Alabama COVID-19 Resources

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Here is a list of resources for those dealing with the fall-out associated with COVID-19:

 

ALtogether

ALtogether is a one-stop-shop where Alabamians can ask for help or lend a hand during the COVID-19 crisis. This response effort is designed to connect businesses, nonprofits, and people that need help with the right program partners–and to connect program partners with people and resources to help those most in need.

altogetheralabama.org

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

The EIDL program was created to assist businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters. Click the link below to apply today.

https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

Unemployment Compensation

To file for unemployment compensation visit the following site:

https://labor.alabama.gov/unemployment.aspx

Atlas Alabama

Many resources are now available to assist small business owners during the coronavirus pandemic. From tax relief to SBA loans to unemployment benefits, there are various avenues of assistance available at the federal, state, and local levels.

https://atlasalabama.gov/

Paycheck Protection Program Application

Guidance for small businesses in Alabama.

Paycheck Protection Program Fact Sheet

Information sheet regarding the Paycheck Protection Program that provides forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during COVID-19.

 

Postponed events and classes

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Classes and events that have been cancelled can be found on this page.  

Trainees scheduled for classes that have been canceled will be notified via email and phone. If you have not received a notification that a class has been canceled, then the class is still planning to meet.

If you are sick or are showing any signs of the symptoms of COVID-19 virus, you will not be admitted to any class.  If you do not feel comfortable attending a class that you are scheduled for, please send an email to INFO@aidt.edu.  The email should include the following information:

  • Class/Company Name
  • Your Name
  • Your Email you used to register for class
  • A Working Phone number
  • A short note that says you will not be attending class.

When we receive the email, we will notify the project manager that you will not be attending class.  It is very important that you send this email. This email will allow us to put you into a different class for the same company later once the emergency conditions have been lifted.  There will be absolutely no penalty to you if you chose not to attend class, but you have to let us know.

 

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AlabamaWorks Conference 2020 Postponed

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This month our nation and state are facing an unprecedented public health crisis. As we work with leaders, educators, businesses and industry across Alabama to address the immediate and long-term concerns of the workforce community we have made the decision to postpone the AlabamaWorks 2020 Conference originally scheduled for April 20-23.

New conference dates will be announced as soon as they are confirmed. Any tickets to the conference previously purchased will still be valid for the new conference dates. Current registrants have been notified via email. Any concerns or questions can be sent to info@alabamaworks.com.

State of Alabama has been approved for Disaster Assistance

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State of Alabama has been approved for Disaster Assistance, from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), that will serve to help our Small Business Community and our Community as a Whole. As a result, Small Business Owners, in the entire State of Alabama, are eligible to apply for Assistances.

For more info & to apply visit:
https://cdn.ymaws.com/…/di…/thank_you_letter_to_partners.pdf

Fact Sheet:
https://cdn.ymaws.com/edaa.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/disaster_relief/al_16364_eidl_fact_sheet.pdf

Rapid Response Services Available for Laid Off WAITR Employees

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In response to the pending layoff of employees for WAITR, the Alabama Department of Commerce and AlabamaWorks! State Rapid Response Team stand ready to assist affected employees with resources and guidance.

Once the layoff occurs, affected WAITR employees will be considered “Dislocated Workers”, which potentially qualifies them for benefits through the WIOA (Workforce Innovative Opportunity Act). WIOA provides funding up to $19,000 for training to learn new skills in addition to supporting the On-The-Job Training Program (OJT), where the state contracts with companies to hire dislocated workers and reimburses that company up to 1⁄2 the employees’ wages for up to 6 months. WIOA also offers relocation expenses up to $3,500 if a dislocated worker must move (beyond 75 miles) to find employment. Those affected by the layoff are encouraged to visit the Alabama Career Center closest to them. Alabama Career Centers serve as a one-stop-show for employment needs, and a listing of their locations and hours of operation can be found at www.alabamaworks.com.

Beyond upskilling and training, there are also several social services provided through state and local community agencies to help those affected through this transition into reemployment. Please contact our State Rapid Response Team for more information, via email at dwu@commerce.alabama.gov or by contacting (334) 242-5417.

The Workforce Superhighway – Stay Clear of Malfunction Junction

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By Ed Castile, Deputy Secretary of Commerce
Workforce Development Divison, Director of AIDT

 

As you merge onto the Workforce Super Highway in search of that dream career, don’t venture into dead ends or get lost at malfunction junction. Instead, look for signs directing you to AlabamaWorks!

