September 23 - 24, 2015
What does it take to have a successful future? That's the question that will be asked d of close to 10,000 area eighth graders on September 23rd and 24th at the fifth annual SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity Career Expo. At the 2015 event, public and private school students will visit the Mobile Civic Center over the course of a two-day period for a hands-on, interactive career exploration experience led by business professionals from thirteen key South Alabama industries. The resounding message to students attending this event is that there are three ingredients to success: graduate from high school, remain drug free, and the lifestyle choices of today will have a direct impact on future success.
Aligning Regional Workforce Efforts: An Effective Industry-Informed Strategy
Regional collaboration can be an effective approach in responding to labor demands of local employers. In this Economic Development podcast presented by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Laura Chandler of the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council and Sam Covert, long time board member of the Mobile Area Educational Foundation and SAWDC Chairman, discuss how robust coordination among local workforce development players leads to more successful management of industry partnerships.
To view the transcript or listen to the podcast, click here.
For tax years commencing January 1, 2015, and thereafter, the Alabama Future Workforce Initiative, Act # 2014-147, allows a taxpayer who files a state income tax return (and is not a dependent of another taxpayer) to claim a tax credit for donating to the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education in support of the Career-Technical Dual Enrollment Program. The donor may be eligible to receive up to 50% of the total donation as a tax credit.
Click here for more information and the Tax Credit Donation form.
Region 9 Community College
FY2016 Round I
Grant Application Deadlines
Keeping Alabama's workforce well-trained for current and future jobs is a top priority in Alabama. Applications for funds to address local workforce development needs are accepted for consideration twice a year. Proposed activities must support preparing individuals to enter employment or advance in high-wage, high-demand occupations and must align with the Workforce Development Councils of Alabama regional strategies and occupational needs. Priority will be given to projects that address specific and immediate training/hiring needs.Only entities under the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) may be recipients of Department Postsecondary Education state workforce development funds; non-ACCS training service providers are eligible to receive these funds if partnered with an ACCS entity for fiscal agent services.
Presentations to Council
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Grants Review Committee
Friday, June 12, 2015
8:00 a.m. at SAWDC
Due to GOWD
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Close of Business
Click here for grant resources including guidelines and forms for FY2016 Round I and for the Existing Industry Training Program.
Please submit two originals and one electronic copy to SAWDC
by Close of Business on Friday, June 5, 2015
Originals can be mailed to the following address:
605 Bel Air Blvd. Suite 32
Mobile, Alabama 36606
Electronic copies can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
SAWDC, one of thirty-two nationally designated National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS) sites, has established four high quality workforce partnerships - a sound strategy modeled by NFWS for helping individuals obtain and advance in good careers while at the same time ensuring that employers have high-quality skills that are needed to compete in today's dynamic economy. The four industry clusters - aviation, maritime, industrial construction/manufacturing, and healthcare - were chosen due to the high demand and high growth prospects for these industries. With a dual customer approach, SAWDC convenes, organizes key stakeholders, and maintains persistent attention to the needs of the two main customers: employers and workers. By engaging employers and other partners in identifying workforce needs, SAWDC aligns funding from various sources and brokers services that address the career advancement needs of employers and lower-skilled adults.
To read more, click here.