Workforce News & Resources

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March 15, 2023

Issue 5




NW AL BEST Robotics
Team Registration is NOW  OPEN!

It's the BEST time of the year again!


Register your middle &/or high school team

by May 1 to get a $500 stipend

for the  primary teacher-sponsor!


All materials to design and build the robot are FREE!

No registration fees, ever!


T.E.A.M.S. teacher-sponsors can receive

up to 94 hours of Professional Learning Credits

through Power School!


Required Events


Kick-Off - September 9, 7 - 9 p.m.


Practice Day - October 19, 4 - 7 p.m.


Game Day - November 4, 8 - 4 p.m.


Get to Know Our

Career Technical Educators

Sheffield City Schools Career Coach


Autumn Dickerson is the Career Coach for Sheffield City Schools. Before becoming a Career Coach, she was a Graduation Coach for one year and a Special Education Teacher for six years. Autumn is married to Brian, and they have four children, Brian Jr, Sariyah, Austen, and Addisyn. Autumn is a Sheffield native and is excited about being back home serving her community.


“I have always been a fan of CTE programs and how it allows students to explore and discover things about themselves and their abilities. Partnering with our School Counselors and Administrators to provide our students with opportunities to explore different career fields, assess their personal aptitudes and abilities, and prepare for life after high school has been the most rewarding feeling I have had since I began teaching. I am excited to continue to learn more about CTE, the business industry, and career development so that I can continue to help provide our students with opportunities and exposure.”

Sheffield City Schools are always looking for partnerships that will assist with providing our students with opportunities to be prepared to become enrolled in a 2 or 4-year college, enlisted in the military, or employed locally when they reach graduation.


Upcoming Events

  • April 27 - Job Fair - If your business would like to reserve a table, please call 256-383-6052 ext. 2125 or ext. 2101

Autumn Dickerson

Career Coach

Sheffield City Schools 

(256) 349-0961


Click below to check out the

Sheffield City Schools' Career Technical Center website

for more information on the career tech programs offered.


Connect with Our CTEs

Colbert County Schools

Florence City Schools

Lauderdale County Schools

Muscle Shoals City Schools

Sheffield City Schools

Tuscumbia City Schools



Free Training
Saves 5% on Workers' Compensation

Business may be able to save money on their workers’ compensation insurance premium.  Most businesses have everything they need in order to take advantage of the savings. 


Why pay for someone to come and do trainings when Bradford will do it for FREE.  You can save 5% on your workers’ compensation insurance premium by having:

  • A written drug-free workplace policy statement 
  • A substance abuse testing program 
  • Provisions for an Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Education (e.g. Bradford's FREE drugfree workplace training)
  • Supervisor Training (also done by Bradford for FREE)

The goal of this training is to help establish a trusting relationship between employer and employee. Learning what to do and how to help is crucial to our limited workforce.


Check out the article and guidelines linked below.


For more information on Bradford's FREE  TRAINING contact:

Blake Cruttenden

Territory Manager
North Alabama Region

M: 256-405-3281 |

Your Money, Your Life! / Reality Check​


Reality Check / Your Money, Your Life is a personal finance simulation that gives students a taste of what it is like to make ends meet each month. Students are tasked with budgeting based on a given monthly income related to their preferred career choice. The students move through the simulation and “purchase” various needs and wants at different volunteer-staffed stations such as housing, cars, insurance, groceries, clothing, daycare, banking, insurance etc.

Two (2) remaining opportunities are coming up to help students learn how their education is connected to their career path, which is connected to their future finances, which is connected to their future quality of life. Join this fun, educational, personal finance simulation and help our future workforce learn how to budget their money!


Your Money, Your Life is a program of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, coordinated by the Lauderdale County office.  The Shoals Chamber partners with Extension to recruit volunteers and implement the program.

