Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council
Region 9 News
Baldwin-Choctaw-Clarke-Conecuh-Escambia-Mobile- Monroe-Washington
May 2014
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Quarterly Council




June 11, 2014

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


Location: TBD


Registration details coming soon!

Region 9
Community College
FY2014 Round III and FY2015 Round I
Grant Application Deadlines

Due to SAWDC
Friday, June 6, 2014
Close of Business

Presentations to Council
Wed., June 11, 2014

Grants Review 
Friday, June 20, 2014

Due to GOWD
Wed., August 6, 2014
Close of Business

Click here for grant resources including guidelines and forms.

Please submit
two originals and
one electronic copy to SAWDC by COB on Friday, June 6, 2014.  Originals can be mailed to the following address:

605 Bel Air Blvd. Suite 32
Mobile, Alabama 36606

Electronic copies can be emailed to 
Peggy Brown at

A special thanks to

 for hosting the 
joint quarterly meeting on April 17th.
 The meeting and luncheon, which was catered by Chris & Carla's, was a great success with 78 in attendance. Lee Jenkins, Performance Contractors, and Mark Haddix, Southern Company, were the featured speakers.
Executive Committee

Sam Covert
Alabama Power
Vice Chairman
Sandra Koblas
 Austal USA
Joseph Ng
ST Aerospace Mobile
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

Certified Nursing Assistant
Graduation Ceremony

On Tuesday, May 6th, SAWDC, Bishop State Community College, and the Community Foundation of South Alabama (CFSA) celebrated the Rural Healthcare Cluster's CNA Graduation. Eleven proud graduates and their families attended the ceremony followed by a reception at the Chatom Community Center. Doug Tanner, Administrator for Washington County Hospital and Nursing Home, Harold Crouch, Mayor of Chatom, Rebecca Byrne, CEO of CFSA, Dr. Latitia McCane, Bishop State Community College, and Laura Chandler, SAWDC, participated in the ceremony. Darwin Bolden, SAWDC, and Valerie Carpenter, Washington County Hospital, presented the graduation awards. All successful candidates are guaranteed employment by the cluster's participating employers.   

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Planning is well underway for the 2014 SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity, which will be held on September 24th and 25th at the Mobile Civic Center.  In its fifth year, this two-day event provides an interactive, hands-on career exploration for 8th grade students throughout the eight-county region. Click here for more details.
  CLICK HERE to become a sponsor. 
Don't Delay!
Deadline to ensure that your company's logo will be on the student giveaways is June 1, 2014!
Thank you to our 2014 Sponsors!

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or more information or to get involved, contact:

Bridget Wilson

Director, Workforce Development

Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce


Maritime Cluster Incumbent Worker Training Technical Assistant 


SAWDC in partnership with AIDT and Austal USA have teamed up again for the implementation of its third and fourth Maritime Cluster Incumbent Worker Training Technical Assistant Programs (TA Program).  The goals of the program  are to provide the necessary foundation to enable incumbent workers to accelerate their development to true A Class tradesmen and to continue the execution of a "hire down, skill up" strategy for the maritime cluster. All candidates are Austal associates, many of whom are graduates of the AIDT Maritime Training Center.  Upon completion of this TA training program, each incumbent worker is guaranteed a pay increase resulting in career advancement opportunities. A total of 50 incumbent workers are expected to participate.  This program began in April 2014 and will conclude in September 2014.                                                                           
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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.