The ACCS High School Career Roadmap program introduces every Alabama ninth grader to Alabama’s 16 industry sector career tracks, fueling the opportunity for students to make informed, intentional decisions about their future after high school. The expectation is that beginning in the 2025-2026 academic year, every ninth-grade student entering high school will graduate having received postsecondary training.
Nearly half of Alabama’s public high school seniors do not pursue any kind of postsecondary education after graduation. In addition, Alabama has among the highest rate of residents ages 18 to 24 in the nation who are neither enrolled in postsecondary education or employed in the workforce. The state’s labor force participation rate is lower than the national average, and the state has only 38 available workers for every 100 jobs. Most of the jobs that pay a livable wage in Alabama require some kind of postsecondary credential.
We believe that by exposing students early to the roadmap of opportunities that await them in Alabama’s robust economy and in higher education, students will be able to make more informed, intentional career or college decisions. We want students to never miss a turn on their career roadmap. We believe the Alabama Career Roadmap is a foundational solution to stronger communities, a stronger workforce, and a stronger Alabama.