Education is a pivotal component to workforce development. When these two entities come together, economic growth is created. Therefore, the purpose of the North AlabamaWorks Educator Workforce Academy is to raise awareness of the critical role educators play in workforce development. The goal is to equip participants with the tools and knowledge to help students navigate career awareness, exploration, and preparation activities that will guide them to a career pathway. 

Outcomes:

  • Discuss the importance of regionalism and how entities work together to foster workforce development.
  • Develop local solutions to support Governor Ivey’s Success Plus initiative which has an educational attainment goal of 500,000 high-skilled employees by the year 2025.
  • Discover in-demand careers and the pathways available throughout Region 1 through career awareness, exploration, and preparation strategies.
  • Learn about career awareness, exploration, and preparation opportunities for students
  • Explore ways to increase the college and career readiness rate particularly focused on students completing a CTE course and/or earning a 3rd party credential of value that meets industry needs.
  • Evaluate programs using the simulated workplace and other Work-Based Learning initiatives that connect students to pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, internships/externships, and co-op experiences
  • Connect and network with business and industry partners that emphasize an innovative (STEM based) curriculum.
  • Examine the labor force participation rate, with a focus on special populations, and the importance of reducing barriers to allow entrance into the workforce.

Participants:

Cohort 1 – 2019 – 2020 – Superintendents, Principals, CTE Directors

Cohort 2 – 2020 – 2021 – Ongoing + Central Office Curriculum Specialists

Postponed – 2021 – 2022

Cohort 3 – 2022 – 2023 – Ongoing + New Administrators

Cohort 4 – 2023 – 2024 – Ongoing + Counselors and Lead Teachers

Registration is open to all educators but priority will be given to superintendents, board level staff, guidance counselors, CTE personnel, elementary, middle and high school administrators and teachers in both public and private schools in North Alabama.

Deadline to register for the PLU or CEU is March 1, 2024 for completion by June 1, 2024. 

Continuing Education Unit (CEU):

In order to earn CEU credit, the participant must attend a Phase 1 session for the entire time and complete the corresponding survey in Phase 3. Additional credit may be earned by submitting the WBL Map.

Professional Learning Unit (PLU):

In order to earn a PLU, please see the information below for Phases 1, 2, and 3 that are required by NAW. Upon completion of the 18 hours and corresponding surveys as well as submitting the WBL Map, NAW will recommend the participant be awarded the PLU via PowerSchool. PowerSchool will send a survey via email that must be completed, only then will the participant earn the PLU.

Phase 1: Gaining Content and Knowledge (should equal a total of 18 hours)

Please note this is a tentative schedule. If you are interested in participating, please register and a calendar invite will be sent for each date. The following sessions will be limited to the first 20 who register: April 2nd and April 30th + One of the Optional Sessions 

Engage with Business & Industry

February 21, 2024

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Introduction to Workforce Development

April 2, 2024

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Education + Workforce Development = Economic Growth

April 30, 2024

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Optional 6 hour in-person sessions may be substituted with prior approval:

Career Coach Collective

February 1, 2024

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CTE Directors Meeting

February 13, 2024

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Coop Coordinators Meeting

March 6, 2024

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Career Coach Collective

May 29, 2024

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Optional 1 hour virtual sessions (must add up to 6 hours) may be substituted:

North AlabamaWorks Industry Cluster Webinars

AlabamaWorks and/or Work-Based Learning Webinars

Phase 2: Work-Based Learning Map

Complete the Work-Based Learning Map and submit on or before June 1, 2023.

Phase 3: Survey/Evaluation

Complete surveys at the end of each Phase 1 session within a week

Complete online PLU Evaluation Form for PowerSchool

If you would like additional information, please contact Johnita Romine, Education & Training Programs Manager, at jromine@northalabamaworks.com or at 256-335-0153.