There are several ways to enter the workforce superhighway and get on the right path. On-ramps include the Alabama Department of Labor’s Career Center System with offices placed strategically in 50 locations, or via one of Alabama’s Community Colleges that are conveniently located across the state.  Many will enter the workforce highway via one of the seven regional workforce councils representing Alabama’s seven workforce regions.  While others will enter through one of Alabama’s existing employers through work-based learning initiatives, such as the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship.

The great news is that there are thousands of job openings in all sectors of Alabama’s economy including aviation, forestry, chemical, automotive, bio-medical and information technology.  Alabama companies are paying premium wages for employees with a positive attitude, good work ethic and the appropriate skill sets.  AlabamaWorks! provides a roadmap to these great jobs and it’s just two clicks away.  (www.alabamaworks.com)

Remember when career resource programs were siloed, loaded with government acronyms and frankly, not user friendly?  In those days, to the unexperienced eye, all workforce roads led to nowhere. Even harder to understand were the state and federal programs which were designed to help, and yet always seemed to be just out of reach.  It was as if one road led to another road, which led to another, and eventually people careened off the highway at “malfunction junction.”

To help untangle the malfunction junction, Governor Kay Ivey announced her Success Plus plan mandating that Alabama’s workforce programs work together to help citizens find credentials of value that will lead to a self-sustaining career.  The goal: 500,000 additional credentialed workers in the workforce by 2025.  To succeed, workforce agencies are working towards becoming more user friendly, untying the complicated knots and cross-training staff on multiple programs.  Therefore, when a citizen enters from any on-ramp on to the workforce highway, they will find that there are no detours or road blocks. Rather, they will find friendly and helpful workforce professionals ready to assist.

Credentials may be earned as a student completes their K-12 education, during college or as an apprentice.  The credential may also be an occupational license or industry recognized certification needed as a job requirement, or to advance to the next level.  There are thousands of potential credentials available, and they can be stacked, sequenced and aligned in a progression of increasing skill to assist Alabamians as they travel the workforce super highway.

Now that you are successfully navigating the superhighway, how do you know what a credential of value is and if it is legitimate?  Governor Ivey has appointed a group of professionals though the Alabama Committee on Credentialing and Career Pathways (ACCCP) to make sure the credentials available in Alabama are truly of value.  When you successfully attain your credential of value, then what?  You want to make sure your credential is added to the Alabama College and Career Exploration Tool (ACCET) being created for you to market your workforce profile online where employers are looking for employees with credentials.  The ACCET is a digital resume that helps you find employers and employers find you. The ACCET is currently under development and will be available in the fall of 2020.

The workforce superhighway has many intersections and AlabamaWorks! is the ever-evolving road map. This one-stop online workforce resource will turn malfunction junction into a distant memory.  Happy motoring and stop by anytime,  www.alabamaworks.com is open 24-7.

Allen named Assistant Director of Communications and External Affairs

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Jacqueline Allen to Assistant Director of Communications and External Affairs.

Jacqueline has over 30 years of experience in communications and marketing with nearly 20 of that experience here at AIDT. Her responsibilities will include overseeing the communications, marketing & research and training development departments as well as AIDT’s newest department dedicated to recruiting candidates for AIDT training opportunities. Since joining AIDT in 2001, Jacqueline has initiated changes in digital advertising, successfully executed AIDT branding campaigns and K-12 outreach efforts, managed AIDT’s involvement in developing AlabamaWorks! and worked with officials in launching the Made In Alabama branding campaign for the Department of Commerce. More recently she has led the transformation into digital, e-learning and virtual reality training for AIDT through the Communications Department.

“Since joining AIDT, Jacquie has proven over and over again how valuable she is to AIDT,” said Ed Castile, Deputy Secretary of Commerce. “Her insight and her dedication to Alabama’s citizens is one of the reasons AIDT has remained at the top of its game.”

Jacqueline is a former Troy native as well as an active alumna of Troy University. She currently resides in Montgomery and is the proud mother of 2 sons, Trey and Eyan.

A Smart Move for Alabama

Technology is advancing at a rapid pace and has had a profound impact on the manufacturing process. Factories have evolved, using intelligent and automated processes, making the concept of a smart factory a reality.

The smart factory manufacturing experience is focused on transformative technical areas including: automation & robotics, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, data analytics, and 3D printing.