Details of each upcoming event date are listed on the volunteer registration sites linked below:


Wednesday, March 22, 8:00 - 11:15 a.m. (plus lunch)
Florence 9th graders
(Register for March 22 HERE)


Thursday, April 13, 8:00 - 11:30 a.m. (plus lunch)
NW-SCC Talent Search 10th graders
(Register for April 13 HERE)



Thursday, April 20, 8:30 - 12 noon (plus lunch)
Lawrence County High School, Gymnasium

Moulton, AL

Lawrence Co. High School 8th graders
To volunteer or for more information, contact:

Melinda Smith, 256.974.2464


Kaci Quails, 256-905-2425



If you know any other adults that would be willing to volunteer,

feel free to share this opportunity! 

For more information, contact:

Heidi Tilenius
Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Lauderdale County Office
256-766-4846 office



For these and other upcoming Your Money Your Life events

in one location, CLICK  HERE.


in partnership with

Launch Code Alabama in June;
Scholarships Available

Students who complete the program will possess a fundamental understanding of programming concepts, get exposure and hands-on experience with two popular programming languages, and begin to acquire skills necessary to become contributing members of a software development team.


Code Alabama is a 96-hour / eight-week course. 


There are 12 scholarships available for the first group of students.  Deadline to apply for a scholarship is March 31.


Classes take place June 5 - July 27.


Courtland, AL

Advanced Manufacturing Technician APPRENTICESHIP  PROGRAM

Cohort 20 Applications Open Soon

The Advanced Manufacturing Technician Apprenticeship Program (AMTAP) is a United States Department of Labor (USDOL) Registered Apprenticeship.


The AMTAP program will teach you how to build space flight hardware by providing a phased approach to learning with both classroom and hands-on learning opportunities at our LM Space facility in Courtland, AL.


No Experience, No problem! This program will teach you everything you need to be successful.


$15/hr. plus benefits while in the 6-week classroom portion of the apprenticeship program.


$18.50/hr. upon offer of full-time employment.

Application Opens:  Monday, April 3


Zoom Information Session:  Wednesday, April 5, 1 p.m.


Application Deadline:  Monday, April 17


Class starts:  Monday, July 24



ShoalsWORKS! Council

The Shoals Works Council, convened by The Shoals Chamber, works to guide policy and curriculum to ensure skills held by the local workforce match the needs of employers. 


Members include business leaders, educators, training providers and community organizations interested in workforce-related issues.


Those interested in participating in the council may email 


Chamber Job Board


Remember to use your free Job Board benefit

to post your job openings.

Contact the Chamber if you need assistance.





Wednesday, April 12, 12 - 3 p.m.

The University of North Alabama is excited to announce the return of an all-majors campus wide career fair on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 from 12-3 pm.


We recognize that organizations hire for a variety of disciplines and majors and this will give our students an opportunity to interact with a diverse population of organizations as well as organizations an opportunity to recruit from a diverse population of students. 


The event is FREE and will take place in the both the Guillot University Center and the Science and Technology Engineering Building; however, registration will be limited to the first 75 organizations. 


Statewide Job Board is a great resource for Alabama citizens and businesses.

  • List jobs
  • Look for jobs (searchable by zip code or city)
  • Research careers and pathways
  • Information to help you move your career forward

For more information, contact:

     Alabama Career Center (Sheffield)

     (256) 383‑5610

     500 South Montgomery Avenue Suite 102 Sheffield



~ Employers ~
Fortify Your Talent Pipeline!

YouScience is a science-based, skills assessment to determine students' natural abilities and guide them to educational pathways and local careers that match their God-given talents. When assessed, most students have technical skills they never knew they had! See "Case Studies" below for evidence-based research.


YouScience provides employers a FREE platform to get your brand in front of your local future workforce.


In addition, you can use the new (paid) feature to list specific job titles to reach students who have the specific skills you hire, helping you build and maintain a sustainable talent pipeline that is critical for an organization's future performance.


The YouScience program closes the gap that exists in many industries by nurturing the pipeline with ready-to-work candidates. 


Currently in the Shoals, Florence City Schools, Muscle Shoals City Schools 


Teacher Supply Depot




Cash for new supplies, gently used school & office supplies, equipment, furniture, etc. are  needed to assist our educators in the classroom.


For more information, contact:

Mary Beshears, (256) 710-1436,


Thank you to our ShoalsWORKS! Workforce Champion Sponsors!