Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council
Region 9 News
April 2013
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Introduction to NCCER Workshop for Employers
April 10, 2013
9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m
AIDT Maritime Training Center
To register, click here.
SAWDC Quarterly
Council Meeting
June 5, 2013
9:00 a.m to Noon
Region 9
Grant Applications
FY2013 Round 3 and
FY2014 Round I Deadlines
June 5, 2013
Presentation to the Full Council at the SAWDC Quarterly Council Meeting
July 5, 2013
Applications Due To SAWDC
2 Originals 
1 Electronic Copy sent to
July 19, 2013
Grants Review Committee
10:00 a.m.
August 7, 2013
Applications Due To
Click here for
application forms.
15th Annual Business Expo/Jobs Fair
April 25, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall


For more information, click here.


Thank You

Region 9

 Champions for Industry

for your ongoing support of our

current and future workforce!  


City of Mobile

Mobile County

Baldwin County

Board of Education

Choctaw County

Clarke County

Conecuh County

Escambia County

Monroe County

Washington County  


Executive Committee

Sam Covert
Alabama Power
Vice Chairman
Sandra Koblas
 Austal USA
Jim Searcy 
Coastal Gateway
David Scheid
Legal Counsel
David Hannan
Johnstone, Adams, Bailey,
Gordon & Harris, LLC
Past Chairman
Troy Wayman
Mobile Area
Chamber of Commerce
Carolyn Akers,
Mobile Area
Education Foundation
Owen Bailey
USA Children & Women's
Bob Higgins
Higgins & Associates
Tim Johnson
Central Gulf
Industrial Alliance
Lee Lawson
Baldwin County Economic
Development Alliance
Joseph Ng
ST Aerospace Mobile
Steve Perry
Community Leader
Cheryl Williams
Sperion Staffing
Laura Chandler
Executive Director
   Austal USA Hosts SAWDC Quarterly Council Meeting
On Wednesday, March 20th, Austal USA hosted the SAWDC Quarterly Council meeting at their new office complex located on Addsco Road in Mobile, Alabama.  Craig Perciavalle, President and CEO, kicked off the meeting followed by Don Keeler, Vice President of Human Resources.  The day's event concluded with a tour of Austal USA's state of the art manufacturing facility.   

Craig Pericavelle march quarterly crowd shot

 tour shotMarch 2013 Council meeting

Thank you to Austal USA and their terrific team for all your hard work in coordinating and hosting this event!

National Fund for Workforce Solutions Holds Annual Director's Meeting
nfws logo
The annual director's meeting for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS) was hosted in Chicago by the Joyce Foundation, an NFWS investor.  NFWS Executive Director, Fred Dedrick, alongside Deputy Director, Navjeet Singh, spent two days with 30 of the NFWS site directors from across the nation including SAWDC's Laura Chandler and SAWDC Project Coordinator, Darwin Bolden.   
The NFWS mission is the career advancement of low wage workers using a model of substantial employer engagement in order to increase the potential for successful outcomes.   SAWDC has been an NFWS site since May 2010.  Since that time, SAWDC has established four industry partnerships (aviation, industrial construction/manufacturing, maritime, and healthcare) and served 383 jobseekers and incumbent workers - 300 of those served have moved into industry jobs and/or upgraded their skills with 213 receiving industry recognized credentials. 

SAWDC and Enterprise State Community College Kick Off the 

Aviation Industry Partnership

Click here to read more

by Kelli Dugan with the Press Register.


SAWDC and the Alabama Aviation Center of Mobile, a division of Enterprise State Community College, hosted the first meeting of the Aviation Industry Partnership, which will serve as the Center's advisory council.  The partnership will consist of lead industry employers. Its formation will allow SAWDC and its partner organizations within the workforce development system to better serve industry's needs and ensure the availability of a qualified candidate pool. 


Industry representatives at the March 27th meeting included ST Aerospace Mobile's Bill Hafner, Vice President Human Resources, Michael Spakelak, AMT Administrator, and Robert Turner, AMT Program Administrator, as well as Tom Greer with Southern Avionics, and Ken Berga with UTC Aerospace Systems.  Segers Aero Corporation, Mobile Airport Authority, Airbus, and Continental Motors will also serve.


For more information, please contact:


Sherry Wade

Aviation Industry Coordinator





Kyle Cook

Director, Gulf Coast Operations

ESCC Alabama Aviation Center





Congratulations, Dr. Bert Eichold!

2012 Mobilian of the Year


Dr. Eichold 


Dr. Bert Eichold, Mobile County Public Health Department's Public Health Officer and SAWDC Council member, was named 2012 Mobilian of the Year by the Cottage Hill Civitan Club.  Click here to read more.


A reception and dinner honoring Dr. Eichold will be hosted by the Civitan Club on Thursday, April 4th, at the USA Mitchell Center.  For ticket information, click here

SAWDC's Vision is to develop a comprehensive, integrated workforce development system which creates a skilled, diverse, motivated, adaptable workforce that better meets the needs of employers and leads to a better quality of life for our citizens.
SAWDC's Mission is to develop strategic partnerships which attract, educate and train students and workers to better meet employer needs and foster economic growth in a global marketplace.
For more information on how you can become involved with the efforts of the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council and Region 9, please call 251-445-2090.