Reprinted with Permission by Daily Mountain Eagle
by W. Brian Hale
Moore excited about new opportunity as Sumiton dean
When Al Moore recently took over the dual-role post as Bevill State’s Dean of Career Technical Education and Dean of the Sumiton Campus, he knew it would serve as a golden opportunity to continue the work he has performed and enjoyed for several years.
Moore, a graduate of Shades Valley High School, obtained his undergraduate work at UAB and Troy. Prior to his arrival at Bevill, he worked in adult and community education for the Jefferson County School System for 11 years, followed by a stop teaching adult education and becoming the educational programs director at Jefferson State Community College. He also worked with a $22.5 million grant project in conjunction with the United States Department of Education as a liaison between the U.S. Department of Education, the Alabama Department of Education and Alabama Public Television and as a coordinator of employee development for Alabama Power.
“I strongly feel that this position at Bevill correlates with all of my past career opportunities that I have had,” Moore said. “I had the pleasure of working with Bevill State during my tenure with Alabama Power in which we were able to start a training partnership for the Gorgas and Miller Steam plants where our mechanical apprentices attended the Sumiton campus to complete their welding training. It grew to provide our employees with not only welding training, but also the opportunity to obtain college credits while attending classes that was necessary for their job function. Since I was able to see all of the wonderful benefits a Bevill State education offers, when this position came up I thought it would be a great fit for me.”
Moore sees business and industry partnerships with Bevill State and the potential for economic growth with the expansion of I-22 as a key to unlocking limitless opportunities for the region and the county — presenting a need for adults to continue their education to maximize their career goals.
“A part of Bevill State’s focus is getting students in and having them acclimated as fast as they can through programs so that they are properly prepared and ready to move into the workforce,” Moore said. “In that regard, individuals that have an education in skilled craft labor — which is currently in a decline — are going to put themselves in a position of being highly sought-after. We’re proud here at Bevill to be a part of the process to get people the skills they need so that they can be quickly employed.”