New “cards” create training paths ranging from adult education to high demand careers
Alabama residents who are displaced, in low-paying career fields, or who are new to the workforce but face barriers now have a streamlined workforce development process that helps them navigate in-demand careers.
Mobilizing Alabama Pathways, or MAP, was released this week. The skills-based workforce training program through Alabama community colleges and adult education providers is the result of a federal grant that creates the Workforce Stabilization Program -work of Alabama (AWSP). AWSP provides opportunities to nearly 8,000 workers in Alabama in collaboration with nine partners: Gov. Kay Ivey’s office; Alabama Workforce Council (AWC); Alabama Community College System (ACCS); Alabama Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA); Alabama Department of Labor; Vital; Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Alabama Office of Apprenticeship Pre-Apprenticeship Program; and AIDT.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has expressed support for the MAP program. âProviding short-term degrees that turn into long-term degrees is a key strategy to achieving Alabama’s goal of adding 500,000 certified workers to the Alabama workforce. ‘by 2025. I want to thank Chancellor Baker and each partner for their leadership in creating the Mobilizing Alabama’s Pathways program, which will help us create stackable career paths for our industries most in demand. ”
MAPs are short-term virtual training programs for high-demand jobs in Alabama. Students can complete accredited programs in less time than other college degrees. The first MAPs were created for high-demand, high-wage industries in the state, including healthcare, transportation and logistics, information technology, manufacturing, and construction. In the coming months, other industries will be added to the list of available training courses.
Students can access MAPs through their local adult education provider after completingReady to work (RTW), a self-paced, online training course that provides foundational skills for success in most Alabama businesses and industries. After completing the MAPs, students have the opportunity to participate in hands-on training through a variety of other training options.
The short duration of accredited programs allows students to determine if a career area is for them without spending months on a career path they might not enjoy. “MAPs provide adults with the opportunity to gain valuable career information and references for success that may not otherwise be available,” said Courtney Monnette, adult education specialist for the community college system. of Alabama.