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WOW & WOW VARSITY is right around the corner!! This 2-day event allows students to explore career opportunities through hands-on demonstrations with industry leaders. Students and their parents have an opportunity to learn about technical jobs they may have never considered. WOW takes over Shelton State Community College's campus, October 13th-14th, drawing hundreds of industries to showcase their companies and to hopefully build their future workforce. At this event, high school seniors will be entered to win a FREE semester of college from @mysheltonstate or @bevillstate ! During WOW Varsity 10th-12th graders will be entered to win 1 of 21 GAS CARDS with the highest amount of $300! ⛽️🚘️ We can't wait to see you October 13-14th! Register to attend by visiting worldsofwork.com

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We're less than 3 weeks away from WOW returning in person (since 2019) and we can hardly wait!⁠ ⁠ Be sure you're following @worldsofwork to keep up with vital information,spotlights, & fun all leading up to the 2-day event happening October 13-14 at Shelton State Community College.⁠ ⁠ For more info visit: worldsofwork.com

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Congratulations to Gary Nichols, our Past Chairman, President & CEO of @mcabeeinc on his retirement after 53 years at McAbee Construction. As well as our long time industry partner/friend Harold Parker, Director of Workforce Development at McAbee on his retirement also. ⁠ ⁠ We wish you both all the best!

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The workforce team and @westalchamber is at the UA Career Fair. We’re here to encourage students to explore companies in West Alabama for employment after graduation.

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The team is out at The Adult Education celebration at @mysheltonstate (Fredd Campus). ⁠ ⁠ Kristen Bobo is the director and works closely with these students. ⁠ ⁠ Many are studying to get their GED and other certifications. This hiring event is part of the week long celebration! Today's festivities wrap up at 2pm.

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Attention job seekers HAPPENING NOW! ⁠ ⁠ Visit westalabamajobs.com/MBUSI TODAY to apply for direct hire, full-time positions with $22/hr starting wages and $26/hr top wage!⁠ ⁠ West Alabama Works! is proud to partner with Mercedes Benz U.S. International for the Mercedes Virtual Hiring Event from September 19th-23rd!

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Peco Foods, Inc. is hiring for several positions including Poultry Processing Workers at their plant in Tuscaloosa, AL.⁠ ⁠ For more info call: 205-247-4568 or apply online at www.pecofoods.com⁠

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Congratulations to @SkilledTradesofWestAlabama (STOWA) on your two year anniversary! We were excited to be in attendance at your celebration today!⁠ ⁠ Visit their website to learn more: skilledtradesofwestalabama.com

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Looking for a job in the automotive industry?⁠ ⁠ Mercedes-Benz US International (MBUSI) is hosting a virtual hiring event beginning Monday, September 19th.⁠ ⁠ MBUSI is encouraging more technical candidates to apply for the Maintenance Team Member or Automation Cell Operator positions.⁠ ⁠ Complete your profile: westalabamajobs.com/MBUSI

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Happening now: Southwest Alabama Hiring Event!⁠ ⁠ The team is out in Clarke County at @coastalalabamacc in Thomasville. We're helping @sawdc_07 AlabamaWorks! with their hiring event going on until 3pm. So far 99 individuals have been connected to jobs in their region!

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A great day out on the plains of Ol’ Colony Golf Complex this morning for the 2022 Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Adopt-A-School Golf Tournament ⛳️ ⁠ We’re thankful for all the sponsors and the 42 teams participating this year and supporting the AAS program currently in their 38th year.

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Looking for a job in the automotive industry?⁠ ⁠ @mercedesbenzusi (MBUSI) is hosting a virtual hiring event beginning Monday, September 19th.⁠ ⁠ MBUSI is encouraging more technical candidates to apply for the Maintenance Team Member, or Automation Cell Operator positions.⁠ Several Production Team member positions are also available.⁠ ⁠ Starting Wage at $22/hr with day one eligibility for all MBUSI’s benefit programs⁠ ⁠ Complete your profile: westalabamajobs.com/MBUSI

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@readingallies still need about 200 more volunteers for 12 schools across Tuscaloosa City and Tuscaloosa County School Districts for the Fall session.⁠ Help them serve 360 children in our community.⁠ ⁠ The program will be 10 weeks beginning Monday, September 19th and ending Thursday, December 1st. There will be no sessions the week of Thanksgiving.⁠ ⁠ Sign up today: https://readingallies.org/register⁠

