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November 8, 2023Quarterly Workforce Summit
The Quarterly Workforce Summit features workforce development and education updates for the West Alabama Region. Registration is open to anyone interested in...
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November 8, 2023All Clusters (Construction, Manufacturing, Automotive, Consutrction, Healthcare, Professional Services)
West AlabamaWorks prides itself on being industry-driven and focused on employer needs. To stay in-the-know, we invite all West Alabama businesses to our qua...
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Come join us tomorrow, Wednesday, September 20th for the Region 3 WIOA Public Input meeting. Participation by the public is vital for providing comprehensive input on the 2024 combined state WIOA plan, which will serve as our state’s workforce development strategic plan for four years. The meeting will take place from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Shelton State Community College, Martin Campus.   #WestAlabamaWorks #WestAlabama #AlabamaWorks
#JobFeature #NowHiring  Are you looking for a part time or full time job? Teriyaki Madness is holding open interviews on September 20th from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm at their restaurant in Northport. Teriyaki Madness is hiring for front and back of house positions.   Teriyaki Madness’s Asian inspired fast casual concept serves made to order teriyaki bowls customized with only the freshest veggies, highest quality meats and flavorful house-made sauces. Not only are these bowls delicious, but warning, they are highly addictive. They take great pride in their menu, the products and expanding their TEAM. Teriyaki Madness’s goal is to consistently provide the highest quality food and customer service. Apply and see for yourself what the MADNESS is all about.   Teriyaki Madness is looking for employees with a positive attitude who love cooking. Working the MADNESS is a big responsibility and the right candidate will enjoy working in an organized and efficient work environment. The ideal candidate will be able to multitask effectively, work well under pressure, and have excellent time management skills. They should also be flexible, honest, self-motivated, hard working, a quick learner, friendly, punctual, reliable, a good communicator and able to work for extended hours on their feet. Learn more or apply at the link in our bio.   #WestAlabamaWorks #WestAlabama #AlabamaWorks #IGNITE #StudentJobs #StudentJobsInTuscaloosa @teriyaki.madness
#WorldsOfWork is less than a month away and our worlds are working hard to prepare for our students. 🩺🩻 #HealthcareWorld #WestAlabamaWorks #WestAlabama #AlabamaWorks #WOW
West AlabamaWorks! was proud to honor the Second Chance Program with the AlabamaWorks! Innovator Award today. The team from the Tuscaloosa County District Attorneys Office, Shelton State Community College, Indian Rivers Behavioral Health, West AlabamaWorks! and Tuscaloosa County Community Corrections support our justice involved population by helping them overcome barriers to employment and connect them to their career pathways. #WestAlabamaWorks #SheltonStateCommunityCollege
#WestAlabamaWorks 🤝 #ALWKS23
The best way to end a great day at #ALWKS23 #GoBiscuits #ButterUp⚾️✨
Our team had a great time at the AlabamaWorks! Conference sharing about the Modern Manufacturing Program today during a breakout panel session. ⚙️ #WestAlabamaWorks #WestAlabama #AlabamaWorks
West AlabamaWorks! will be closed on Monday, September 4th, in observance of Labor Day. We will resume our regular business hours on Tuesday, September 5th. ⁠ ⁠ #WestAlabamaWorks #LaborDay #HolidayClosure
The #WestAlabamaWorks team had a great time sharing information about the I.G.N.I.T.E. program with students and parents at Mega-WOW 2023! 🍏 @tuscaloosacareertech
Special thank you to Tucker and Steve for the personal tour at @mercedesbenzusi plant today! We are excited to share their incite with our students.
