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 in numbers....
9,300 eighth grade students
83 schools from 9 counties
930 teachers, counselors, and parents
186 sponsors, exhibitors, sponsors including
155 Southwest Alabama companies
84 community leaders and guests
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 about the National Fund, click here.
FY2017 Round I
Community College Grant
Grant Applications Due to SAWDC
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.
Industry endorsement is required. Please provide two original copies and one electronic copy to SAWDC by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Electronic copies should be sent to Kelli Dugan at email@example.com. Original copies should be hand delivered or mailed to:
Attention: FY2017 Round I
605 Bel Air Blvd. Suite 32
Mobile, AL 36606
For grant resources including guidelines and forms, click here.
For the list of Top 5 Industries and Top 10 Occupations, click here.
For SAWDC Strategy Map, click here.
Powerpoint Presentation Due to SAWDC
Monday, June 6, 2016 by noon.
Email to Kelli Dugan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for presentation template.
Presentation to the Council
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
Faulkner State Community College - Bay Minette Campus
To register, click here.
SAWDC: Five Years of Engagement with the National Fund for Workforce Solutions