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West Alabama Works

We are West AlabamaWorks! We recruit, train, and empower a highly-skilled workforce driven by business and industry needs in West Alabama. 

How Can We Help You?

$24,450,898

FOR SUPPORT & TRAINING
SINCE 2017

Success by the Numbers

19,184

PEOPLE SERVED THROUGH CAREER CONNECT

27,650+

STUDENTS SERVED AT
WORLD OF WORK EVENTS SINCE 2015

Workforce Happenings

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West AlabamaWorks! is proud to announce Worlds of Work is back in-person for its biggest event of the year. WOW is returning for a 2-day event on the campus of Shelton State Community College (Martin Campus)! WOW is a hands-on career exploration experience for our 4,000 ninth grade students expand⁠ ing across our nine-county region.⁠ ⁠ Become a WOW sponsor + Register your company to be an exhibitor today: https://conta.cc/3uqt6Og

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Join us for our upcoming Healthcare Cluster Meeting being held July 18th from 3-4:30pm at the West Alabama Workforce and Community Development Center. More Info: https://westalabamaworks.com/calendar-events/23469

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In observance of July 4th, our office will be closed on Monday, July 4th. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, July 5th.

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SAVE THE DATE!⁠ West AlabamaWorks! and the City of Livingston would like to invite you to a hiring event on Thursday, July 14th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. hosted at the Livingston Civic Center.⁠ ⁠ Read for more information: https://westalabamaworks.com/posts/2022/07/01/black-belt-hiring-event-continues-in-sumter-county or call (334) 310-9511.

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Mark your calendar for our next Quarterly Workforce Summit⁠ Register to attend: https://business.tuscaloosachamber.com/events/details/2022-quarterly-workforce-summit-08-25-2022-9491⁠ ⁠ When: Wednesday, August 3rd⁠ Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm (Noon-1pm Lunch & Facility Tour)⁠ Where: Easter Seals of West Alabama⁠ 1400 James I. Harrison Jr. Pkwy East,Tuscaloosa, Al 35405⁠ ⁠ Free and open to industry leaders, educators, policy makers and anyone involved with workforce development.

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West Alabama Society of Human Resources Professionals invite you to the 2022 Leadership Workshop on August 26 from 7:30 am - 3:30 p.m. at @sheltonstate. Several speakers will discuss topics tying into this year's theme, Reboot. This event includes breakfast, lunch and will wrap up the day with door prizes. Early Bird Registration: https://bit.ly/THRP-2022

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You will love this session with a written blueprint on how to build an Empowered Marketing Plan for your business.⁠ ⁠ This event is part of the Spring Small Business Training Series presented by Goosehead Insurance, Kyle McAdams Agency.⁠ ⁠ Workshop Lead: Gene Lewis, Empowerment Strategies⁠ ⁠ Register here: https://business.tuscaloosachamber.com/events/details/2022-the-empowerment-marketing-plan-9457

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ICYMI: Tuscaloosa CommUNITY Event happening tomorrow June 23rd from 10am-2pm at the McDonald Hughes Community Center. ⁠ ⁠ Speakers include Michele Coley (Allstate Insurance), and Jacquie Johnson (Alabama One).⁠ ⁠ See you there!

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Join us for our upcoming Automotive Cluster meeting this Friday June 24th at the BTI Center at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International. For more information email Nata'sha Black at natasha@westalabamachamber.com

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Tuscaloosa HR Professionals are going to shake things up for their June meeting by holding an evening social at Civil Axe Throwing to celebrate National "Let It Go Day", Thursday, June 23 from 5:30pm-7:30pm RSVP to Kat Cagle at Katherine.Cagle@phifer.com

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In honor of the holiday, our office will be closed on Monday, June 20th. We will resume normal operations on Tuesday.

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Today is the last day to Volunteer for the World Games, Region 3 booth! Positions include: Greeter, Runner, Regional representative, and there is also a role where volunteers can get in a motion suit to do some of the games! Volunteer Today! https://8l22qio86mt.typeform.com/to/EE14MB9X?typeform-source=t.co

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We are excited to have our very own, Sabrina Thomas, Regional Workforce Council Liaison, workforce development and her husband, Hillcrest High School Assistant Principal, Kevin Thomas go through the Educator Workforce Academy (EWA), session four. They mark the first married couple to participate in the program at the same time and cohort. We look forward to seeing them graduate in October during WOW along with their entire cohort. Thank you to BF Goodrich for the facility tour and hospitality shown to our regional educators today! ___ EWA is a year-long training program for educators in West Alabama to expose them to workforce development and our region’s industries to eliminate the disconnection between industry and education to give students the best chance possible for future success.

