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March 6, 2024WOW 2.0 Educator Prep Meeting
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Are you looking for a high wage, in demand job in the West Alabama area? Apply to work at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International during the virtual hiring event! 💻🚘️⁠ ⁠ MBUSI is seeking team members for permanent production positions. Pay starting at $23.50 an hour with full benefits from day one, and a top rate of $34.00+ in 4 years with regular wage increases plus shift premium.⁠ ⁠ The virtual hiring event closes in FOUR days so don't miss your opportunity to apply. ⁠ ⁠ Visit the link in our bio to apply!⁠ ⁠ 📞 For more information, call (205) 735-9675
Employers, are you registered for WOW 2.0?⁠ ⁠ 🗓️ April 10th ⁠ 📍Shelton State Community College⁠ ⁠ WOW 2.0 allows graduating high school seniors to interview with employers for part-time and full-time entry-level positions. Participating companies must be able to make contingent jobs offers.⁠ ⁠ Businesses can register now, and the deadline for registration is March 27th. ⁠ ⁠ → Link in bio to register.
Are you looking for a high-wage job with great benefits? Apply to work at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International during the virtual hiring event! The virtual hiring event ends soon, so don't miss the opportunity to work for MBUSI.⁠ ⁠ MBUSI is seeking team members for permanent production positions. Pay starts at $23.50 an hour with full benefits from day one, and reaches a top rate of $34.00+ in 4 years with regular wage increases plus shift premium.⁠ ⁠ Visit the link in our bio to apply ⁠ 📞 For more information, call (205) 735-9675
Happy Birthday Carolyn! 🎈⁠ ⁠ #HappyBirthday #StaffBirthday
We are celebrating CTE Month by showcasing CTE teachers from the West Alabama Region. 🎉   The first CTE teacher highlight is Mr. Greer Williams the Agriscience teacher at the Northport Career Tech Annex. He teaches students from Tuscaloosa County High School, Northside High School, and Sipsey Valley High School.   “Greer is doing a phenomenal job of educating our young people on the field of agriculture. He is passionate about creating workers for this industry and providing new and innovative ways to do so. His students are gaining first-hand experiences with livestock, forestry, gardening, plant and animal science, and heavy equipment. The farm will include bees, a large garden, an orchard, cattle, pumpkin patch, and a forestry area for timber growth and management. Anyone who meets Mr. Williams immediately recognizes his passion for his students and providing them with a first-class educational opportunity.” - Hannah C., Administrator, Northport Career Tech Annex
Are you looking for a high wage, in demand job? Apply to work at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International during the virtual hiring event!   MBUSI is seeking team members for permanent production positions. Pay starting at $23.50 an hour with full benefits from day one, and a top rate of $34.00+ in 4 years with regular wage increases plus shift premium.   🔗 Apply at the link in our bio 📞 Call (205) 735-9675 for more information
At our February Quarterly Workforce Summit, Donny Jones presented Peggy Sease, DCH System Vice President of Human Resources, with the WOW trophy for the 2023 Best World Award. ⁠ The Best World is selected by a panel of judges during the Worlds of Work event. This is the highest honor awarded at WOW. The worlds are judged in the following areas: world representation, hands-on aspect, overall quality of activities, and job opportunity awareness. Congratulations again to this year's Best World, Healthcare.⁠ ⁠ #WestAlabamaWorks #WOWWednesday
Interested in the program? Come learn more tonight at 6:30pm at the Synergic Center, 3500 5th Street Northport, AL 35476.
You could make upwards of $60,000 from your own home by opening a licensed, high-quality family or group daycare home. Our team is ready to support you by providing free information and training on how to start a profitable family or group childcare home. Learn more at a no-cost and no-commitment orientation on February 20th at 6:30pm at the Synergic Center, 3500 5th Street Northport, AL 35476. ⁠ ⁠ Pre-register for orientation or learn more at the link in our bio.
Employers, are you looking to hire?⁠ ⁠ WOW 2.0 allows young adults to engage with employers interviewing for part-time and full-time jobs. WOW 2.0 continues a student’s future, whether they choose college or a career upon graduation.⁠ ⁠ Come be a part of WOW 2.0 and hire young talent! Businesses can register today.⁠ ⁠ Head to the link in our bio to register
What a great way to kick off the year! ⚙️⁠ ⁠ Our first Quarterly Workforce Summit at New Heights Community Resource Center was a huge success. Thank you to our host location, Tuscaloosa City Schools. ⁠ ⁠ Mark your calendars to join us for our next Quarterly Workforce Summit on May 15th. ⁠ ⁠ #QuarterlyWorkforceSummit #WestAlabamaWorks
Explore the opportunity to start your own in-home childcare business and potentially earn over $60,000! 🌟 Enroll in the 3by3 Childcare program, a 24 hour, 5-week course designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to establish licensed, high-quality family or group daycare homes. Our comprehensive program offers coaching, supportive education, and guidance throughout the licensing process. Upon completion, you’ll be ready to launch your own in-home childcare services. Ready to learn more? Join us for a no-cost and no-obligation orientation on February 20th at 6:30pm at the Synergic Center, 3500 5th Street Northport, AL 35476. Pre-register for orientation at the link our bio.
Join us in wishing Sabrina a Happy Birthday! 🎈⁠ ⁠ #WestAlabamaWorks #StaffBirthday #HappyBirthday