“In our constant mission to stay ahead of the demands of the ever-changing manufacturing world, we needed to upgrade the Robotics Technology Park with the latest advancements in robotics and automation. This upgrade once again makes the RTP a world-leader in robotics and automation training.” – Ed Castile, Deputy Secretary, Workforce Development Division, Director of AIDT.

Alabama Robotics Technology Park (RTP) is launching the next phase in robotics training to keep Alabama’s business and industry ahead of the curve. Manufacturers can take advantage of innovative robotics training for their employees while not shutting down production. AIDT offers this training at no-cost to the company.

“Launching RTP 2.0 is exciting for Alabama companies as they gain access to some of the most revolutionary processes in the manufacturing industry. Staying ahead of industry advancements is crucial to developing a highly skilled and competitive workforce, which aligns with the mission of AIDT.” – Kristi Bain, Assistant Director of North Alabama for AIDT

RTP 2.0 officially launches on January 7, 2020 at 10 am at the Robotics Technology Park located at 6505 U.S. Highway 31 in Tanner, Alabama. AIDT instructors, stakeholders, robotics vendors, and employers will be on hand to celebrate the launch and provide additional information.

Media attending the RTP 2.0 launch will get exclusive, advance access to a major announcement regarding Mazda Toyota Manufacturing (MTM) as well as interview access to MTM officials.

AlabamaWorks! Conference 2020

Mark your calendars now and preregister for the state’s premier workforce conference to be held April 20-23 in Mobile, AL!

AlabamaWorks! will be bringing together experts from business, industry, education, and workforce development to identify challenges, focus on solutions, and develop a more dynamic workforce for Alabama. Hear new and innovative approaches to workforce practices, education initiatives to grow the workforce pipeline, strategies to increase collaboration and partnerships, and so much more!

Visit alwksconference.com to preregister and get more details!

Blind spots on Alabama’s Workforce Super Highway

Have you ever been traveling down the highway, about to change lanes when you look over your shoulder and see there is a car in your blind spot?  How long was it there?  Why didn’t you notice it before?  It’s critical to the situation at hand, and all it took was a different perspective to notice it.

When traveling the Workforce Super Highway there are several population segments that are crucial to solving our workforce needs, but we have failed to look at them in a different perspective.  A quick glance around shows an untapped labor source right in front of us, living in our communities and across each of the seven workforce regions.  They are shopping with you at the grocery store, sitting in the stands at the Friday night ball games and very much qualified to work in most of the jobs open in Alabama.  They are people simply needing an opportunity and training to become key travelers on the Alabama Workforce Super Highway.

So, who are these potential workers?  They are Alabama citizens who are deaf/hard of hearing, have vision loss, or have an intellectual or physical disability and require accommodations to obtain or maintain employment. Each day, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS) works with Alabamians with disabilities to provide vocational evaluations, recommend accommodations or assist with training to ensure employee success.  ADRS also works with employers at no cost, providing pre-hire screening and disability-related training and recommending worksite accommodations needed to retain valued employees.

Families, friends and recovering addicts affected by the Opioid Crisis are another group of potential workers in the blind spot.  You may have seen all the attention given to this topic…this is a crisis, but with the right intervention, an addict can be rehabilitated and with the help of professionals can find their place in our workforce.  It is fixable and Governor Ivey has appointed some brilliant people who are working diligently to help our state with strategies to reverse the situation.  Today, a large number of these affected individuals could be your next employee.

State and federal prisoners in Alabama represent a future work force segment of very capable and skilled individuals.  There are many re-entry programs across the state involved with assisting soon-to-be-released prisoners with a means to employment.   One of  those organizations is the Alabama Community College System (ACCS).  ACCS has several dedicated programs looking for opportunities to connect these men and women back into the workforce.

The Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) works to connect individuals with training and social skill development and provide opportunities to enter the workforce.  Many of DHR’s clients receive SNAP and TANF federal dollars and face economic, transportation and childcare barriers preventing them from working.  DHR works closely with Family Resource Centers across the state to help these potential workers overcome barriers to seeking employment.

In essence, work force sources that are often overlooked or forgotten are extremely important and valuable to Alabama’s growing workforce demand.  These sources are not “mainstream” and sometimes require a little more work and effort, but typically these individuals when given a chance to prove themselves are extraordinary, loyal and committed.  None of these sources is the complete answer to our workforce challenges, but they are great sources of untapped potential to be used in tandem.

Contact each of these agencies for more information or simply go to AlabamaWorks.com for contact information and motor onto the workforce super highway.

By Ed Castile

Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Workforce Development Division
Director of AIDT