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Alabama Career Information Network System (ACINS)

Program Goals and Emphasis

Alabama’s CRN, ACINS, has identified three primary goals. These three goals of ACINS are to: 1) develop and utilize an Occupational Information System; 2) improve communication and coordination among agencies, and 3) provide career information to youth and adults seeking career changes.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Major products in Alabama include poultry, pulp and paper, chemicals, electronics, textiles, processed foods and automobiles. Emerging industries are automobile, aviation, health, manufacturing and information technology. The state will need 36,000 skilled workers to meet the demand in the growing automotive industry. Government is the largest employing sector, followed by manufacturing.

The January unemployment rate was 3.8%, as compared to 4.4% in April 2005.

Key Economic Sectors

• Agri-Business
• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• ACINS participated in the Alabama Workforce Development Annual Conference, which drew 1,400 education, employment, and economic developers to hear the latest in career and labor market information dealing with emerging industries.

• The Alabama Career Pathways Guide Project includes updated CDs, quarterly training and dissemination of more than 3,000 copies to parents, students, schools and the community.

• AlabamaMentor is a student services Web site representing the colleges and universities of Alabama. AICNS provides a link to the site, encouraging students to explore the career section.
Primary Activities and Trainings

Alabama has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Alabama’s Career Pathways Guide Project-Quarterly Training
• Alabama Career Technical Educators Conference Training
• Alabama Workforce Development Annual Conference
• Career Development Conference
• Career Information Delivery Systems
• Facilitating Career Development
• Improved Career Decision-Making in a Changing World
• National Career Development Guidelines
• O*NET- Dictionary of Occupational Titles
• Professional Development Workshops
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools929
Middle Schools 588
High Schools 469
Community Colleges 30
4-Year Colleges/Universities 43
Other 167

Primary Resources

Alabama has published the following resources:
• Alabama’s Career Pathways Guide
• Facilitating Career Development
• Federal Occupational Outlook Handbook
• State Licensed Occupations Guide
• State Occupational Outlook Handbook

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The state receives additional funding from the following source:
• State Office of Disability Employment Policy (DOL)
Significant Program Partnerships

• State Department of Education
• Department of Industrial Relations
• Training and Human Service Agencies

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Contact Person
Meg Smith
Alabama Department of Education
PO Box 302101
Montgomery , AL 36130-2101
Phone: 334-242-9108
Fax: 334-242-0234
e-mail: [email protected]
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State Administrative Location

Alabama Department of Education

Regional Contact Information