On training tourism students, Alabama to spend $1M

Published on : Thursday, January 13, 2022

Since the pandemic, Alabama’s tourism workforce has got low. The state will spend $1 million to prepare as many as 2,000 students to work in its hospitality sector.

On Wednesday, during a tourism conference on the Gulf Coast, the funding related news was declared by the Gov. Kay Ivey, where lodging companies, restaurants and attractions are witnessing huge numbers of visitors yet often they fight to find a sufficient number of employees.

A declaration by the tourism agency of the state explained that leaders requested for the money because of dearth of new people entering the workforce since the outbreak began two years ago.

This financial help will allow students to get trained online with help of Alabama’s 24-campus two-year college system at more than 130 locations across the state, making the non-credit program available to virtually all citizens 16 and older, said Lee Sentell, the state tourism director.

Industry leaders on the coast and in Birmingham, Mobile and elsewhere sought the help of the state in drawing new workers, he said.

“This project has the potential to not only bring new professionals into our industry but to also create opportunities for Alabamians as a whole,” Sentell said in a statement.

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