Governor’s Local Workforce Areas WIOA Youth Programs

The Governor’s Local Workforce Areas (GLWA) offers innovative programs to assist out-of-school youth and youth with significant barriers to employment between the ages of 16-24 by providing a broad array of activities designed for educational and occupational skills training throughout five of the Local Workforce Development Areas (North Alabama Works, East Alabama Works, West Alabama Works, Central Alabama Works and Southeast Alabama Works). The current youth programs throughout the state focus on educational attainment, work-based training opportunities and training linked to careers aligned with the skills needs of industries throughout the state. The goal of these programs is to help youth attain the education and employability skills that are necessary to get a job, keep their job and advance in their chosen career pathway.

 

WIOA Youth Programs

North Alabama Works – Local Area 1

 

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS)

602 South Lawrence Street

Montgomery, AL 36104

Tonya Frankum 256-650-1732 Tonya.Frankum@rehab.alabama.gov

Area: 1 & 2

 

The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) Work Based Learning program for youth is based on the nationally recognized model known as Project SEARCH. This program is for youth with disabilities age 16-24 that need assistance with obtaining and maintaining employment in local high demand jobs in Morgan and Dekalb counties. It is designed to provide entry-level job experiences in collaboration with local businesses and agencies. Project SEARCH instruction, certification, credentialing, and skill development focuses on competitive employment upon graduation. Participants will have access to a teacher with classroom instruction and a skills instructor/job coach that will assist in locating internships, pursuing employment, and assist with maintaining employment. The Project SEARCH program is unique because it involves the collaboration of the four core WIOA partners, the local work force board and a local employer. This one-year work-based learning program takes place in an integrated work setting. Total workplace immersion is a key component to the success of this program; facilitating a seamless combination of classroom instruction and real work experience.

 

Bevill State Community College

1411 Indiana Avenue

Jasper, AL 35501

Sherri Carroll, Coordinator, (800) 648-3271 ext. 5126 Sherri.carroll@bscc.edu

Area: 1 & 3

 

The Bevill State Community College Second Opportunity System (SOS) program serves youth in Marion County. Participants are provided basic skills enrichment and GED preparation; connections to paid and unpaid work experience; resume assistance; Ready to Work Workplace Employability Skills; occupational skills training in high wage-high demand occupations; mentoring from program partners; transition to college assistance and tuition assistance; tutoring; counseling from staff at the Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center; financial literacy education; entrepreneurial skills; and follow-up. SOS Staff provide case management services motivating participants and coordinating service delivery and referrals. Staff also work to ensure placement into employment, postsecondary or advanced training.

 

Northwest-Shoals Community College

PO Box 2545

800 George Wallace Blvd

Muscle Shoals, AL 35662

Ken Loveless, Program Coordinator, (256) 331- 5323 ken.loveless@nwscc.edu

Area: 1

 

The Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) Youth Success Program (YSP) provides academic and occupational skills training for at-risk youth who have limited skills, little or no work experience, and other barriers to economic success and self-sufficiency in Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, and Winston Counties. The NW-SCC YSP will serve two populations: 1) Out-of-school 16-24-year-old youth with a defined barrier and 2) In-school youth, ages 16-21, who are participating in a pre-apprenticeship or registered apprenticeship. The YSP program will partner with the Adult Education program on each campus to provide instruction for the GED, WorkKeys training, and Ready to Work training. YSP participants scoring at or above a 10th grade reading level will be referred to the Ready to Work program. YSP participants who successfully finish the Ready to Work (RTW) program, including meeting all RTW attendance requirements and successfully completing the WorkKeys test, will receive a scholarship from Northwest-Shoals Community College for one class. Through the pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, YSP participants will receive intergenerational mentoring, job shadowing, and paid work experiences while also completing academic courses toward a credential in Region One high growth/high demand industries.

Wellstone, Inc.

4040 S Memorial Pkwy

Huntsville, AL 35802

Allyson Benton, Program Director, (256) 705- 6339 allyson.benton@wellstone.com

Area: 1

 

Wellstone’s Launch program targets out-of-school, at-risk youth and young adults, ages 16-24, from Marshall, Jackson, DeKalb, Etowah, Limestone, Morgan, Madison, and Cullman counties, who face barriers to education and employment. Launch staff partner with the Career Center job placement services to assist the youth in job search, employment needs Work Based Learning (WBL) and on-the-job (OJT) training referrals. The Launch program has appreciated a highly effective working relationship through its long history of partnership with the Alabama Career Center System. Work readiness skills including financial knowledge, time management, decision making and problem solving, leadership and motivation, dependability and responsibility, communication and following instructions, attendance and punctuality, attitude and body language, appearance and dress are all addressed through individual coaching and weekly career preparation classes. All sessions and classes are provided free of cost to the client and are delivered by the Launch counselor or through inter-agency partnerships and community volunteers.

