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. 


  • 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.


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 (Fall) – Ongoing + Counselors and Lead Teachers

Cohort 5 – 2023 – 2024 (Spring) – 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 October 13, 2023 for completion by January 31, 2024. 

Deadline to register for PLU or CEU is January 8, 2024 for completion by June 17, 2024. 

If you would like additional information, please contact Johnita Romine, Education & Training Programs Manager, at or at 256-693-9649.