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Duncanville Middle School Students gift blankets to United Way of West Alabama

Duncanville Middle School Students gift blankets to United Way of West Alabama

24, 7th and 8th grade students at DMS enjoyed trying something new, working together, and seeing the final product of the blanket come together. 
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Third Annual Talent Conference 2021

Third Annual Talent Conference 2021

Panelist discussed proven best practices within their organizations to recruit and retain employees during a workforce crisis.
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Diverse Business Council: 2021 Diversity Summit

Diverse Business Council: 2021 Diversity Summit

Make certain the right perspectives are in the room. It's not enough to simply include people at the table, but it's imperative to amplify everyone's voices, clear barriers, and appreciate each ...
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Career Online Education Program 2021 Graduate: Felicia Stewart-Taylor

Even with obstacles thrown her way at a young age, she did not let circumstances deter her from accomplishing a long sought out goal. With being just six credits shy of ...
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Alabama Office of Apprenticeship Launches Interactive Dashboard to Promote Apprenticeships

Alabama Office of Apprenticeship Launches Interactive Dashboard to Promote Apprenticeships

The Alabama Office of Apprenticeship (AOA) has recently launched an interactive dashboard to promote registered apprenticeship expansion in Alabama.
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Worlds of Work relaunches for virtual fall semester event

Worlds of Work relaunches for virtual fall semester event

A new feature this year with WOW is the addition of TransfrVR, learning in 3D or Augmented Reality.
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Women in Manufacturing Alabama wins three chapter awards

Women in Manufacturing Alabama wins three chapter awards

WiM Alabama Wins Three National Chapter Awards Honoring Member Recruitment, Event Execution and Chapter Revenue
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High school seniors interview for jobs during WOW 2.0

High school seniors interview for jobs during WOW 2.0

For the second year in a row, high school students from across West Alabama had the chance to meet local employers and pitch themselves as potential employees.
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Filing for unemployment during COVID-19

Filing for unemployment during COVID-19

The Alabama Department of Labor has updated their rules regarding unemployment filing during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are a displaced worker due to the virus — meaning your business cannot ...
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Area educators to tour Mercedes-Benz

Area educators to tour Mercedes-Benz

Educators from across West Alabama will tour Mercedes-Benz U.S. International and other forces in the automotive industry Tuesday, Jan. 22 and Friday, Jan. 24. The event is through West Alabama Works’ ...
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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