Become a sponsor and/or exhibitor for the

Gulf Coast Challenge College & Career Fair


WHEN: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2023 | 8:30 AM-1 PM


We are excited to once again partner with the Gulf Coast Challenge and the Mobile

Chamber to host the second annual Gulf Coast Challenge College and Career Fair on

October 5, 2023. The College & Career Fair is designed to create an opportunity for high

school seniors to explore colleges and programs available post-graduation as well as talk to

industry professionals about high-growth, high-demand jobs in our region and how they

can acquire these jobs in the future. Existing employers within our region continue to have

unfilled job openings due to growing demand and a shortage of skilled workers. Our goal is

to provide a platform for our partners to showcase their jobs and the careers available.

If your company is interested in participating in this event as a sponsor or exhibitor, please click one of the links below and return the form by September 20, 2023.

Click to access Sponsor Packet
Click to access Booth Packet

Thank You to Our Current Sponsors!

Industry is BOOMING in Region 7! 

And we want to make sure your students do not miss out on their opportunity to have a successful career. 

Superintendents, principals, counselors, career coaches, and other school leaders please join us for our upcoming Educator Workforce Academy. EWA offers a unique opportunity to gain up-to-date workforce knowledge and build relationships with industry professionals in our area. 

The deadline to apply is Thursday, September 14.

Partners in Workforce:

"Providing Resources to Meet Workforce Needs"

More than 40 gathered for the Partners in Workforce meeting last week in Thomasville, Alabama. Training provider agencies from Coastal Alabama Community College, Alabama Technology Network, the University of Alabama Productivity Center, the University of West Alabama, and the Alabama Career Center presented the various programs and support available to businesses as it relates to training, recruiting, and financial support for workforce needs.

Special thanks to our host, Coastal Alabama Community College, for this great event. Mark your calendars for the next Partners in Workforce meeting scheduled for September 19 in Monroeville, Alabama.

Extending Training Opportunities to

Out-of-School Youth

On July 19, five 2022 Accel Day & Evening Academy graduates met with SAWDC and Bishop State Community College to learn about training opportunities. During their visit, they went on tours of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Health Science Center. Graduates also had the opportunity to gain insight about various training programs, and were welcomed with a surprise visit from President Charles! The day ended with four of the five participants applying for a certification program offered at Bishop. 

The AlabamaWorks Conference is a highly engaging event aimed at fostering an inclusive, future-ready, and adaptive workforce within the state.

This annual conference brings together experts and professionals to address current and future workforce challenges and highlights the purpose of various AlabamaWorks programs and their vital role in serving the people of Alabama.

Click the link below to register TODAY!

The Alabama Business Technology Conference (ABTC) is the state’s premier two-day event designed for IT Executives and their IT administration. As technology  continues to redefine business and creates borderless digital environments, it has become essential for IT Executives and their IT staff to stay aware of global trends in  order to integrate strategies into their operations. This allows your team to stay agile while maintaining your company’s competitive edge. ABTC provides our business industry an opportunity to gather for networking, collaboration, knowledge-transfer through  peer-led keynotes, breakouts, panels and networking sessions, while supporting our STEM students.

Click the link below to register TODAY!

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Application Deadline: August 21, 2023

Excited to announce the 3rd Annual Governor's Work-Based Learning Seal of Excellence Awards!

We are seeking stand-out Work-Based Learning programs within the SAWDC region. Apply now to compete for the Governor's Seal of Excellence. The Governor's Seal of Excellence Awards seeks to recognize the outstanding progress made in work-based learning in order to bring to scale the most effective examples.

For more information about Work-Based Learning and previous best-practice award recipients in the 2023 Alabama WBL Handbook.

Click here to apply

Leadership Skills Training 2023

Register today!!!

Reid State Technical College

Evergreen, AL

Bishop State Community College

Mobile, AL

   August 17, 2023      LS-2 Registration  $25 per person
September 21, 2023     LS-3 Registration   $25 per person
October 18-19, 2023 LS-1 Registration $50 per person
November 16, 2023 LS-2 Registration $25 per person
December 14, 2023 LS-3 Registration $25 per person