- North Alabama Company Gets $522 Million Contract. Alabama Daily News
- It’s No Star Wars Fantasy. AL.com
- Rocket City: Space History and Looking Toward the Future. APNews
- Radiance Technologies Breaks Ground on Huntsville Headquarters. AL.com
- Machine Shop Bringing 30 Jobs to Morgan County. Decatur Daily
- Woodbridge Alabama Opens Huntsville Plant. AL.com
- Hundreds Line Up to Get a New Job in Huntsville. Rocket City Now
- STEM Camp Exposes Minority Students to Cybersecurity and Programming. AL.com
- Aderholt Participates in “Made in Alabama” Day at White House. Cullman Times
- Northwest Alabama Looking to Benefit from Toyota-Mazda Plant. WHNT
- Governor Ivey: Carpenter Technology Plans on Adding Emerging Technology Center in Limestone County. WHNT
Teachers and Others Learn About Local Businesses and Industries
What’s better than showing educators what types of jobs are available in their area than taking them out to the businesses themselves? Well, those opportunities are hard to beat.
The Educators’ Academy, designed to enable the Success Plus path of high school-credential-career, gives teachers, principals, career coaches and others the chance to learn about local jobs, including skills requirements and wages. Participants, in turn, share this information with their students to better inform them of potential career choices that don’t require a four-year degree.
Watch and listen as West AlabamaWorks Director Donny Jones shares more in this video.
Healthcare Field Remains Wide Open for People of All Skill Levels
If you regularly look at the Alabama Department of Labor’s statistics, you will see that healthcare professions, particularly nursing, consistently remain in the top 10 with respect to employer demand.
Recently, West AlabamaWorks’ Healthcare Cluster Chairwoman Peggy Sease, vice president of Human Resources at Druid City Hospital (left), and Lori Royer, DCH HR director (right), spoke with Ford Brown on WYDE radio to discuss the great opportunities for those who want to be in the healthcare industry.
Meeting Unites Business and Education
Central Six AlabamaWorks partnered with Jefferson County Schools to host the first Jefferson County Career and Technical Education Summit on July 18 at the Alabama Workforce Training Center in Birmingham. This partnership was established to enhance the current workforce development efforts at the K-12 level through the alignment of program curriculum and industry’s standards.
During the event, instructors were informed about regional labor market information, dual -enrollment opportunities through the Alabama Community College System, best practices within Career Technical Education-driven programs and ways to be more effective in reaching students. The most interactive segment of the event was the industry-specific breakout session in which instructors were afforded an opportunity to tour company facilities and directly engage with industry representatives. Through these sessions, industry conveyed the basic technical and soft skills required for careers ranging from entry level to highly skilled positions. Additionally, instructors learned about key areas on which to focus as they prepare students for post-secondary education and/or training leading toward a career.
Moving forward, Central Six plans to host a similar event in each of its six counties to ensure the continued development of the pipeline from the K-12 system into Region 4’s high-demand industries.
Central Six Invites National Fund to Promote Apprenticeships in New Sectors
To help expand apprenticeships in Alabama, Central Six AlabamaWorks invited Dr. Pamela Howze, program director of Work-Based Learning for the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, to Region 4 on July 12-13. The NFWS is a network of workforce professionals and resources that support regional collaboratives in implementing innovative solutions to address workforce issues. As a member of the collaborative, Central Six has access to experts in the workforce arena, including Dr. Howze. In connection with Apprenticeship Alabama, Central Six facilitated Dr. Howze’s visit to encourage employers to consider apprenticeships as a possible solution to their workforce needs, especially in industry sectors where apprenticeship programs are less common, including advanced manufacturing and information technology.
On Thursday, July 12, Central Six coordinated several meetings with Dr. Howze and local employers who were interested in exploring apprenticeship models for their companies. The morning conversation included members from the manufacturing cluster and sparked discussion around the possibility of developing a consortium apprenticeship where multiple employers administer the program together. In the afternoon, Dr. Howze met with Innovate Birmingham and five local Information Technology industry partners about the possibility of developing the first IT apprenticeship in the state of Alabama. Dr. Howze’s visit concluded with her attending Apprenticeship Alabama’s ToolingU event in Birmingham on Friday, July 13.
