Prepared Students. Prosperous Region.
Our Vision: Every student is on a pathway to becoming a productive individual in a prosperous region.
Our Mission: Engage community partners to align Central Alabama’s resources to prepare every student for college, career and life.
Our Problem: By the year 2020, 62% of jobs in Alabama will require some form of post-secondary education (Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce). Currently, only 36.7% of Alabama’s working-age population has attained post-secondary credentials (Lumina Foundation). This attainment gap makes Alabama a less attractive location for major employers and economic development projects, limits opportunities for employment among the emerging workforce and makes it challenging for current employers to fill positions.
Our Key Strategies: Closing the attainment gap requires us to ensure students of all backgrounds have what they need to become academically proficient from the earliest years and to make informed career and education decisions as they prepare to enter the workforce. We form collaborative action networks to achieve key outcomes at critical stages along the education continuum. These networks align community partners from all sectors to drive common outcomes using shared metrics. Our current networks are driving several outcomes, including universal access to quality pre-K, early grade reading proficiency, post-secondary attainment and workforce entry.
Central Alabama will have 90% of high school seniors college and career-ready, and 125,000 highly skilled adults added to the workforce, by 2025.
Bold Goals Education Structure and Leadership
Co-Chair: Phil Hammonds, Jefferson County Schools (Former Superintendent)
Co-Chair: Bill Jones, O’Neal Industries (Retired)
Co-Chair: Julie Hannah, Samford University
Chair: Cristy Moody
Co-Chair: JW Carpenter
Co-Chair: Jim Wooten
Co-Chair: Tracee Synco
Co-Chair: Kristina Scott