counties in the form of block grants so schools could hire new personnel, train existing staff, invest in programs and contract for outside services.

MONTGOMERY, Al. (WTVY) -- The office of Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth released a comprehensive report Monday that could bring some changes to the way young people are prepared for the workforce.

8 members of the Alabama legislature make up the Lieutenant Governor's commission on 21st century workforce.

The commission is tasked with gathering information and figuring out how to prepare workers for 21st century jobs.

Senator Donnie Chesteen from Geneva looked at what is being done in the community college systems to prepare students for the workforce.

For example, the commission recommended allocating 15 million dollars for career and technical education and 25 million dollars to modernize training machinery and equipment in the Alabama community college system.

"We have a specific plan of action that we would like to see implimented and have our education partners and our business and industry come to the table and work with us on addressing some of these challenges that we see in the future” Senator Chesteen said in a phone interview.

Another recommendation is to improve K-12 outcomes in the basic skill areas of math, reading, writing and stem.

The commission is expected to meet with the budget chairs in the house and senate during the legislative session.