August 5, 2011

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Department of Commerce

New ACCS Director Of Workforce Development Named

MONTGOMERY - Dr. Freida Hill, chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, has appointed Dr. Amy Brabham as director of Workforce Development.


Hill announced the appointment Monday at a State Board of Education work session. Brabham replaces Dr. Matthew Hughes who had served in that position since July 2007. Hughes resigned last month to accept a position at Enterprise State Community College as dean of instruction.


Hill said Brabham's appointment was the logical one for the system. "Dr. Brabham has done an outstanding job in her previous position, and she already knows our colleges and the state's workforce development needs. I am very pleased to make this announcement."


Previously Brabham served as the associate director for Business and Education Services in the Governor's Office of Workforce Development, and was responsible for statewide functions for the Training for Existing Business and Industry (TEBI) program, Ready to Work, Regional Councils, Industry Partnerships and evaluation/planning.


"I am excited to have this opportunity to continue moving our state's workforce initiatives forward," said Dr. Brabham, "and I want to thank Dr. Hill for her confidence and support. I look forward to working closely with the business community as we continue to build a comprehensive workforce development system that is business-driven and customer-oriented. Our regional approach to workforce development has opened the doors to a better understanding of a business's training needs."


Prior to her move to the Governor's Office of Workforce Development, Amy was director of the Alabama Technology Network Eufaula Center where she was responsible for daily operations, marketing, sales, and southeast regional training efforts for ATN.


Brabham began her workforce development career at Wallace Community College in Dothan where she was the director of workforce development for 12 years, with offices in Eufaula and Dothan. Brabham holds a doctorate in education from the University of Alabama, a master's degree from Troy University and a bachelor's degree in education from Auburn University.

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