The Division of Economic and Workforce Development at The University of West Alabama
September 2019
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Black Belt Museum to host
Making Alabama Bicentennial traveling exhibit Sept. 13 - Oct. 18

Making Alabama, A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit
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Making Alabama, A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit  is a statewide celebration of 200 years of statehood presented by Alabama Humanities Foundation in partnership with Alabama Department of Archives and History and Alabama Bicentennial Commission.

"The Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit allows us an opportunity to showcase not only Sumter County, but the Black Belt region and its significance to our state's story," said Black Belt Museum Director James Lamb.

The University of West Alabama's Division of Economic and Workforce Development's Black Belt Museum will host the exhibit Sept. 13-Oct. 18. The Museum is located in downtown Livingston on the Sumter County Courthouse Square.

There is no charge for this exhibit. Hours for the exhibit will be announced soon.
For more information, contact Black Belt Museum Director James Lamb at call (205) 652-3725.

Click here for exhibit information.
Workforce Development
WIOA Career Pathways for Youth Program launches Automotive Technician Program

Automotive students pictured above, from left to right, include Ka'Damion Simmons, Tramaine Curry, Iv'Yonna Marshall, Cody Bragg, Tiffany Cornay, Trevor Wade, and Instructor Curtis Jones.

The University of West Alabama's Division of Economic and Workforce Development welcomed two new cohorts to the WIOA Career Pathways for Youth Program in August. 
The program expanded this year from a single-track program, to a dual track program offering options in Certified Nursing Assistant training and automotive technician training. 
"We are excited and have gotten off to a great start," said Curtis Jones, WIOA Automotive Instructor at UWA's Division of Economic and Workforce Development. "This course will enhance students' knowledge of the automotive industry, provide hands-on training in automotive repair, and assist students seeking employment at automotive repair facilities. Our plans are to grow the program in order to meet the demand for trained automotive technicians in West Alabama."  
The addition of the automotive track was approved for funding and builds on the existing CNA program that was funded for a fourth year. These classes assist low-skilled, out-of-school youth ages 16 to 24 that are unemployed or underemployed, and prepare them for entry-level employment as nursing assistants and automotive technicians. The program will serve 60 youth in Greene, Marengo, Sumter, and surrounding counties over the next year. 
The WIOA Career Pathways program is made possible through funding available to the State of Alabama from the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The grantor is the U.S. Department of Labor and the program is administered by the Alabama Department of Commerce, Workforce Development Division, AWDA Section.
Interested individuals should pick up an application and eligibility requirements at the Division of Economic and Workforce Development office located at the University of West Alabama, Kelly Land Hall. For information, contact WIOA Program Director Jordan Mahaffey at (205) 652-3828 or .
Economic Development
Leadership Sumter holds graduation on UWA campus

Pictured above at the Thursday, Aug. 29 Leadership Sumter graduation, from left to right, are UWA Economic Development Director Allison Brantley, program graduates Jackie Clay, Dr. Natasha Satcher, Lindsey Truelove, Dr. Aliquippa Allen, and UWA Division of Economic and Workforce Development's Vice President Dr. Tina Jones. Graduates not pictured are Jackie Jemison, T.J. King, Byron Thetford, and Bobby Truelove.

Leadership Sumter graduated its third class on Thursday, Aug. 29. The graduation ceremony was also a kick-off for the 2019-2020 class. 
In remarks to the new class, graduate Dr. Aliquippa Allen said, "You are in for an amazing year. This program will help you see our community in a new way." 
Allison Brantley, UWA Economic Development Director added that graduates should get ready to roll up their sleeves, put on their boots and get a little dirty as they dig in and look at all things Sumter.
Alums of the program congratulated the 2018-19 class and shared program plans with the 2019-20 class. The purpose of the Leadership Sumter Program is to identify, educate and train potential and current leaders in Sumter County; to develop these leaders through an effective network and interchange of ideas; and to gain a better understanding of our economic, political and social conditions.
According to Tina Jones, Vice President of the Division of Economic and Workforce Development, "Leadership Sumter is a special opportunity for participants to enhance their leadership skills and help the citizens of our community achieve shared goals through community and personal development."
Leadership Sumter allows communities within Sumter County to meet a requirement within the Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE), a statewide program that provides professional, technical, and development resources and expertise to small cities with a population between 2,000 and 18,000.  The City of Livingston received its ACE Designation in 2012 and has recently been re-certified.
For more information on Leadership Sumter, contact Allison Brantley at or call (205) 652-3618.
Community Outreach

How the 2020 Census will invite everyone to respond

Every household will have the option of resonding online, by mail or by phone. 

Click here (this is a two-page pdf file) to  read about how you will be contacted to respond to the CENSUS. 

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website  at 

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Alabama Black Belt Heritage Area
Alabama's Black Belt:
Where the Culture is as Rich as the Land. The Alabama Black Belt Heritage Area comprises 19 counties in central and western Alabama that are working together to attain designation as a National Heritage Area.
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Mark Your Calendar

 UWA Certified Nursing Assistant 
program and Certified
 Automotive Technician program now 

Click here to 
download  the
 Certified Automotive Technician flyer.

Click here to download the Certified Nursing Assistant flyer.

ACT Work Ready Communities Report
Sumter County is a certified Work Ready Community with 93% of county goals completed. A complete report description is available at the link below. 

Click here to view the 
 ACT Work Ready Communities report.

ACT Workkeys 
ACT Workkeys Assessment Testing takes place every Friday. Upcoming dates are September 6, 13, 20, and 27.  For more information, contact Director of Econ omic Developmen t Allison Brantley to register at  abrantley@uw   or call 205-652-3 618.

Alabama Bicentennial Updates

Stay up to date on statewide educational news, discover diverse resources for teachers and administrators, and be featured as a 
Spotlight School by actively participating in the Alabama bicentennial celebration.

For more information, 
click here.

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