#WestAlabamaWorks Industry partners shared their wisdom and knowledge with the MMP instructors at the Train the Trainer event today. ⚙️🚘
We had a great time at our Quarterly Workforce Summit this morning. Thank you to all who attended and to those who provided industry updates. ⚙️🗓️ Thank you to @tuscaloosacareertech for hosting us and providing lunch.   #WestAlabamaWorks #WestAlabama #AlabamaWorks
Employers, students need you! With school back in session, students are looking for after school, part time and co-op positions to gain real world experience. Employers if you are interested in hiring students, check out our I.G.N.I.T.E. student job board. You can post student jobs and receive qualified ready to work students.   Post your open positions → 🔗 in bio   #WestAlabamaWorks #WestAlabama #AlabamaWorks #IGNITE #StudentJobs #JobsInRuralAlabama #JobsInSumterCounty #JobsInPickensCounty #JobsInMarengoCounty #JobsInHaleCounty #JobsInGreeneCounty #JobsInTuscaloosa #JobsInBibbCounty #JobsInLamar #JobsInFayette
Constructing a great WOW event for our students! ⚙️🚧🏗️ Today, our partners in the construction world met to discuss our annual WOW event. Our partners are excited to help students learn about the jobs in the construction industry and positively impact our students.  #WOW #WOWPrep #IndustryPartners #WorldsOfWork #Construction #ConstructionWorld
Waving good bye to summer and hello to an after school job 👋⛱️✏️   With school back in session, students are looking for after school, part time and co-op positions to gain real world experience. Employers if you are interested in hiring students, check out our I.G.N.I.T.E. student job board. You can post student jobs and receive qualified ready to work students.   List your student jobs → 🔗 in bio   #WestAlabamaWorks #WestAlabama #AlabamaWorks #IGNITE #StudentJobs #JobsInRuralAlabama #JobsInSumterCounty #JobsInPickensCounty #JobsInMarengoCounty #JobsInHaleCounty #JobsInGreeneCounty #JobsInTuscaloosa #JobsInBibbCounty #JobsInLamar #JobsInFayette
Our West AlabamaWorks team had the best time sharing information about our programs with the teachers at Unite for Education Celebration at Coleman Coliseum this week!⁠ ⁠ �#WestAlabamaWorks #WestAlabama #AlabamaWorks #IGNITE #AdoptASchool #UniteForEducation
Do you want to join the West AlabamaWorks! team? ⁠ ⁠ West AlabamaWorks! is hiring a Demopolis Workforce Center Coordinator. The individual in this role will be responsible for leading the outreach efforts, partnership development and day to day management of the Demopolis Workforce Center and serve on the grant implementation team for the WORC grant.⁠ ⁠ Responsibilities include:⁠ - Implementing grassroots outreach events across the Blackbelt counties for the purpose of recruiting individuals for programs, services, and moving them towards employment.⁠ - Work with WAW Navigators to ensure individuals are moving through the workforce development system.⁠ - Recruit employers that will engage with West AlabamaWorks!, and hire from training programs that are part of our strategy and processes.⁠ ⁠ Job requirements include:⁠ - Bachelor’s degree⁠ - Strong public speaking skills⁠ - Adaptable to change⁠ - Excellent verbal and written communication skills⁠ ⁠ To view the full list of responsibilities and requirements, visit the link in our bio to see the job description or apply. ⁠ ⁠ For more information contact,
Valmont Utility is excited to announce that we are hiring for full-time positions. ⁠ ⁠ Interested? Join us for walk-in interviews on Wednesday, August 2, 2023, from 2pm to 4pm. Please bring a valid photo ID and Social Security Card. ⁠ Application Link:⁠ ⁠ The pay rates start at $17.48/hr or better, depending on experience, with weekly pay. You can expect 40-60 hours per week (sometimes more) and will be eligible to enroll in our benefits program.⁠ ⁠ Our address is 3129 Inv. Dornell Cousette Street, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.⁠ ⁠ We provide on-the-job training and are proud to be a company that welcomes both felons and veterans.⁠ ⁠ Please arrive neatly dressed in jeans, a T-shirt, and tennis shoes. We look forward to meeting you!
2023 ChatGPT for Entrepreneurs: Your AI-Powered Assistant for Business Growth and Efficiency ⁠ Discover how incorporating ChatGPT into your daily workflow and marketing initiatives can significantly enhance productivity, creativity, and efficiency, empowering you to streamline tasks and access valuable insights for better decision-making.⁠ Register today! ⁠
Early Bird registration is now open for the 2023 AlabamaWorks! Conference. Visit the website to register and learn more about this conference.⁠
The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama announces the promotion of West AlabamaWorks! professional staff member NaTa’sha Black to Senior Project Manager, Modern Manufacturing Program. NaTa'sha joined the Chamber staff in September 2019. Prior to joining the Chamber and West AlabamaWorks!, she was the Advertising Manager and Customer Service Manager of Advertising with The Tuscaloosa News.
REGISTER:⁠ Clinician Jennifer Vanhorn will assist with identifying ways to make yourself a priority. Learn how to identify & incorporate boundaries, how to utilize personal strengths to achieve goals, how to effectively, and assertively, communicate your needs to others, and more. Lunch will be provided.
Understanding the New Ecosystem of Workforce Development⁠ Learn how to deploy the state and federal resources and how new programs can support your talent pipeline.⁠ Register at: ⁠
Early Bird registration is now open for the 2023 AlabamaWorks! Conference. Visit the website to register and learn more about this conference.

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Success Story

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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