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June 9, 2023EWA- Session 4, Cohort 9
Educator Workforce Acadeny Session 4, cohort 9
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August 23, 2023Quarterly Workforce Summit
The Quarterly Workforce Summit features workforce development and education updates for the West Alabama Region. The workforce summit is a forum bringing tog...
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Attention employers! Join us on June 21st from 9am-2pm at the Demopolis Civic Center for an incredible hiring event in Marengo County. If you're searching for new talent, this is the place to be!⁠ ⁠ Companies register to participate here:
The ARD Logistics hiring event is still going on until 6pm today!⁠ ⁠ 📍 Location: 10093 Brose Drive, Vance, AL 35490⁠ ⁠ Don't miss out on the opportunity to join ARD Logistics with competitive salaries from $16 to $29 per hour.⁠ ⁠ It's open to the public, and you still have time to stop by! Save the time in line, pre-register:⁠ ⁠ #ARDLogistics #HiringEvent
⁠ 📣 Reminder: ARD Logistics hiring event today! 🎉⁠ ⏰ 2pm-6pm⁠ 📍 Vance, AL⁠ ⁠ Immediate job openings available with salaries ranging from $16-$29/hr. Positions: team members, leaders, forklift operators, logistics specialists, maintenance techs, group leaders.⁠ ⁠ On-the-spot interviews for full-time positions. Pre-register at
Pushing our poles to the limit! Today, we joined forces with our sponsor Valmont utilities to conduct a stress test on a utility pole. Watch as our team pushes the pole to its breaking point, ensuring the safety and reliability of our infrastructure.
Looking for a new job opportunity? ⁠ ⁠ ARD Logistics is hosting an onsite hiring event May 18, 2023, from 2pm to 6pm at their Vance, AL facility. Salaries at ARD Logistics can range from $16 to $29 per hour, depending on the position. Available positions include team members, team leaders, forklift operators, logistics specialists, maintenance technicians, and group leaders. Pre-registration is recommended to reduce waiting time, and interested individuals can pre-register at ⁠ ⁠ Don't miss out on this opportunity to join the ARD Logistics team!
📢 Join us at ARD Logistics' onsite hiring event on May 18th, 2pm-6pm! They have immediate job openings with competitive salaries ranging from $16-$29 per hour. Don't miss this opportunity to interview for full-time positions on the spot! Pre-register at to skip the line. Dress for the job you want!
HAPPENING NOW until 5pm! ⁠ ⁠ We're at at the McDonald Hughes Center for the Tuscaloosa County DA Hiring Event. There are opportunities for job seekers and employers committed to second chance hiring. #SecondChanceHiring #WestAlabamaWorks
🎓 Celebrating Dreams and Opportunities! Join us TONIGHT in honoring talented soon to be graduates as they embark on their exciting career journeys into the workforce or an apprenticeship program! #RegionalSigningDay #NewBeginnings #WestAlabamaWorks⁠ ⁠ Learn More: ⁠
Workforce Happenings this week! ⁠ Find these events and more on our website⁠ • May 10th: QWS Summit from 9am-noon at the Fayette Civic Center⁠ • May 10th: Regional Signing Day from 5:30-7pm at TCTA⁠ • May 11th: Tuscaloosa DA's Job Fair & Hiring Event from 1pm-5pm at the McDonald Hughes Center⁠ * has employers who are looking to hire qualified men and women who are justice-involved and need a second chance at employment.
Happy National Nurses Day! Today we honor our healthcare heroes! We celebrate all nurses especially those in West Alabama. Thank you for dedicating your life to help others. 🩺🩹
Join us May 10th for our Quarterly Workforce Summit (QWS) at the Fayette Civic Center.⁠ The QWS features workforce development and education updates for the West Alabama Region.⁠ ⁠ �Learn more and register on our website:
Black Belt Scholars STEM Summer Enrichment Camp for 7th-12th grade students in Hale, Greene, Perry, and Sumter counties, along with West Tuscaloosa starting June 19-July 14th. The STEM Camp will be held daily on the campus of Stillman College with free, round-trip transportation. The STEM Camp will be in session Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (with lunch provided).⁠ ⁠ Register by May 15th:
West Alabama Regional Signing Day is taking place next week! ⁠ ⁠ We are excited to honor students who have entered an apprenticeship or earned a full-time job through CTE Programs & WOW 2.0.⁠ ⁠ We will recognize them May 10th from 5:30-7pm at @TCTATuscaloosa .
