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Posted Jan 23, 2019

APT Examines Coding Bootcamps and Apprenticeships

SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION Highlights Innovative Initiatives in Alabama
Thursday, Jan. 24 at 8:00pm

A lot of attention has been paid in recent years to the burden of student debt and the need for career pathways for students to enter the job market. A number of innovative programs are now available to help students in Alabama prepare for – and succeed – in high-demand careers. Alabama Public Television’s SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION explores a number of those programs Thursday, Jan. 24 at 8:00pm.

To begin the episode, Tommy Glasscock, Deputy Alabama Superintendent for Career and Technical Education, discusses many advancements in career tech and changing perceptions about the field. Next, Haley Kendrick with Innovate Birmingham discusses the group's workforce development bootcamps. With funding from a six million dollar America’s Promise grant, Innovate Birmingham is offering free coding bootcamps whose graduates are finding well-paying jobs. Birmingham has been recognized nationally for the number of new businesses being generated there, and many of these involve coding skills. And Mary Slaughter with Walker County Schools and her son, Mayson, discuss their unique path to career and technical education.  The broadcast will also feature the success stories of Allante Jowers, an IT/help-desk analyst, and Jake Downard, an application program analyst, both of whom participated in the Innovate Birmingham program.

Following a successful six-year initiative, American Graduate, focused on increasing the high school graduation rate in Alabama, Alabama Public Television and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), launched a new phase of this project in 2018 called American Graduate: Getting to Work. APT is partnering with schools and businesses to help prepare students with the skill sets and training needed to be part of the new workforce, especially in high-demand fields. An extensive set of resources can be found online at Included on the website are videos about students who have found their way to careers thanks to various innovative school programs, job apprenticeships, and other career training.

SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION will be available online at, along with past episodes of the program.

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