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Virtual Hiring Event continues through Wednesday! Now is your opportunity to work in the healthcare profession! 🩺🏥 @dchsystem has immediate openings. Many positions include a signing bonus + full benefits. Apply today: westalabamajobs.com/DCH

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Regional Black Belt hiring tour continues this week in Marengo County! 🗓️ June 15, 2022 📍 Demopolis Civic Center 🕑 9am-2pm For more information: https://westalabamaworks.com/posts/2022/06/13/regional-black-belt-hiring-tour-continues-in-marengo-county

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GOING ON NOW 🏥🩺 If you've ever wanted to work in the healthcare profession, now is your opportunity! @dchsystem has immediate openings, both in and out of the medical field. Many positions include a signing bonus + full benefits. Apply today: westalabamajobs.com/DCH

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Adopt-A-School: Here we grow again! 🍎 📏 ✏️ Four schools impacted by 10 partnerships with AAS this month through companies, businesses, and churches in Greene County. Read more: https://westalabamaworks.com/posts/2022/06/08/adopt-a-school-reigns-big-in-greene-county

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DCH is hiring full-time + part-time positions in a week-long virtual hiring event beginning Wedn. June 8th. 📌 100+ positions 📌 positions earning up to $24/hr 📌 $1,500 & $18,000 signing bonuses Apply: westalabamajobs.com/DCH For more information: https://westalabamaworks.com/posts/2022/06/03/dch-virtual-hiring-event-begins-next-week

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HAPPENING NOW: The ATN Safety Intervention & Assertiveness training is equipping over 10 different companies with skills needed to take the next steps to improve safety in the workplace. 📍 @mysheltonstate Presented by Alabama Technology Network (ATN) and Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) *This training is a result of a conversation about managing risks and safe work practices during a recent manufacturing cluster meeting.

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We're 1 week away from the next stop in our Regional Black Belt hiring tour! Next week we'll be in Hale County reaching individuals who are looking for a job, new career path, or trade. 🗓️ June 9, 2022 🕑 2pm-6pm For more information: https://westalabamaworks.com/posts/2022/06/02/black-belt-hiring-event-continues-in-hale-county

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We are thrilled to be exhibiting at the World Games in the ALabama EXperience "ALEX" booth. We invite you to volunteer to serve at the Region 3 booth between July 7-17 in Birmingham. Sign up to volunteer to be a part of '"ALEX" 8l22qio86mt.typeform.com/to/EE14MB9X

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Take your Excel proficiency beyond Beginning and Intermediate Excel. Register today for the Advanced Microsoft Excel workshop June 9th from 8am-noon. * Microsoft Excel Advanced is part of the Spring Small Business Training series presented by Goosehead Insurance, Kyle McAdams Agency. Register: https://tuscaloosachamberal.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/9473

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Do you know safe work practices? Now is a good time to learn them. June 6th at the C.A. Fredd Campus of @sheltonstate ATN will host a FREE Safety Intervention & Assertiveness Training from 8am-5pm. #Safetyintheworkplace Seating is limited REGISTER TODAY: https://tuscaloosachamberal.chambermaster.com/eventregistration/register/9506

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We appreciate @bibbmedicalcenter Wellness for hosting our Quarterly Workforce Summit this morning in their newly opened 28,000 Sq. Ft. facility.

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ICYMI: A week ago today, WAWStudentJobs.com launched to connect student to jobs in West Alabama. It's easy! 1. Employers submit open positions for students ages 14-15 & 16-18 2. Students sign up & apply 3. Employers fill a need 4. Students make money & learn life skills! Check out the site: WAWStudentJobs.com

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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

 
Upcoming Events At A Glance
Jun
23

Tuscaloosa CommUNITY event

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
McDonald Hughes Community Center

Tuscaloosa CommUNITY Event, 10am-2pm at the McDonald Hughes Community Center.

Speakers include Michele Coley (Allstate Insurance), and Jacquie Johnson (Alabama One)

Jun
24

Automotive Cluster Meeting

7:30 - 9:30 am
Mercedes-Benz

West Alabama Works’ largest cluster meeting is ideal for automotive manufacturers, automotive suppliers, career technical educators and staffing agencies. Hear updates on production schedules to better prepare your business and participate in industry-specific training opportunities.

 

Location: Mercedes-Benz (BTI Room A12)

Contact Information: NaT'asha Black, Modern Manufacturing Project Manager

Natasha@westalabamachamber.com

Jul
18

Healthcare Cluster Meeting

1:00 - 2:30 pm
2222 9th Street Tuscaloosa, Al 35405

Ideal for healthcare practitioners, human resources professionals, health science educators and relevant service providers, West Alabama Works’ Healthcare Cluster Meeting offers innovative strategies for West Alabama’s healthcare industry. From developing workforce pipelines to assist with patient care assistant shortages to using grant funding to train new employees, this meeting provides answers for the industry.

 

Location:

Alabama Workforce and Community Development Center (Regions Boardroom)

 
RSVP Today!
Contact Information:
Lauren Collier, Outreach and Project Manager Workforce Development
lauren@westalabamachamber.com

 

 

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2222 9th StreetTuscaloosa, AL 35401