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West AlabamaWorks! 🤝 South AlabamaWorks! to host Clarke County Hiring Event in ONE week⁠ ⁠ This is a great opportunity to connect with employers in the Clarke and surrounding areas. Job seekers will have the chance to talk with employers and apply for open positions. Join us at Coastal Alabama Community College from 9am to 2pm next Tuesday, April 16. ⁠ ⁠ The event will feature 30 participating companies including:⁠ SSAB⁠ AM/NS Calvert⁠ Georgia-Pacific⁠ International Paper⁠ PCA⁠ Regions⁠ Westervelt ⁠ Washington County Hospital and Nursing Home⁠ ⁠ #WestAlabamaWorks #HiringEvent
400 West Alabama Graduating Seniors to Attend WOW 2.0 🎓️⁠ ⁠ West AlabamaWorks! will host the sixth annual WOW 2.0 event on April 10, from 9am-1pm on the campus of Shelton State Community College. Seniors from Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, Sumter and Tuscaloosa will attend the event in search of employment opportunities following graduation.⁠ ⁠ WOW 2.0 presents a unique opportunity to graduating seniors who are entering the workforce following graduation. 19 participating companies will hold on-site interviews and extend contingent job offers to promising candidates, with the final hiring decision contingent upon the completion of the company's onboarding process. Participating companies include Alabama Department of Transportation, DCH Health Systems, Hanna, Lear Corporation, Premier Service Company, Schnellecke Logistics Alabama, and others.
The award comes out of New York City, where the Carnegie Corporation of New York is launching a new initiative called Profiles in Collective Leadership, which will support and grow organizations and partnerships with missions similar to West AlabamaWorks! - educating youth, bolstering the workforce and demonstrating the power of unity.⁠ ⁠ Just 10 organizations were selected to be part of this inaugural group, and the Tuscaloosa organization was thrilled to learn Tuesday that they made the cut.⁠ ⁠ “Being selected for Profiles in Collective Leadership is a testament to our ongoing commitment to the students, educators, and businesses in our community," Jones said. "The funding will allow West AlabamaWorks! to continue connecting the education system to our workforce through programs like the Educator Workforce Academy and K–12 Career Pathways. It is an honor to receive national recognition for our efforts in West Alabama."⁠ ⁠ The honor comes with a $200,000 grant that Jones said will be spent improving some of the organization's flagship events and programs.⁠ ⁠ via @thetuscaloosathread⁠ Read the full article → Link in our bio⁠
In honor of #GoodFriday, our office will be closed today, Friday, March 29. We will resume regular hours on Monday, April 1.⁠ ⁠ #OfficeClosure #WestAlabamaWorks
Today, Carnegie Corporation of New York announced West AlabamaWorks! as one of 10 winners of a new initiative to support outstanding local partnerships that educate youth, bolster the workforce, and demonstrate the power of working together. ⁠ ⁠ Profiles in Collective Leadership provides $200,000 grants for nonpartisan collaborations that serve as education and economic bridges in a range of communities across the country. The philanthropic initiative draws on the strengths of local government, education, nonprofit, business, and health care professionals to create career opportunities for young people and encourage civic participation. The 10 recognized partnerships in 8 states will act as exemplars, sharing what they have learned with each other and with the public.⁠ ⁠ “Being selected for Profiles in Collective Leadership is a testament to our ongoing commitment to the students, educators, and businesses in our community. The funding will allow West AlabamaWorks! to continue connecting the education system to our workforce through programs like the Educator Workforce Academy and K–12 Career Pathways. It is an honor to receive national recognition for our efforts in WestAlabama,” said Donny Jones, chief workforce officer at the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and executive director of West AlabamaWorks! ⁠
#HappeningNow Our Greene County Hiring Event! Visit the Robert H. Young Community Center, 720 Greensboro Ave., from 2:00-5:00pm to talk with employers and discover jobs in Greene and the surrounding counties.
