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Over 2000 students attended the JLDC conference as the state moves towards more career-tech education

With school districts and community colleges in the area building ready to work programs, having the necessary skills are essential.


The largest non-athletic gathering of students in the Southeastern United States for an educational purpose was held today in Huntsville. The Alabama Joint Leadership Development Conference (JLDC) brought over 2000 students from across north Alabama to learn valuable skills for the career-tech workforce.

The goal of JLDC is to build Alabama’s College-Career-Ready workforce with employability skills, leadership training, exposure to Alabama’s career opportunities, and increased knowledge of CTE+CTSO opportunities. 

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Attendees of the event got to learn:

• About the opportunities available to them through Alabama’s CTE+CTSO organizations
• Develop employability skills essential to success in college and careers
• Connect with CTSO+CTE state officers and student leaders
• Be inspired by internationally acclaimed speakers
• Have fun preparing for an awesome and bright future!

State representatives like Mille Ramsey and Alexandria Torbert were among those who got to soak in all the experience and knowledge from today's session.

"I love getting to represent this organization as future health professionals, and also career technical organizations all across the state of Alabama," Ramsey stated. " I'm here because I want to grow my leadership and also learn skills that will help me pursue my future."

"CTE education is so vital to our community and to the education within high schools and middle schools," Torbert stated. "It is so valuable that our students gain this knowledge and through conferences like this, we are able to develop into the future leaders of tomorrow and I'm so grateful to be here and a part of this."

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Keynote speaker and three-time Olympic medalist DeeDee Trotter shared valuable life lessons to inspire the youth.

"Nowadays, one of the things, I'm really starting to realize is that confidence and fear and pressure are things that our kids are dealing with these days and they're dealing with it in a way that they don't really have the solution," Trotter stated. "What my story does it give them an opportunity to start thinking within themselves for a solution, or they can use my solution just to give them a jumpstart. When I put that into words that they understand it becomes what I like to call their emergency responder."

Those who weren't able to attend today's session will have a chance to join virtually on Oct 14th. More information can be found on the JLDC website.

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