Sou thwest Alabama Workforce Development C ouncil
Region 9 News
January 2016

SAWDC Quarterly Council Meeting
March 9, 2016
Location & Time TBD

2016 SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity
September 21-22, 2016
Mobile Civic Center

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Work Ready Community?

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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

SAWDC Year End Industry Survey Results Are In

Each year, SAWDC conducts a comprehensive industry survey, which allows us to ensure that strategic objectives are aligned with industry needs.   This year, twenty-two employers representing 33,960 employees responded to the 2015 Year End Industry Survey .  Employers reported a need for 4,851 new skilled workers over the next 12 months. Although employers indicated a slight improvement in the quality, stability, and availability of the workforce, the percentage of qualified candidates for entry level positions remained low (20% or approximately one in five applicants). 

Over 80% of the employers who responded confirmed having recruitment problems with one-quarter noting that unfilled positions were increasing. When asked if the recruitment problems were limited to the community or the industry itself, one-half of the employers indicated the problem was industry-wide while a quarter indicated that challenges were community specific. As a result, close to half of the employers had increased their investment in training.
SAWDC & CGIA Hold Joint Meet ing at Gulf Quest National Maritime Muse um

On Thursday, December 10th, SAWDC and the Central Gulf Industrial Alliance (CGIA) held a joint Quarterly Council and General Membership meeting with over  100 guests in attendance. The meeting, held at the Gulf Quest National Maritime Museum, included dinner, catered by Naman's Catering, and a time for networking.  

SAWDC reports included the National Fund evaluation results and recommendations presented by consultant, Steve Quimby, and a recap of the 2015 SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity by Larry Mouton with the Mobile County Public School System. CGIA updates included the presentation of CGIA Silver endorsement to AIDT's pipe fitting program followed by the CGIA wage survey presented by Alpha Resources. Keynote speaker, Dr. Semoon Chang with the Gulf Coast Center for Impact Studies spoke on the impact of the  economy on workforce devel opment. 
CGIA awards AIDT Maritime Training Center's pipe fitting
program with a silver endorsement  
Region 9  Welding and Industrial Maintenance Advisory Council Convenes with Record Attendance

The Region 9 Welding and Industrial Maintenance Advisory Council serves as one advisory committee for the welding and industrial maintenance programs in the SAWDC 8-county region. Co-hosted by SAWDC and CGIA, the  Council held their second meeting on December 3rd with close to 40 in attendance.  All Region 9 Community Colleges and instructors from the respective programs were represented and engaged.  

ATN is Gearing up for 2016 and 
Needs Your Help!

The Alabama Technology Network (ATN), an affiliate of the United States Department of Commerce Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, would like your help.  Your suggestions and input will h elp ensure that the 2016 industrial maintenance training programs offered by ATN meet the workforce development needs of industry in our area. 

Click here to give us your feedback.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Harry Cecil at
SAWDC Selected to Receive Sustainability Award from the 
Kellogg Foundation

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions received a grant from the Kellogg Foundation focused on assisting National Fund sites in the South with sustainability planning.  The Kellogg Foundation and the National Fund share a goal of helping these sites strategically plan for sustainability by developing a compelling workforce and economic development vision and strong employer leadership for their communities. 

SAWDC (representing Region 9 in Alabama) along with West Alabama Works (Region 3) and East Alabama Workforce Investment Network (Region 8), were three of the eight National Fund sites chosen to participate and receive funding.  The first convening of the participants, which also included Central Six Development Council (Region 4), was held in Dallas, Texas on December 7th and 8th.
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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.