Catch the wave of talent this summer 🌊🌴⁠ ⁠ For businesses seeking summer employees, the I.G.N.I.T.E. Summer Job Fair, an extension of West AlabamaWorks! high school student job portal, is an effective way to connect with potential hires. The event, geared towards rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students, will be held April 24th at Tuscaloosa College and Career Academy.⁠ ⁠ “The I.G.N.I.T.E. Summer Student Job Fair is a chance for local businesses to connect with motivated high school students who are eager to gain valuable work experience and contribute to the workforce during the summer months and beyond,” said Tonya Mills, Education and Employment Project Manager. “Students are anxious to join the workforce but we need more businesses to join the I.G.N.I.T.E. program and give them an opportunity to work,” said Mills.⁠ ⁠ At the job fair, companies can offer on the spot job offers contingent on the student completing the company’s onboarding process. By participating in this event, businesses not only fill crucial positions but also play a pivotal role in shaping the future workforce. ⁠ ⁠ The deadline for registration is March 27th. ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ → Link in bio to register
Looking for a high paying job in Greene County? Attend our hiring event on March 26th, 2:00-5:00pm. Your next job is just a handshake away! 🤝⁠ ⁠ 🔗 Link in bio to register⁠ 📞 For more information, call 334-310-9511
Looking for a high paying job in Greene County? Attend our hiring event on March 26th, 2:00-5:00pm. Your next job is just a handshake away! 🤝⁠ ⁠ 🔗 Register at the link in our bio.⁠ 📞 For more information, call 334-310-9511⁠ ⁠ #HiringEvent #WestAlabamaWorks⁠
#HappeningNow Visit our Marengo County Hiring Event at the Theo Ratliff Activity Center from now until 6pm. Talk with employers and discover a new career pathway today!
#InTheNews West AlabamaWorks! is inviting job seekers in Marengo and the surrounding counties to attend a hiring event Thursday, Mar. 14, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Theo Ratliff Activity Center, 306 1st Avenue in Demopolis.⁠ ⁠ “West AlabamaWorks! has been and is continuing to be a key strategic partner with the City of Demopolis’s workforce. Their events have placed many job seekers and employers together over the years and offered many people in our community a chance at a better life,” said Mayor Woody Collins, of Demopolis. “Any potential employee looking for employment please be sure and come by the Ratliff Center and take advantage of this no cost event that might possibly be a life changing moment for you.”⁠ ⁠ Read the full article ⬇️⁠ 🔗 https://www.wtok.com/2024/03/11/west-alabamaworks-hosting-hiring-event-demopolis/
I.G.N.I.T.E. Student Jobs 🤝 ACCESS Virtual Learning⁠ ⁠ Our team is excited to collaborate with ACCESS Virtual Learning to create resources for I.G.N.I.T.E., our student employment initiative. The digital resources will help students learn how to write professional emails, create resumes and dress for job interviews. These materials will serve as valuable resources for students as they prepare for upcoming interviews.
Businesses, are you looking to hire entry-level employees? ⁠ ⁠ 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 job offers.⁠ The deadline for registration is March 27th. ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ → Link in bio to register
Looking for a high wage job in Marengo County? Make plans to attend our hiring event next Thursday. Your next job is just a handshake away! 🤝⁠ ⁠ 🗓️ March 14th ⁠ ⏰ 2:00-6:00pm⁠ 📍 Theo Ratliff Activity Center, 306 1st Ave Demopolis, 36732⁠ ⁠ Pre-register at the link in our bio⁠.⁠ 📞 For more information, call 334-310-9511⁠ ⁠ #HiringEvent #WestAlabamaWorks
High school seniors, are you looking for a post-graduation job? Attend WOW 2.0 on April 10th at Shelton State Community College.⁠ ⁠ WOW 2.0 is for high school seniors interested in interviewing for full and part-time jobs. At the completion of the interview, companies can offer students contingent on-the-spot job offers. ⁠ ⁠ →Register at the link in our bio.⁠ ⁠ #WestAlabamaWorks
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
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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

Student

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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