The Gateway Initiative takes pride in providing up-to-date information to our investors on issues affecting the continuous improvement of their businesses. An area of concentration for our workforce is education and training. We work with all schools in Baldwin County - those that are part of the Baldwin County School System, schools in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and our private schools. In higher education we work with Coastal Alabama Community College, The University of South Alabama, Columbia Southern, and Auburn University as they build programs to support training for in-demand jobs in Baldwin County.
Our current focus is Baldwin County Preparatory Academy, a technical training high school located just North of I10 on Highway 59. The Baldwin County School has listened to business and industry to create a public/private partnership to train students for career opportunities in a facility that will provide state-of-the-art equipment currently used in high-demand fields.
Kendall Mowdy, Director of Technical Education Programs with the school system explained, “We are preparing students for a path of their choosing and that path may or may not include college”. Programs at the center will include health sciences, automotive, cyber security, culinary arts, engineering, cosmetology, construction, welding, graphic design, HVAC, teaching, aviation, and logistics. Students will major in one of these areas in 10th through 12th grade and complete their general education requirements at the center. With adequate state funding, students will be offered dual enrollment courses free of charge that meet Coastal Alabama Community College (CACC) certificate and degree requirements. CACC will offer adult education training programs in the evening hours at the center for students interested in continuing education, certificate, or degree programs.
Mowdy explained that other high schools in the system will continue to offer technical education programs but will not be allowed to duplicate those offered at the new center. He explained that programs in hospitality management, sports and recreation, and agriculture will continue to be offered in South Baldwin County and that he is eager to work with our businesses to develop programming to provide highly skilled graduates for our area.
For more information regarding the Baldwin County Preparatory Academy please visit Baldwin Prep – Career. College. Choice.
There will also be an informational Superintendent's Breakfast about Baldwin Prep Academy held on November 17th from 8:30 - 10:00 am at 19150 Wilters Street in Robertsdale.