Goal I: Champion Education and Develop Competitive Regional Talent
Objective 3: Leverage higher education resources to build increased talent development and research capacity.
Montgomery is home to several higher education institutions, but the colleges and universities often operate in silos, separated from each other and the larger community. Alabama State University (ASU) has the potential to be a research and
development leader in the region, but must be supported by the region as it communicates and celebrates successes. Auburn Montgomery (AUM) continues to expand its academic degree programs and identify itself as a standalone institution.
Increasing the region’s awareness of schools and their offerings, as well as tying degrees and professional education to target business sectors, will provide the Montgomery region’s colleges and universities with an even more significant impact
on creating home-grown talent and prosperity.
Montgomery must also develop and upgrade its technical college programming. Trenholm State Technical College delivers the region’s certificates, associate’s degrees, and workforce training resources. However, curricula must be organized and aligned with regional targets and talent development goals. Active partnerships with businesses will ensure that Trenholm State administration and instructors are guiding students into competitive skill sets and sufficient career preparation. Trenholm State Technical College would benefit from significant alignment with regional economic development goals and enhancements to its organization and performance.
- Create a Higher Education Council.
- Engage higher education institutions in regional community and economic development initiatives.
- Support the growth of the research and development capacity and potential at regional universities to increase commercialization, talent development, and development of new technologies and products for target business clusters.
- Work closely with Trenholm State leadership to build its course and degree offerings, marketing efforts, and the overall education and training quality of the institution to improve regional awareness and perceptions.