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Commerce launches Workforce Development Division to streamline services

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Beginning today, many of Alabama’s key workforce development programs are being consolidated in a new division within the Alabama Department of Commerce that aims to improve workforce readiness and spur business expansion across the state.

The formation of Commerce’s new Workforce Development Division creates a better aligned option for businesses needing job-training and other workforce services across the state. Previously, the system was fragmented, with services spread across a number of agencies.

“Job creation is my No. 1 priority and restructuring the state’s workforce development efforts will provide many benefits for future and existing companies doing business in Alabama,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “Alabama is known around the world for its highly trained workforce and by restructuring this division with the Department of Commerce, I believe it will further assist citizens seeking in-demand skills.

“This consolidation of programs will also enhance Alabama’s competitiveness and fuel the creation of new high-paying jobs,” he added.

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