Gov. Ivey Announces Workforce Program For Alabama HBCU Students

| October 26, 2018 @ 5:00 am

By Ameera Steward – The Birmingham Times

Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced the creation of the Alabama HBCU Co-Op Pilot Program, which will provide students with the opportunity for hands-on work experience in a number of fields.

The announcement was made during an event hosted by the Alabama Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA) and the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

“Our HBCUs are important to the community and our economy, and we must do all we can to support their success, especially as we work to build a highly skilled workforce,” Ivey said.

The Co-Op Pilot Program is geared specifically to HBCU students interested in pursuing a career in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Ensuring that Alabama has a well-equipped and quality workforce is a high priority, said the governor.

“By giving our students professional experience in the area of their major, we’re giving our students the opportunity to have a path to the workforce,” Ivey said. “This program is not only a win for our students but it’s a win for all of our HBCUs and for our employers.”

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