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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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Chamber exec appointed to Governor’s education committee

Chamber exec appointed to Governor’s education committee

Gov. Kay Ivey appointed Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama COO and West Alabama Works Executive Director Donny Jones to the Alabama Committee on Credentialing and Career Pathways (ACCCP). He will ...
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Hiring event scheduled in Hale County Thursday

West Alabama Works’ Hale County Outreach and Hiring Event will take place Thursday, August 29 at Hale County High School from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open ...
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Job applicants invited to hiring event in Moundville

Job applicants invited to hiring event in Moundville

Job applicants are invited to attend a hiring event from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Hale County High School, 50 Wildcat Way in Moundville.
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Educator Workforce Academy tours Nucor Steel in Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - Dozens of West Alabama educators grabbed a hard hat and suited up to tour Nucor Steel’s Tuscaloosa plant Thursday.  
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PREP creates pipeline for West AL companies to find employees released from prison

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - The Prison Re-entry Program (PREP) creates a new pipeline for West Alabama companies to find employees after they’ve been released from state prison.  
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West AL Works College Career Day answers questions for students

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - West Alabama Works wanted to make sure students had all the information they need to make the best decision whether to attend a two- or four-year college ...
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Students look for jobs at West Alabama Works Event

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - West Alabama Works organized an event where dozens of companies are to looking to fill positions with qualified employees.  
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Success Stories

  • 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

  • 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 on 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 Practioner

    Northwest Alabama Mental Health Clinic