 

WIOA Youth Programs

East Alabama Works – Local Area 2

 

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS)

602 South Lawrence Street

Montgomery, AL 36104

Micah Williamson 256-549-7783 Micah.Wiliamson@rehab.alabama.gov

Tonya Frankum 256-650-1732 Tonya.Frankum@rehab.alabama.gov

Area: 1 & 2

 

The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) Work Based Learning program for youth is based on the nationally recognized model known as Project SEARCH. This program is for youth with disabilities age 16-24 that need assistance with obtaining and maintaining employment in local high demand jobs in Etowah County. It is designed to provide entry-level job experiences in collaboration with local businesses and agencies. Project SEARCH instruction, certification, credentialing, and skill development focuses on competitive employment upon graduation. Participants will have access to a teacher with classroom instruction and a skills instructor/job coach that will assist in locating internships, pursuing employment, and assist with maintaining employment. The Project SEARCH program is unique because it involves the collaboration of the four core WIOA partners, the local work force board and a local employer. This one-year work-based learning program takes place in an integrated work setting. Total workplace immersion is a key component to the success of this program; facilitating a seamless combination of classroom instruction and real work experience.

 

Attalla City Schools

100 Case Avenue

Attalla, AL 35954

Kim Perkins, Program Director, 256-504-0450 kperkins@attalla.k12.al.us

Area: 2

 

The Attalla City Schools’ HIRED [Helping Inspire, Remediate, Educate] Program assists Etowah County out-of-school youth in re-engaging in the educational process by assisting individuals in need of a high school diploma. Options include evening courses, self-paced learning through APEX online courses, partnerships with post-secondary institutions, and flexible scheduling. Overall, there is a greater focus on creating individualized and supportive learning experiences where teachers and staff members act as caring mentors to advocate for each student’s needs. This program specializes in addressing the challenges faced by out-of-school youth by providing an appropriate menu of educational options leading to a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as career training.

 

Circle of Care Center for Families

2200 35th Place

Valley, AL 36854

Nancy Poole, Director, (334) 768-4091 npoole@thecirclecares.com

Area: 2 & 5

 

The YES! Project is designed to provide academic and occupational skills training to out-of-school youth aged 16-24 who have limited skills, little or no work experience, and other barriers to economic success in Randolph County. Program staff work to maximize employment, post-secondary, and specialized training opportunities for young adults in our service areas. The YES! Project offers an incredible incentive package just for participating in the program. You can earn money while in the program to assist in post-secondary education fees and employment supplies. The expectation for each participant will be to earn all the incentives available as he/she progresses through the program. Incentives are intended to be used to encourage and motivate YES! Project participants to reach specific goals and obtain positive outcomes.

 

 

Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement (SAFE)

78 Betsy Ross Lane

Sylacauga, AL. 35150

Margaret Morton, Director, 256-245-4343 mortonm@safesylacauga.com

Area: 2

The Work Ready! Program at the SAFE Reality Work Center focuses on educational attainment, work-based opportunities and training that links youth to careers aligned with the skill needs of industries in Talladega County. The Reality Work Center provides instruction to participants in the areas of work maturity, pre-employment skills, literacy skills, and computer skills. Participants are exposed to comprehensive counseling and job mentoring.

 

WIOA Youth Programs

West Alabama Works – Local Area 3

 

Bevill State Community College

1411 Indiana Avenue

Jasper, AL 35501

Sherri Carroll, Coordinator, (800) 648-3271 ext. 5126 Sherri.carroll@bscc.edu

Area: 1 & 3

 

The Bevill State Community College Second Opportunity System (SOS) program serves youth in Fayette, Pickens, and Lamar Counties. Participants are provided basic skills enrichment and GED preparation; connections to paid and unpaid work experience; resume assistance; Ready to Work Workplace Employability Skills; occupational skills training in high wage-high demand occupations; mentoring from program partners; transition to college assistance and tuition assistance; tutoring; counseling from staff at the Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center; financial literacy education; entrepreneurial skills; and follow-up. SOS Staff provide case management services motivating participants and coordinating service delivery and referrals. Staff also work to ensure placement into employment, postsecondary or advanced training.

