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Hiring event happening this week!⁠ ⁠ Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility is looking for qualified individuals to join their staff. ⁠ If you're looking for your next career opportunity, be sure to attend their job fair next Thursday August 18th from 8am-3pm.⁠ ⁠ Dress for success, interviews will be conducted on site.

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Happening now: Our Construction Cluster where Industrial, commercial and residential construction companies, as well as relevant service providers, come together to develop workforce solutions at West Alabama Works! - at Skilled Trades of West Alabama (STOWA)

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Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility is looking for qualified individuals to join their staff. ⁠ If you're looking for your next career opportunity, be sure to attend their job fair next Thursday August 18th from 8am-3pm.⁠ ⁠ Dress for success, interviews will be conducted on site.

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Here we grow again! Come join our team! We are the premier workforce system in Alabama. The success of WAW programs and its process is being replicated nationwide. ⁠ ⁠ We are hiring for two positions!⁠ ⁠ Workforce Development Outreach Project Manager and Education and Employment Project Manager.⁠ ⁠ Application details on our website: westalabamaworks.com

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NorthStar EMS (NEMS) is offering an innovative approach for those interested in starting a career in Emergency Medical Services (EMS)! ⁠ ⁠ The best part? You get to earn while you learn + benefits! ⁠ ⁠ This EMT program will allow qualified applicants to be hired as full-time employees of NEMS. Each new employee will participate in an 8–10-week training program to become a State of Alabama, licensed EMT.⁠ ⁠ Classes begin August 15th! ⁠ Apply today by messaging us or visiting our website westalabamaworks.com. ⁠ ⁠

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SAVE THE DATE: August 23, 2022⁠ Learn about all the resources West AlabamaWorks! offers at our free orientation from 1pm-3pm located at the West Alabama Workforce and Community Development Center (Regions Boardroom ⁠ *Seating is limited, registration is required to attend via our FB Page.

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Join us for our Quarterly Workforce Summit this Wednesday at Easter Seals of West Alabama.⁠ ⁠ To register & for more details visit our website westalabamaworks.com or by finding this post on our Facebook page.

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Best places for career opportunities? Tuscaloosa ranks #4!⁠ ⁠ These industries include:⁠ Educational services, health care and social assistance, Manufacturing, Retail trade, and Construction.⁠ ⁠ Read all about what @westalworks is doing to build, train, and recruit a highly skilled workforce on our website: westalabamaworks.com

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Donny Jones, The @westalchamber Chief Operating Officer and West AlabamaWorks! Executive Director has been designated as a Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) by ACCE, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. ACCE is an association based in Alexandria, Va., that has over 1,600 chambers of commerce and related business and economic development organizations as members, representing more than 9,000 professionals in the industry.⁠ ⁠ Check out the full release on our website: westalabamaworks.com

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Looking to be apart of the growing automotive industry? 🚘️⁠ Come job interview ready this afternoon to a hiring event for Lear Corporation's new facility in McCalla.⁠ ⁠ It's taking place from 3pm-7pm at the Holiday Inn Express (off exit 1) in McCalla, Al.⁠ ⁠ Beat us there! 🏁⁠ ⁠ Pre-register: http://centralsixjobs.com/LEAR

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We're one week away from our Quarterly Workforce Summit at Easter Seals of West Alabama! ⁠ ⁠ What: Discuss workforce development, workforce needs, challenges and solutions with fellow industry leaders.⁠ When: August 3rd⁠ Time: 10am-1pm⁠ ⁠ Join us, register today: https://tuscaloosachamberal.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/9491

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🗣️ McCalla, we're headed your way! We've partnered with Lear Corporation for a Hiring event taking place TOMORROW, at the Holiday Inn Express (off exit 1) in McCalla from 3pm-7pm.⁠ ⁠ See you there 🚘️⁠ ⁠ Pre-register: http://centralsixjobs.com/LEAR

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Happening NOW in Pickens County!⁠ ⁠ Hiring event at Aliceville City Hall until 3pm.⁠ ⁠ Several industry + community partners in attendance and 3 more companies, Westervelt Lodge, Lavender, Inc & Buchanan Hardwood Flooring have been added and ready for job seekers! ⁠ Find your future career today!

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TOMORROW ‼️⁠ See you at the Aliceville City Hall for our last Black Belt Hiring event this summer!⁠ ⁠ “This hiring event, will further expand opportunities for those looking for career growth opportunities,” said Mayor of Aliceville, Terrence Windham.⁠ ⁠ Wedn. July 27th from 10am-3pm.⁠ (Additional jobs and employers across West Alabama available on westalabamajobs.com)

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Happening this week ⤵️ What: Lear Corporation hiring event When: Thursday July 28th Time: 3pm-7pm Location: Holiday Inn Express Inn (Off Exit 1) Pre-register: westalabamajobs.com/LEAR or centralsixjobs.com

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The City of Eutaw joins Adopt-A-School! 🍏 📏⁠ ⁠ Adopt-A-School is pleased to announce that The City of Eutaw joins the AAS program as an adopter for Robert Brown Middle School in Greene County. The partnership will initially focus on improving parental and community involvement, providing incentives for academic achievement and good behavior, grounds beautification, and providing publicity for various school activities and events. ⁠ ⁠ Although Robert Brown Middle will be the official AAS partner, The City will continue to provide support to all schools in Greene County.⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ For more information about Adopt-A-School, and how your business or organization can support a public school in West Alabama, email carolyn@westalabamachamber.com or call (205) 391-0556. We have a school for you!

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Looking for a job? Join us in Pickens County Wednesday July 27th for the final stop in our Regional Black Belt Hiring Tour this summer. The hiring event will feature some of the region’s largest employers. Participating companies are hiring for positions ranging from seasonal workers, to forklift operators, warehouse workers, administrative assistants, welders, production workers, and route drivers. Temporary and permanent jobs are available along with additional employers on westalabamajobs.com. See you in Aliceville next week!

