MONTGOMERY, AL – Community colleges across Alabama are reaching out to businesses, asking how they can prep students to meet the state’s labor demand.
Jimmy Baker, the chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, said the board for the system noticed there was a lack of skilled laborers for the companies across the state.
“What they noticed was there was a demand for skilled-labor and often times that skilled-labor was having to be imported,” Baker said. “Or either because of the lack of skilled labor, we were not able to attract certain industries.”
Baker said they have encouraged community colleges to see how they can train students for job opportunities in their region.