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Quarterly Workforce Summit draws nearly 100 attendees

September 10th, 2020|0 Comments

Nearly 100 attendees participated in the Quarterly Workforce Summit Tuesday, Sept. 1 via Zoom. Tuscaloosa City Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Daria shared challenges and opportunities as they began the year virtually due to COVID-19. Dr. [...]

Skilled Trades of West Alabama Launches

September 3rd, 2020|0 Comments

Skilled Trades of West Alabama, a state-of-the-art construction training center, held an open house Tuesday, Sept. 1. The center is located at 1300 James I. Harrison Parkway in Tuscaloosa. The apprenticeship training center is a project [...]

West Alabama Childcare Database

August 20th, 2020|0 Comments

Download the PDF here or view the list below. Boys & Girls Clubs of West Alabama2201 Alberta Parkway Tuscaloosa, AL 35404205.553.3839http://www.bgcwestal.orgAges: Primary (ages 5-8) to High School Programs offered: Full Day, After SchoolHours: 7:45 a.m.-6 [...]

5 Reasons to Become an RN in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

August 10th, 2020|0 Comments

Tuscaloosa, Alabama and the surrounding West Alabama area is a rapidly growing region with competitive opportunities for registered nurses. Check out why you should become an RN in Tuscaloosa. 1. A top place to live [...]

Download our West Alabama Zoom Backgrounds

April 6th, 2020|0 Comments

Missing your community during COVID-19? Download our West Alabama Zoom backgrounds to help! Each background represents one of the nine counties West Alabama Works serves. Download them here. Cahaba River, Bibb County Bird Farm Sculptures, [...]

West Alabama Works, Shelton State Offer First Virtual Ready to Work Class

April 3rd, 2020|0 Comments

West Alabama Works and Shelton State Community College will offer the region’s first virtual Ready to Work course beginning Monday, April 6. “Though many individuals are facing unemployment due to COVID-19, other industries are hiring [...]

West Alabama Works partners will state agencies for COVID-19 webinar

March 31st, 2020|0 Comments

West Alabama Works has partnered with state leaders in education, workforce development, human services and public policy for the Alabama Works COVID-19 Response Webinar, taking place Tuesday, March 31 at 4 p.m.  “Sharing our practices [...]

West Alabama Works partners with Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA to offer childcare for essential employees

March 26th, 2020|0 Comments

West Alabama Works has created a solution for childcare for essential employees by partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of West Alabama and YMCA Tuscaloosa. The two organizations will offer childcare for children of essential [...]

Filing for unemployment during COVID-19

March 19th, 2020|0 Comments

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 afford to pay you [...]

Area educators to tour Mercedes-Benz

January 30th, 2020|0 Comments

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’ award-winning Educator Workforce Academy. [...]

Chamber exec appointed to Governor’s education committee

January 27th, 2020|0 Comments

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 serve as an officer [...]

Brookwood High School featured in Cooperative Farming Magazine

December 9th, 2019|0 Comments

Brookwood High School's Future Farmers of America group was featured in the December issue of Cooperative Farming News. The article highlights the students' involvement with Worlds of Work, West Alabama's immersive career expo. "In the [...]

Governor honors West Alabama Works for helping people with disabilities

October 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities presented West Alabama Works with the Public Service Award for West Alabama at the Alabama Department of Rehabilitative Services (ADRS) Awards Ceremony Oct. 17.  The award [...]

Combating turnover with creative solutions in healthcare

September 27th, 2019|0 Comments

By: Peggy Sease, VP of Human Resources for DCH Health System DCH Health System employs over 4,000 people, but in recent years, we’ve found difficulty hiring our frontline caregivers – patient care assistants (PCA). PCAs [...]

Faith-based Youth Engagement Initiative

September 9th, 2019|0 Comments

West Alabama Works is partnering with our region's faith-based leaders to help West Alabama's youth succeed. The group is developing a strategic plan to help point their youth group members and high schoolers in general [...]

West Alabama Works takes services to Bibb County

August 27th, 2019|0 Comments

Event attendees apply for jobs at the Bibb County Outreach & Hiring Event. Approximately 100 people attended West Alabama Works’ Bibb County Outreach and Hiring Event Thursday, August 22 at Bibb County Career Academy. “We [...]

YouScience Data Reveals Tuscaloosa Students’ Job Aptitude, Interests

August 6th, 2019|0 Comments

Representatives from YouScience and the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama/West Alabama Works unveiled data from a new talent pipeline report showcasing Tuscaloosa high school students’ aptitudes for careers in health care, information technology, construction, [...]

Governor’s Office, industry leaders, educators create career tech plan

August 5th, 2019|0 Comments

Representatives from Mercedes-Benz, Nucor Steel, Bolta US, ZF Chassis Systems, Phifer Incorporated and Brose discuss strategies to improve career technical education in Alabama. West Alabama industry leaders, educators, students and parents met at Shelton State [...]

