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2013 Agronomic Crops Team IMPACT REPORT

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has published an impact summary for the Agronomics Crops Team detailing results and outcomes for... more

Alabama Extension Offering Alabama Cottage Food Law Training

The first training aimed at helping Alabama entrepreneurs comply with Alabama’s new Cottage Food Law will be held from 1 to... more


(NEW COMMERCIAL HORTICULTURE BLOG SERIES - SUBSCRIBE AT https://sites.aces.edu/group/commhort/blog/) Many beginning or new commercial vegetable growers are faced with the... more

Food Entrepreneur Conference, Feb. 27-28 in Prattville

Food Safety;#Economic and Community Development … As an aspiring food entrepreneur, you may offer... more

Two-Generation Farm Business Workshops Scheduled for February

Ag Crops;#Animal Science;#Economic and Community Development;#Farm Management;#Forestry and Wildlife;#Home Grounds and Garden … For... more

Alabama Mississippi Tourism Conference Provides Participants with New and Innovative Ideas

Participants attending the 2013 Alabama-Mississippi Tourism Conference in Guntersville, Ala., learned numerous ways to bring in tourists to their rural... more

ACES Efforts in TAA Program Result in Positive Economic Impacts for Participants and Communities

Economic and Community Development;#Consumer Science and Finance … Alabama Cooperative Extension System-sponsored training targeting... more

Building a Strong Foundation for Green Industry Businesses

Garden centers, nursery operations and landscape businesses face many of the same challenges as other small businesses ... more

Certified Horticultural Retailer Training Program Announces Fall Classes

Commerical Horticulture;#Forestry and Wildlife;#Home Grounds and Garden … Garden center employees often need additional... more

"Ag in Action" Presented to Public

A large group attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a unique project at the Cherokee County Career and Tech Center (Tech... more

Job Search! Marketable Skills

Job Search

This publication is the first in our Job Search series designed to help you prepare for a job search. Taking a good look at your skills, values, and interests is an important first step in any job search. Consider all three factors when you make a decision about your future. This publication focuses on marketable skills and takes you through the skill identification process. Other publications in this series discuss how values and interests relate to careers.

Skills are abilities that make it possible to perform tasks. Marketable skills are abilities that are in great demand in the labor market. Regardless of your level of work experience and even if you are looking for a first job, you have valuable skills. There is, however, a difference between a skill and a marketable skill. For example, a machinist who has just been laid off after 15 years of working on a lathe possesses skills. However, because he or she worked on a lathe that is rarely used today, the machinist will need to get training on modern equipment to acquire the marketable skills necessary to use today's technology and get another job. Marketable skills may change over time depending on employers needs. Employers are more likely to hire job applicants with marketable skills, especially when there is a shortage of qualified workers. Unfortunately, many people are not sure about the skills they possess and miss opportunities to showcase their abilities during job interviews. Others may choose jobs that do not match their abilities.   more...

Virtual Entrepreneurship Center (VEC)

Economic & Community
Development Institute

Auburn University & Alabama Cooperative Extension System

The Road Ahead
28 pages of tips on caring for yourself, safeguarding your family, and facing the challenge of tough economic times

Alabama Agritourism Trail