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We are West AlabamaWorks! We recruit, train, and empower a highly-skilled workforce driven by business and industry needs in West Alabama. 

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Happening tomorrow! Foster Farms will be hosting a job fair from 8am-noon in Marengo County.⁠ ⁠ Join the Demopolis team! They're looking for a quality control manager, hanger (day/night shift), and packaging laborer (day/night shift).

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All roads lead to The Gateway in Alberta next week!⁠ Bama Dining is having their large hiring event for the Spring Semester taking place on Tuesday, Dec. 13th⁠ ⁠ ✅ College tuition opportunities, leadership opportunities, & competitive pay!

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The University of West Alabama is one of six Alabama Universities to launch UTeach STEM teacher preparation programs beginning in spring of 2023.⁠ ⁠ Check out the details on our website: https://westalabamaworks.com/posts/2022/12/07/uwa-one-of-six-alabama-universities-will-launch-uteach-stem-teacher-preparation-programs-

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WOW! 🤩 Thank you Central High School students for gifting us this masterpiece of words you thought of to describe your experience at our 2-day Worlds of Work expo in October. ⁠ We are so glad you were engaged and now have career pathways to explore!⁠ ⁠ Thank you! Now we just have to find the perfect spot to hang this in our workspace!

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It’s time for a refresh to learn new features and strategies when it comes to LinkedIn. Join us Dec. 13th virtually.⁠ ⁠ Topics: profile photo, profile headliner, education and accomplishments, summary description, connections & more!⁠ ⁠ Register today: https://business.tuscaloosachamber.com/events/details/2022-twelve-steps-to-a-linkedin-profile-refresh-9831

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We're just one week away from a morning session looking at key developments in employment law and significant changes in Employee Benefit plans.⁠ ⁠ All employers in the area should attend this important seminar to comply with all new federal and state laws.⁠ ⁠ Register Today: https://bit.ly/3UGwyz5

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We've partnered with Greene County Health System to host a hiring event December 6th! ⁠ ⁠ Industry partners include SMP Motherson, DCH Health System, ARD Logistics, Greene County Health System, WestRock & other positions on westalabamajobs.com.⁠ ⁠ For more info. https://westalabamaworks.com/posts/2022/11/21/december-hiring-event-to-be-held-in-greene-county-⁠

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There is always something to be thankful for each and every day.⁠ ⁠ From the @westalworks workforce team, we would like to wish you & your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Job seekers, mark your calendar for a hiring event taking place in Greene County next month!⁠ ⁠ Read for more info: https://westalabamaworks.com/posts/2022/11/21/december-hiring-event-to-be-held-in-greene-county-

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Hiring event going on now until 3pm!⁠ ⁠ Looking for a career in the automotive industry? Head to ARD Logistics facility now! They're looking for several positions including team members to support MBUSI's EV production + offering $750 Sign-on bonus to all new hires!⁠ ⁠ Candidates must be able to train on 1st Shift (Hours: 6:15am - 4pm) then move to 2nd shift on or about December 1st. (Hours: 6:15pm - 4am)⁠ ⁠ Pre-register: westalabamajobs.com/ARD

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Thanks for having us last night at the inaugural Student Job & Career Opportunities night held at the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy! We enjoyed telling students and their parents about our I. G. N. I. T. E student employment portal, wawstudentjobs.com , for teens ages 14-18. This event featured and highlighted Work-Based Learning (WBL) opportunities, jobs, and apprenticeships that are offered in our region.

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Excitement is all over these faces! We're excited to be out at @nhsccr this morning bringing career exploration through TransfrVR (virtual reality) headsets to the 9th graders of NHS for the very first time!

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ARD Logistics looking to grow their workforce in Tuscaloosa! Since last week's virtual hiring event was a success we're partnering with them to host an in-person hiring event this week! ⁠ ⁠ If you're looking for a career change, or career with a great employer, make your way to ARD's facility Wednesday Nov. 16th from 10am-3pm. ⁠ ⁠ On the spot interviews + sign-on bonus ✅⁠ ⁠ Complete your profile today: westalabamajobs.com/ARD

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Job Fair TODAY!⁠ ⁠ Peco Foods is having a Job fair today, from 11am- 2pm in the back parking lot of 3701 Reese Phifer Ave, Tuscaloosa, Al 35401⁠ ⁠ For more information call: 205-247-4568

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In observance of Veterans Day, our offices will be closed today, Friday, November 11th. Normal operations will resume on Monday, November 14th.⁠

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We had a great turn out this morning for our last Quarterly Workforce Summit of the year! We appreciate each cluster: Healthcare, Manufacturing, Construction, Hospitality, and Automotive industry’s for being in attendance and partnering with us throughout the year. Thanks for having us at your college and career center today @pickens4c and we appreciate @lavender__inc for catering our delicious lunch!

