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In this issue:


'Strong and productive': Cullman top in state industry rankings

by Trent Moore

May 26, 2015


Cullman has been named one of the most successful cities in the state for industrial growth, beating out several larger counties and metro areas.


The area ranks 1st in number of new and expanding industries and number of expanding industries, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce's 2014 new and expanding industry report. Cullman ranks 2nd in new industry capital investment, 3rd in number of new industries and 5th in job creation (704 total jobs) for the year.


"This is amazing, but the emphasis really goes back to the industries we have and what they do. They're why we are so strong and productive," Cullman Economic Development Agency Director Peggy Smith said. "It's also a compliment to the entire community, because companies that are expanding consider all those things, like quality of life, and the quality of the workforce. Every piece of that plays a role, and companies always have options to relocate. That's the reason we have to stay focused on helping our existing industries expand and grow by providing services they need."





Prichard launches free maritime-centered workforce development training program
on May 25, 2015 


The city of Prichard and a lengthy list of community partners have teamed up to provide a free workforce development program for area residents.


Specifically, the city has partnered with Bishop State Community College Ready to Work, Harper Technologies LLC and the Prichard Housing Authority as well as with shipbuilding and ship repair employers across the gulf coast region to provide assistance in obtaining National Career Readiness Certification and the Alabama Certified Worker certificate.


Upon successful completion of the program, selected individuals will be offered inclusion in Bishop State Community College's skills training boot camp with the opportunity to move on to job placement with one of the partnered employers.






Women Who Code opens first chapter in Birmingham
Birmingham Business Journal
May 22, 2015

Women Who Code, a global nonprofit with more than 25,000 members promoting women in tech, has chosen Birmingham as the location for its 53rd chapter.


WWCode Birmingham will be led by Shirley Hicks, board member of Red Mountain Makers, and Lynette Pope, a tech support engineer at Rocket Software.


"Currently in the region, women are underrepresented in the technical and computing professions," Hicks said. "We envision this group as a place for women to get together to learn new languages, work on programming projects and to create some of the solutions that are needed in the community. Along the way, members will also learn about career options within the tech field, help each other work through roadblocks and learn the finer nuances of coding."




Pell City, St. Clair schools' partnership with Technology Center playing off for students
By DAVID ATCHISON Home staff writer

May 26, 2015 

PELL CITY - The 2013 high school graduate stood in the large training area of the Technology Center, formerly known as the Iacademy.


"This has impacted my life," Nick Meadows said.


Meadows recently graduated from Jefferson State Community College, after he entered the dual enrollment program offered at Pell City High School. After graduating, he continued his studies through a scholarship, earning his associate degree in electronic and automotive manufacturing.


He said initially he wanted to learn welding, but then he discovered computer electronics and he really enjoyed learning how to troubleshoot automotive computers.




[Talladega Daily Home]





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