 

 

Community Service Programs of West Alabama

601 Black Bears Way

Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Cathy Jones, Program Manager, (205) 469-0360 cjones@cspwal.com

Area: 3

 

Community Service Programs of West Alabama’s (CSP) Learn and Earn Employment Program (LEEP) is designed to serve WIOA Eligible Youth in Tuscaloosa county through an 8-week classroom training and entry-level work experience. Program staff will work with participants who do not have a diploma or GED to ensure that each participant at least attains his or her GED through referral to Shelton State or the Tuscaloosa School System to re-enroll the participant. CSP utilizes the Phillip Roy Curriculum to provide employability skills and work readiness training.  CSP’s goal is that all youth who successfully complete LEEP, enter employment, the military, or postsecondary/advanced training that leads to an industry recognized credential.

 

Easter Seals of West Alabama

1400 James I Harrison Jr. Parkway East

Tuscaloosa, AL 35405

Renee McMullen, Program Coordinator, (205) 759-1211 rmcmullen@eswaweb.org

Area: 3

 

Easter Seals West Alabama’s “Future Promise” Program will provide or coordinate services to high school dropouts with a defined barrier, leading to educational levels sufficient to participate in work activity related to in-demand jobs in Tuscaloosa County. The program assists participants in obtaining a GED, entering postsecondary education/advanced training, and beginning fulltime employment or entering military service. Emphasis is placed on connecting academic and occupational skills training leading to recognized credentials for local in-demand industry sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, distribution, automotive and information technology. Work Readiness, Employability Skills, and Occupational skills training are provided through multiple partnerships including the Ready to Work program at Shelton State Community College, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and local businesses. The program also has developed a pre-employment training program called “Work Smart” to serve students with disabilities who are looking to transition into work.

 

University of West Alabama

Division of Economic Development & Outreach

The University of West Alabama

UWA Station 45

Livingston, AL 35470

Jordan Mahaffey, Program Coordinator, (205) 652-5494 jmahaffey@uwa.edu

Area: 3

 

The University of West Alabama Division of Economic Development and Outreach administers a sustainable Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program in four counties (Choctaw, Marengo, Pickens and Sumter) of the Black Belt region of West Alabama. UWA will have 4 classes of 10 students lasting 8 weeks each, students will complete 128 hours of class time. Students are required to have a high school diploma or GED to enroll; however, all students are given the TABE test prior to enrollment and if tested as Basic Skills Deficient are provided tutoring to improve their TABE score.

 

After students have completed the program, which includes class work, lab work, and clinical work at Sumter Health and Rehab, they will earn their CPR certification, have passed a drug test, sat for their National Career Readiness Certificate, and receive the UWA CNA Certificate of Completion, qualifying them to sit for the National Nurse Aide Assessment.   Upon completion of the National Nurse Aide Assessment, participants will be Certified Nursing Assistants in the State of Alabama.

The University of West Alabama plans to work with Shelton State to offer at least two Ready To Work sessions for up to an additional 20 participants. The purpose of this program is to serve a pathway for each participant to successfully gain entry-level employment in healthcare, an in-demand industry, as a nursing assistant.

 

 

WIOA Youth Programs

Central Alabama Works – Local Area 5

 

Children’s Policy Council of Dallas County

105 Lauderdale Street

Selma, AL 36702

Donna Allen, Program Director, 334-876-4865 donnaallen.dcwia@gmail.com

Area: 5

 

The Dallas County Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (DCWIOA) focuses on allowing eligible youth the opportunity to be linked to a network of community programs focusing on advancing their educational opportunities, career readiness and job placement. The program leverages support from a vast array of community service providers to create a seamless network of resources for Dallas County youth. Activities include tutoring/mentoring, study skills training, alternative secondary school services, GED preparation, Ready for Work program, job readiness/placement, entrepreneurial skills training, internship/apprenticeship opportunities, and financial management and life skills. Follow-up includes a long term comprehensive service program utilizing network resources and runs a period of not less than twelve months.

