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May 2013
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Alabama Power
Vice Chairman
Sandra Koblas
 Austal USA
Jim Searcy 
Coastal Gateway
David Scheid
Legal Counsel
David Hannan
Johnstone, Adams, Bailey,
Gordon & Harris, LLC
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Troy Wayman
Mobile Area
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Carolyn Akers,
Mobile Area
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Owen Bailey
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Tim Johnson
Central Gulf
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Lee Lawson
Baldwin County Economic
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Joseph Ng
ST Aerospace Mobile
Steve Perry
Community Leader
Cheryl Williams
Sperion Staffing
Laura Chandler
Executive Director
SAWDC Receives the 2013 National Fund for Workforce Solutions
Partners Council Award for
Exemplary Industry Partnership  
(Click here to read article by Kelli Dugan) 
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The National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS), a national philanthropic initiative leading the advancement of low-wage workers and unemployed into family-supporting jobs, has named Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council (SAWDC) as a recipient of its 2013 National Fund for Workforce Solutions Partners Council Award for Exemplary Industry Partnership for their work in Maritime.  SAWDC shares this award with valuable partners including Maritime employers, AIDT, and Bishop State Community College.  Special recognition is given to Austal USA for their support and contribution as well as the City of Mobile, Mobile County, and the Community Foundation of South Alabama - key SAWDC investors.


In announcing this award, NFWS Executive Director Fred Dedrick said, "We congratulate the entire collaborative for building impactful industry partnerships, which has proven them deserving of the National Fund's Partners Council Award. They embody the award's spirit by bringing together employers, educators, government, service providers and philanthropic organizations to deliver high-quality education and training services that advance the careers of lower-income workers and build system capacity for the future." 


Representatives from SAWDC will formally receive the award at the Third Annual National Fund Meeting in Atlanta from June 11-13, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga.   


For information about the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and its Third Annual Meeting, visit click here.

Planning is well underway for the 2013 SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity, which will be held on September 25th and 26th at the Mobile Civic Center.  In its fourth year, this two-day event provides an interactive, hands-on career exploration for 8th grade students throughout the eight-county region.  With 12 industries respresented, the students are able to see first-hand the career opportunities that are available to them close to home.  Over 180 partners, sponsors, and exhibitors representing business and industry participated in last year's event, hosted 9,800 eight grade students.  
The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce serves as the project manager.  For more information, contact
Bridget M. Wilson
Workforce Development Director
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 2187, Mobile, AL 36652-2187
SAWDC Region 9 Representatives
Travel to Hamburg, Germany
In April, SAWDC Executive Committee members, Executive Director, and representatives from  Mobile Works, Mobile County Public Schools, Bishop State Community College, and Enterprise State Community College traveled to Hamburg, Germany with a delegation of over 80 area business leaders as part of an advance trip to view the Airbus assemby facility, which will serve as the model for Airbus' Mobile site at Brookely Aeroplex.   The goal for the trip, which was organized by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, was to help business leaders prepare and plan the region's  very best future. Tours and briefings offered included:
  • Airbus Centre of Excellence facility
  • Lufthansa Technical Training facility
  • Hamburg port operations
  • Impact of aerospace manufacturing on the regional economy
  • Opportunities for business-to-business dialogue with Hamburg area aerospace companies and suppliers


  SAWDC and AIDT Maritime Training Center Host

Introduction to NCCER Workshop



SAWDC and the AIDT Maritime Training Center (MTC) in partnership with the Central Gulf Industrial Alliance (CGIA), Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium (GSSC), and the American Welding Society (AWS) hosted an Introduction to NCCER Workshop on Wednesday, April 10th at the MTC.


The purpose of the workshop was to educate employers on the benefits of a standardized curriculum and the value of an NCCER credential in order to better identify qualified candidates for open positions. The workshop drew over 40 in attendance representing 16 regional employers in maritime, industrial construction, and manfacturing,


 To learn more about NCCER, click here


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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.