Educating and Retaining Our Best and Brightest

Alabama is experiencing a boom of working professionals and families moving into our metropolitan areas. But, we are also seeing a devastating flight of promising young native Alabamians out of our state. We need to invest in our young talent and create opportunities for them to build their adult lives here, at home. This begins with increasing the availability of higher education pathways, including career-technical programs, while limiting the out-of-pocket expense to students. As we prepare Alabamians for all available industries, we must also build training and apprenticeship programs that ensure fulfilling and profitable jobs for our citizens. It’s not enough to have great Alabama schools anymore – we need great Alabama schools that secure great Alabama jobs for their graduates.