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Job seekers, brush off your resumes and meet us at Aliceville City Hall, Wednesday July 27th. ⁠ ⁠ The final stop in the Regional Black Belt Hiring Tour leads us to Pickens County NEXT WEEK! ⁠ ⁠ Read for more: https://westalabamaworks.com/posts/2022/07/15/black-belt-hiring-event-continues-in-pickens-county

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Lear Corp. Hiring event in McCalla is 7 days away!⁠ ⁠ Looking for a job in the automotive industry? ✅⁠ with Competitive pay? ✅⁠ & Great benefits? ✅⁠ We'll see you at the Holiday Inn Express in McCalla, next Thursday July 28th! ⁠ ⁠ 💻️ Pre-register: westalabamajobs.com/LEAR or centralsixjobs.com/LEAR⁠ ⁠ ➡️ Details: https://westalabamaworks.com/posts/2022/07/19/hiring-event-for-lear-corporation-takes-place-next-week

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Governor Ivey Shares Progress Report on Attainment Goal, Alabama Workforce Skills Up.⁠ ⁠ The governor is proud to report that since launching the plan in 2018, Alabama has added 214,922 credentials, according to the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC).⁠ ⁠ The progress report shows that Alabama’s workforce is skilling up and well on its way to meet the goal of the Success Plus plan.⁠ ⁠ For more info: https://alabamaworks.com/17911-2/

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If you've wanted to get into the automotive industry, now is your opportunity! Lear Corporation is hosting a hiring event for their newly opened facility in McCalla and they want YOU apart of their team!⁠ ⁠ Thursday July 28th from 3pm-7pm at the Holiday Inn Express in McCalla, Al. ⁠ Pre-register for the event by visiting westalabamajobs.com/LEAR or centralsixjobs.com/LEAR.⁠ ⁠ See you next week in McCalla!⁠ ⁠ For more information: https://westalabamaworks.com/posts/2022/07/19/hiring-event-for-lear-corporation-takes-place-next-week

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We are glad to have our Healthcare Cluster meeting in-person again, the first time since early 2020! From developing workforce pipelines to assist with patient care assistant shortages to using grant funding to train employees, this meeting provides answers for the industry.

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“We do not just serve children and adults with cerebral palsy; we serve adults with all types of abilities. I like to focus on the word abilities because so many of the children and adults we serve have unique abilities, and we must focus on those abilities.” said United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama COO, Cody Ingram. ⁠ ⁠ Joins us TOMORROW, July 19th for UCPWA's Inaugural hiring expo.⁠ ⁠ Read for more details: https://westalabamaworks.com/posts/2022/07/14/ucpwas-inaugural-disability-hiring-expo

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United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama will host its inaugural disABILITY hiring expo on Tuesday, July 19th from 10 am to 1 pm at the Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy⁠ ⁠ UCPWA has partnered United Ability, ADRS and West AlabamaWorks! This event is geared to assist those with some form of disability with the opportunity to gain employment. However, it is also open to anyone looking for work. ⁠ ⁠ Several hiring companies and community partners will be onsite. Companies still looking to participate can fill out this form: https://chamberofcommerce.formstack.com/forms/ucpwa_1st_annual_disability_hiring_expo⁠ ⁠ Applicants can complete their profile before the event by visiting: www.westalabamajobs.com/ABILITY

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We're days away from United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama's (UCPWA) inaugural hiring expo on Tuesday, July 19th from 10 am to 1 pm at the Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy. ⁠ ⁠ Register your company to participate, Read for more: https://westalabamaworks.com/posts/2022/07/14/ucpwas-inaugural-disability-hiring-expo

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Success Stories

  • Shakeitta began Career Online High School in June and immediately clicked with the program. She loved that, through Career Online High School, she had an academic coach who pushed and encouraged her every step of the way. She also felt very supported by the West Alabama Works team and knew we wanted to help her succeed. Shakeitta says that the Career Online High School classes worked for her because the material was easy to understand and the teaching was clear. We are proud to say that she graduated from the Career Online High School program on November 3rd!

    The team has also connected with our Career Center pre-screen process. Although she was unable to qualify for specific benefits it was our next step. It led to a discussion of Career pathways which led to arranging a session with a Career coach at Shelton State.

    In March, Shakeitta is beginning an Associate’s program at Shelton State Community College in Business, Office Management, and Technology. She is hoping to one day start her own business and thinks this program will give her valuable skills and applicable knowledge to work towards her dreams.

    Shakeitta Richardson

    Student

    Shelton State Community College

  • 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

  • The West AlabamaWorks Team is an extension of our ARD Team and has created a solid pipeline of viable candidates to work within our operations. Currently, West AlabamaWorks is in full collaboration with an automotive task force, with a goal of establishing the much needed Brookwood Logistics Center. This relationship will enhance the flow of even more qualified candidates into the Logistics field to help support the growth in this region.

    West AlabamaWorks has taken the vision of helping the less fortunate in the outlying regions to another level, by providing extensive training and retraining while transitioning individuals back into the workforce.

    Sylvester Hester

    Former President and CEO

    ARD Logistics

  • 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

  • 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

    Principal

    Pickens County College and Career Center

  • 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

    Apprentice

    Local 372 Pipefitters Union

  • 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

  • West Alabama Works 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

  • 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

  • Phifer Wire employees over 1,200 citizens in West Alabama.  We encourage anyone looking for a career with us to begin with the Ready to Work programs in our region.  This program helps candidates gain basic employment skills we are looking for…

    Russell Dubose

    Human Resources Director

    Phifer Wire

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