GOV. KAY IVEY VISITS FIFTH ANNUAL WORLDS OF WORK EXPO
By WVUA 23’s Chelsea Barton
Gov. Kay Ivey was among the special guests and speakers at the 2018-2019 <a href=”https://wvua23.com/worlds-of-work-offers-students-a-look-at-potential-futures/”>Worlds of Work</a> graduation on Friday.
“This program has taken off and is now the benchmark for all of the other workforce regions around the state and other states are joining too,” Ivey said. This has become a model program.”
Over 4,000 students from 14 school systems and several private schools participated in this year’s career expo, visiting over 150 industry leaders from around West Alabama and learning what those jobs have to offer.
“It’s helping young people know what is out there,” Ivey said. “This is an eye-opening experience for the young people as well as the educators who are here today.”
State leaders estimate Alabama needs half a million highly skilled workers by the year 2025.
“The unemployment rate at an all-time low,” Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington said. “Events like Worlds of Work are great. You have students coming in and finding opportunities of high wage jobs to meet the demand of the jobs coming into the state. Employers right now are not necessarily looking for someone with an advanced degree, but if you have someone with a certification, a certificate, they can move right into a wonderful, not just a job, but a career.”