West AlabamaWorks! is seeking a Pathways to Hope (PATHS) Project Director. The Pathways to Hope (PATHS) Project Director will be responsible for managing the Partners for Reentry Opportunities in Workforce Development (PROWD) initiative ensuring that all grant requirements are met, supervising program staff, partnership development and management, overseeing strength-based services to participants and performing other duties as necessary to ensure that the program operates effectively and efficiently within the guidelines of the grant. The program will serve women inmates of the FCI Aliceville low-security facility and minimum-security satellite camp during and after incarceration. To view the full job description or apply visit, the link below.   🔗 in bio to apply   #Hiring #WestAlabamaWorks
Did you know you can start your own in home childcare business and earn upwards of $60,000? ⁠ ⁠ The 3by3 Childcare program is a 24 hour 5 week course where participants learn the skills and knowledge to establish new, licensed, high-quality family or group daycare homes. Participants will receive coaching, supportive education and support through the licensing process. ⁠ ⁠ Interested in learning more? Attend orientation on February 20th at 6:30pm at the Synergic Center, 3500 5th Street Northport, AL 35476. ⁠ ⁠ 🔗 in bio to pre-register ⁠
Join us for our Quarterly Workforce Summit!⁠ ⁠ 📅 February 15th ⁠ ⏰ 10:00am-1:00pm⁠ 📍 New Heights Community Resource Center Auditorium (3834 21st Street Tuscaloosa, AL 35401)⁠ ⁠ The workforce summit is a forum to bring together leaders from the public and private sectors to network and discuss key workforce topics that impact the region's continued growth. West AlabamaWorks! serves a nine county region and connects business and industry to workforce opportunities through coordinated educational training and job placement. ⁠ ⁠ 🔗 in bio to register
Come join our team! ⚙️⁠ ⁠ West AlabamaWorks! is seeking to hire a Pathways to Hope (PATHS) Case Manager. The Pathways to Hope (PATHS) Case Manager will provide services to participants through the Partners for Reentry Opportunities in Workforce Development (PROWD) initiative ensuring successful completion of education and training is completed. The case manager will provide support and assistance during incarceration and upon release to remove barriers to employment once inmates are released. The program will serve women inmates of the FCI Aliceville low-security facility and minimum-security satellite camp. ⁠ ⁠ 🔗 in bio to apply⁠
Unlock boundless opportunities at the Tuscaloosa Career & Technology Academy's MEGA WOW event! 🚀 Join TCTA on Thursday, February 8th at 6:00 PM in the TCTA event hall for an evening of hands-on activities led by the teachers and business partners. 🎓⁠ ⁠ Participate in engaging conversations with Shelton State Community College about dual enrollment opportunities and chat with Tonya Mills from West AlabamaWorks! about the incredible I.G.N.I.T.E. student employment program. ⁠ ⁠ @tuscaloosacareertech
#InTheNews📰 West AlabamaWorks! Educator Workforce Academy receives a grant that will help further support the mission of EWA. ⁠ ⁠ EWA aims to address the future needs of the workforce⁠ and help bridge the partnership between education and workforce development.⁠ ⁠ 🔗 in bio → Read the full article ⁠ ⁠ #EducatorWorkforceAcademy #WestAlabamaWorks
Building Hope is giving hope to justice-involved individuals. This programs helps individuals not only find a job, but find hope, help and opportunity. ⁠ ⁠ To learn more about this program, visit the link in our bio.
#Recap EWA participants took part in session three on January 25th. The educators toured Mercedes-Benz U.S. International and the Brookwood Career Tech Annex. Rolf Wrona spoke to the group giving an overview of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International. Participants had the opportunity to have hands on training by participating in Mercedes-Benz U.S. International pre-employment training provided by AIDT. Educators heard from TCSS Career Tech Program Director, Dennis Duncan and Brookwood's Modern Manufacturing instructor, Jennifer Lindemann, on the opportunities for students in the Modern Manufacturing Program.
Is your student looking for an after school, co-op, apprenticeship or summer job? Check out the I.G.N.I.T.E. program! To learn more about the I.G.N.I.T.E. program, visit the link in our bio.⁠ ⁠ #StudentJobs #IGNITE #WestAlabamaWorks
Hey there, high school parents! Ever heard of the Modern Manufacturing Program? Swipe through to discover the incredible opportunities offered to your student through the Modern Manufacturing Program. ⁠ ⁠ Dive deeper into this game-changing program by checking out the link in our bio or talking with your child's school counselor or career coach. ⚙️⁠ ⁠ #ModernManufcaturingProgram #ModernManufcaturingMonday #ModernManufcaturing #WestAlabamaWorks
Join us in wishing NaTa’sha a Happy Birthday! 🎈⁠ ⁠ #WestAlabamaWorks #StaffBirthday #HappyBirthday
TOMORROW ➡️ Join us for Schnellecke Logistics' hiring event from 2:00-6:00pm at the Tuscaloosa Career Center, 202 Skyland Dr, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405. Schnellecke will hold open interviews and offer on the spot job offers during the hiring event. ⁠ ⁠ If you are planning to attend the event, head to the link in our bio to pre-register. ⁠
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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

Success Story

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

Success Story

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

Student

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

Principal

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

Apprentice

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

Success Story

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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