Gov. Bentley signs '65 by 2025' executive order - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Gov. Bentley signs '65 by 2025' executive order

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 signed Executive Order 29 which officially establishes the '65 by 2025' jobs initiative while visiting the Alabama Department of Labor Alabaster Career Center on Friday.

Bentley says 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

“To ensure the success of every citizen, we must have interagency collaboration. As governor, I recognized in order to achieve this mission, we must set forth a goal,” Bentley said. “My 65 by 2025 initiative brings together education, industry and government agencies to develop a strategic plan that will recognize attainment gaps in various groups. The end goal is to provide the best training opportunity possible for students to obtain a skilled well-paying job.”

Through this order, the Alabama Workforce Council will appoint a subcommittee to develop and recommend a strategic plan to accomplish the 65 by 2025 initiative. The strategic plan will identify gaps for low-income and minority residents, identify employment needs, and adopt short-term and long-term goals that will be monitored and reported on annually.

“I am excited about the efforts of the Alabama Workforce Council, our partners, and where we are headed – together – to transform our state’s workforce system and to improve the lives of millions of Alabama families for years to come, " said Alabama Workforce Council Chair Zeke Smith. 

The governor hopes 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.

A copy of Executive Order 29 can be found here.

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