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Now is your opportunity to have a career in automotive, logistics, and manufacturing because ARD Logistics is hiring!⁠ ⁠ Complete your online profile today for their virtual hiring event taking place Nov. 9th-Nov. 13th. ⁠ ⁠ Open positions include: team members, team leads, forklift drivers, logistics specialist, and group leaders.⁠ ⁠ ✅ Competitive wages, sign-on bonuses + benefits = sign up TODAY, westalabamajobs.com/ARD⁠ ⁠ For more info. visit our website.

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Partners, Pathways, and Pipelines!⁠ We're glad to have @oxfordcityschools visit today to learn more about the Modern Manufacturing Program!⁠ Those interested in getting their child/student involved can learn more here: ⁠ https://westalabamaworks.com/career-pathways/modern-manufacturing-center-of-excellence

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Such a wonderful recognition by the @tcsboardofed Tuesday to the @westalworks team and Executive Director Donny Jones for the organization's commitment to education and helping students realize and experience future career opportunities. Read more via our FB page or copy the link: https://www.smore.com/ku7pr-core-notes?ref=email

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Today was a fun packed day of career exploration at Paul W. Bryant High School with the help of TransfrVR headsets! ⁠ ⁠ Using virtual reality technology, our outreach team is hard at work, connecting with students and offering the chance to explore different career pathways during in-person visits to our area schools. ⁠ ⁠ Stay tuned to which school we are headed to next!

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📣 Upcoming 2-day Waste Management Hiring event on Thursday, Nov. 10 and Friday, Nov. 11 for our Region 3 communities.⁠ ⁠ Day 1️⃣ will be held on the campus of @univwestalabama⁠ Day 2️⃣ will be held at the CWM - Emelle Hazardous Waste Facility in Emelle, AL (Sumter County)⁠ ⁠ For more info. and to apply visit wm.com/careers

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ICYMI The Quarterly Workforce Summit is 1 week away!⁠ ⁠ If you want to learn more about workforce development, workforce needs, challenges and solutions with fellow industry leaders make your way to the Pickens County College & Career Center Nov. 9th!⁠ ⁠ Register to attend today ⤵️ https://business.tuscaloosachamber.com/events/details/2022-quarterly-workforce-summit-9807?fbclid=IwAR3tUJQIdV8UXn6I7H6ECsXXXaFNjmM84Uf2J3YcdR5Hai4s6ibq5Dsmk_0

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HAPPENING NOW: The Fayette Fall Job Fair at @BevillState is underway!⁠ Job seekers, over 30+ employers are in attendance! Make your way to the Earl McDonald Auditorium now, you have until 2pm. ⁠ ⁠ Pre-register here: www.westalabamajobs.com/FAY

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Tomorrow all roads lead to Fayette, Al! Job Seekers you don't want to miss this Fall Job Fair at @BevillState from 10am to 2pm inside the Earl McDonald Auditorium.⁠ 30+ employers will be in attendance looking to hire YOU!⁠ ⁠ For more details: https://westalabamaworks.com/posts/2022/10/20/bevill-state-community-college-to-host-fall-hiring-event-in-fayette-?fbclid=IwAR0OSs7Dw59vboBeNWoVKbq0DksObattlRDCvGRhjIdRZOYC5neUl4zQ-V8

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Check out the competition! 🛠️⁠ Seven teams from across the state, including a TCTA team had two days to build an 8×10 storage building by having to read plans and assemble the buildings by themselves.⁠ ⁠ Hear from students participating by visiting our website westalabamaworks.com

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Success by the Numbers

$24,450,898

FOR SUPPORT & TRAINING
SINCE 2017

19,184

PEOPLE SERVED THROUGH CAREER CONNECT

27,650+

STUDENTS SERVED AT
WORLD OF WORK EVENTS SINCE 2015

Partners, Pathways, Pipelines

  • West Al Works 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

    Student

    Career Online High School Graduate, enrolled at 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

  • 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

  • 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

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