by: Zach Hester
(WHNT) — A new program from the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) is creating opportunities for students to get certified for high-demand careers.
The program, known as Mobilizing Alabama Pathways (MAPs), is a short-term, virtual training program for Alabamians allowing them to complete certifications in less time than other college credentials.
MAPs is the result of a federal grant that created the Alabama Workforce Stabilization Program.
“Providing short-term credentials that transfer to long-term degrees is a key strategy for reaching Alabama’s attainment goal of adding 500,000 credentialed workers to Alabama’s workforce by 2025,” said Governor Kay Ivey. “I want to thank Chancellor Baker and each partner for their leadership in establishing the Mobilizing Alabama’s Pathways program, which will help us create stackable career pathways for our most in-demand industries.”
Students who have completed the Ready to Work (RTW) online training course can access MAPs through their local adult education provider. After completing MAPs, students can participate in hands-on training.
“MAPs offer the ability for adults to gain valuable information in a career and credentials for success that may not otherwise be accessible,” stated Courtney Monnette, Alabama Community College System Adult Education Specialist.
For more information on MAPs, visit www.accs.edu.
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COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. — Volunteer firefighters spent much of Thursday on the scene of a house fire on Mt. Pleasant Road in the Ford City Community, east of Muscle Shoals.
While it took only more than a half-hour to extinguish the flames, three lives were tragically lost, 28-year-old Brandon Norris, his wife 25-year-old Jordan Norris, and their three-year-old daughter Marleigh.
Jordan was a third-grade teacher at Cherokee Elementary School and previously taught at Leighton Elementary alongside her mother.
She was also a graduate of Colbert County High School and even completed her student teaching with the Colbert County school system.
Because of the family’s close ties to the community, Colbert County Schools Superintendent Chris Hand closed both Leighton and Cherokee Elementary schools Friday to give students and faculty time to grieve the loss.
Hand said, “she was greatly loved and admired by her coworkers and students. Mrs. Norris was very friendly and outgoing. She never met a stranger and always gave her best effort in teaching and working with students in the after-school program.”
CALERA, Ala. (WIAT) — A 38-year-old from Clanton was identified as the victim of a fatal crash that happened Friday on Hwy. 22 near Hope Mountain Baptist Church.
Brian Hubbard was traveling northbound on I-65 when the truck he was driving left the overpass, landed on the train tracks below and was struck by a train, according to the Shelby County Coroner. Hubbard was killed in the crash.
WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — The House on Friday passed an expansive abortion rights bill to protect and expand abortion access in all 50 states.
Democrats passed the historic legislation after they say the Supreme Court failed to stop a controversial anti-abortion bill in Texas.