As an expert in work-based learning models, Dr. Howze provided Central Six’s industry partners with insights and best practices from advanced manufacturing and information technology apprenticeship programs throughout the nation, as well as suggestions on how to create successful programs in Region 4. Based on employer interest and excitement during these preliminary conversations, Central Six will be working with local employers, the NFWS, and Apprenticeship Alabama in the coming months to further explore potential apprenticeship models for the region. Central Six plans to host Dr. Howze as well as a few national leaders in non-traditional apprenticeship models in early October 2018 for a workshop to help employers develop apprenticeships that best serve their workforce needs.
High School Ready to Work Program Launches at Minor High School in Adamsvile
As companies continue to struggle to find skilled labor, Central Six is committed to working with employers to develop solutions that meet their needs. One of the initiatives is focused on developing frontline employees for major industries is the High School Ready-to-Work program. Based on the model started in Region 3, Central Six is partnering with the Onin Group to provide the region’s employers with direct access to talent for their companies. The program is employer-driven, consisting of nearly 20 companies which have partnered to invest in the future workforce by creating the program curriculum, providing tours of their facilities, and mentoring.
The program includes soft-skills training through Ready-to-Work and six weeks of industry-specific curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in high-wage, high-demand fields. The six industry-specific weeks include training in Construction/Skilled Trades, Automotive, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Logistics/Distribution and Hospitality. Following graduation from the program, industry partners will have the opportunity to interview and hire the students interested in going directly into the workforce.
On Monday, Aug. 13, the first High School Ready-to-Work program in Region 4 launched at Minor High School. More than 26 students were handpicked by high school administrators to complete the program, and the school is excited to interact directly with industry. Due to interest from educators throughout Jefferson County, the program is scheduled to expand to three additional high schools in the spring and more in the following school year. Central Six will continue to partner with our industries to ensure they have access to a skilled workforce and engage youth to provide life-changing career opportunities.
Ruttan Shares Region’s Endeavors, Accomplishments on Yellowhammer Radio
Recently, Central AlabamaWorks Director Mikki Ruttan sat down with Ford Brown of The Ford Faction to discuss opportunities, cluster meetings and other areas of focus in the 13-county area.
Click WYDE to hear the full conversation.
- Golden State Food Plant Brings Jobs. Opelika-Auburn News
- Students Experiment at CACC’s Annual STEM Camp. Alex City Outlook
- Dual Enrollment Option Could be Available to Students. Opelika-Auburn News
As a first-generation college student, Kayla Farnon relied upon her professors and counselors at Enterprise State Community College to help navigate her college experience. She earned her associate’s degree and then transferred to Faulkner State University.
Farnon has worked in the Alabama governor’s office and is now the communications coordinator for the Alabama League of Municipalities.
Click here to learn more about her experience.
- Continental Motors Starts Work on New Factory. AL.com.
- Grant Connects Seniors With Employers. Dothan Eagle
- Largest Regional Employer Changes Name. Dothan Eagle
- Gateway Tire SE Opens Distribution Center. Dothan Eagle
- School Expands American Character Program. WTVY
- Alabama Aviation College Gets New Director. WTVY
- LBW Offers State’s Only CNG Repair Class. Andalusia Star-News
- Students Learn About Forestry Jobs at LBW Community College. Andalusia Star-News
Student Gets Job Just Days After Graduation
Reid StateTechnical College student Adam Lett received his commercial driver’s license in just 8 weeks from Reid State Technical College.
Only two days later, he was hired by Shoreline Transportation.
Click here to watch and hear Lett’s story.
- Are Our Graduates Ready for the Next Step? AL.com
- Vocational Education Bill is Good For Alabama. APR
- State to Roll Out New System. Times-Daily
- Magazine Names Alabama as One of the Best for Manufacturing. Global Trade
- July Unemployment Rate Falls. The Randle Report
- Community Colleges Will Shape Future Workforce. Cities Speak
- America Has a Re-Skilling Challenge. Whitehouse.gov
- Must Bring Parents Along in Children’s Education. Educational Excellence
- President Trump Signs CTE Bill. Education Week