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Keeping It Real Program on "On The Job" TV Show
The Cullman Area Workforce Solutions (CAWS) Committee is the sponsor of the Keeping It Real Program for 9th graders is Cullman City and County Schools.  In November, the PBS / AIDT show, “On The Job,” was on site while the program was being held at Hanceville High School.  The show was January 8, 2012. Watch the entire show.

Mike Rowe Testifies Before U.S. Senate About Skilled Trades
Mike Rowe and Discovery Communications announces a new multimedia initiative, Discover Your Skills, that will provide unemployed and underemployed Americans with access to resources for obtaining marketable job skills while also raising the awareness of employment opportunities. Watch the video of him speaking to the U.S. Senate regarding this project

2012 Educators Exchange Program Now Accepting Applications
Applications are being accepted for the 2012 Educators Exchange Program. This program gives area educators a greater understanding of the workplace outside of the educational arena and the relationship between education and local industries. Learn more about this program.

Community Services Directory
A new Community Services Directory is now available online. This directory includes contact information for various service providers in the Cullman City and Cullman County area. Download the Community Services Directory (PDF).

Cullman Community Resource Workshop

L-R: Billy Dussett, Sandra Rhodes of the Alabama Center, Lillian Butler, vocational Rehabilitation Services and Kelly Jones of Adult Education

2010 Educator Exchange Program in the News
Susan Boyd, a participant in the 2010 Educator Exchange Program shared her experience in an article she wrote for the Cullman Times. Susan spent a week working at the Cullman Times and will be turning her experience with the company into lessons for her students at Cullman High School

Read Susan's article in the Cullman Times and learn about other educator's experience by visiting the Educator Exchange Resources page.

CAWS Receives State and Regional Awards from Economic Groups
Cullman Area Workforce Solutions (CAWS) recently received the Community Economic Development Award by the Economic Development Association of Alabama and won the regional award presented by the Southern Economic Development Council.

“It is a privilege to accept this award on behalf of the CAWS partnership,” said Peggy Smith, Cullman Economic Development Agency director. “This program is helping to address the needs of our local business and industry community by educating the citizens on the jobs available and the skills required to obtain these careers without having to travel to support their families.”

CAWS Hires Program Assistant

Tanya Shearer of Cullman has been named program assistant for Cullman Area Workforce Solutions.

Cullman Area Workforce Solutions (CAWS) is a voluntary partnership working to develop a strong, qualified workforce able to meet the current and future employment needs of Cullman, Alabama and surrounding areas. There are currently 28 partners in the CAWS group representing 17 companies and organizations.

CAWS activities include educating students, educators and the underemployed about career opportunities, offering career guidance, and serving as a link to career training opportunities. CAWS also works with employers on any workforce development need including assistance with funding acquisition for training or skill enhancement programs.

In her role with CAWS, Shearer will be charged with generating awareness about the group’s mission in the community by coordinating events, responding to inquiries, maintaining the web presence, and speaking to groups.

In addition to holding the part time program assistant position, Shearer also serves as the executive director of Volunteers in Public Schools, and as a substitute teacher in the Cullman City and Cullman County School Systems. She is the coordinator of “Empty Bowls of Cullman County,” which has raised more than $40,000 for Cullman Caring for Kids.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Florida and an associate degree in education from St. Petersburg (Fla.) Junior College.

For more information about CAWS, contact Shearer at 256.352.8143 or email Her office is located on the campus of Wallace State Community College, one of the CAWS partner organizations.
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