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Here is today's summary of economic development news, a free service of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, representing Alabama's private sector investment in economic development.  If you enjoy NewsFlash, thank an EDPA Partner

 

In this issue:
Celebrating 'a milestone': State, education officials praise dual enrollment scholarship program
Bishop State, Mobile Airport Authority launch aggressive apprenticeship program, Alabama Aerospace Innovation Research Center
Hundreds flock to Verizon job fair in Huntsville for chance to nab one of 300 new jobs
Shoals jolted by more job losses
Early registration is now open for the 2014 Southern Automotive Conference set for Oct. 8-10 in Birmingham

 


 Celebrating 'a milestone': State, education officials praise dual enrollment scholarship program

on May 08, 2014 

MOBILE, Alabama - The state's new career technical dual enrollment scholarship program will greatly expand training options for students, and should have a significant effect on building the region's workforce, officials said Thursday at a media conference at the Alabama Industrial Development Training center.

 

Officials from Bishop State Community College and Austal USA also announced a partnership - a five-week pre-employment program - as part of the initiative.  

 

"Today is a great day for Bishop State, for Austal and for the state of Alabama," said State Rep. Napoleon Bracy, D-Prichard, who is workforce outreach coordinator for Austal USA.

 

The new legislation created a scholarship initiative to make it easier for students to take advantage of career-tech, dual enrollment programs, which allow them to earn college credit while still in high school.

 

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 Bishop State, Mobile Airport Authority launch aggressive apprenticeship program, Alabama Aerospace Innovation Research Center

on May 08, 2014 

MOBILE, Alabama - Bishop State Community College and the Mobile Airport Authority unveiled Thursday an aviation and aerospace initiative designed to boost workforce development efforts in skilled trades while bolstering the redevelopment of Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley.

 

The announcement, made in the aeroplex's warehouse district before a sizeable crowd of supporters and dignitaries, outlined an apprenticeship program that will pair Bishop State students in drafting and design, graphic communication arts and welding with hands-on training at both the airport authority and - eventually - with aeroplex tenant companies.

 

"We're bringing the best and brightest minds to bear at the point of advanced manufacturing, and that means leveraging this extensive talent in an (initiative) that spans everything from packaging to shipping to logistics," said Roger Wehner, the airport authority's executive director.


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[al.com]

 


 Hundreds flock to Verizon job fair in Huntsville for chance to nab one of 300 new jobs

on May 08, 2014 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Out of work for a year and a half, Avis Edwards was hopeful this morning as she stood with other job seekers in a long line at the busy Verizon Wireless Call Center in Huntsville.

 

Edwards, one of hundreds who came out before lunch to a Career Open House in Thornton Research Park, heard about Verizon's plan on Tuesday to hire 300 full-time workers for its $44 million Huntsville facility and 100 additional retail employees across the state.

 

"I saw it on the Internet first and on Facebook," she said, holding a Verizon tote bag. "Then five or six of my friends called me to tell me, 'Go out there now. They're hiring!' So I'm here. I really need a job."



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[al.com]

 

 


Shoals jolted by more job losses

By Tom Smith and Bernie Delinski Staff Writers 

|May 8, 2014

 

FLORENCE - HON Corp. announced Thursday it will shut down its Florence operations by the end of the year.

 

The move adds 190 people to a local unemployment line already swelling in size by shutdown processes at International Paper's Courtland plant and Hillshire's Florence plant.

 

Hillshire announced in April the company will close its Florence plant Dec. 30, leaving about 1,100 workers looking for jobs. International, which had about 1,000-plus workers in Courtland, closed its doors this year.


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[Times Daily]

 


 

Early registration is now open for the 2014 Southern Automotive Conference set for Oct. 8-10  in Birmingham 

 

 In October, senior executives from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) across the Southeast will showcase their plant's latest developments. Key elected officials from southern states will discuss maintaining and increasing the region's competitive advantage.

OEMs and suppliers will talk about supplier best practices to make sure that the industry can meet the growing challenges of the global market. Join us in Birmingham and be a part of the conversation!

 Visit the SAC website to register and to learn about sponsorship and exhibit hall opportunities.

 

The SAC is hosted by the Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association (AAMA) in partnership with the Tennessee (TAMA) and Mississippi (MAMA) automotive manufacturing associations and support from the Georgia (GAMA) and South Carolina (SCAC) automotive manufacturing associations.

 

 




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