Shoals Chamber of Commerce & UNA Offer Career Education for Student-Teachers in the College of Education

For Immediate Release
Contact Information:
Stephanie Newland
Shoals Chamber of Commerce
Phone:  (256) 764-4661
Fax:  (256) 766-9017

How many times each school year do teachers here the nagging questions from their students, “Why do I have to know this?” and “When will I ever use this again?” 

Since 2008, the Shoals Chamber of Commerce has offered the Workforce Readiness Institute for Educators to answer those questions.  Until now, it has been for currently employed classroom teachers, counselors and administrators.

This year, for the first time, sixty graduating seniors in UNA’s College of Education will participate in the same opportunity, before they officially enter the classroom.  This will be an abbreviated one-day event with tours of several local industries.

The one-day mini Institute will allow these soon-to-be teachers to network with local industry leaders, learn about local career opportunities and how math, science and other academic subjects are used in the workforce, especially in technical careers and within industry. 

The class will visit northwest Alabama businesses and industries for tours to see various technical skills in use and hear from the employers concerning their workforce challenges, the increasing demand for and decreasing supply of technically skilled workers, as well as the career paths and salary ranges to which these skills lead.  
Industry tours include G&G Steel, North American Lighting, Walker Family Farms, TASUS, FreightCar Alabama, Southwire’s “12 for Life” and the Shoals Business Incubator.

The program will be a fun, albeit exhausting day of first-hand, eyes-on, hands-on learning about the exciting careers in technical fields, while networking with business leaders.  

This program would not be possible without the generous support and sponsorships from UNA; Walker Family Farms; Listerhill Credit Union; Walmart, Hough Rd.; and Alabama Cooperative Extension, Lauderdale County office.

For more information about this program contact Stephanie Newland, (256) 764-4661.