Dr. Centrallo serves the citizens of Alabama as a subject matter specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. In this role she provides quality resources and programs in the areas of textile and apparel workforce development, career awareness, and sewing as a business. Textiles and apparel is one of Alabama's largest manufacturing employers. Strengthening the existing workforce is essential if families are to maintain quality of life and for the industry to compete in the global market. Alabama's greatest resource is its youth. Helping young people to acquire the tools necessary to make wise career decisions requires exposure to meaningful career exploration and education opportunities. Sewing as a business provides existing and potential business owners with the information and resources they need to achieve entrepreneurial success.