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!

Welcome to the team!

SAWDC is pleased to welcome Jewel Ely as the Regional Workforce Council Liaison with the Alabama Department of Commerce for Region 7.


Since joining AIDT in 2007, Jewel has served as a project management professional, supporting industry within the state by connecting businesses to their needed workforce. Jewel’s experience in workforce development, along with her gift of communication and love for building relationships made for a seamless transition to her current role.  


Jewel earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2016 from Waldorf University. Her dedication to increasing Alabama’s labor force through making valuable connections to the resources available both to Alabama businesses and citizens will continue as she supports the SAWDC region.  

Alabama Technology Network (ATN) hosts

Hazard Recognition Workshop

On July 13, Alabama Technology Network (ATN) hosted a training workshop on Hazard Recognition. This training was provided at no cost and equipped 20 different companies with the skills needed to correct issues and improve workplace safety by focusing on hazard awareness, hazard mitigation, root cause analysis, and much more.

Please stay tuned for information on upcoming training courses, including Safety Leadership.

Register today for the

2023 AlabamaWorks! Workforce Conference

Register Here

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

  July 19-20, 2023     LS-1 Registration  $50 per person
   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