Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council
Region 9 News
July 2014
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Quarterly Council Meeting

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

Location: AIDT Alabama Aviation Training Center

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General Membership Meeting

August 21, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch will be served

Ingalls Shipbuilding
Ingalls Training Center
Pascagoula, MS

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  Rural Healthcare Cluster to Hold CNA Training in  Monroeville and Brewton

SAWDC's Rural Healthcare Cluster, a partnership with community colleges, Alabama Career Centers, and healthcare employers in the six rural counties of Region 9, will kick off two training programs in mid-July 2014. A total of thirty students will attend two concurrently-run CNA training programs. Training, provided by Reid State Technical College, will be held on site at the Monroe Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center and Westgate Village Nursing Home. All students are guaranteed employment by the employer members upon successful completion of the program.  A big thanks to our employer partners, which also include Atmore Nursing Center, Englewood Healthcare Center, and Evergreen Nursing Home, Reid State Technical College, and the Alabama Career Centers in Brewton and Monroe. 
Special recognition to our funders, the Community Foundation of South Alabama as part of their Economic Opportunity Priority area and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.  
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September 24th & 25th  
Mobile Civic Center


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Bridget Wilson





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

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Coastal Gateway Expands Team


Will Ruzic, Assistant Director for Existing Industry and Project Management, and Jess Nicholas, Assistant Director for Communication and Research, have joined Executive Director Dr. John Johnson to form a new team of regional economic developers at Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance (CGEDA). The new team will partner with local economic developers throughout the five county region (Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, and Monroe) to enhance every community and business in the region. Johnson said, "We were very fortunate to be able to recruit these two strong leaders nominated by the Board. Together, they bring diverse skills and experiences creating depth and new opportunities to Coastal Gateway." 

     From L to R: Will Ruzic and Jess Nicholas

     Photo Courtesy of Barry H. Hendrix/Clarke County Democrat

SAWDC Receives National Exemplary Performance Award
On June 17, 2014, at their 4th Annual Meeting, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions presented SAWDC with the  2014 Chairman's Award for Exemplary Collaborative.

Congratulations to all 2014 award winners!

Chairman's Award for Exemplary Collaborative

Partners Council Award For Exemplary Industry Partnership

Investor Committee Award For 
Exemplary Effort To Accomplish Systems Change

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AIDT in Partnership with Airbus Hosts Grand Opening for the

Alabama Aviation Training Center 


Click here to read full article by Kelli Dugan

The Alabama Industrial Development Training program's $7 million Alabama Aviation Training Center hosted its grand opening Tuesday with city and county leaders leaders standing shoulder-to-shoulder with state economic development officials and Airbus executives, each eager to praise the facility's role in continued investment.  


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
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
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

Associated General Contractors
BAE Systems
Central Gulf Industrial Alliance
Remington College  
   National Maritime Education Council Partners With NCCER 
To Develop Maritime Structural Fitter Curriculum

The National Maritime Education Council (NMEC), a maritime trade organization dedicated to promoting a formalized maritime workforce development and training system, in conjunction with its partner, NCCER, announces the release of a standardized, performance-based maritime structural fitter curriculum. This curriculum and corresponding assessments, taught through NCCER Accredited Training Sponsors, provide trainees with internationally portable skill credentials and maritime -specific knowledge to advance their careers in the maritime industry.  


If you would like more information or are interested in purchasing the Maritime Structural Fitter curriculum, please contact Administrator at 225.757.5527 or email at 

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.