2017 Worlds of Work Attracts Thousands of Students

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Worlds of Work, held Oct. 21 and 22, 2017 at Shelton State Community College's Martin Campus, gave more than 4,400 eighth graders from nine area counties a hands-on look at exciting, high-paying careers available right here in West Alabama.

Designed to showcase a range of technical and high-wage careers in sectors such as energy and utilities; manufacturing; automotive and logistics; transportation; hospitality and tourism; engineering and environment and public safety and tourism, the event also included WOW Varsity, which allowed hundreds of high school student to attend with their parents.

“Now in its third year, WOW not only creates awareness, but also generates excitement about fulfilling career options among students and educators,” says Donny Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. “The expo also will help bring attention to industries that are facing a shortage of skilled workers. These employers face shortages over the next few years due to the retirement of up to 50 percent of their workforce.”

The World Trophy, given to the best World by an impartial commitee by secret vote, was given to the Healthcare World.

The Construction World won the Social Media Superstars Competition by encouraging visitors to their world to use a social media hashtag.

On Friday morning, officials attended a breakfast during which Ed Castile, Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Workforce Development Division and Director of AIDT served as speaker. Following the breakfast, state and local officials were invited on a tour of the expo.

2017 Worlds of Work Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. 

Diamond Sponsor: Shelton State Community College 

Platinum Sponsors: BF Goodrich, Go Build Alabama, Hyster-Yale Group, McAbee Construction, Phifer Incorporated, The Tuscaloosa News 

Gold Sponsors: Spire, Harrison, NUCOR Steel Tuscaloosa, Inc., Pepsi, The University of Alabama  Knight Sign, University Medical Center 

Silver Sponsors: Alabama Power, Bevill State Community College, CEMEX, Lear Corporation, Hunt Refining Company, Premier Service Company, Inc., The Builders Group 

Bronze Sponsors:  Alabama Poultry and Egg Association, Alabama Technology Network, Bank of Tuscaloosa, Bryant Bank, DT & Freight Co., Inc., DCH, Lavender, Inc., Turner Plumbing, Inc., Prystup Packaging Products, Tuscaloosa Chevrolet, The University of West Alabama. MollerTech, ZF 

Contributors: Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association, Bibb Medical Center, First South Farm Credit, Bambarger Wrecker Service, Inc., Hampton Inn, The University of Alabama Culverhouse, Ellis Architects