Southwest Alabama Workforce 
Development Council
Region 9 News
September 2014
Join Our Mailing List
Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

for the
2014 SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity Career Expo 
for 8th Grade students.

The event is September 24th & 25th at the Mobile Civic Center. 
Click here for more information and to register.

For questions about registration please contact:

Sherry Wade
(251) 300-2457
(251) 635-7738
Region 9 Educators!
If you are attending the 2014 SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity, click here to go to the Educator Resources section of the website for important information including the following:

Quarterly Council Meeting

Click here to register

September 10, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

AIDT Alabama 
Aviation Training Center
Mobile, Alabama

Board of Directors

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

SAWDC Aviation Cluster Launches
Leadership Program 


In partnership with VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering (VT MAE) and training provider, Alabama Technology Network (ATN), SAWDC, as part of its work associated with the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, kicked off the Aviation Cluster Incumbent Worker Leadership and Project Management Training Program. The training program includes leadership, project management and continuous improvement elements as well as coaching for current employees in supervisory roles at VT MAE. Candidates were selected based on their desire to improve and advance in their careers.  The program is scheduled to be completed by September 30th.  All participants, will receive wage increases upon successful completion. 




nfws logo
  BASF Creates Chemistry with Summer Internship Program Participants

 Article by: LaShaunda Garrett Holly

Manager, Site Communications BASF

Click here to read more. 


BASF opened its doors to five college students, offering firsthand job experience in the areas of chemical process technology and engineering. "BASF is pleased to provide the summer internship program to students who are pursuing careers in the chemical industry," said George Vann, Vice President of the BASF site in McIntosh, Alabama. "It is important to us that local students have opportunities to prepare themselves to be leaders in our industry."  

In addition to the summer internship program, BASF's McIntosh site offers two-year scholarships annually for students participating in the Chemical Process Technology Program at Alabama Southern Community College in Thomasville, Alabama. The program prepares students for jobs in the chemical industry.  "Each scholarship recipient is offered a summer internship at our facility," said Lyna' Schell, Human Resources Manager of the BASF site in McIntosh, Alabama. "Engineering students at the University of South Alabama participate in the summer internship program as well. This allows students to connect what they've learned in the classroom with real industry applications."

Pictured are Alabama Southern Community College interns.
Left to right are Austin Morgan, Hunter Warr, and Taylor Wynn.

Taking part in the summer internship program this year were Taylor Wynn, Austin Morgan and Hunter Warr, all students at Alabama Southern Community College; Benjamin Burleson, University of South Alabama; and Jeffrey Earl, Stevens Institute of Technology.

"BASF is filled with great people in all departments," said Wynn. "Most importantly, the workers strongly believe in personal and environmental safety. They strive towards encouraging new workers to keep safety first in all they do - no matter how big or small the task may be."
"I highly recommend this internship program to any student going into this field of study," said Morgan. "It is a great hands-on learning experience and good exposure to the day-to-day aspects of a career."  

Rural Healthcare Cluster Program Aims to Put People to Work
Article by: Lindsey Tindel
Featured in the brewtonstandard

Meeting the needs of employers and putting people to work is the main goal of a program currently underway through work of the Region 9 Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council.  Teaming with Reid State Technical College, the Alabama Career Center in Brewton and Monroeville, and healthcare employers from Conecuh, Escambia, and Monroe Counties, SAWDC is overseeing a grant that has made funds available to train individuals in these three counties to become certified nursing assistants. Click here to read more. 

null nfws logo


We would like to extend our gratitude to the 2014 sponsors.  Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to the region's future workforce. 

Alabama Power
Georgia Pacific

Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute
Evonik Corporation
Performance Contractors

Austal USA
Baldwin County Public Schools
BBVA Compass
Bishop State Community College
Faulkner State Community College
Horizon Shipbuilding
Huntington Ingalls
Mobile County Public School System
PNC Bank
Senator Vivian Figures
United Way of Southwest Alabama
Virginia College

Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium
Senator Trip Pittman
VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering
Airbus Americas Engineering, Inc.
Alabama Southern Community College
AM/NS Calvert
Alabama Technology Network
Boise Paper
Brasfield & Gorrie
Enterprise Community College
G.A. West
Hargrove Engineers & Contractors
Mobile Area Water & Sewer System
Mobile Airport Authority
Mobile Gas
Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC
Outokumpu Stainless USA, LLC
PowerSouth Energy Cooperative
Thompson Engineering
UTC Aerospace System

AIDT's Robotic Technology Park
Associated General Contractors
BAE Systems
Central Gulf Industrial Alliance
Remington College
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.