Education Workforce Readiness

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Education Workforce Readiness

The Shoals Chamber of Commerce Education & Workforce Readiness department functions as a liaison between business and educational groups to offer opportunities for communication and to develop programs and activities that will prepare students for productive careers within the Shoals area.   

We have a goal to inform educators and students of quality, high-pay, high-skill careers available in the Shoals and the career pathways necessary to attain those jobs. We also assist postsecondary educators in the development of curriculum and industry certification to meet the skillsets required.

Northwest Alabama BEST Robotics Competition
BEST is a middle and high school robotics competition that allows students to work together in teams to build a machine that must perform certain tasks. Teams are given a box filled with basic items such as pipe, screws, wire, etc. and are asked to build a functioning robot. Nationally, over 11,000 students participate in the competition each year.

 

Website: http://www.nwalbest.com

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  • Contact:  
    Stephanie Newland, Vice President of Education Workforce Readiness
    e: snewland@shoalschamber.com     p: 256-764-4661

Career Cafe' is a program that allows Shoals area high school students to tour area businesses to get first-hand knowledge of education skillsets required within the business and industry environment.  Businesses permit students to tour at specified times throughout the year.  Students sign up for various tours through their school.

  • Contact:  
    Stephanie Newland, Vice President of Education Workforce Readiness
    e: snewland@shoalschamber.com     p: 256-764-4661

Choices keeps kids into school.Choices is an interactive decision-making workshop that empowers teens to achieve academic success in pursuit of their career and life aspirations.  In two 50-minute sessions, local business and  community volunteers take students through real-world  exercises on academic self-discipline, time and money  management, and goal setting. Teens  discover that they can take charge of  their lives.  Choices is typically presented at the 8th or 9th grade level, since these students are old enough to envision the future, yet young enough to develop positive skills and habits for success in high school and beyond.

Website: http:www.choices.org

Jobs, Drugs and Reality!

 

 

This new program currently in development is a substance abuse awareness and prevention program designed for middle school students. The program will focus on the consequences of substance abuse on students’ future career opportunities.

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  •  Contact:  
    Stephanie Newland, Vice President of Education Workforce Readiness
    e: snewland@shoalschamber.com     p: 256-764-4661

Reality Check
Reality Check is a financial program for youth ages 13-19. It is a simulation of life at age 25. Each participant is given a career, level of education, a family situation, and a monthly salary. They visit the various real-life stations monitored by volunteers and learn what it takes to make it financially.

Website: http://www.jumpstart.org/about-us.html

  • Contact:  
    Stephanie Newland, Vice President of Education Workforce Readiness
    e: snewland@shoalschamber.com     p: 256-764-4661