The Quarterly Workforce Summit features workforce development and education updates for the Southwest Alabama Region. The workforce summit is designed to bring together

our workforce development champions from the private and public sectors that serve our nine-county footprint.


Join us as the Region 7 Work-Based Learning Best Practices winners will be presenting their respective programs and the impacts it has had within their organizations or for students and future job seekers.

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Gulf Coast Challenge College & Career Fair

On Thursday, October 5, 2023, SAWDC AlabamaWorks partnered with the Gulf Coast Challenge and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce to host the second annual College & Career Fair at the Mobile Convention Center.

This event provided an opportunity for the approximately 1,500 high school juniors and seniors (from 23 schools) that attended 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.

We would like to thank the following partners that contributed to the success of this event:

Sponsors: Alabama Power, AM/NS Calvert, Austal USA, Bishop State Community College, Evonik Corporation, GP Cellulose, Gulf Distributing Co. of Mobile, Makeda Nichols State Farm, Mobile County Commission, Novelis, Quincy Compressor LLC, SSAB, and Volkert.

Exhibitors: ACE Distribution Center, AIDT Maritime Training Center, Airbus, Alabama Career Center, Alabama Department of Transportation, Alabama Shipyard, Apache Industrial Services, Army ROTC, Baldwin EMC, Brown & Root, Canfor Southern Pine, City of Mobile Public Safety, Coastal Growers, Collins Aerospace, Continental Aerospace Technologies, Dunn Building Company, FMC, Franklin Primary Health Center, Go Build Alabama, Gulf Coast Underground, Gulf States Engineering, Hargrove Engineers + Constructors, Infirmary Health, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Kimberly-Clark, MAAS Aviation, MDH Foundation Repair, Outokumpu Stainless, Performance Contractors, PP Hospitality Group, Riviera Utilities, Silver Ships, South Mobile Industrial Alliance, Star Service, SWAPTE, Thompson Engineering, Thompson Tractor, United States Coast Guard, USA Health, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Galveston District), U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Vertex Refining Alabama, Vulcan Inc., and WKRG.

Colleges: Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Auburn University, Coastal Alabama Community College, Coastal Alabama Workforce, Columbia Southern University, Grambling State University, Grand Canyon University, Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women, Remington College, Southern Alabama AHEC, Spring Hill College, Stillman College, Troy University, Tuskegee University, University of Alabama, UAB, University of Alabama Huntsville, University of Alabama Online, University of Mobile, University of South Alabama, University of Southern Mississippi, University of West Florida, and Waldorf University.

We would also like to thank each of the volunteers – This event would not be possible without their assistance!

Bishop State Community College's Center for Nursing and Health Sciences Grand Opening

Bishop State Community College's Center for Nursing and Health Sciences held its grand opening on October 10. The state-of-the-art center is the nurturing ground for our future healthcare providers for our region.

The SAWDC team joined the Mobile Lodging Association to present workforce development support services available and share updates on education and training programs to support the hospitality cluster. The team also joined Gateway Initiative and the Alabama Retail and Hospitality Association for its semi-annual meeting in Orange Beach. This meeting allows SAWDC to connect with the many Baldwin County hospitality organizations and share the resources available to support its growing worker demand.