The Success Plus Postsecondary Education Attainment Goal
- Governor Ivey tasked the Alabama Attainment Committee, a subcommittee of the Alabama Workforce Council, to develop a statewide goal for postsecondary attainment to ensure that Alabamians have access to in-demand career pathways leading to valuable, portable post-secondary degrees, certificates and credentials.
- Based on the recommendations from this subcommittee, Governor Ivey set the statewide post-secondary attainment goal of adding 500,000 highly-skilled Alabamians to the workforce by 2025. Using labor market data to identify the state and regional credentials of value, Governor Ivey is working to align Alabama’s high schools, community college, and adult education programs to career pathways in high-demand fields.
Braiding Alabama’s Federal Education and Workforce Funding Streams
- Three federal laws—the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA was reauthorized in 2015), the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins CTE was reauthorized in 2018), and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA was reauthorized in 2014)—were aligned by design to create an education-to-workforce pipeline linking students to in-demand career pathways.
- ESSA provides funding for public education from kindergarten to 12th grade. Perkins provides states funding to improve both secondary and postsecondary career and technical education (CTE) programs. WIOA funds the public workforce development system for youth and adults looking for meaningful employment.
- Governor Ivey will work to braid Alabama’s WIOA and CTE funding streams to support apprenticeships for in-school youth. The governor’s recently established Governor’s Office of Education and Workforce Transformation (GOEWT) will encourage the state and local WIOA boards, the ACCS, and the ALSDE to work together to ensure that WIOA and CTE funds are used to provide complementary services for programs aligned to in-demand career pathways. Governor Ivey is working with the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) and the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) to promote co-enrollment in WIOA Title II adult education programs, postsecondary CTE programs, and WIOA title I adult programs.
Creating the Alabama Industry-Recognized and Registered Apprenticeship Program (AIRRAP)
- Aligning ESSA, CTE, and WIOA funds to focus on in-demand career pathways and using labor market data to identify the state and regional credentials of value will allow Alabama to develop a first-of-its-kind apprenticeship model.
- Governor Ivey is leveraging the Governor’s Advisory Council for Excellence in STEM, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, the use of Perkins for 5th grade and up, and WIOA for 14 and 15-year-olds to encourage career exploration and discovery.
- The GOEWT will collaborate with the ALSDE, ACCS, and the Alabama Department of Commerce to establish the Alabama Industry-Recognized and Registered Apprenticeship Program (AIRRAP).
- Under the AIRRAP, beginning in 7th and 8th grade, students will be given the opportunity to participate in career exploration activities.
- Beginning in 9th grade, students may participate in pre-apprenticeship programs aligned to career pathways and credentials.
- During 10th, 11th, and 12th grade, students will participate in youth registered apprenticeships and the industry-recognized apprenticeships (IRAPs). AIRRAP graduates may earn their high school diploma, associate degree, industry-recognized credentials, and an apprenticeship credential at the time of high school graduation.
- Students participating in youth apprenticeships will also participate in dual enrollment courses at a community college. The ALSDE and the ACCS will collaborate to streamline articulation agreements among career pathways participating in the AIRRAP to ensure a seamless transition between high school and community college.