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April 5, 20232023 Montgomery Drive-In
  The Chamber's annual trip to the State Capitol promotes the Chamber's State Legislative Agenda and provides an opportunity to meet with key leaders in...
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April 12, 2023WOW 2.0 -High School Seniors
This will be an in-person  event on April 12, 2023 from 9am-1:30pm.               High School Seniors, Don&...
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April 20, 2023EWA- Session 3, Cohort 9
Educator Workforce Acadeny Session 3, cohort 9
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Companies, are you looking for an opportunity to 'grow your own' workforce? We would like to invite you to participate in our IGNITE Student Summer Job Fair on April 26, 2023 at the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy from 9 am to 5 pm⁠ ⁠ Students from the Tuscaloosa City and County Schools will be attending the fair. This is a great opportunity to reach potential employees. ⁠ ⁠ Company Registration:
Adopt-A-School Adopter, Phifer Incorporated hosted a group of 8th grade students from Westlawn Middle School for their annual job shadow day, Phifer PRIDE. PRIDE is an acronym for Polite, Respect, Improvement, Determination, and Enthusiasm.⁠ ⁠ Visit the link to hear more on the fun-filled day:
Workforce Happenings this week! Find these events and more on our website • March 28th: Leadership Skills Training III from 8am-4pm located at @westalchamber • March 28th: Epsilon Industries Inc., hiring event from 4pm-7pm at the Northport City Hall Auditorium. * March 30th: Manufacturing Cluster Meeting from 3:30pm-5:00pm at the Northport Career Tech Annex • portal is available to justice-involved individuals. For companies who are willing to hire justice-involved individuals, partner with us and post your positions on our site. For more information and to register visit or contact Tonya Mills at
Career pathways! 🤩 The vast majority of students in our area are not aware of the diverse industries at work in their own backyards. We aim to change that narrative by telling students about in-demand jobs in their own communities. Thanks for having us @tuscaloosacountyhigh
We have partnered with Epsilon Industries to host a hiring event March 28th at the Northport City Hall Auditorium located at 3500 McFarland Blvd, Northport, AL 25476.⁠ ⁠ Epsilon is a Canadian based company that has been in business for over two decades. The Tuscaloosa plant will be the first plant in the United States.⁠ ⁠ For more information and how to Pre-register visit:⁠
Lear Corporation will host an on-site hiring event in the Hay Center of @StillmanCollege tomorrow from 1-6pm.⁠ ⁠ Lear is looking to fill full-time positions for Material Handlers & both full-time and part-time shifts for Production Operators. ⁠ Pre register:
'Building Hope' jobs portal has launched! It's a joint effort between @westalworks & the Tuscaloosa County Commission to help those justice-involved take the first steps to finding employment.⁠ ⁠ Justice-involved individuals can access the new employment portal here:⁠ ⁠ Read for more:
📣 Students Jobs Alert! ⁠ Students 16 to 18 years old who are looking for employment & have an interest in culinary head to TuscNY (229 McFarland Circle N, Tuscaloosa, AL) on Tuesday, March 21st at 4pm for an interest meeting and group orientation.⁠ 🍕 Be on time⁠ 🍕 Bring a paper copy of your resume + pen⁠ Check out more jobs for students ages 14-18 on
Ready to make $30-$34/hr.? Head to Northport City Hall (Auditorium), March 28th from 5-7pm.⁠ ⁠ New to Ttown and NOW HIRING! Epsilon Industries, a leader in the off-site construction industry is looking for boilermakers and pipefitters among other positions to begin working in their new location (1401 Industrial Park Drive).⁠ ⁠ Learn more:
Calling all industry leaders and partners! Are you looking for employees with new energy and fresh perspective? �If so, WOW 2.0 is the perfect event for you! Companies is hiring for entry-level positions, visit and click "WOW 2.0 Classroom to Career" to register and build your workforce.⁠ ⁠ Deadline to register next Friday March 24th.
