Adult Training Resources
Sheffield Career Center
Sheffield, AL 35660
In order to meet the growing need for businesses to hire and train skilled workers, the regional Career Centers offer a range of services to the workforce in Alabama. Services vary depending on which location you visit, but all Career Centers exist to help you succeed. Please reach out to a Career Center near you to take advantage of the wonderful services they offer!
Ready to Work (RTW) provides FREE training in basic skills and abilities required by most leading businesses and industries in Alabama.
The RTW curriculum is designed by Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) to build skills based on demands of local businesses and industries along with a nation-wide growth in technology, computer knowledge and employment availability. Successful graduates will receive:
Alabama Certified Worker certificate from AIDT
National Career Readiness certificate from ACT WorkKeys; this allows them to compete for jobs in today's competitive market
The opportunity for a FREE 3 credit hour college course at Northwest-Shoals Community College
Interview T.I.P.S. helps applicants prepare for job interviews. The program includes:
Tips for effective interviewing (preparation, communication, dress)
AIDT is willing to bring this program to your site. Schools, churches, and other community agencies are encouraged to contact AIDT’s Leadership Development team to schedule a program.
Leadership Development Classes are offered on a continuous basis at various Education Alliances around the state.
Leadership Skills 1 is the recommended first course for first-line, team leads and/or new supervisors.
Leadership Skills 2 is a follow-up course to Leadership Skills 1, and includes more advanced topics of supervision.
Leadership Skills 3 is the newest class in the Leadership Skills series. It is recommended for those who have previously attended LSI and LSII.
On-Line Classes - coming soon!
Veteran Training Resources
a program of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce
Gain skills for the future with a bootcamp.
Become the expert trusted to build the future in a flexible, affordable program
tailored to the skills you need to advance your career.
NW-SCC believes that veterans & their dependents are entitled to all financial assistance & benefits accrued through service to their country.
to assist veterans, active duty military, guardsmen, and reservists and their family members in taking full advantage of the educational benefits available to them through the GI Bill, Federal Tuition Assistance and other programs. We also strive to help students make the transition from active military duty to UNA.
The Robotics Training Park (RTP) is a collaboration between the state of Alabama, Alabama Community College System, AIDT, and robotics industry leaders across the nation.
Training is provided AT NO COST for Alabama businesses.
The RTP consists of three individual training facilities, each targeted to a specific industry need.
The Robotics Maintenance Training Center
The Advanced Research and Development Center
The Integration, Entrepreneurial, and Paint Dispense Training Center and Mobile Robotic Training Lab
Our Vocational Program works with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) to help individuals with disabilities, who are capable of obtaining and maintaining employment, to prepare for and find employment.
We serve all ages, from high school to senior citizen. Easterseals NW AL provides training, resources and individual assistance to ensure that individuals with disabilities have the same opportunity to succeed as a person without a disability.
Our Workshop is a full-service industrial Workshop. We do wood cutting projects, assembly projects, packaging and sorting projects and even metal and welding projects. For example, we have built "Side-Racks" for the US Department of Defense that fit Army and Marine vehicles. Most of our work is sub-contract work for local industries. Our customers expect and receive the same quality work that a company might expect from any other industrial shop. We take pride in our work and in our workers.
The only difference in our Workshop and any other local industrial shop, is that we employ individuals with disabilities. Each of our current employees has a severe disability that has hindered their employment in the regular workforce, however they have many of the same "abilities" as any other worker. Most importantly, they are very willing and able to do the work, when a few accommodations are made.
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
Vocational Rehab Services helps Alabamians with disabilities achieve independence through employment. VRS provides specialized employment- and education-related services and training to assist teens and adults with disabilities in becoming employed.
Christian Women's Job Corps of the Shoals is a community-wide ministry of the Women’s Missionary Union committed to helping ladies develop into responsible, employable individuals, with good character and a strong moral foundation, moving them toward self-sufficiency. Bible study and one-on-one mentoring are the key factors and are what set this ministry apart from other job-readiness programs. Life skills and of course workforce readiness training are also mainstays.
DHR Jobs Program provides services and work supports to parents receiving cash assistance to help them find and retain employment. These services and supports seek to address barriers such as lack of adequate child care, poor access to transportation, domestic violence and substance abuse, all which greatly limit the ability to obtain and retain employment.
Services also include employ-ability assessments, job readiness and job skills training, disability assessments and adult education.
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