Workforce Council touts advocacy over the year

Annual report says workforce is stronger than a year ago

The cover of the Alabama Workforce Council annual report.

The Alabama Workforce Council, in its annual report, says that despite uncertainty caused by COVID-19, Alabama’s workforce is stronger than a year ago.

“The Alabama Workforce Council has been strengthened as an organization over the past year,” AWC Chair Tim McCartney and Vice Chair Sandra Koblas said in a letter to Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama legislators. “Our advocacy with state agencies and the Legislature has led to policy outcomes that will improve the lives of thousands of Alabamians.”

The AWC points to partnering with the Legislature to increase funding for dual enrollment for career and technical education for high school students, reduce teacher chronic absenteeism and grow the educator workforce pipeline in the report.

Other highlights in the report include:

  •  ATLAS on Career Pathways, an interagency data-sharing system, was implemented.
  •  The Alabama Credential Registry launched. It’s the first of three technology solutions that comprise the Alabama Talent Triad.
  •  The Alabama Computer Science Summit resumed after a year-long hiatus during the pandemic.

“In 2022, we will be focusing on completing our system for connecting talent and opportunity (the Alabama Triad), increasing the labor force participation rate and making tremendous progress against the Success Plus postsecondary education attainment goals,” McCartney and Koblas said.

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