West AlabamaWorks! will partner with the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s Office in collaboration with many community partners to host a hiring event May 11th at the McDonald Hughes Center.⁠ ⁠ has employers who are looking to hire qualified men and women who are justice-involved and need a second chance at employment. We're encouraging employers from all over West Alabama to participate.⁠ ⁠ Register your company today:
We’re excited to be in Marengo County this morning at Amelia L. Johnson High School in Thomaston, AL for their college & career day! We’re showcasing our I.G.N.I.T.E jobs portal ( for those ages 14-18 and helping students learn about numerous career pathways and internships/apprenticeship opportunities in West Alabama.
SAVE THE DATE & Register to attend our upcoming Quarterly Workforce Summit (QWS) May 10th at the Fayette Civic Center.⁠ ⁠ The QWS features workforce development and education updates for the West Alabama Region. Registration is open to anyone interested in learning more about workforce issues and education and training needs.⁠ ⁠ �Register to attend:
Career pathways, colleges/universities , internships, & apprenticeships. All of these resources and opportunities, we hope todays summer jobs event will I.G.N.I.T.E a students future! . . .
We also have Shelton State Community College, The University of Alabama, and Stillman College participating in the I.G.N.I.T.E Summer Jobs Fair to provide dual enrollment and other informational material to students looking to further their education after high school. So many Job offers and opportunities await these students! 🤩 #IGNITEstudentjobs
We are so excited for the Inaugural I.G.N.I.T.E Summer Jobs Fair at TCTA. We’re helping students ages 14-18 discover area career opportunities, interact with employers, and participate in interviews for jobs, internships, and apprenticeships. We want all high school students to have jobs and opportunities this summer!
Each April, recognizes Second Chance Month.⁠ ⁠ With funding from The County Commission and The Just Trust, @westalworks has built a network of West Alabama employers that hire individuals with a criminal history. ⁠ connects justice-involved individuals with employment opportunities, training, and supportive services. ⁠ ⁠ For companies who are willing to hire justice-involved individuals, we would love to have them partner with us and post their positions on our site. Tonya Mills, Education and Employment Project Manager, is leading Building Hope, contact her at⁠
For the first time in 10 years, Alabama Launchpad will be in Tuscaloosa for their final Launchpad business pitches. They have been in Birmingham, Mobile and Huntsville, but not Tuscaloosa recently. ⁠ ⁠ We want to show them how great our Tuscaloosa entrepreneurial ecosystem is! Come to The EDGE, at 5 pm. ⁠ Register here:
Career opportunities and job offers remained the focal point of WOW 2.0 with 610 contignent job offers given to West Alabama high school seniors April 12, 2023.⁠ ⁠ WOW 2.0 continues a student's future, whether they choose college or career.⁠ ⁠ Read more:
We would like to invite companies to participate in our IGNITE Student Summer Job Fair on April 26th at the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy from 9am-5pm. This is a great opportunity to reach potential employees. Students from area schools will be attending. ⁠ ⁠ Company Registration:
Our office is closed today in observance of Good Friday. We wish everyone a Happy and safe Easter Sunday!⁠ ⁠ We're here to help! Let us help you and your team with a strategy plan to help build your workforce needs.⁠ ⁠ 📧 Email us: ⁠ 📲 Give us a call: 205-758-7588 or⁠ 🏢 Visit our office at 2222 9th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Adopt-A-School is pleased to announce that Alabama ONE recently adopted Hillcrest High School, making this the seventh partnership of the credit union. ⁠ ⁠ Read more on the Taylorville Branch adoption with Hillcrest High School:

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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


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


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


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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