The East AlabamaWorks Story
In the fall of 2015, the Alabama Workforce Council undertook a statewide effort to understand the structure, function, organization and perceptions of the Alabama workforce system. The results showed that Alabama is endowed with plentiful state, educational, business support and other service organizations that provide training, placement and informational resources that could better serve business, industry and the public if they were organized in an effective network and unified under a common vision, mission and brand.
This new and unified system resulted from hundreds of hours of input from workforce and educational professionals, industry leadership, families and students. Thousands of Alabamians participated in-person and online in developing the charter for AlabamaWorks.
AlabamaWorks stands for opportunity, innovation, accountability and inclusion with the vision of a better future for Alabama in which communities, business, and industry are supported in a collaborative process to build prosperity through the opportunity of meaningful work and a growing economy. Our mission is to recruit, train, and empower a highly skilled workforce driven by business and industry needs and to be the competitive advantage for Alabama’s economic growth. Whether you’re an employer, a job seeker or a student, AlabamaWorks is the springboard for your success and promises to provide profitability and economic growth by creating opportunities for success and an improved quality of life for Alabamians.
East AlabamaWorks represents a seven-county region covering Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Etowah, Randolph and Talladega. We are led by local businesses and industry leaders and are one of seven regional councils in the state of Alabama. The council is a coalition of leaders in business and industry, education providers and trainers, and municipalities. Providing short-term and long-term solutions for closing the skills gaps is one of our most important goals. Council members work together to maximize workforce efforts throughout the region and to ensure alignment of resources to address local priorities. The mission of East AlabamaWorks is to ensure there is a pipeline of a skilled and ready workforce to meet the demands of business both now and in the future.
East AlabamaWorks Mission Statement
We provide every person with the opportunity and motivation to develop and expand their skills to create a quality workforce and enhance economic prosperity.
East AlabamaWorks Vision Statement
People have discovered their potential and have gained skills to participate in a productive and successful workforce which meets the evolving needs of businesses and community.
East AlabamaWorks Values Statement
East AlabamaWorks Strategic Plan
Meet The Team
First Southern State Bank
B.R. Williams Trucking
Board Vice Chair
Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce
Alabama Power Company (Ret.)
Coosa Valley Medical Center
Main Street Alabama
Alabama Power Company
Megan Hurst Smith
Hurst Construction Company
Jimmie Thompson III
We monitor the workforce needs of business and industry in the seven county region, then develop/implement practical solutions.
Regional job fairs for immediate hiring needs
Addressing short term and long term training needs
Host Worlds of Work Career Expo
Key mechanism in helping to ensure there is an available pipeline of highly trained workers with relevant skills that Alabama companies want and need