In 2018 Governor Ivey announced the “Success Plus” plan, which is to increase the number of skilled workers in the state by 500,000 by 2025. The state population is approximately 4.9 million, meaning that the goal is to provide higher skills to approximately ten percent of the population.

AIDT Director Ed Castile provided the following representation of the current education levels throughout the state and what we would like to see in 2025.

Level 2016 2025
Less Than High School 12% 5%
High School 29% 24%
Some College 16% 12%
High-Value Certificate 5% 6%
Associate Degree 11% 14%
Bachelor’s Degree 18% 23%
Master’s Degree 7% 12%
Professional Degree 1% 1.5%
Doctorate 1% 2.5%


If the effort is consistent across the state, each county will improve the skills of ten percent of its population. The Houston County Population is estimated at 104,000. Providing higher skills in ten percent of the population will mean 10,400 people will attain this goal over the next five years, which is 2,080 persons per year. If our high school graduates complete school skills or credentials available through dual enrollment, half of the objective will be met. The remaining skill upgrades must come from those in higher education of participating in workforce development and apprenticeship programs.

In the table above, the level “high-value certificate” requires some work to define. The Governor’s Office on Education and Workforce Transformation (GOEWT) has been tasked to create the Alabama Terminal for Linking and Analyzing Statistics (ATLAS) on career pathways. The Alabama Committee on Credentialing and Career Pathways (ACCCP) will use the ATLAS to determine each region’s share of the 500,000 additional degrees, certificates, and credentials required to reach the attainment goal of 2025.

The ACCCP will compile a compendium of valuable credentials mapped to the in-demand career pathways in each workforce region of the state.

Credentials identified as “Valuable “will have the following characteristics:

  • Valuable: Leads to wages that are at least 20% higher than those earned with a high school diploma alone.
  • Portable: Transferable to multiple employers and provides broad-based workforce opportunities.
  • Stackable: Provides a base for additional/ continual education or training.
  • Trackable: Can be quantifiably tracked by the state.
  • Skills-based: Awarded by professional groups, industry, vendors, and government agencies to individuals demonstrating measurable technical or occupational skills.
  • In Demand: Responds to a demonstrated need of Alabama employers.

Created to support this effort, the Alabama College and exploration tool (ACCET) will be a digital resume to display industry recognized credentials. The ACCET will allow employers to autopopulate a list of individuals with the appropriate credentials and competencies for each job posting.

The objective of these state programs is in alignment with the National Governor’s Association, Work Based Learning initiative as presented in Governor Ivey’s Action Plan Developing In-Demand Career Pathways 2017-2022.

“Create a state definition of career pathways, industry-recognized credentials, in-demand careers and credentials -Create statutorily defined career pathways that begin with numeracy and literacy, progress to career exploration, diverges into a youth pre-apprenticeship in a chosen career pathway, and culminates in the completion of a registered or industry recognized apprenticeship program.”

By: Steve Turkoski 

Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce Project Manager