Workforce Development / Education
Enhance the development of our existing and future workforce through local and regional partnerships to provide a globally competitive business environment for the Decatur-Morgan County, Alabama area.
The workforce development / education committee and sub-committees work to help expand public and private workforce training efforts for the emerging, unemployed and underemployed workers in Morgan County. The focus of the committee is to provide a well-trained workforce to meet the needs of area businesses and industries.
NEW! Career Pathway Resource Guide and Career Pathway Matrix of Services
The Diversity program ensures that every member of the community has access to the knowledge and skills to succeed in the workplace. The sub-committee also hosts the annual Diversity Banquet (formerly the Minority Awards Banquet), which recognizes minority-owned businesses and honors individuals who have contributed to the community’s diversity.
Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) Click here
South Regions Minority Business Council (SRMBC) Click here
The Partners-In-Education program links area businesses and industries with schools in Decatur, Hartselle and Morgan County to provide educational opportunities for the students and increase the awareness of area businesses and industries. Partnerships also heighten awareness of present and future job needs, help improve the education of future employees and customers, and increases understanding of the quality and needs of public school systems, whose health is vital to the community’s economic well being.
The Morgan County Workforce Development Coalition is a partnership of the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce and the Morgan County Economic Development Association. Our vision for Morgan County is to be the place where current employers thrive and new employers locate because of our skilled, highly competitive workforce. Our mission is to close the workforce skills gap with a focus on "Recruit. Retain. Retrain."
Quality Education Committee
The Quality Education Committee consists of educators, concerned citizens and local business representatives. The committee focuses on the objectives of community involvement to increase student success, increasing quality and access to Pre-K education, provide high performance learning environments for K-12 and expanding local access to higher education and job training opportunities.
Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce and Calhoun Community College team up to present the Summer Welding & Electrical Technology Camp for 9th – 12th grade girls. This free camp provides hands-on experience in welding and electricity and help students develop problem solving skills and teamwork as they participate in instructor-led projects, field trips, and interact with women role models during industry sponsored lunches. We have also added a second camp to the lineup in partnership with Morgan County Schools.
Administer a proactive communication plan to promote the Workforce Development efforts in our area by informing community groups and organizations how we can all work together to better prepare our current and future workforce. Promote and use the CareerPathway
website and the Workforce E-Newsletter to achieve this goal.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
There are many opportunities for local businesses and business leaders to get involved in the education and workforce development programs that the Chamber sponsors. If you are interested in becoming involved in a program, contact Taylor Simmons at 256-353-5312 or by email
Other Events Hosted by the Chamber's Workforce Coalition
State of the Schools Address - Decatur City Schools
State of the Schools Address - Morgan County Schools
New Teacher Luncheon - Morgan County Schools
New Teacher Breakfast - Decatur City Schools
Careeer & Workforce Expo
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