Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council
Region 9 News
  September 2015       

September 23rd & 24th
Mobile Civic Center
Inspiring our Future Workforce...One Student at a Time
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Quarterly Council 
Meeting scheduled for September 9th has been cancelled
Date & Location
To Be Announced 
World Leaders

Aerospace & Aviation
Kathryn Behrens
Mobile Airport Authority
Andrew Pabst
Mobile Airport Authority

Automotive Technology
Craig Mathews
Springhill Toyota
John Moses
Bay Chevrolet
Bruce Nelson
Bay Chevrolet
Peggy Saranthus
Bay Chevrolet

Kelli Dickson
Quintin Howard
Rena Philips

Information Technology
Mahir Butt
Doug Greene
The SSI Group Inc.

Charlotte Kopf
Alabama AGC- Mobile Section
Lesleigh Smith
Performance Contractors
Jack White
Operating Engineers Local 653

Sharon Cureton
Riviera Utilities
Sheri Naramore
Carol Weaver
Alabama Power

Engineering & Design
Gina Gregory
Hargrove Engineers & Constructors
Green Suttles
Mobile Gas, a Sempra Co.
Lawrence Wilson
Engineering Design Technologies Inc. 

Carol Statter
Infirmary Health

Hospitality & Tourism
Stacy Hamilton
Mobile Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tara Zieman
Mobile Convention & Visitors Bureau

Bobby Jon Drinkard
Marlo Goodwa y
Frank Huckabee
Remington College

Public Service
Gary Gamble
City of Mobile
Jonathan Geary
Mobile County Sheriff's Dept.
Wayne Goolsby
Mobile County Sheriff's Dept.

Torrey Garrison
Performance Contractors
Alex Napier
Thompson Engineering

Shipbuilding & Repair
Byron Dunn
Audrey Kennedy
Gulf States Shipbuilders Consortium
Judy Miller
Wesco Gas & Welding Supply

Board of Directors

Sandra Koblas
  Austal USA
Vice Chairman
Lee Lawson
Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance
Bill Hafner
VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering

Ketrenia Crenshaw
Boise Paper
Legal Counsel
David Hannan
Maynard Cooper & Gale

Past  Chairman
Sam Covert
Alabama Power
Carolyn Akers
Mobile Area
Education Foundation

Chris Comstock
Bob Higgins
Higgins & Associates

Frank Jelercic
Central Gulf
Industrial Alliance
John Johnson
Coastal Gateway

Jennifer Ogle

Steve Perry
Community Leader

Janice Rehm
USA Children's & Women's

Randy Rogers
Evonik Industries

Lesleigh Smith
Performance Contractors

George Vann

Troy Wayman
Mobile Area
Chamber of Commerce
Cheryl Williams
Spherion Staffing
Laura Chandler
Executive Director

Chancellor Mark Heinrich Meets 
with SAWDC Board of Directors and
Aviation Cluster

On Thursday, August 27th, Chancellor Mark Heinrich of the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) met with SAWDC Board members, SAWDC's Aviation Cluster, and local officials to discuss important workforce training initiatives. 

One key aviation initiative is the reassignment of the management and training delivery system for the aviation college at Brookley Field to Faulkner State Community College.   In addition, Chancellor Heinrich introduced Dr. Valerie Richardson, the newly appointed Interim President of Bishop State Community College. The formal Presidential search notice has been posted (click here) with the goal of having a permanent President in place at Bishop State by January 1, 2016.  

SAWDC Board and Aviation Cluster members including representatives from VT Mobile Aerospace Engineering, who hosted the meeting, Airbus, Alabama Power, Austal USA, AMRO, Evonik Industries, Performance Contractors, Segers, Star Aviation, USA Children's & Women's, and UTC Aerospace Systems shared their workforce challenges with the Chancellor and expressed their critical need for qualified workers and the role of the two year college system in producing.  The Chancellor reaffirmed his commitment and the  commitment of the ACCS and  ensured that the important work of training a quality workforce would continue as seamlessly as possible.  

Click  here for full press release.

Gulf Power Hosts CGIA General 
Membership Meeting

On Wednesday, August 26th, industry leaders and key partners attended the Central Gulf Industrial Alliance's (CGIA) general membership meeting hosted by Gulf Power in Pensacola.  Chevron's Joe Robison, CGIA Chairman, kicked off the meeting followed by a host presentation by Michael Buroughs with Gulf Power Generation.   CGIA Executive Director, Frank Jelercic, provided key updates related to the CGIA Endorsement program and their new GradConnect program, which connects graduates of endorsed programs to industry jobs.   

Laura Chandler with SAWDC and CGIA Board member, Jennifer Grove with Gulf Power, gave an overview of the new WIOA ( Workforce Investment Opportunity Act) legislation with recommendations on key policy strategies at the state, regional, and local levels to ensure industry driven efforts across the three-state CGIA footprint.   The meeting ended with presentations by Alesia Stuart with Reid State Technical College and Brock Clark with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College - both representing CGIA endorsed programs.   

The mission of CGIA, which represents industrial construction and manufacturing businesses along the central Gulf Coast, is to improve industry performance in the areas of workforce development, safety and productivity.

For more information, contact:
Evan Davis


Region 9 Educators
Resources are Now Available

The 2015 SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity career expo for 8th grade students in Region 9 is only three weeks away!  
We have set up an Educator webpage full of resources including general information , lesson plans , the 2015 Student Booklet , and more to help you prepare.  

Click here to access resources!  

For information or questions, contact:
Peggy Brown
2015 SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity

Click here to register to volunteer!

Once you've submitted your information, our volunteer coordinator will reach back out to you with more detailed information.

For more information, contact:
Coretta Boykin
251.578.1313 ext.137

THANK YOU!   2015 Sponsors
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
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performance contractors

Vivian Figures
Alabama State 

United Way

Trip Pittman
Alabama State 

Bronze Sponsors



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.