Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council
Region 9 News
Baldwin-Choctaw-Clarke-Conecuh-Escambia-Mobile- Monroe-Washington
October/November 2013
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Region 9
Community College
FY2014 Round II
Grant Application Deadlines

Due to SAWDC
January 3, 2014

Grants Review Committee
January 17, 2014
10:00 a.m. at SAWDC

Due to GOWD
February 5, 2014 

Click here for grant resources including guidelines and forms.

Please submit two originals and one electronic copy to SAWDC by COB on Friday, January 3, 2013.  

Originals can be mailed to the following address:

605 Bel Air Blvd. Suite 32
Mobile, Alabama 36606

Electronic copies can be emailed to
Quarterly Council Meeting

December 11, 2013
9:00 a.m. to Noon

Location: TBD

Ken Berga

UTC Aerospace



Woody Burke



Chris Comstock



Jimmy Cowan 

 Choctaw General



Michael Menk

Regions Bank


 Jennifer Ogle



Lesleigh Smith




Roger Wehner

Mobile Airport 



 Lawrence Wilson

Goodwin, Mills, 



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
Tim Johnson
Central Gulf
Industrial Alliance
Steve Perry
Community Leader
Cheryl Williams
Spherion Staffing
Laura Chandler
Executive Director
Thank You  SAWDC WoO
Steering Committee &
World Leaders!
World of Safety
Torrey Garrison
Performance Contractors
Alex Napier
Thompson Engineering

World of Aerospace
Andrew Pabst
Mobile Airport Authority
Kathryn Behrens
Mobile Airport Authority

World of Auto Technology
Craig Mathews
Springhill Toyota
John Moses
Bay Chevrolet

World of Communications
Nancy Pierce
Mobile County Public Schools

World of Construction
Charlotte Kopf
Alabama AGC - Mobile
Lesleigh Smith
Performance Contractors
Jack White
Operators Local #653

World of Energy
Carol Weaver
Alabama Power
Sheri Naramore

World of Engineering
Green Suttles
Gulf States Engineering
Lawrence Wilson
Goodwyn Mills & Cawood

World of Healthcare
Carol Statter
Infirmary Health
Ashley Sylvester
Virginia College

World of Hospitality
Jennifer Cooley
Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau
Stacy Hamilton
Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau

World of Manufacturing
Lisa Rollan
Governor's Office of Workforce Development

World of Public Service
Wayne Goolsby
Mobile County Sheriff's Office

World of Shipbuilding
Audrey Kennedy
Alabama Technology Network
Judy Miller
Wesco Welding

Bridget Wilson
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce

Don Comeaux
Gulf Coast Exploreum

Sara Cummings
HandsOn South Alabama/United Way of Southwest Alabama

Jean Downing
Drug Education Council
Ashley Horn
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
Gretchen Jaspering
Gulf Coast Exploreum
Larry Mouton
Mobile County Public Schools

Cesny Sofronoff
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce

Marion Warren
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce

Project Managed By:

The 21st Century Workforce Act 
Career and Technical Education
Bond Issue Request for Proposals


The Alabama State Department of Education  (ALSDE) announced a process that Local Education Agencies (LEA) must use to apply for funding from the 21st Century Workforce Fund. This process strongly recommends that LEA's have letters of support from Regional Workforce Councils included with their grant request.

For those LEA's located in Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council's service area (Region 9), in order to obtain a letter of support from SAWDC, please submit a summary of your proposal(s), including at least the abstracts, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2013.  An electronic copy can be emailed to or you can mail a hard copy to the following address:



Attention: CTE Bond RFP

605 Bel Air Blvd. Suite 32

Mobile, Alabama 36606


The SAWDC Grants Review committee will review the proposals and then make its recommendations to the SAWDC Executive Committee on Friday, November 15, 2013. SAWDC will base its decision on whether or not to endorse each proposal using the same criteria and rubric included in the ALSDE grant package signed by Dr. Bice on October 15, 2013. 

Region 9 Community Colleges

On Monday, September 30th, the Governor's Office of Workforce Development (GOWD), SAWDC and the Central Gulf Industrial Alliance (CGIA) co-hosted a meeting with five of Region 9's community colleges.  The purpose of the meeting was to formally introduce the CGIA Endorsement Program in an effort to identify and promote industrial construction workforce development programs, which are training to industry standards. The endorsement program will allow CGIA member companies to hire qualified candidates from quality workforce development programs, to which they will have access and contribute. 
For more information, contact:
 Darwin Bolden
 Thank you, Lawrence & Lawrence, P.C., for providing the space for this meeting!
Alabama Community College Association To Hold its
Annual Conference in November

The 2013 ACCA Annual Conference will be held November 24-26 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel and Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.  To celebrate the Alabama Community College System's 50th anniversary, the theme of this year's conference is Celebrating Golden Opportunities for Excellence. 


Click here to learn more and to register!



Hosts 10,600 8th Grade Students in Region 9!

The fourth annual SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity (aka "WoO") was held at the Mobile Civic Center on Wednesday, September 25th, and Thursday, September 26th.  The  purpose of the event is to expose students to careers available locally and to demonstrate what each career involves through an interactive, engaging series of activities. Click here to check out the new SAWDC WoO website and learn more about how you can get plugged into this exciting event in 2014! 
2013 in numbers.....
  • 10,600 eight grade students 
  • 1,060 teachers, counselors and parents
  • 78 schools from eight counties
  • 173 partners, exhibitors, sponsors including
  • 121 Southwest Alabama companies
  • 723 volunteers with over 10,000 hours of volunteer service
  • 125 community leaders and visitors
For more information, please contact: 
Bridget Wilson
(251) 431-8619
Thank You to the 2013 WoO Sponsors! 




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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.
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