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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley says he plans to appoint a task force to help provide seamless workforce development training from the middle school through college.

Bentley told the Birmingham Business Alliance on Tuesday that development of a skilled workforce is the key to Alabama attracting more industries. He said he's setting up a task force that will include representatives of K-12 schools, 2-year colleges, 4-year colleges, and the state's job training program, Alabama Industrial Development Training. He said all education starting in the seventh grade ought to be geared toward workforce training.

Bentley also said Alabama needs to do more to encourage students to pursue skilled jobs and show them that skilled workers make a good living.

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