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! (WAW) held a community leader partnership meeting earlier this month. More than 20 community leaders were in attendance to discuss and explore the many programs and resources available for job training like Ready-To-Work (RTW) that lead to direct employment. Among the attendees were the Pickens County Career Technical Education Director and Community Action Agency representatives
With the opening of the Pickens County College and Career Center, another resource has been added to deliver RTW training modules to the community.
This meeting resulted in discussion regarding an Outreach Event to be held in Pickens County in July where attendees will have the opportunity to register with West AlabamaWorks! This event is open to the public and showcases its primary resources such as the web-based employment portal, Career Connect. A large range of local employers use Career Connect to find qualified employees. This system also enables participants to connect with free job training and educational opportunities such as Ready-To-Work.
The automotive industry alone has 6,000 jobs that need to be filled in the next 12 months. Picken County’s involvement is vital to the growth and security of our employers in West Alabama. The resources are available, but the Pickens County community has to be willing and ready to take advantage of them. This meeting was a great step towards workforce development in Pickens County.