Governor Kay Ivey connecting education and workforce

MONTGOMERY, AL (September 26, 2022) – On Monday, September 26, 2022 Alabama Possible hosted its inaugural Higher Education Alliance College Presidents’ Luncheon. The luncheon was held at the Capital City Club in Montgomery, AL from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM where 80 two- and four-year college/university presidents and their guests were engaged in a keynote address from Governor Kay Ivey.

“Our work is never done,” states Governor Kay Ivey as she shared Alabama’s progress towards the Success Plus Plan and how the class of 2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion efforts has Alabama ranked 9th in the nation. She further challenged the presidents by stating “let’s commit like never before.”

The presidents were celebrated for their efforts by Chandra Scott, executive director and Manisha Mishra, program director of Alabama Possible. Presentations were also provided by Mr. Nick Moore, Education Policy Advisor, Governor’s Office of Education and Workforce Transformation; Dr. Eric Mackey, State Superintendent, Alabama State Department of Education; Dr. Jim Purcell, Executive Director, Alabama Commission on Higher Education; and Mr. Neil Scott, Executive Director of Student Success, Alabama Community College System.

“This luncheon embodies the collaboration across both public and private partnerships that are working to meet the increasing workforce demand of our state,” said Chandra Scott, the Executive Director of Alabama Possible. “Equipping and celebrating those on the front line to postsecondary access and success is essential to ensuring Alabama gains 500,000 highly skilled citizens by 2025”.

The Higher Education Alliance College Presidents’ Luncheon is made possible by support from EBSCO Ed and The Jones Group.



 About Alabama Possible
Alabama Possible is a statewide nonprofit organization that breaks down barriers to prosperity through advocacy, education and collaboration. We influence public policy to ensure every high school graduate in our state can pursue technical or academic credentials after high school. Our programs connect Alabama’s educational leaders, students and families with resources necessary to cultivate a college-going culture and equitable educational attainment. For more information, visit www.alabamapossible.org

About Higher Education Alliance
The Higher Education Alliance is a network of two- and four-year colleges and universities, facilitated by Alabama Possible, to make a meaningful impact through service-learning, civic engagement, and advocacy/outreach activities. For more information, visit https://alabamapossible.org/programs/higher-education-alliance/