The Alabama Workforce Council (AWC) was created at the recommendation of Governor Bentley’s Career Readiness Task Force to foster collaboration between government, industry and education.

  • Government
  • Industry
  • Education

The AWC is comprised of educators and business and industry executives from throughout the state tasked with ensuring that all Alabamians have the capacity to pursue their educational goals and realize long-term career opportunities. By harnessing the focus, strategic direction, combined efforts and expertise of these educational and workforce partners, Alabama can continue to make great strides in delivering the workforce that will power Alabama’s economic future.

The AWC is divided into four subcommittees:

Education & Industry Collaboration

Works with and through various education and industry groups, organizations, and trade associations to advise the education community on both ways to assist industry in preparing students or job candidates to enter the workforce and the best procedures for the state to collect workforce development data.

Marketing & Promotion

Seeks out the best ways to increase awareness and educate students or job candidates about available opportunities in various industry sectors. This committee is also tasked with evaluating the benefit of increasing the marketing associated with career readiness and skilled craft trades.

Private/Public Partnerships

Evaluates opportunities to establish public/private partnerships across the state. This committee evaluates options for creating industry-funded scholarship programs for community colleges, vocational programs, and dual enrollment programs.

Workforce Structure & Alignment

Reviews ways to streamline and align the existing workforce development functions of the state. This committee evaluates the standards for membership in and operations of the existing ten regional workforce development councils and also makes recommendations to realign the regional workforce councils.

Meet Our Committee

Chairman

Zeke Smith

Alabama Power

Vice Chairman

George Clark

Manufacture Alabama

Rep. Alan Baker

Workforce Structure & Alignment

State Representative

Tom Bates

Workforce Structure & Alignment

Evonik Industries, Retired

Mike Bruner

Education & Industry Collaboration

International Paper

Mac Buttram

Education & Industry Collaboration

Former State Representative

Bill Caton

Private/Public Partnerships

Associated General Contractors

Dr. Philip Cleveland

Marketing & Promotion

Alabama Dept. of Education, Career & Technical Education

Norman Crow

Marketing & Promotion

D.T. & Freight Company

Michael Davis

Workforce Structure & Alignment

Toray Carbon Fibers America, Inc.

Chuck DiLaura

Workforce Structure & Alignment

Neptune Technology Group, Inc.

Jed Downs

Private/Public Partnerships

Qualico Steel

Will Ferniany, PhD

Education & Industry Collaboration

UAB Health System

Blaine Galliher

Education & Industry Collaboration

Windom Galliher & Associates

Dale Greer

Marketing & Promotion

Cullman Economic Development Agency

Allen Harris

Education & Industry Collaboration

Bailey-Harris Construction

Kelvin Hill

Workforce Structure & Alignment

Georgia Pacific

Jennifer Himburg

Workforce Structure & Alignment

ALFA

Michelle Hurdle

Marketing & Promotion

Airbus Americas, Inc.

Philip “Chap” Jackson

Private/Public Partnerships

Coosa Composites, LLC

Phil Johnston

Marketing & Promotion

Mercedez Benz, U.S. International

Randy Jordan

Marketing & Promotion

Bryant Bank

Dave King

Workforce Structure & Alignment

Dynamics, Inc.

Mike Kitchens

Marketing & Promotion

ACIPCO

Sandra Koblas

Education & Industry Collaboration

Austal Ship Building

Jerry Mays

Marketing & Promotion

Former Mayor of Phil Campbell

Tim McCartney

Education & Industry Collaboration

McCartney Construction Company, Inc.

Dr. Joe Morton

Private/Public Partnerships

Business Education Alliance AL

Kasey Myers

Education & Industry Collaboration

CSP Technologies, Inc.

Ray Perez

Private/Public Partnerships

Honda Manufacturing of AL, LLC

Cleve Poole

Workforce Structure & Alignment

Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Randy Rogers

Private/Public Partnerships

Evonik Industries

Dr. Art Tipton

Private/Public Partnerships

Southern Research Institute

Fitzgerald Washington

Private/Public Partnerships

Alabama Dept. of Labor

Terry Waters

Workforce Structure & Alignment

The Association of Edison Illuminating Companies

Keith Weil

Workforce Structure & Alignment

Golden Dragon Copper Tubing