About Us

The Southeast AlabamaWorks Story

Southeast AlabamaWorks is one of seven regional workforce councils in Alabama, created to serve business and industry through the development of a skilled workforce and pipeline of future employees. Southeast AlabamaWorks implements strategies developed by the Alabama Workforce Council – AlabamaWorks – on a local level to ensure every community, from urban areas to rural towns,  has an industry-led council using available resources to help local businesses and workers prosper.

Who is Southeast AlabamaWorks?

Southeast Alabama boasts regional cooperation, a skilled workforce, and an excellent business climate. The region is defined by the ten southeastern counties of Alabama and is bordered by Georgia on the East and Florida to the South. These counties are strongly linked by cultural ties and commuting patterns.

Identify and address the workforce needs of new and existing business and industry by developing mutually beneficial partnerships with education systems, training providers,  job seekers, and the communities we serve.

Develop a dynamic and comprehensive workforce that meets the skill set needs of employers by addressing education and training needs for employees.

Contact us to learn more about joining the Region 6 Council.

What does Southeast AlabamaWorks do in my community?

Barbour County Hospitality 101, collaborating to deliver event with Eufaula Barbour Chamber of Commerce

AIDT Leadership Skills II Class offered January 2020

Eufaula Career Center Business Services, partnership to promote ware reimbursements

Barbour County Economic Development, supporting efforts to recruit for Medical Industries of America

Southern Plastic, connected with training resources and technology advancements with ATN

Tyson Foods, connected with resources, dialogue about removing transportation barriers for employees

Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Member

Speed Networking, held in Eufaula September 2019

Butler County Schools CTE Advisory Committee

Essential Skill Collaboration – With four local businesses and two schools for Butler County students

LBWCC – connected with WIOA resources for enhancements of occupational skills training for underserved populations

2019 MFG Day – Exposed CTE students to manufacturing facilities – Structural Wood, CMC, Hyundai Steel

Greenville Chamber of Commerce Member

Dorsey Trailers Assisted in recruiting Drafters

Crazy Cool Threads Connected to learn best practices for offering childcare to employees

Arista Aviation Connecting with Alabama Office of Apprenticeship to explore options for developing internal pipeline

Coffee Geneva Economic Development, AIDT Leadership SKills Classes

Wayne Farms Connected with wage reimbursement, and community colleges for Apprenticeship development

Wee Cat Industries We support Wee Cats as the example of integrating essential worker skills at developmental levels

RWC Quarterly Meeting held in Enterprise March 2019

ESCC Supporting ESCC Customized Business Training on various projects adding A&P mechanics to local aviation industry

Enterprise Chamber of Commerce Member

Andalusia City Schools – Connected with guidance on technical steps of adding Healthcare CTE program

Alabama Forestry Association – Recruiting for Logging Equipment Operator Training

SHAW Industries – connected with TransfrVR for training development

Speed Networking held at Andalusia Chamber September 2019

Manufacturing Cluster held at LBW-Opp Campus January 2020

Florala ACE Committee – Assisting with initiative related to Alabama Communities of Excellence

Andalusia Chamber of Commerce Member

Opp Chamber of Commerce Member

Crenshaw County Schools, Adulting 101 Presentation for CTE students and supporting the CCS Education Academy

Sister Schubert, connected with wage reimbursement programs and OSHA Training with LBW

SMART Plant, sponsored AIDT LEadership Skills I and II Classes

Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce Member

Education Initiatives, supporting industry input into development of CTE Centers

Dale County Schools, Adulting 101 Presentation to Career Prep students

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, collaborating to connect transitioning military, their spouses, and families with business needs.

Aviation Clusters held in Ozark January 2019 and April 2019.

Distribution Clusters held in Ozark January 2019, and Midland City April 2019.

Regional Council Meeting held in Ozark December 2018.

Healthcare Cluster held in Ozark November 2019.

AIDT Leadership Skills I and II Classes held in Ozark on various dates in 2019.

Daleville Chamber of Commerce Member

Ozark Chamber of Commerce Member

Teachers as Workforce Developers The University of Alabama Pilot Program

Lincoln Fabrics, connected with information for training and wage reimbursement programs

Sysco Foods, Connected with ESCC CDL course to upskill current employees to Truck Drivers

Great Southern

Abbeville Fiber

Headland Chamber of Commerce Member

Speed Networking held in Headland September 2019.

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  • AIDT Leadership Skills Training
  • Supporting Local Career Centers
  • Promoting partnerships with Alabama Office of Apprenticeships
  • Encouraging participation in RWC and WIOA local meetings
  • Collaborating with Community College’s Workforce Development Teams

Meet Our Team

Dean Mitchell
Dean MitchellInterim COO
Melanie Hill
Melanie Hill Special Projects
Katie Thomas
Katie ThomasDevelopment Manager

Alabama Workforce Council

The Alabama Workforce Council (AWC) was created at the recommendation of Governor Bentley’s Career Readiness Task Force to foster collaboration between government, industry, and education.

The AWC is comprised of educators and business and industry executives from throughout the state tasked with ensuring that all Alabamians have the capacity to pursue their educational goals and realize long-term career opportunities that will power Alabama’s economic future.

Check out the video below for more informaton.

Education & Industry Collaboration

Works with and through various education and industry groups, organizations, and trade associations to advise the education community on both ways to assist industry in preparing students or job candidates to enter the workforce and the best procedures for the state to collect workforce development data.

Marketing & Promotion

Seeks out the best ways to increase awareness and educate students or job candidates about available opportunities in various industry sectors. This committee is also tasked with evaluating the benefit of increasing the marketing associated with career readiness and skilled craft trades.

Private/Public Partnerships

Evaluates opportunities to establish public/private partnerships across the state. This committee evaluates options for creating industry-funded scholarship programs for community colleges, vocational programs, and dual enrollment programs.

Workforce Structure & Alignment

Reviews ways to streamline and align the existing workforce development functions of the state. This committee evaluates the standards for membership in and operations of the existing ten regional workforce development councils and also makes recommendations to realign the regional workforce councils.