Student Success Stories

  • 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

Worlds of Work

Worlds of Work

WELCOME TO WORLDS OF WORK.
Worlds of Work creates awareness about exciting career options among students and educators while addressing workforce needs in the region. Existing employers in the region continue to have unfilled job openings due to a shortage of skilled workers. WOW helps companies find potential workers and students find paths to success.

Virtual WOW

Educator Success Stories

  • 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

Educator Workforce Academy

The Educator Workforce Academy is a year-long training program for educators in West Alabama, exposing them to workforce development and our region’s industries. Established in 2017 by West Alabama Works, the Academy is designed to eliminate the disconnection between industry and education, giving our region’s students the best chance possible for success.

Career Exploration

Using virtual reality technology, our outreach team is hard at work, connecting with students and offering the chance to explore different career pathways during in-person visits to our area schools. Check out where we are headed next!

 
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Community Colleges

Community College

The Alabama Community College System’s commitment to access is characterized by statewide geographical locations, open enrollment, and low-cost tuition, as well as a variety of programs and services that remove barriers to college entrance, education pathways, and workforce training opportunities.