Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council
Region 9 News
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July 2014
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SAWDC
Quarterly Council Meeting

Wednesday
September 10, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Location: AIDT Alabama Aviation Training Center

To register, click here
CGIA
General Membership Meeting

August 21, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch will be served

Ingalls Shipbuilding
Ingalls Training Center
Pascagoula, MS

For more information email: Bettsie.norton@thetjcgroup.com 
  Rural Healthcare Cluster to Hold CNA Training in  Monroeville and Brewton
 
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SAWDC's Rural Healthcare Cluster, a partnership with community colleges, Alabama Career Centers, and healthcare employers in the six rural counties of Region 9, will kick off two training programs in mid-July 2014. A total of thirty students will attend two concurrently-run CNA training programs. Training, provided by Reid State Technical College, will be held on site at the Monroe Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center and Westgate Village Nursing Home. All students are guaranteed employment by the employer members upon successful completion of the program.  A big thanks to our employer partners, which also include Atmore Nursing Center, Englewood Healthcare Center, and Evergreen Nursing Home, Reid State Technical College, and the Alabama Career Centers in Brewton and Monroe. 
 
Special recognition to our funders, the Community Foundation of South Alabama as part of their Economic Opportunity Priority area and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.  
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September 24th & 25th  
Mobile Civic Center

   

To become a sponsor, click here.
                   
To get involved, contact: 

  

Bridget Wilson

251-431-8619 

bwilson@mobilechamber.com 

 

MACC

 

SAWDC 
Board of Directors

Chairman
Sam Covert
Alabama Power
 
Vice Chairman
Sandra Koblas
 Austal USA
 
Secretary
Joseph Ng
VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering
 
Treasurer
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

Loka Mistretta
Cintas Corporation
 
Steve Perry
Community Leader
 
Cheryl Williams
Spherion Staffing
 
Laura Chandler
Executive Director


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Coastal Gateway Expands Team

 

Will Ruzic, Assistant Director for Existing Industry and Project Management, and Jess Nicholas, Assistant Director for Communication and Research, have joined Executive Director Dr. John Johnson to form a new team of regional economic developers at Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance (CGEDA). The new team will partner with local economic developers throughout the five county region (Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, and Monroe) to enhance every community and business in the region. Johnson said, "We were very fortunate to be able to recruit these two strong leaders nominated by the Board. Together, they bring diverse skills and experiences creating depth and new opportunities to Coastal Gateway." 

     From L to R: Will Ruzic and Jess Nicholas

     Photo Courtesy of Barry H. Hendrix/Clarke County Democrat

SAWDC Receives National Exemplary Performance Award
 
On June 17, 2014, at their 4th Annual Meeting, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions presented SAWDC with the  2014 Chairman's Award for Exemplary Collaborative.


Congratulations to all 2014 award winners!

Chairman's Award for Exemplary Collaborative

Partners Council Award For Exemplary Industry Partnership

Investor Committee Award For 
Exemplary Effort To Accomplish Systems Change

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AIDT in Partnership with Airbus Hosts Grand Opening for the

Alabama Aviation Training Center 

   

Click here to read full article by Kelli Dugan

 
The Alabama Industrial Development Training program's $7 million Alabama Aviation Training Center hosted its grand opening Tuesday with city and county leaders leaders standing shoulder-to-shoulder with state economic development officials and Airbus executives, each eager to praise the facility's role in continued investment.  
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We would like to extend our gratitude to the 2014 sponsors.  Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to the region's future workforce. 

Platinum
Alabama Power
Georgia Pacific

Gold
Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute
Evonik Corporation
ExxonMobil
Performance Contractors

Silver
Austal USA
Baldwin County Public Schools
BBVA Compass
Bishop State Community College
Faulkner State Community College
Horizon Shipbuilding
Huntington Ingalls
Mobile County Public School System
PNC Bank
Senator Vivian Figures
Virginia College

Bronze
Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium
Senator Trip Pittman
VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering
Airbus Americas Engineering, Inc.
Alabama Southern Community College
AM/NS Calvert
Alabama Technology Network
BASF
Boise Paper
Brasfield & Gorrie
Enterprise Community College
G.A. West
Mobile Area Water & Sewer System
Mobile Airport Authority
Mobile Gas
Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC
Outokumpu Stainless USA, LLC
PowerSouth Energy Cooperative
SSAB
Thompson Engineering
UTC Aerospace System

Contributors
Associated General Contractors
BAE Systems
Central Gulf Industrial Alliance
Remington College  
 
   National Maritime Education Council Partners With NCCER 
To Develop Maritime Structural Fitter Curriculum
 

The National Maritime Education Council (NMEC), a maritime trade organization dedicated to promoting a formalized maritime workforce development and training system, in conjunction with its partner, NCCER, announces the release of a standardized, performance-based maritime structural fitter curriculum. This curriculum and corresponding assessments, taught through NCCER Accredited Training Sponsors, provide trainees with internationally portable skill credentials and maritime -specific knowledge to advance their careers in the maritime industry.  

                 

If you would like more information or are interested in purchasing the Maritime Structural Fitter curriculum, please contact Administrator at 225.757.5527 or email at bettsie.norton@thetjcgroup.com. 

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.