Path to Success campaign showcases nontraditional achievement for students

July 25th, 2019|0 Comments

Path to Success displays the importance of career readiness in the K12 school system to foster progress in West Alabama. TUSCALOOSA, AL – West Alabama Works launched its Path to Success campaign to challenge West [...]

Career technical education resources

May 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

Career technical education (CTE) is no longer the days of shop. Today, CTE students receive training for many of our region’s most competitive and highest paying jobs, all while they’re in high school. The Worlds of [...]

Program helps former inmates find employment

May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

Russell DuBose (left) of Phifer Incorporated and Brad Newman (right) of ZF Chassis Systems discuss challenges and successes with PREP at the Alabama Works conference. A former inmate has received a job thanks to the [...]

First-ever regional career tech signing day

May 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Approximately 85 local high school seniors were honored at the first-ever West Alabama Regional Signing Day Honoring Career Technical Education Thursday, May 2, at Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy. Lamont Pickens signs on with DCH [...]

West Alabama Works earns increased WIOA budget

February 28th, 2019|0 Comments

West Alabama Works’ WIOA budget increased almost 50 percent. The original $3.9 million budget is now $6.4 million. West Alabama Works was awarded the budget increase based on performance. About WIOA: The Workforce Innovation and [...]

West Alabama Works earns $1.5 million grant

February 28th, 2019|0 Comments

The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded $1.5 million in grant funding to the West Alabama Works (WAW) - Region 3 Workforce Development Council. “Today’s announcement continues an ongoing commitment for innovative economic development in Appalachia’s [...]

WOW 2.0 reaches record number of registrants

February 28th, 2019|0 Comments

Nearly 600 West Alabama high school seniors have registered to interview for jobs at WOW 2.0 April 16. Designed for high school juniors and seniors, WOW 2.0 allows young adults to engage with employers and [...]

Bolta US Names Gudrun Pechtold Plant Manager

September 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Tuscaloosa, AL August 21, 2018 – Bolta US, one of the leading specialists in surface finishing in the automotive industry, announces that Ms. Gudrun Pechtold, Vice President and CFO, has been named Plant Manager. [...]

SMP and MollerTech Grand Openings

June 7th, 2018|0 Comments

On March 13th, Top MöllerTech executives joined state and local leaders for its grand opening at the new 150,000-square-foot facility in the Woodstock community’s Scott G. Davis Industrial Park. For MöllerTech, the new plant will [...]

West AlabamaWorks! Has Turned Full Scale Attention To Pickens County

June 7th, 2018|0 Comments

The current workforce needs in West Alabama require the engagement of our rural counties. Community leaders have come together in Pickens County to meet the community's needs. Audrey Vaughn, Rural Outreach Coordinator, West AlabamaWorks! [...]

Reintegrating The Alabama Army National Guard Into The Workforce

June 7th, 2018|0 Comments

In conjunction with Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI), West AlabamaWorks! (WAW) hosted Major General Sheryl Gordon from the Alabama Army National Guard (ALNG) along with her team. The meeting was a giant leap forward in [...]

Join The SMP Team!

June 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Tuesday June 12, 2018 6—8 PM Brookwood High School 12250 George Richmond Parkway Brookwood, AL 35444

Tuscaloosa Job Fair ~ June 7th

June 5th, 2018|0 Comments

Tuscaloosa Job Fair is Thursday, June 7th from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the McDonald Hughes Community Center. Employers and job seekers can register here: labor.alabama.gov/jobfair Would you like to contact someone about [...]

Central High School Community Is Ready To Work

June 4th, 2018|0 Comments

The High School Ready to Work program continues to expand with more than 12 schools ready to commit in August 2018. Russell DuBose, Human Resources Director at Phifer Inc., continues to lead this great initiative through [...]

Automotive Hiring Fair Results In Over 700 Contingent Job Offers

June 4th, 2018|0 Comments

West AlabamaWorks! held an Automotive Hiring Fair Saturday, May 5 at Central High School in Tuscaloosa. Rather than the usual career fair; however, the event was structured as a hiring engagement event. Following “speed [...]

Career Technical Education – CTE 101

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Learn more about how Career Technical Education (CTE) prepares learners for their futures while closing the skills gap for employers across the country.

Clusters Update

May 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Cluster work continues as many programs such as Modern Manufacturing CTE programs, and a new focus on construction trades CTE programs grow. Construction, Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Automotive all are on point and continue to [...]

Workforce Training Needs Assessment Data Results

May 15th, 2018|0 Comments

At the April Automotive Cluster Meeting, Donny Jones revealed the workforce training needs assessment for the Automotive Industry in West Alabama. If you have any questions, please contact Brittani Colburn at 205.391.0334 [...]

Automotive Hiring Fair Photo Gallery

May 14th, 2018|0 Comments

High School Ready To Work

May 14th, 2018|0 Comments

The High School Ready to Work program continues to expand with more than 10 schools ready to commit in August 2018. Russell DuBose, Human Resources Director at Phifer Inc., continues to lead this great [...]