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The excitement continues! When your child attends WOW VARSITY (for 10th-12th graders), they'll be entered to win 1 of 21 GAS CARDS with the highest amount of $300, that's a lot of gas! ⛽️ 🚘️⁠ ⁠ We can't wait to see you October 13th at @mySheltonState ⁠ Register to attend ⤵️ https://chamberofcommerce.formstack.com/forms/wow_varsity_copy_copy_copy

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Does a free semester, yes FREE semester at @mysheltonstate or @bevillstate for your high school senior sound good? Well, Parents listen up! You don't want your child to miss WOW VARSITY! ⁠ ⁠ Tell your child to register below, the event is taking place October 13th from 2-6pm at Shelton State Community College. ⁠ ⁠ https://chamberofcommerce.formstack.com/forms/wow_varsity_copy_copy_copy

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Today, AlabamaWorks! is pleased to recognize @MercedesBenzusi as this year’s Innovator Award recipient for region 3 for their role in helping to launch the Modern Manufacturing Program at Brookwood High School. Mercedes-Benz staff serve as advisors to the program where they share the vision of MBUSI and the workforce needs with the students. This year MBUSI added to their commitment by breaking down barriers to implement a youth apprenticeship program for 16–18 year-old students.⁠ ⁠ Congratulations on this award for all your hard work and we look forward to continuing our partnership to achieve great things together. ⁠ ⁠ The awards were developed to highlight people and programs across the state that take an innovative approach to solve workforce challenges and help advance Governor Ivey’s Success Plus attainment goal of adding 500,000 highly skilled workers by 2025. #alwks22

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@aastusc is excited to announce a new partnership between Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and The Alberta School of Performing Arts (TASPA).⁠ ⁠ Visit our website westalabamaworks.com to read more.

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$45/hr Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Instructors wanted! ⁠ @mysheltonstate is looking for 3–4 part-time CDL Instructors with at least 3 years of experience and a valid CDL-A License, and a clean MVR Background check.⁠ ⁠ For more info call Darryl Ballew at (205) 391-2948 or email, dballew@sheltonstate.edu⁠

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WORLDS OF WORK (WOW) IS NEXT MONTH & We've been in planning mode preparing for Oct. 13th-14th! We appreciate our WOW World Leaders for stepping up and working together to make sure our West Alabama 9th graders have the best experience during this event!

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Open Interviews for Miller Contracting Services happening tomorrow September 7th in Brookwood. They're hiring for several positions from 9am-1pm.⁠ If you can't make it to this one, another open interview will be held Sept. 13th.⁠ ⁠ Pre-register: westalabamajobs.com/mc

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In honor of the holiday, our office will be closed on Monday, September 5​th. ⁠ We will resume normal operations on Tuesday.

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@aastusc is pleased to announce that The University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies committed to two schools, Central High School and Tuscaloosa Magnet Schools-Middle (TMSM).⁠ ⁠ Read for more: https://westalabamaworks.com/posts/2022/09/02/adopt-a-school-the-college-of-continuing-studies-commits-to-two-schools

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West AlabamaWorks! & @westalchamber is partnering with Alabama Possible for a discussion called “Break It Down: A Statewide Virtual Discussion on Barriers to Prosperity,” and we hope you’ll join us Sept. 15th. ⁠ ⁠ Alabama Possible also will provide Amazon gift cards to participants!⁠ #AlabamaPossible #BeyondPoverty #BreakItDown ⁠ ⁠ Register by visiting our facebook page @westalworks

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We want to thank all 25 companies and service providers who made the inaugural second chance hiring event with the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s Office Tuesday, a success!⁠ ⁠ 93 individuals registered in our career connect system and were connected to jobs in West Alabama!

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MEGA WOW takes place tomorrow, Sept 1st from 6-7:30pm, & it's not your ordinary open house!⁠ 🟢 Parents will engage in hands-on experiences⁠ 🟢 Our Career Connect stations will be available for adults/parents to apply for jobs online⁠ 🟢 Parents to receive educational opportunities

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SINCE 2017

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PEOPLE SERVED THROUGH CAREER CONNECT

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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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