As part of Phase II of it's Black Belt Initiative the Alabama Forestry Foundation had begun supporting full implemntaion of AMSTI in three south Alabama schools.
BLACK BELT INITIATIVE - Phase 1
Sponsored by the Alabama Forestry Foundation, the Black Belt Initiative is designed to increase the awareness of students attending Black Belt Region high schools of job opportunities in forestry. The objective of this initiative is to encourage rural students to pursue education and training that would qualify them for employment in Alabama’s forest products companies.
The forest products industry is the single most important economic engine in rural Alabama and includes companies that manufacture renewable products from Alabama’s most abundant natural resource (pulp and paper mills, sawmills, wood panel mills, and renewable energy plants), as well as companies that supply raw material for these manufacturers (landowners, loggers, and land management companies). A few examples of career opportunities include:
Professional – require degrees offered at a 4-year university
Technical – require technical training offered at 2-year community colleges
Ø Pulp & Paper Technician
By increasing the awareness of career opportunities in Alabama’s forest products industry, the Foundation plans to accomplish the following goals:
Increase the pool of qualified graduates available for employment in the forest products industry.
Provide students that live in the Black Belt with a career path that will allow them to obtain good jobs and remain in the region.
Motivate students to focus on math and science while still in high school in order to build a foundation for a future career.
Initiative Activities and Contacts
In order to accomplish these goals, Foundation staff will be conducting the following activities:
In 2011 and 2012, the Foundation will conduct a public awareness campaign to promote Alabama’s forest products industry and the jobs it creates.
This campaign will include information provided through radio and billboard advertisements and newspaper inserts.