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Automotive Hiring Fair- Saturday, May 5th

April 30th, 2018|0 Comments

This weekend, job seekers will get a chance to interview and be hired by several automotive industry companies. The Region 3 Workforce Development Council / West Alabama Works, Inc. are hosting an Automotive Hiring [...]

Construction Training Programs Grant Opportunity

April 29th, 2018|0 Comments

This is an excellent source for funding our region’s commercial / industrial construction training projects (grants focusing on residential construction will not be funded). The due date for 2018 Craft Training Grant Guidelines is [...]

Worlds of Work Sponsorship/Exhibitor Opportunities

April 20th, 2018|0 Comments

The Worlds of Work Career Expo is a project of the West Alabama Works, Region 3 Workforce Development Council, and The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.  The Expo will be a fun, educational, hands-on opportunity for [...]

Quarterly Workforce Summit – May 1st

April 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Will you be attending?

West Alabama Works WOW 2.0 Video

March 12th, 2018|0 Comments

WOW 2.0 is a program of West Alabama Works for junior and seniors in high school and post-secondary students looking to connect with jobs in our region. This is part of our Worlds of [...]

Brookwood Logistics Center’s Ribbon Cutting

March 5th, 2018|0 Comments

On Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, Tuscaloosa County School System held a ribbon cutting for Brookwood Logistics Center. Today's facilities highlight the partnerships and dedicated support of West AlabamaWorks, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, Mercedes-Benz [...]

Educator Workforce Academy

March 1st, 2018|0 Comments

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 [...]

WOW 2.0 Update

March 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Today's challenging economy means young people need to make the best career choice possible. However, many students still do not know of the career opportunities and paths that are available to them. West AlabamaWorks! [...]

Read-To-Work High School Update

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Currently, the High School Ready to Work program has 80 participating high school Seniors from Central High School, Greensboro High School, and Hale County High School. Upon graduating The Ready-To-Work program, there will be [...]

Ready-To-Work 2 Year Hiring Strategy

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

West Alabama has to fill 6,000 jobs over the next 18 months. In a collaborative effort with West AlabamaWorks!, AIDT, Alabama Community College System, and Alabama Career Center System a 2 year hiring strategy [...]

TJATC Welding Meet and Greet

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Tuscaloosa Joint Apprentice Training Center "Meet and Greet" Industry Day was a joint venture between local business and skilled labor designed to train our future workforce. The event provided continuing education to welding instructors [...]

Local Workforce Development Board Membership Training This March

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) will be sponsoring local workforce development board membership training in three locations during the month of March. The training will be of a very high [...]

Cottondale Outreach Event

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

A total of 282 parents and family members of Cottondale, Lake View, and Vance Elementary students attended an outreach event at Cottondale Elementary on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Of those job seekers, 232 were registered and processed [...]

Northport Career Tech Annex

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

The Tuscaloosa County School System held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Northport Career Tech Annex on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. It is approximately 22,000 square feet and is scheduled to be completed by mid-October [...]

Phifer Welcomes Ready-To-Work Grad to Apprenticeship Program

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Jacoby Dixon graduated from Central High School in May, 2017. During his senior year, he completed the high school based Ready-To-Work (RTW) program developed by a consortium of stakeholders from Tuscaloosa City Schools, Shelton [...]

Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative

February 28th, 2018|0 Comments

Prisoner Re-Entry Meeting at Bank of Tuscaloosa February 2018 It is clear with the 3.5% unemployment rate and the 6,000 jobs needing to be filled by the end of the year that [...]

RFPs Q & A’s

February 12th, 2018|0 Comments

Pre-apprenticeship programs are defined as a program designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship program and has a documented partnership with at least one, if not more Registered Apprenticeship [...]

Region 3 Workforce Board Releases RFPs

February 1st, 2018|0 Comments

A Request for Proposals (RFP) was released on February 1, 2018 for the solicitation of an organization to be the operator for the One Stop Career Center system and/or deliver WIOA career services to [...]

New Unified Workforce System to Better Link Employers and Job Seekers

November 15th, 2016|0 Comments

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama business, education and workforce training leaders announced today a major step in transforming the state’s workforce development efforts into one unified system. The new system, AlabamaWorks, will seamlessly link employers looking [...]

100% Goal Achieved

October 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Tuscaloosa County Achieves Certification as ACT Work Ready Community—First metro community in the State of Alabama Tuscaloosa, ALABAMA—November 17, 2016 marks a momentous day in workforce development in Tuscaloosa.  West Alabama Works today [...]

West Alabama Works – Transformation Update

September 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Construction Craft Academy Now Training Students One of the most satisfying and exciting aspects of the rebranding of Alabama’s workforce system is that the process brings so many key stakeholders together for a [...]