Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council, Region 9 News
February 2013
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FY2013 Round II
 Community College Grants
Applications due to GOWD
February 6, 2013
SAWDC Quarterly Council Meeting
March 13, 2013
9:00 a.m to Noon
Location: TBA

For more information, please contact
Fay Phillips at
Executive Committee

Sam Covert
Sandra Koblas
 Vice Chairman
Jim Searcy
David Scheid
Troy Wayman
 Past Chairman
Carolyn Akers
Owen Bailey
David Hannan
Bob Higgins
Tim Johnson
Lee Lawson
Joseph Ng
Steve Perry
Cheryl Williams
Laura Chandler
Executive Director
AIDT/SAWDC Job Fair Shatters Expectations!
 A maritime and construction trades career fair hosted January 16, 2013, attracted 537 job seekers, shattering organizers expectations for the event.

"Is that not amazing?" asked Laura Chandler, Executive Director of the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council, only minutes after the eight-hour job fair concluded.

The career fair was hosted jointly by the council and the Alabama Industrial Development Training program at the AIDT Maritime Training Center in Mobile.

A similar event in December, also hosted by SAWDC, in Bayou La Batre, attracted 225 job seekers.

"It's just so exciting to see this level of interest," said Lee Hammett, AIDT's assistant director for south Alabama.

Employers represented included include Performance Contractors Inc., Signal International, BAE Systems, C&G Boat Works Inc., Horizon Shipbuilding, Austal, VT Halter Marine, G.A. West & Co. and Ingalls Shipbuilding.

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  Mobile County Public Schools Career Fair
April 3
mobile county public school 

Mobile County Public Schools is sponsoring a career fair for senior students who have completed high school career and technical training. Attendees will include senior students who have completed training including welding, electrical, HVAC, brick masonry, printing, health care, information technology, cosmetology, aviation, auto body, auto technology, AG mechanic, diesel technician, and drafting.


The career fair will be held at the Mobile Cruise Ship Terminal on April 3rd from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m..


All employers, and training programs are encouraged to particpate and meet the best qualifed high school graduates in Mobile. 


For booth information contact Larry Mouton 251-221-4821 or


 SAWDC March Quarterly Council Meeting 
March 13, 2013
Location: TBA
RSVP to or 251-445-2090
Formal invitation to follow.  
South Alabama Regional Planning Commision
15th Annual Business Expo & Job Fair
Thursday, April 25, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall
Free Admission
For more information call: South Alabama Regional Planning Commission 251-652-0585 or 251-433-6541 or visit 
MAEF 2013 Education Summit
February 20, 2013
8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
USA Mitchell Center 
For more information, please contact Chandra Scott at or visit


CNA Graduation Ceremony

The ceremony was held at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center on  January 30, 2013. The ceremony was a combination of the last two CNA Acute Care class held. The first class with 12 participants was held from 10/04/12 to 11/09/12. The second class with 14 participants was held from 11/08/12/ to 01/25/13. All participates have received a 50 cent pay increase. Mobile Infirmary has already started another round of CNA classes on 01/23/13 with 13 new participants. This initiative is due to the grant awarded to Falkner State Community College in partnership with Bishop State Community College to expand training in both Mobile and Baldwin counties. 



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.
Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council, Region 9