Southwest Alabama Workforce 
Development Council
Region 9 News

March 2015
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Sponsorship opportunities 
are now available!

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2015 Sponsorship Commitments


March 17, 2015
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
The Wynfrey Hotel
Birmingham, Alabama

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Board of Directors

Sandra Koblas
  Austal USA
Vice Chairman
Lee Lawson
Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance
Bill Hafner
VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering

Ketrenia Crenshaw
Boise Paper
Legal Counsel
David Hannan
Maynard Cooper & Gale

Past  Chairman
Sam Covert
Alabama Power

Carolyn Akers
Mobile Area
Education Foundation

Chris Comstock
Bob Higgins
Higgins & Associates

Frank Jelercic
Central Gulf
Industrial Alliance
John Johnson
Coastal Gateway

Loka Mistretta
Cintas Corporation

Jennifer Ogle

Steve Perry
Community Leader

Janice Rehm
USA Children's & Women's

Randy Rogers
Evonik Industries

Lesleigh Smith
Performance Contractors

George Vann

Troy Wayman
Mobile Area
Chamber of Commerce
Cheryl Williams
Spherion Staffing
Laura Chandler
Executive Director
Alabama Workforce Council
 Presents Recommendations to Governor Bentley

The Alabama Workforce Council (AWC) presented recommendations and reforms to Gov. Robert Bentley in February.  The aim? To address the challenges the State faces in providing skilled workers to fill a growing number of manufacturing and technical jobs.

Zeke Smith, Council Chairman and Executive Vice President of Alabama Power, along with SAWDC Chairman, Sandra Koblas, Director of Human Resources, Austal USA, and Chancellor Mark Heinrich were on hand to make the presentation.

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SAWDC & CGIA  Joint Quarterly Council & Membership Meeting

March 24, 2015
10:00am - 2:00pm 
Lunch will be served

AIDT Maritime Training Center

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With key workforce development updates from SAWDC and  CGIA  and an opportunity for valuable networking opportunities, this is an event you don't want to miss! We look forward to seeing you then!
CGIA Recognizes 
Jeff Davis and Reid State for  Excellence in Training 

Central Gulf Industrial Alliance (CGIA), a consortium of industrial businesses and contractors spanning the Gulf Coast counties in Mississippi, Alabama and Northwest Florida, partnered with the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council (SAWDC) to identify and promote industrial construction workforce development programs, which are training to industry standards, in the SAWDC 8-county region through its Industrial Trades Program Review and Endorsement Program.  


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September 23rd & 24th, 2015
Sponsorship opportunities are now available
for the 2015 event!

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To submit your sponsorship commitment, click here.

The SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity Career Expo, which has exposed close to 40,000 students to regional career opportunities, is made possible by over 165 companies and partner organizations throughout the region.  We hope you will join us in this worthy mission... 

Inspiring our Future Workforce... 
One Student at a Time! 

If you would like to get involved, contact:

Peggy Brown
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.