MONTGOMERY, Ala –The 2021 AlabamaWorks! Innovator Awards were presented by Governor Ivey and Deputy Secretary of Commerce Ed Castile on Wednesday, September 22 at the AlabamaWorks! Virtual Conference.  The awards were developed to highlight people and programs across the state that take an innovative approach to solve workforce challenges and help advance Governor Ivey’s Success Plus attainment goal of adding 500,000 highly skilled workers by 2025.

“The workforce challenges that we face today are not the same ones that we faced eighteen months ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has completely reshaped the workforce landscape,” Ivey said. “The State of Alabama is relying on those who are leading the charge by implementing innovative solutions in their cities, counties and regions to further economic and workforce development.”

The  recipients are visionaries, outside-of-the-box thinkers, and problem solvers.  The programs test boundaries, explore new opportunities and reach deeper to bring about change.  “It is important to recognize these leaders of innovation and to thank them for their hard work and dedication to the citizens, communities and industries of Alabama,” said Ed Castile, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and AIDT Director.  “Their innovative approach to workforce development will be key to opening doors, breaking barriers and propelling Alabamians forward.”

Region 2 Winner – The CTE Directors of Region 2.

Recognizing the need for career tech faculty to have professional development on a regional basis, the CTE Directors of Region 2 worked together to create the East AlabamaWorks Career Tech Conference. This three-day event engaged regional business and industry and fostered relationships between CTE faculty and post-secondary partners. Over 200 individuals attended and walked away with invaluable knowledge to better serve their students.

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