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Our office will be closed on Memorial Day as we honor and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, May 28th.
Missed our hiring event yesterday? ⁠ ⁠ You can still apply for open positions by visiting our online job portal, Career Connect. And don't forget to mark your calendars for our upcoming hiring events:⁠ ⁠ 🗓️ June 12: DCH Pharmacy Technician Job Fair⁠ 🗓️ June 13: Marengo County Job Fair⁠ ⁠ → Visit the link in our bio to apply for open positions.
Happening Now: Looking for a job? Join us for our hiring event today at the McDonald Hughes Community Center until 4pm.
Job seekers are invited to attend the Tuscaloosa County’s District Attorney’s Hiring Event this Thursday from 1-4pm at the McDonald Hughes Center. The hiring event is open to the public and aims to connect justice-involved individuals with companies from Tuscaloosa and the surrounding areas.⁠ ⁠ Job seekers will have the opportunity to speak with employers such as: Creative Visions Landscaping, DCH Health System, City of Tuscaloosa, Bama Dining, Schnellecke Logistics, Premier Service Company, Inc., Remmert & Company, Inc. and ZF Chassis Systems Tuscaloosa. ⁠ ⁠ The hiring event is free and open to the public. ⁠ Pre-register → Link in bio⁠
The City of Tuscaloosa and West AlabamaWorks have partnered to install a Career Connect Job Kiosk in the lobby of the City’s Municipal Court Building. The kiosk aims to provide valuable employment opportunities for individuals who are navigating court proceedings and are under- or unemployed.⁠ ⁠ “The goal of these kiosks is to meet people where they are, and allow them to apply for jobs instantly,” said Tonya Mills, Education and Employment Project Manager for West AlabamaWorks. “We have kiosks located in accessible locations around the West Alabama community, and we are proud to add one to the Municipal Court Lobby in Tuscaloosa.”⁠ ⁠ Read the full article → 🔗 in bio⁠
#OneWeekAway Join us for our May Quarterly Workforce Summit + Cluster Meetings happening May 15th from 10:00am-1:00pm at DCH Regional Hospital. ⚙️⁠ ⁠ 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.⁠ ⁠ Register at the link in our bio.⁠ ⁠ #WestAlabamaWorks #QuarterlyWorkforceSummit
Hillcrest High School CTE students had a great tour at Hanna Steel. Thank you to our industry partners for giving our West Alabama students the opportunity to tour the plant. #ModernManufacturingProgram
West Alabama students made a splash with summer job offers 🌊🌴   At the I.G.N.I.T.E. Summer Job Fair, 21 participating companies held on-site interviews and extended conditional job offers to promising candidates. 356 students received 702 conditional job offers at the Summer Job Fair. Participating companies included McDonalds, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Piggly Wiggly, Publix, Jack’s, and others.    🔗 For additional summer job opportunities, students can visit the link in our bio.
#HappeningNow Are you looking for a job in Pickens or the surrounding counties? Attend our hiring event in Pickens county from 2:00-5:00pm at the Aliceville City Hall, 419 Memorial Parkway, Aliceville, 35442.
West AlabamaWorks! is #Hiring a Workforce Outreach Coordinator. Interested in learning more or applying? Visit the link in our bio for the full job description.
#HappeningNow Are you looking for a job in Sumter or the surrounding counties? Attend our hiring event in Sumter County today from 2-5pm at the Livingston Civic Center, 101 Country Club, Road, 35470. #WestAlabamaWorks #HiringEvent
West AlabamaWorks!, in partnership with South AlabamaWorks! is holding a hiring event for job seekers in Clarke County today from 9am-2pm at Coastal Alabama Community College, 30755 Highway 43 South, Thomasville, Alabama.⁠ ⁠ 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. ⁠ ⁠ “This AlabamaWorks! hiring event is one of the largest ever held in our rural region,” said Mayor of Thomasville, Sheldon Day. “We encourage everyone who is looking for a job or new career to make plans to attend this massive hiring event!” ⁠ ⁠ The event will feature over 30 participating companies including:⁠ SSAB⁠, AM/NS Calvert⁠, Georgia-Pacific⁠, PCA⁠, Regions⁠, Westervelt and Washington County Hospital and Nursing Home.⁠
WOW 2.0 presents a unique opportunity to graduating seniors who are entering the workforce following graduation. 20 participating companies held on-site interviews and extended 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.⁠ ⁠ This past Wednesday 252 West Alabama students attended WOW 2.0 receiving 539 contingent job offers. 🎉⁠ ⁠ These students will participate in Regional Signing Day on May 9 to celebrate their decision to pursue a career pathway following graduation. Held at Shelton State Community College from 5:30-7:30pm, the senior’s family and friends are invited to attend the ceremony to celebrate the student’s accomplishment.
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.
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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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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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