Recently, The Gateway Initiative team visited Gulf Shores High School (GSHS) to speak to sophomores, juniors, and seniors enrolled in technical education courses. “The topic of the day was career path opportunities with businesses right here in Baldwin County”, said Tyler Morgan of the team. “Students learned about career technical education programs offered through Coastal Alabama Community College (CACC) in both short term and associate degree opportunities as well as pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship”.
We discussed new programs in marine technology and construction trades offered in dual enrollment at CACC’s Foley campus as well as existing programs in lodging, culinary arts, and restaurant management. “The Gateway Team is always available to work with our students on their career path” said Kristen Madsen, technical education teacher for GSHS. “It’s always beneficial when industry professionals make themselves available to guide our students to a solid plan for their education and training”.
A local task force spearheaded via the Gateway Initiative continues to connect business leaders and elected officials, proposing a tri-city workforce training campus using American Rescue Plan funding.
In October, the Gateway Initiative organized a meeting with Senator Chris Elliott to discuss depleted federal funding for wage reimbursements to support apprenticeships in our area.
Over the past several months the Gateway Initiative has been collaborating with the Alabama Community College System and the Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Association (ARHA) on a short-term training credential intended for entry-level hospitality workers.