HAPPENING NOW: Hiring event in Sumter County at the Livingston Civic Center. Companies will be here until 4pm, this is a come-and-go outreach event. ⁠ ⁠ No pre-registration required.
@aastusc News: Recently, the Greene County Education Retirees Association adopted Greene County Career Center (GCCC). ⁠ The Association joins Cooks Unity in the Community, M&A Auto Diesel, Mills Pharmacy, and Stillman College Career Center as a co-adopter for GCCC.⁠ ⁠ Read for more information:
Lear will be conducting on-site interviews, Thursday, March 23rd from 1pm to 6pm on the campus of Stillman College (Hay Center). Lear is looking to fill full-time positions for Material Handlers in addition to filling both full-time and now part-time shifts for Production Operators. ⁠ ⁠ Learn more:
A childcare session is taking place this year! You don't want to miss the opportunity to discuss adding new, licensed childcare homes in our community. ⁠ ⁠ If this sounds like something you want to be apart of, here are a few things to consider:⁠ 1.Do you love working with children?⁠ 2. Do you need a flexible environment that will still allow you⁠ to be a stay-at-home parent?⁠ 3. Could your home or apartment be child-safe with a few⁠ minor updates?⁠ 4. Can you pass a background check?⁠ 5. Is everyone in your home up-to-date on standard⁠ vaccinations?⁠ ⁠ Yes? Click the link to learn more information, or to register:⁠
Job seekers get your resumes ready! We will be in Sumter County Thursday afternoon. We have great companies looking for hard working individuals like YOU to join their team! ⁠ ⁠ See you at the Livingston Civic Center from 1pm-4pm. No pre-registration required.
April 4th at Bevill State Community College, Save the Date! ⁠ ⁠ Employer/Recruiter registration:⁠ ⁠ Job Seeker registration:
On this day, we would like to celebrate our @westalworks workforce team primarily made up of women who we are so appreciative of who get the job done everyday, Happy International Women's Day! #EmbraceEquity #WantItDoneAskaWoman⁠ ⁠ "Every woman's success should be an inspiration to another. We're strongest when we cheer each other on." - Serena Williams
Our Black Belt Outreach Events continue next Thursday in Sumter County!⁠ ⁠ We have great companies looking for hard working individuals to join their team. The event is taking place at the Livingston Civic Center from 1pm-4pm, as a come-and-go environment. ⁠ ⁠ No pre-registration required. See you March 16th!
📣Attention engineers and technical job seekers! Don’t miss the IAC Group Career Fair on March 9, from 1pm-5pm at the Cottondale facility. They are looking for talented individuals to join the team with a drive to provide innovative solutions for the automotive industry. Please bring a copy of your resume.⁠ ⁠ If you cannot make the career fair, you can apply online through their website:
Adopt-A-School is now in Bibb County! Schnellecke Logistics adopted West Blocton High School! 🍎 🫱🏾‍🫲🏽⁠ ⁠ Read more on what's in store for the first Bibb County partnership:
SAVE THE DATE: March 7th⁠ Learn about all the resources West AlabamaWorks! offers at our free orientation from 10am-noon located at the West Alabama Workforce and Community Development Center (Regions Boardroom).⁠ ⁠ *Seating is limited, register to attend:
The workforce team spent the day at Hale County College and Career Academy for a Career Fair today!⁠ ⁠ Students from Hale County High School and Greensboro High School learned about all the opportunities waiting for them post graduation + after-school jobs, internships, and apprenticeships through the I.G.N.I.T.E student jobs online portal:
West AlabamaWorks! honors the perseverance of African Americans in Tuscaloosa County. You can begin your journey by visiting the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights Trail! ⁠ ⁠ Read more on Tuscaloosa County's Black History by visiting: #blackhistorymonth
Tuesday, The @westalchamber announced staff promotions, title changes, and an addition to its professional staff.⁠ ⁠ Click the link to read more:
We are excited to have friends visiting from Opelika, Alabama this week to learn about our workforce system. ⁠ ⁠ Throughout the 2-day event, attendees will gain insights from industry, educational & community leaders on how partnerships in the West AL Region keep the workforce thriving.

