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Gov. Bentley announces new '65 by 2025' jobs initiative

Gov. Bentley speaks about his new 65 by 2025 jobs initiative. (Source: WSFA 12 News) Gov. Bentley speaks about his new 65 by 2025 jobs initiative. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Gov. Robert Bentley announced Tuesday the '65 by 2025' jobs initiative, an effort to better prepare Alabamians for the workforce. The goal is to have 65 percent of Alabamians obtain some type of post-secondary education, either through a certificate of value, credential, or degree.

"Right now we only have 37 percent of our workers who have at least a two-year training or trained degree of any type or certificate," Bentley said. "But our goal is to have at least 65 percent, and that will help us recruit jobs and retain jobs in this state. So I think that it's very important that we do that and working with business industry together." 

A study by the Georgetown Public Policy Institute Center on Education and the Workforce shows that within the next five to ten years, more than half of the jobs in Alabama will require education and skills beyond a traditional high school diploma.

"It is important that every person who wants a job have an opportunity to get a job," the governor said, "but it is equally essential that each person is properly trained. Alabama has been successful in attracting businesses because of our trained and highly-skilled workforce, and I want to see that trend continue."

The 65 by 2025 initiative will help in closing the education gap among the older population, lower income citizens, African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and prison inmates.

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