MONTGOMERY- The inaugural AlabamaWorks! Innovator Awards were presented last week by Governor Kay Ivey and Deputy Director of Commerce Ed Castile last week during the AlabamaWorks! Virtual Conference.
One recipient in each of seven Alabama regions was honored. The recipients are visionaries, outside-of-the-box thinkers and problem solvers. The recipients of the first-ever AlabamaWorks Innovator Awards are:
REGION 1 - North AlabamaWorks – Beth Brumley, Colbert County Schools
Brumley built the Health Science Program for Colbert County Schools from the ground up by using her experience in the healthcare field to provide critical, real-world skills to her students. She developed key relationships within the healthcare community to provide her students enhanced learning opportunities and exposure. This resulted in increased demand for program graduates. Beth was also named the 2020 National New Teacher of the Year through the Association for Career and Technical Education. By bridging the gap between education and employer, Brumley has created a formula for success that positively impacts the workforce.
Other winners are:
REGION 2 - East AlabamaWorks – The Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement (SAFE).
REGION 3 - West AlabamaWorks – Dr. Mike Daria, Superintendent Tuscaloosa City Schools
REGION 4 - Central Six AlabamaWorks – Ed Farm, the signature program of TechAlabama
REGION 5 - Central AlabamaWorks – Tiger Mochas, Auburn City Schools
REGION 6 - Southeast AlabamaWorks – WeeCat Industries
REGION 7 - SAWDC AlabamaWorks – Ed Bushaw.
The awards were developed to highlight people and programs across the state that take an innovative approach to solving workforce challenges and help advance Governor Ivey’s Success Plus attainment goal of adding 500,000 highly skilled workers by 2025.
“The workforce challenges that we face today are not the same ones that we faced six months ago. The COVID-19 pandemic has completely reshaped the workforce landscape,” said Governor Kay Ivey. “The State of Alabama is relying on those who are leading the charge by implementing innovative solutions in their cities, counties and regions to further economic and workforce development.”