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West Alabama Works

We are West AlabamaWorks! We recruit, train, and empower a highly-skilled workforce driven by business and industry needs in West Alabama. 

How Can We Help You?

How do you Measure Success?

$24,450,898

FOR SUPPORT & TRAINING
SINCE 2017

Success by the Numbers

19,184

PEOPLE SERVED THROUGH CAREER CONNECT

27,650+

STUDENTS SERVED AT
WORLD OF WORK EVENTS SINCE 2015

UPCOMING EVENTS AT A GLANCE
May
25

Quarterly Workforce Summit

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Bibb Medical Center Wellness

Discuss workforce development, workforce needs, challenges and solutions with fellow industry leaders. Free and open to industry leaders, educators, policy makers and anyone involved with workforce development.

 

Wednesday May 25, 2022
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

May 25th
10am-1pm

Location

Bibb Medical Center Wellness
285 Hospital Drive, Centreville, AL 35042

Fees/Admission

Free, but pre-registration is required.

Jun
6

ATN Safety Intervention and Assertiveness Training

3:00 - 3:00 pm
West Alabama Workforce Development and Community Center

When supervisors and opinion leaders in organizations infrequently or inconsistently address unsafe behavior, it leads employees to believe that formal safety stands:

1) Are not highly valued;

2) are not genuinely expected to adhere to them. 

In short, the low frequency of safety in the workplace contributes to a culture in which employees are not positively influenced to work safely. In turn, unsafe operations are not stopped, and the safety culture is diminished.  In order to avoid a safety culture that is failing, the focus must be towards determining reasons people commit unsafe acts, including human error, motivation and ability.  The intervention process is vital, as is the proper behavior for assertiveness.

Proper communication and conversation are key elements to master, and there are tools that every person needs to make necessary changes

 

Monday Jun 6, 2022
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CDT

Duration: 8-hours

Host: LaVada Varner, Alabama Technology Network (ATN) Director

  • “Presented” by ATN; the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Power Grant is the sponsor
Location

West Alabama Workforce Development and Community Center
(The Chamber of Commerce)
2222 9th Street
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401

Fees/Admission

No charge

Lunch is NOT provided, must bring your own.

*Seating is limited

Contact Information

Cindi Bradley
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Jun
10

Automotive Cluster Meeting

7:30 - 9:30 am
Mercedes-Benz

West Alabama Works’ largest cluster meeting is ideal for automotive manufacturers, automotive suppliers, career technical educators and staffing agencies. Hear updates on production schedules to better prepare your business and participate in industry-specific training opportunities.

 

Location: Mercedes-Benz (BTI Room A12)

Contact Information: NaT'asha Black, Modern Manufacturing Project Manager

Natasha@westalabamachamber.com

Success Stories

  • Shakeitta began Career Online High School in June and immediately clicked with the program. She loved that, through Career Online High School, she had an academic coach who pushed and encouraged her every step of the way. She also felt very supported by the West Alabama Works team and knew we wanted to help her succeed. Shakeitta says that the Career Online High School classes worked for her because the material was easy to understand and the teaching was clear. We are proud to say that she graduated from the Career Online High School program on November 3rd!


    The team has also connected with our Career Center pre-screen process. Although she was unable to qualify for specific benefits it was our next step. It led to a discussion of Career pathways which led to arranging a session with a Career coach at Shelton State.

    In March, Shakeitta is beginning an Associate’s program at Shelton State Community College in Business, Office Management, and Technology. She is hoping to one day start her own business and thinks this program will give her valuable skills and applicable knowledge to work towards her dreams.

    Shakeitta Richardson

    Student

    Shelton State Community College

  • 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

  • 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 is an extremely vital and effective partner for the automotive industry in this region.  They’re supporting MBUSI and its suppliers in finding high-performing, engaged employees who are dedicated to building quality vehicles sold around the world.  West AlabamaWorks listens and helps to meet a critical need – connecting business and industry, government and education leaders so we can help people find well-paying jobs.

    Jason Hoff

    Former President & CEO

    Mercedes-Benz U.S. International

  • 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

  • There are many good paying jobs in West Alabama.  We at Nucor Steel are looking for individuals with strong workplace skills.  Our workforce partners provide training opportunities through technical skills training and apprenticeships programs which prepare our employees for a successful career.

    Randy Skagen

    Former Plant Manager

    Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa

  • 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

  • Phifer Wire employees over 1,200 citizens in West Alabama.  We encourage anyone looking for a career with us to begin with the Ready to Work programs in our region.  This program helps candidates gain basic employment skills we are looking for…

    Russell Dubose

    Human Resources Director

    Phifer Wire

  • I was kind of lost, and I didn’t know which direction to go. I went to Shelton for the WOW (Worlds of Work) events, and I met people who introduced me to a couple different directions I could go.

    Megan Coleman

    Apprentice

    Local 372 Pipefitters Union

  • It all started with the Career Center! You helped give me my start in college. I am proof that you can achieve your dreams if you work hard and stay focused.

    Angela Carroll

    Nurse Practitioner

    Northwest Alabama Mental Health Clinic

 

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General Contact Info
Address
2222 9th StreetTuscaloosa, AL 35401
 

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