Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council
Region 9 News
Baldwin-Choctaw-Clarke-Conecuh-Escambia-Mobile- Monroe-Washington
February/March 2014
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Joint Quarterly Council & Membership Meeting

April 17, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lunch will be served.

Regions Bank
RSA Tower - 29th Floor
11 N. Water Street
Mobile, Alabama

Click here to register.
Rural Healthcare Cluster
to Kick Off
CNA Training in Washington County

In December, SAWDC convened a group of healthcare employers in Washington, Clarke, and Choctaw counties to discuss and better understand the workforce needs and the challenges associated with being located in a rural community.  
This group of employers has now been dubbed the Rural Healthcare Cluster (RHC), and, as a result of the leadership from Washington County Hospital and Nursing Home, Jackson Healthcare Facility, and Thomasville Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, will be kicking off a training program for nursing assistants in Chatom, Alabama on March 6th.  Two valuable partners have been the Alabama Career Center-Jackson, who provided assistance in identifying candidates, and Bishop State Community College,  who is the training provider.  
For more information on the Rural Healthcare Cluster, contact Darwin Bolden at:
Executive Committee

Sam Covert
Alabama Power
Vice Chairman
Sandra Koblas
 Austal USA
Joseph Ng
ST Aerospace Mobile
Lee Lawson
Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance
Legal Counsel
David Hannan
Maynard Cooper & Gale
Past Chairman
Troy Wayman
Mobile Area
Chamber of Commerce
Carolyn Akers
Mobile Area
Education Foundation
Owen Bailey
USA Children & Women's
Ketrenia Crenshaw
Boise Paper
Bob Higgins
Higgins & Associates

John Johnson
Coastal Gateway
Tim Johnson
Central Gulf
Industrial Alliance
Steve Perry
Community Leader
Cheryl Williams
Spherion Staffing
Laura Chandler
Executive Director

Co-chaired by SAWDC Council members, Lesleigh Smith of Performance Contractors and Lawrence Wilson of Goodwin, Mills & Cawood, the SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity Steering Committee kicked off planning for the 2014 event on Wednesday, February 19th.  This year's event will be held on September 24th and 25th and sponsorship opportunities are now available! Click here for more details.
For more information or to get involved, contact:

Bridget M. Wilson

Director, Workforce Development

Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce


Click HERE to Register Now! 
Pull of Gravity Screening Event
The Pull of Gravity screening event is a collaborative effort of Project H.O.P.E. (a re-entry council established by U.S. Attorney Kenyen Brown), the City of Mobile and the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council (SAWDC) to highlight the difficulty of ex-offenders returning to the community and the community resources available to support them. 

The event will be held at the Mobile Civic Center Theater on Monday, March 10th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 
Pull of Gravity is a documentary film, which accurately captures real experiences of individuals as they try to return to the community after a term of incarceration. The documentary film lasts approximately one hour. Following the screening of the film, a panel of experts engaged in re-entry efforts in the area will take the stage in order to discuss their re-entry efforts, including the importance of employment opportunities for ex-offenders after incarceration. We hope to see you at this important event!
 SAWDC Holds Aviation Cluster Meeting at Mobile County's Signature Aviation Academy

Thank you to B.C
.Rain High School, Mobile County Public School System's Aviation Signature Academy, for hosting SAWDC's Aviation and Aerospace Advisory Council meeting on February 6th. Employers' discussion on demand took center stage.  In addition, updates were given by AIDT, ATN, and the Alabama Aviation Center, and a tour of the new facility at B.C. Rain High School was provided immediately following the cluster meeting.  
For more information on the aviation cluster, contact Sherry Wade at
South Alabama Regional Planning Commission's 
16th Annual Business Expo & Jobs Fair
Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall
Thursday, May 1, 2014 
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Annual Business Expo & Jobs Fair promotes the economy of the region by providing a venue to facilitate interaction between those seeking employment and companies and organizations seeking employees. The event also provides companies an opportunity to network with community leaders while marketing products and services.  
Employers seeking workers will have the opportunity to meet with hundreds of applicants. Those seeking jobs can apply for the available positions and learn about training opportunities. Last year's event drew over ninety companies and over 3,500 job seekers from seven states.

To reserve a booth or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact:
Terri Pringle
Sr. Marketing Account Executive
South Alabama Regional Planning Commission
110 Beauregard Street
Mobile, AL 3660
C: 251.591.6506
P: 251.706.4614
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.