By Gary Lloyd
PINSON — Birmingham is falling behind when it comes to highly educated population compared to other U.S. cities, according to the Birmingham Business Journal.
Local business, education and economic development experts agree that local schools are key in strengthening Birmingham’s collective brainpower, according to the BBJ.
Remediation has become a hot topic in higher education circles, but industry also suffers from the effects of a workforce that is behind or unfamiliar with current technology.
Pinson Valley High School Principal Terrence Brown recently visited high schools in Gulf Shores and Ohio that have innovative career tech academies. He plans to bring those ideas to Jefferson County, according to the BBJ.
Brown told the BBJ that student interest and market drivers should steer districts in how they create their academies.
Pinson Valley will not only have region-specific courses, but there will also be Brown Bag Lunches, where students attend short seminars hosted by people in the career fields the students are interested in.
“The Brown Bag Lunch Program is designed to give PVHS students the opportunity, during their lunch time, to connect with people in their field of interest,” according to a post on the school’s Facebook page.
Those interested in the program should email Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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