Circle of Care Center for Families

2200 35th Place

Valley, AL 36854

Nancy Poole, Director, (334) 768-4091 npoole@thecirclecares.com

Area: 2 & 5

 

The YES! Project is designed to provide academic and occupational skills training to out-of-school youth aged 16-24 who have limited skills, little or no work experience, and other barriers to economic success in Chamber and Lee counties. Program staff work to maximize employment, post-secondary, and specialized training opportunities for young adults in our service areas. The YES! Project offers an incredible incentive package just for participating in the program. You can earn money while in the program to assist in post-secondary education fees and employment supplies. The expectation for each participant will be to earn all the incentives available as he/she progresses through the program. Incentives are intended to be used to encourage and motivate YES! Project participants to reach specific goals and obtain positive outcomes.

 

Family Guidance Center of Alabama

2358 Fairlane Drive

Montgomery, AL 36116

Yolanda Adams, Program Manager, (334) 270-4100 yadams@familyguidancecenter.org
Area: 5

 

The Work Ready! Program operated by the Family Guidance Center of Alabama assists WIOA-eligible, out-of-school young adults, 16-24 years of age, in Montgomery, Autauga, Elmore, and Lowndes counties. The Work Ready! program offers a unique, interactive experience for young adults to gain and practice workplace skills, enter employment, and get underway on a lifelong career path.  Following a four-week, on-site learning experience, staff works with each participant to identify individual next steps that explore education, industry-approved credentialing, and employment. Case management ensures that participants identify and set personal goals related to employment and education, access unpaid work experience as needed, receive supportive services and mentoring, have appropriate guidance through the program and receive 12 months of follow-up services. Job Readiness helps individuals prepare for success in the world of work through many services, including: resume development, interviewing skills, job search, and work ethics. Individual and group opportunities are available to assist individuals in gaining workplace skills that lead to securing and maintaining employment. Participants then enter Employment or Education Enrollment with Sustained Case Management.

Second Chance Foundation

810 Cedar Street

Montgomery, Al. 36106

Madalyn Caldwell, Program Coordinator, 334-263-9733 Madalyn.Caldwell@2ndchanceal.com

Area: 5

 

The Second Chance Works program is part of the Second Chance Foundation designed for youth in Montgomery county currently out of school and at risk for not completing a traditional high school diploma due to various circumstances (expulsion, dropout, legal issues, etc.). Our Mission is to help out-of-school youth between the ages of 16-24 build the skills necessary to enter and maintain employment, while guiding each youth through exploration of career possibilities.
This program provides free GED preparation and testing, counseling, and career preparation to participants.

WIOA Youth Programs

Southeast Alabama Works – Local Area 6

 

Alfred Saliba Center for Families

545 W. Main St.

PO Box 5706

Dothan, AL 36301

Steve Graves, Program Coordinator, (334) 712-0165 segraves@roadrunner.com

Area: 6

 

The Alfred Saliba Center for Families’ Career Designs for Youth (CDY) program provides support to high school drop-outs who are enrolled in the Adult Education Program at Wallace Community College through tutoring services, career exploration, and financial assistance for testing, transportation, and other activities to enhance and improve the enrolled youth’s opportunities to earn their GED, continue their education, and enter their chosen career field. Case managers assess academic pre-test results and collaborate with primary instructors and tutors to develop specific, measurable, and attainable academic goals in partnership with participants. CDY primarily serves Dothan and Houston County residents but will also serve those in other local communities.  The program operates Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm and on Fridays 8:00 am until 12:00 pm.  The program also provides services on Saturdays and on weekday evenings as needed.

 

Regional Alliance 4 Children

99 Edwards St

Enterprise, AL 36331

Jeannie Bryan, Program Coordinator, (334) 393-3789 bryanjds@aol.com

Area: 6

 

Regional Alliance 4 Children’s Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Program, enables out-of-school youth to obtain the GED® or online high school diploma, gain work-readiness and basic occupational skills, access career pathway and post-secondary information, participate in field trips and leadership activities, earn incentives, and receive paid technical education tuition when funds are available. Serving Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, and Geneva Counties, the YES Program targets out-of-school youth who meet WIOA eligibility requirements. The ages served are 17 (16 if court-ordered) through 24.  Other special criteria to enter the program include successfully completing a brief probationary period (2 to 4 weeks) to determine commitment to program goals, exhibiting logistical and practical ability to attend class, and posing no perceived threat to other participants or staff. The goal of the program is for all youth to attain a GED or high school diploma with placement in post-secondary education or employment as the long-range aim.