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 and are in desperate need for more employees due to the crisis. We need a safe way to train these future workers during this time, which led to the creation of our virtual Ready to Work class with Shelton,” said Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama COO and West Alabama Works Executive Director Donny Jones.

Ready to Work is a program operated by the Alabama Community College System in cooperation with AIDT, providing a career pathway for individuals with limited education and employment experience. Ready to Work’s workplace environment provides trainees the entry-level skills required for employment with most businesses and industries in Alabama. Training is provided at no cost to participants. The RTW sites are selected on a priority basis according to economic need and the college’s demonstrated ability to ensure effective program operations and services.

Virtual Ready to Work classes will last three weeks, and all course requirements can be fulfilled using a smartphone. Courses will be a blend of self-paced assignments and virtual meetings online with the instructor. 

Virtual Ready to Work will include three class times: 8:30-11:30 a.m., 1-4 p.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Students may choose whatever class time is most convenient and can work on assignments at any time of the day. Instructors will be available for questions, help and feedback during the scheduled class times.

West Alabama Works and Shelton State plan to stagger classes, allowing new students to join each Monday. To register for Ready to Work, submit your application via www.westalabamajobs.com.