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Partners, Pathways, Pipelines

"I made it all the way to 12th grade but it was just too hard for me to finish. I had a lot of encouragement, but I felt like my daughter who is a 'total care child' was more important to me. I thought I'd never finish so I ended up trying to obtain my GED, but come to find out when I wanted to start Shelton the GED I thought I obtained was not accredited. So this program came about at such a perfect time.

Do it, it’s the best thing. It’s a feeling of relief for me and it’s something I thought I would never have and through this program I was able to obtain it. So, it’s a dream come true, a total dream come true. Yes I'm 46, but I did it!"

Felicia Stewart-Taylor

High School Graduate at age 46

Smart Horizon Career Online Education

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Partners, Pathways, Pipelines

"West AlabamaWorks! supports DCH and the Healthcare Cluster strategically in coordinating the development and recruitment of qualified and engaged employees.  Their ability to assist us in creative brainstorming and problem solving for viable workforce solutions is invaluable."

Peggy Sease-Fain

Vice President of Human Resources

DCH Healthcare System

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Partners, Pathways, Pipelines

"West AlalabamaWorks! gave me something that I couldn't and didn't get from my own family. They helped me get into the online high school program where I had an academic coach who pushed and motivated me to never give up and to keep going. With that push, motivation, and support that was given to me, I was able to obtain my online high school diploma and my office management certificate at the same time. I can say that I've had opportunities and gained experience that I never had before. I know that without the help of those at West Al Works, I wouldn't be where I am, and as far as I am today. I am very appreciative and thankful for all of the support, motivation, and help from those at West Al Works. If y'all had never believed in me, I would not have believed in myself, and I wouldn't be as successful as I am today. Thank you!"

Shakeitta Richardson


Career Online High School Graduate, enrolled at Shelton State Community College

Success Story

Partners, Pathways, Pipelines

"One of the great things that the Educator Workforce Academy has done is allowing us, the educators, to go out and see what job opportunities are readily available in our communities so that people can actually go to work for a local company. This shows us, the educators, that this is what we need to be doing to give business and industry the opportunity they need by providing the type of workforce with the right skills, which provides our citizens good jobs and advancement opportunities to further develop the workforce in our community."

Shawn McDaniel


Pickens County College and Career Center

Success Story

Partners, Pathways, Pipelines

"West AlabamaWorks has had a tremendous impact on the education system in our region but on Tuscaloosa City Schools in particular. West AlabamaWorks has helped Tuscaloosa City Schools in facilitating the pipeline for students to either receive training at Shelton State Community College or move directly into the workforce."

Kelly S. Norstrom

Director of Career and Technical Education

Tuscaloosa City Schools

Success Story

Partners, Pathways, Pipelines

"As a member of the Tuscaloosa and West Alabama community for more than 70 years, Phifer Incorporated is honored to be a proud supporter of West AlabamaWorks! The workforce development needs in our region required strong leadership, effective planning and the coordination of resources that result in solutions that meet the needs of business, industry and job seekers.  One of our effective solutions is the Ready-To-Work program provided by our local community colleges. We encourage job seekers that wish to change to a manufacturing career field to attend Ready-To-Work so they may succeed in their new career pathway."

Russell DuBose

Vice President of Human Resources

Phifer Incorporated

Success Story

Partners, Pathways, Pipelines

"West AlabamaWorks! was a monumental part of my career. I want to thank them for having an event like WOW (Worlds of Work) and allowing me to be apart of it. I was able to learn about different career options at a crucial age when everyone asks "what's next? Now, I am a third year apprentice in the TJAC Local 372 Union working at McAbee Construction. This would not have been possible without having experienced WOW and WOW 2.0 and learning about opportunities right in town. I'm forever Grateful."

Megan Coleman


Local 372 Pipefitters Union

Success Story

Partners, Pathways, Pipelines

“West AlabamaWorks! partnership with ARD has greatly benefited ARD's success by connecting us with the resources required in our hiring, training, governmental support for training, collaboration with educational programs, etc.  Donny Jones and his team are outstanding; check out West Alabama Works to meet your needs.”

Bregitte Braddock

General Manager

ARD Logistics- Alabama, LLC

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Partners, Pathways, Pipelines

"Being innovative in our approach, being able to quickly satisfy a need is especially important if we’re going to meet the challenge and then exceed the challenge.  These factors make West AlabamaWorks one of the best because they can do all of these things."

Ed Castile

Deputy Secretary, Workforce Development Division, Director of AIDT

Alabama Department of Commerce

Success Story

Partners, Pathways, Pipelines

"West AlabamaWorks! coordinates and engages all necessary resources to produce results that support the region needs and is an extremely important partner for the automotive industry in this region.  They fully support MBUSI and its Suppliers to find high-performing and engaged employees, dedicated to building the highest quality vehicles in a positive team culture. West AlabamaWorks! proactively drives effective actions, based on the collective needs of the region, by being the conduit to connect business and industry, government and educations leaders."

Rolf Wrona

Vice President of Human Resources

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International


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