Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council
Region 9 News
March 2013
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SAWDC Quarterly
Council Meeting
March 20, 2013
9:00 a.m to Noon
Austal USA
To register,
Please note the additional requirements to complete a Visitor Request Form and submit with supporting documentation to Austal USA for the tour.
For more information, please contact
Paul Hodges at
(251)445-2090 or
The Center for Governmental Excellence, a division of Auburn University Outreach, presents:
March 25, 2013
WorkforceDevelopment Conference:
 Bridging Gaps to Increase Investment in Alabama
Featured Speakers:
William Canary, CEO
Business Council of Alabama
Greg Canfield, Secretary
Alabama Department of Commerce
Ed Castile, Director
Alabama Industrial Development and Training
Dr. Amy Brabham,
Vice Chancellor
Alabama Department of Postsecondary
Dr. Phillip Cleveland, Director
Office of Career Technical Education/Workforce Development
To view agenda,
To register,
Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center
Montgomery, AL
March 25, 2013
For more information, visit
Thank you
Industry Champions
for your ongoing support of SAWDC!
Chamber logo 
Executive Committee

Sam Covert
Alabama Power
Vice Chairman
Sandra Koblas
 Austal USA
Jim Searcy 
Coastal Gateway
David Scheid
Legal Counsel
David Hannan
Johnstone, Adams, Bailey,
Gordon & Harris, LLC
Past Chairman
Troy Wayman
Mobile Area
Chamber of Commerce
Carolyn Akers,
Mobile Area
Education Foundation
Owen Bailey
USA Children & Women's
Bob Higgins
Higgins & Associates
Tim Johnson
Central Gulf
Industrial Alliance
Lee Lawson
Baldwin County Economic
Development Alliance
Joseph Ng
ST Aerospace Mobile
Steve Perry
Community Leader
Cheryl Williams
Sperion Staffing
Laura Chandler
Executive Director
Statement on Legislation to Repeal Alabama College and Career Ready Standards



MONTGOMERY-BCA president and CEO William J. Canary released the following statement on legislation designed to repeal the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards adopted by the State Board of Education in November 2010: 


"The Alabama College and Career Ready Standards are vital in preparing students to compete in the 21st century global workforce which requires highly skilled workers. Adoption of SB 190 and HB 254 would be a giant step backward, based on a false premise that Alabama and local school systems would lose control over their curriculum. While some will continue a campaign of fear on this issue, we will continue to stand united in the business, education and military communities in offering our children the hope of a bright future."


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SAWDC Hosts Meeting with Region 9 Manufacturers 
SAWDC Council members, Kelvin Hill (Georgia Pacific) and Ketrenia Crenshaw (Boise Paper) were joined by James Shore (BASF), Woody Burke and SSAB team, as well as Dr. Amy Brabham, Vice Chancellor, Lisa Rollan, Project Manager, and SAWDC staff to discuss the community based job training grant also known as the Southwest Alabama Advanced Manufacturing Solutions (SAAMS), which is in its final year of operation.
This $4.9 million grant was awarded to the Department of Postsecondary Education to address the critical need for industrial maintenance technicians in Region 9. Initially, the focus of the grant was to create a standard skill base requirement for industrial engineering technology skills indicated from local manufacturers, automotive manufacturers, and chemical companies to meet employment needs. The grant program would provide the equipment and curriculum necessary to train individuals in these skills sets via mobile training units. The mobile concept would provide for a single purchase of equipment verses all institutions being required to fully implement an industrial engineering program as an onsite program. These mobile training units would rotate among a consortium of partners providing the equipment and curriculum needed to start a program or fill in the gaps to existing programs through the use of these mobile training units.


A consortium (Alabama Southern, Bishop State, Faulkner State, Jefferson Davis, Reid State Technical College, and Alabama Technology Network) was created to implement the goals and objectives of the grant program. It was determined by the consortium partners and business and industry that training would focus on the fundamentals of commercial electricity, instrumentation, motor controls, programmable logic controls, and hydraulics/pneumatics. To date, there are currently eight mobile training units which focus on the following:


1.Commercial Electricity



4.Advanced Instrumentation

5.Motor Controls

6.Advanced Mechanical and Pumps

7.Programmable Logic Controls

8.Distributed Control Systems


All eight mobile training units are equipped with the necessary space, equipment and materials needed to conduct hand-on training. Each unit can train up to 10 individuals based on the number of work station (2 people per workstation). These units rotate among the consortium partners as well as business and industry. These units may be utilized for both credit awards such as associate's degree or long/short-term certificates at one of the consortium colleges or incumbent worker training for business and industry.


For more information, contact: 


Lisa Rollan, Project Manager

Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education

Career & Technical Education and Workforce Development Division

Post Office Box 302130

Montgomery, Alabama 36130

Phone: (334) 293-4707

Cell: (334) 868-9099






Faulker StateCommunity College, Enterprise StateCommunity College, Baldwin County Board of Education, and Fairhope Airport Authority Announce Plans for

$2.5 million Aviation Center


February 22, 2013 - City, state and county officials gathered in Continental Motors' hangar at Fairhope's municipal airport Friday to announce and celebrate a partnership between Faulkner State Community College, Enterprise State, the Fairhope Airport Authority and the Baldwin County Board of Education that will open the door for preparatory and college students to pursue aviation careers at a new 15,000-square-foot-facility beginning in January.  

To read more, click here.  

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.
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