Workforce Readiness: Institute Intensive

CONTACT: Stephanie Newland, Shoals Chamber,, 256-764-4661
November 9, 2022
Shoals Chamber of Commerce & UNA Offer Career Education for
Student-Teachers in the College of Education
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 provide exposure and create authentic responses for those teachers to take back to their students – the up-and-coming workforce. The program is primarily for currently employed classroom teachers, counselors, and administrators.
In 2019, the Chamber established a relationship with UNA’s College of Education to provide this opportunity for their graduating seniors each semester. On November 15 and 17, sixty-seven graduating seniors will participate in an abbreviated one-day program before they officially enter the classroom.  The program will consist of five local industry tours.
The one-day Institute-intensive will allow these soon-to-be teachers to network with industry leaders, learn about local career opportunities, and gain understanding in how math, science, and other STEM subjects are used in specific jobs, especially in technical careers. This level of exposure will allow these future educators to share real world examples of “why students need to know this.”
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.  The industry tours will include DURA Automotive, TASUS, Adventech, Southwire’s 12-for-Life, and G&G Steel.
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 from ACCS STEAM grant; DURA Automotive; UNA; and the Alabama Cooperative Extension, Lauderdale County office.
For more information about this program contact Stephanie Newland, (256) 764-4661. 
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About The Shoals Chamber of Commerce
The Shoals Chamber of Commerce is member driven, united, and committed to providing leadership and vision to promote positive economic growth and to enhance the quality of life for all Shoals citizens. Serving two counties, four cities, and nine townships, the Shoals Chamber of Commerce observes all local, state, and federal laws which apply to a non-profit organization as defined in Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code. The mission of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce is to enhance the economic vitality of the Shoals through advocacy, connectivity, and education by acting as a bridge to an educated, productive workforce; an innovative, pro-business climate; and a connected diverse community. For more information, visit