West Alabama Works launched another exciting program at the 2017 Worlds of Work event: The Educator Workforce Academy. The Academy is designed with specific outcomes to bolster the K-12 pipeline in West Alabama.  School Systems have worked together with WAW to develop a workforce and leadership academy. This will help to familiarize educators to the world of business and industry. Throughout the year, educators will learn about Region 3 workforce development needs. The outcome is training administrators on how to lead students through the maze of college and career opportunities.

Due to the overwhelming interest in participation, The Academy now composes of 2 cohorts. Each cohort meets 4 times per year and the groups have toured entities such as the Brookwood Workforce Center, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Phifer Incorporated and McAbee Construction. Topic discussion include Introduction to Workforce Development, Employment Engagement and Career Opportunities, Workforce Development and the New Economy, and the Impact of the Automotive Industry. Guest speakers have included Fitzgerald Washington, Department of Labor, Josh Laney, Department of Education, and Joye Jones, Director of Workforce Development at Shelton State Community College. Each session ends with a debrief where the group discusses takeaways and how they can implement these ideas in their schools to make a difference. Cohort 1 and 2 will conclude in June. There is already a waiting list for cohort 3 which will launch in October 2018.

Read the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama’s article here.