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        September 2013
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Gulf Coast Exploreum
Wednesday, Sept. 11th
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Region 9

If you are attending the 2013 SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity, click here to go to the event's website for important information including the following:

to register to volunteer 
for the 2013 SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity Career Expo for 8th grade students 
being held on  
September 25th & 26th 
at the Mobile Civic Center.

Set Up Day & 
Volunteer Orientation September 24th
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:

Executive Committee

Sam Covert
Alabama Power
Vice Chairman
Sandra Koblas
 Austal USA
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
Spherion Staffing
Laura Chandler
Executive Director
 AIDT Brookley Hosts SAWDC Aviation Cluster Meeting
On August 15th, SAWDC in partnership with the Alabama Aviation Center, a division of Enterprise State Community College, held its third quarterly Aviation and Aerospace Advisory Council meeting at AIDT Brookley Complex. Council members in attendance included representatives from Airbus, ST Aerospace Mobile, Segers Aero Corporation, UTC Aerospace Systems, and Mobile Airport Authority.  Also represented were the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, Alabama Technology Network, Mobile Area Education Foundation, Baldwin County Schools, and Alabama Career Center - Mobile.  

To read more, click on the link below for the article written by Kelli Dugan and featured on

 The Count Down Has Begun!
.....for the 2013 SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity (aka "WoO"), which is being 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.  
In its fourth year, WoO is expected to host over 10,000 8th grade students, teachers, counselors, and parents from SAWDC's 8-county region.  Again, this year, there are over 100 regional companies represented in twelve worlds. Click here to check out the new SAWDC WoO website and learn more about how you can get plugged into this exciting event! 
For more information, please contact: 
Bridget Wilson
(251) 431-8619

Weyerhaeuser Co. Reopening in Conecuh County


Weyerhaeuser Co. announced it will restart production immediately at its long-idled Castleberry, Alabama, lumber plant and hire as many as 100 people by the close of 2014.


"We are thrilled to welcome Weyerhaeuser back to Conecuh County. Weyerhaeuser is an excellent company and bringing this plant back online will have an extraordinarily positive impact on the entire region," said Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance Chairman Larry Woods.


Click here to read more from

 coastal gateway


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.