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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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Need a job in West Alabama? Brookwood Career Center open

West Alabama Works has opened the Brookwood Career Center to help deliver job training services to people seeking employment in healthcare, hospitality and manufacturing.
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Alabama gets $1.4 million grant for job training in coal counties

Alabama gets $1.4 million grant for job training in coal counties

Alabama is one of nine states to receive grant money through the Appalachian Regional Commission for economic development and other initiatives in coal-industry impacted areas.  
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Students can apply at Worlds of Work 2.0 job fair

Students can apply at Worlds of Work 2.0 job fair

A local economic development program will host a job fair for high school juniors and seniors and postsecondary students next month, encouraging applications for jobs that are in high demand in ...
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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