Sou thwest Alabama Workforce Development C ouncil
Region 9 News
Baldwin-Choctaw-Clarke-Conecuh-Escambia-Mobile-Monroe- Washington

December 2015
SAWDC & CGIA Joint Quarterly Council & Membership Meeting

December 10, 2015
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Gulf Quest National Maritime Museum

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Board of Directors

Sandra Koblas
  Austal USA
Vice Chairman
George Vann
Bill Hafner
VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering

Lee Lawson
Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance 
Legal Counsel
David Hannan
Maynard Cooper & Gale

Past  Chairman
Sam Covert
Alabama Power
Carolyn Akers
Mobile Area
Education Foundation

Chris Comstock

Ketrenia Crenshaw
Boise Paper 

Ronnie Hall
Georgia Pacific

Frank Jelercic
Central Gulf
Industrial Alliance
John Johnson
Coastal Gateway

Jennifer Ogle

Janice Rehm
USA Children's & Women's

Randy Rogers
Evonik Industries

Lesleigh Smith
Performance Contractors

Jill Stork
Alabama Power 

Troy Wayman
Mobile Area
Chamber of Commerce
Laura Chandler
Executive Director
Council Members

Pete Black
  Parson & Whittemore
Ken Corley
Olin Corporation
David Dexter
AM/NS Calvert

Bob Jones
United Bank
Emily Jones
Quincey Compressor

Charlotte Kopf
Associated General Contractors
James Martin
Creek Indian Enterprises

Carol Statter
Infirmary Health
Green Suttles
Mobile Gas

Jill Vinson
Gia Wiggins
BAE Systems


CGIA's Assistance leads to Grant for Jefferson Davis Community College 
The Jeff Davis Community College welding program in Atmore will be able to double capacity, serve more dual-enrollment students and produce more work-ready welders every year thanks to the assistance of the Central Gulf Industrial Alliance.

Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance wrote and secured the $150,000 grant from the Delta Regional Authority (DRA). The grant will allow the school to transform the program and move its welding labs from a pair of outdated buildings into a modern facility. 

According to Jess Nicholas, assistant director for communication and research for Coastal Gateway EDA, they probably wouldn't have received the grant without the help of CGIA. As part of the grant process, they were asked to document workforce needs along the Gulf Coast and prove the welders would have a job waiting for them once they completed the program. CGIA helped secure those commitments, employment figures and statements of need.
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      coastal gateway
Department of Commerce Launches Workforce Development Division

On October 1st, many of Alabama's key workforce development programs were consolidated in a new division within the Alabama Department of Commerce.

The formation of Commerce's new Workforce Development Division creates a better aligned option for businesses needing job-training and other workforce services across the state.

Commerce's new Workforce Development Division is headed by Ed Castile, the longtime leader of AIDT, the state's highly regarded job-training agency. Ed Castile adds the title of Deputy Secretary of Commerce and remains at the helm of AIDT.

Oversight of the state's 10 Regional Workforce Councils has been transferred to Commerce's Workforce Division from the Alabama Community College System (ACCS). The councils provide a direct link to the workforce needs of business and industry at the local level.

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2015 in numbers...
  • 9,300 eighth grade students
  • 83 schools from 9 counties
  • 930 teacher, couselors, and parents
  • 186 partners, sponsors, and exhibitors
  • 155 Southwest Alabama companies
  • 793 volunteers
  • 84 community leaders and guests
Inspiring our Future Workforce... One Student at a Time
2015 SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity Student Giveaway Winners!

With the help of the Alabama Career Centers, Alabama Power,  Riviera Utilities and Mobile County Public Schools winners of the 2015 SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity Student Giveaway were presented Kindle Fire tablets. Winners were drawn from the  passports the students turned in as they left the event and from the survey the students completed after attending the SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity. Click here to find out more on facebook.

Inspiring our Future Workforce...
One Student at a Time
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.