(Oxford, AL) – Fifteen East Alabama educators were recently honored during the VIP Breakfast at Worlds of Work presented by Eastman for completing the East AlabamaWorks Educator Workforce Academy (EWA) in 2022.

The Educator Workforce Academy is designed to teach educators about the career opportunities and workforce training programs that are available in East Alabama. Educators can then return to their school system armed with knowledge of the workforce needs of local industry sectors. This prepares them to better engage in conversations with their students about future opportunities.

EWA graduates attended four sessions, over a period of four months, and covered topics including Introduction to Workforce and Training Programs; Healthcare Careers; Manufacturing Technology; and Transportation, Distribution & Logistics. The sessions included presentations from local industry leaders and tours of manufacturing industries, healthcare facilities, training programs, and more.

As a final project, each educator prepared an implementation plan outlining how they can use the knowledge and connections gained from the Educator Workforce Academy in their school system to make students workforce ready.
The educators listed below completed the 2022 course:

Leslie Alexander – Talladega City Schools
Tracy Brazier – Calhoun County Schools
Gina Deupree – Talladega County Schools
Deana Goodwine – Sylacauga City Schools
Dr. D. Ray Hill – Anniston City Schools
Nancy Messer – Randolph County Schools
Whitney Murchison – Talladega County Schools
Kelli Sanford – Talladega County Schools
Darian Simmons – Talladega City Schools
Walt Simmons – Etowah County Schools
Makayla Smith – Randolph County School
Dr. Shannon Stanley – Oxford City Schools
Brittany Sutton – Randolph County Schools
Tamar Towns – Anniston City Schools
Tommy Wood – Cleburne County Schools

This year’s Educator Workforce Academy will commence in September 2023. Registration is open to educators in the East AlabamaWorks seven-county region. There is no cost involved. The online registration form is available at www.eastalabamaworks.com. Participation is limited to the first twenty registrants.

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