- Lockheed Martin Plans $19 Million Expansion. AL.com
- Decatur Facility Named Plant of the Year. BusinessWire
- Daikin Plans $195 Million Expansion in Decatur; to Add 50 Jobs. Yellowhammer
- UNA Gets Grant for STEM. Daily News
East AlabamaWorks! Named BEST Robotics Hub
East AlabamaWorks is now the new home for BEST Robotics in east Alabama. The region will oversee all aspects of the competition, which is scheduled for Nov. 2 at Jacksonville State University’s Pete Mathews Coliseum.
BEST is a workforce development initiative designed to foster interest in science, technology, engineering and math for both middle and high school students — utilizing a competition centered on robotics.
To read more, click here.
- BAE Systems Begins Upgrading Combat Vehicles. Anniston Star
- Region Recognized for Promoting Employment of the Disabled. Gadsden Times
- Hiring Fair to be Held on Nov.19. EAL
Seventy-Four Graduate from Academy
Seventy-four educators recently graduated from the Educator Workforce Academy and were recognized for their achievement at West AlabamaWorks’ Worlds of Work career expo. The Educator Workforce Academy is a year-long training program for teachers and others that exposes them to workforce development and local industries.
Established by West AlabamaWorks in 2017, the Academy helps eliminate the disconnect between industry and education, giving the area’s students more exposure to potential careers.
- Enviva to Employ 85 at New Plant. AL.com
- UWA Gets $2.5 Million Grant for Rural Workforce Development. UWA
- Library Introduces West AlabamaWorks Kiosk. Pickens County Herald
- UA Unites Inventors, Businesses in Incubator. Alabama NewsCenter
- West AlabamaWorks Recognized for Promoting Employment of the Disabled. WCFT
Second Educator Workforce Academy Class Tours Academy of Craft Training
For its October meeting, the Educator Workforce Academy toured the Academy of Craft Training at the Alabama Workforce Training Center in Birmingham. Thirty teachers, counselors and other leaders comprise the second cohort, which will meet an additional five times during the 2019-2020 school year.
Central Alabama Hosts Career Discovery
More than 4,000 eighth-graders from 30 schools recently participated in Career Discovery at Southern Union State Community College’s Opelika campus. Career Discovery is a hands-on expo that exposes students to careers in high-wage, high-demand jobs. Participants and businesses came from 10 counties in the central Alabama area. This was the fourth year for the event.
“To be competitively positioned for employment, today’s students should begin charting their career paths early in high school. This event provided an up-close look at many and varied career opportunities, which should help these students make informed decisions as they prepare for the future through education and training,” said Rod Cater, Career Discovery chairman.
To get an idea of the activities that took place, watch as students assemble water meters. To read more about the event, visit Alabama NewsCenter.
- Governor’s Job Fair Offers Hope to Those With Disabilities. WSFA
- Shinhwa to Build Plant in Auburn. Auburn News
- Ingram State CC Provides Valuable Skills for Jobs to Inmates After Release. Yellowhammer
- Connor Industries to Open Plant, Hire 100. AL.com
- Current HMMA Workers Move into Maintenance Roles. The Montgomery Advertiser
- ID Plastics to Open Plant; Will Bring 50 Jobs. Made in Alabama
- More than 1,400 Attend Job Fair. WAKA
Fifty Business Representatives Attend Region’s First Manufacturing Cluster Meeting
Southeast AlabamaWorks recently held its first manufacturing cluster meeting at Wallace Community College-Dothan campus. Fifty business representatives discussed workforce needs specific to manufacturing and shared best practices for a variety of issues.
Prior to the meeting, participants answered survey questions, which were used to guide the topics for discussion. The most pressing issues were increasing retention and finding qualified applicants. They also talked about innovative methods for advertising open positions.
The next meeting will be held Jan. 14, 2020, in Opp.
- WSCC-Dothan’s Surgery Tech Program Aids Local Healthcare Community. The Dothan Eagle
- Pharmacy to Open; Pay $18 an Hour. WSFA
Educators Learn about Local Careers
SAWDC’s Educator Workforce Academy is now under way, with representatives from all nine of the region’s counties participating in two cohorts: North and South. The Academy exposes principals, teachers and other educators to local industries and their workforce needs.
- Airbus Hosts Girls in Aviation. Airbus
- Workforce Development Most Pressing Issue. Yellowhammer
- Scholarships Available for Students Entering the Automotive Industry. WSFA
- Alabama Power Recognized Nationally for Commitment to Skilled Trades. Yellowhammer