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Alabama gears up to expand broadband access with new billion-dollar initiative

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Just over a month after being awarded $1.4 billion in federal dollars to expand its broadband access, the state of Alabama is gearing up to dole out those dollars with a new initiative aimed at providing internet access across the state. Dubbed ‘Be Linked Alabama,’ the new initiative was announced Tuesday by Gov. Kay Ivey during a...

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Alabama Community College helping school districts across the state secure more bus drivers

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - An update on how a free training course for bus drivers is helping school districts across Alabama. That free course through the Alabama Community College System is the first step in drivers getting a license to drive a school bus. It’s a vital position that so many districts still need to fill. Since announcing their free...

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Gov. Kay Ivey announces new statewide brand for high-speed internet expansion

Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday announced how more than $400 million in federal funding and over $1.4 billion from the U.S. Department of Commerce Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Program (BEAD) will be allocated to expand access to high-speed internet across Alabama. At Tuesday’s event in Dothan, Governor Ivey also unveiled Be Linked Alabama as the name and hub representing the state’s continued efforts to expand access...

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Enterprise State offers free programs to help fill labor shortages

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) – A local college is giving people the opportunity to get hands-on training for the workforce. Enterprise State Community College invited some students from Coffee County to participate in their Skills for Success program. The Skills for Success program offers a chance for people to expand their career opportunities, allowing participants to try a variety of careers...

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New community college Innovation Center in Decatur creates training programs for industry

By Zane Turner Staff Writer Aug. 26, 2023 Original Article Link The renovation of a Fourth Avenue Northeast building is nearing completion and the Alabama Community College System plans to use it to collaborate with industry leaders to design courses that train workers. The site of the old Decatur City Schools Central Office will act as a think tank and...

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ACCS Innovation Center’s Skills for Success program will deliver workforce-ready students

By Alexa Harley Aug. 29, 2023 Original Article Link DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) — After thousands of workers left their respective jobs during the 2020 pandemic, many industries are still reeling from that mass exit. With many employers in desperate need of employees, the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Innovation Center has launched a new “Skills for Success” program aimed at...

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Alabama Community College system to offer broadband related job training

By Erin Davis Aug. 11, 2023 Original Article Link MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A record number of Alabamians are training through the Alabama Community College System’s Skills for Success program for fiber optics technician and installer jobs. “From Florence to Dothan, and everywhere in between, if someone is taking our course, they’ll be able to have that exact same training...

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Driver shortage persists for another school year leading to changes for some bus routes

By Erin Wise Aug. 9, 2023 Original Article Link Across the country school districts have dealt with a major shortage of bus drivers for years. While some are seeing an improvement in staffing, the need for more drivers remains. School Transportation Solutions in Birmingham has 75 drivers. The company is currently in need of seven to eight drivers. STS services...

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