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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?

How do you Measure Success?

$24,450,898

FOR SUPPORT & TRAINING
SINCE 2017

Success by the Numbers

19,184

PEOPLE SERVED THROUGH CAREER CONNECT

27,650+

STUDENTS SERVED AT
WORLDS OF WORK EVENTS SINCE 2015

UPCOMING EVENTS AT A GLANCE
Jul
27

Pickens County Black Belt Hiring Event

10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Aliceville City Hall

West AlabamaWorks! has partnered with the City of Aliceville to host a hiring event Wednesday, July 27th in Pickens County

Jul
28

Lear Corporation Hiring Event

3:00 - 7:00 pm
Holiday Inn Express, McCalla, AL

Lear Corporation, an automotive supplier for Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, is actively hiring and training at their Vance and Cottondale facility for the launch of their McCalla facility. Lear Corp. was recently awarded the electrical business for the new electrical vehicle coming out in 2023 and with that comes a higher demand for workers.

The hiring and outreach event will take place July 28th from 3pm to 7pm at the Holiday Inn Express off exit 1 in McCalla. Lear is looking to fill positions for Seat Assemblers, Material Handlers, and Maintenance Technicians. Salaries range between $17/hr. to $27/hr. for the different positions.

Anyone attending the hiring event on July 28th is encouraged to complete their profile in our Career Connect system. Although pre-registration is not required, job seekers planning to attend the event can reduce their time in line by pre-registering at westalabamajobs.com/LEAR or centralsixjobs.com/LEAR

Aug
3

Quarterly Workforce Summit

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Easter Seals of West Alabama

Discuss workforce development, workforce needs, challenges and solutions with fellow industry leaders. Free and open to industry leaders, educators, policy makers and anyone involved with workforce development.

Register here

 

 

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

  • I made it all the way to 12th grade but it was just too hard for me to finish. I had a lot of encouragement, but I felt like my daughter who is a 'total care child' was more important to me. I thought I'd never finish so I ended up trying to obtain my GED, but come to find out when I wanted to start Shelton the GED I thought I obtained was not accredited. So this program came about at such a perfect time.

    Do it, it’s the best thing. It’s a feeling of relief for me and it’s something I thought I would never have and through this program I was able to obtain it. So, it’s a dream come true, a total dream come true. Yes I'm 46, but I did it!

    Felicia Stewart-Taylor

    High School Graduate at age 46

    Smart Horizon Career Online Education

  • 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! coordinates and engages all necessary resources to produce results that support the region needs and is an extremely important partner for the automotive industry in this region.  They fully support MBUSI and its Suppliers to find high-performing and engaged employees, dedicated to building the highest quality vehicles in a positive team culture. West AlabamaWorks! proactively drives effective actions, based on the collective needs of the region, by being the conduit to connect business and industry, government and educations leaders. 

    Rolf Wrona

    Vice President of Human Resources

    Mercedes-Benz U.S. International

  • 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! was a monumental part of my career. I want to thank them for having an event like WOW (Worlds of Work) and allowing me to be apart of it. I was able to learn about different career options at a crucial age when everyone asks "what's next? Now, I am a third year apprentice in the TJAC Local 372 Union working at McAbee Construction. This would not have been possible without having experienced WOW and WOW 2.0 and learning about opportunities right in town. I'm forever Grateful.

    Megan Coleman

    Apprentice

    Local 372 Pipefitters Union

  • 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

  • West Alabama Works supports DCH and the Healthcare Cluster strategically in coordinating the development and recruitment of qualified and engaged employees.  Their ability to assist us in creative brainstorming and problem solving for viable workforce solutions is invaluable.

    Peggy Sease-Fain

    Vice President of Human Resources

    DCH Healthcare System

  • 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

 

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2222 9th StreetTuscaloosa, AL 35401
 

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