What does it take to have a successful future? That's the question that was asked of 9,300 area eighth graders on September 23rd and 24th at the sixth annual SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity Career Expo. At the 2015 event, public and private school students visited 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.
2015 SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity
- 9,300 eighth grade students
- 83 schools from 9 counties
- 930 teachers, counselors, and parents
- 186 sponsors, exhibitors, sponsors including
- 155 Southwest Alabama companies
- 793 volunteers
- 84 community leaders and guests
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.
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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.
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.
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