TUSCALOOSA, AL. — West Alabama Works announced this week it will bring its career development services to communities across the region from Oct. 6-16. The road trip will make stops in Greene, Hale, Marengo, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties in the hopes of boosting employment fortunes in underserved areas.
West Alabama Works says its mobile workforce units will be used to assist attendees applying for jobs or training opportunities. Additionally, the outreach team will help attendees enter Career Connect, West Alabama Works’ application portal.
The workforce development group said Career Connect links those looking for work with over 16 employers in the automotive, manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality and construction industries.
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Outreach and Program Manager Lauren Collier said in a press release that completing a CareerConnect profile can serve as a gateway to the start to a great career at one of the employers in the region.
“The Career Connect Navigators help you find free or low cost training opportunities to fine-tune your skills, and they’ll work with you and employers to find the best fit for your career,” she said.
West Alabama Works said that all events will take place outside and observe social distancing guidelines. Face coverings will also be required.
“We know that many people are still looking for jobs amidst COVID-19, so we want to take our services directly to the people in a safe way,” said Black Belt Workforce Center Coordinator Tammi Holley.
West Alabama Works serves nine counties, and this series of events will focus heavily on the Black Belt region, which the group cited as one of the most underemployed and impoverished areas of the state.
For example, the organization pointed out that Greene County’s unemployment rate is 14.4%, while the state’s average is 7.9%.
EVENT DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS
Oct. 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
T & C SnoBiz
503 Greensboro Street, Eutaw, AL
Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Livingston Market Place
1303 N Washington Street, Livingston, AL
Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
1404 Main Street, Greensboro, AL
Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Black Belt Workforce Center
1048 Bailey Drive, Demopolis, AL
Oct. 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuscaloosa Career Center
202 Skyland Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL