SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity



A project of the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council (SAWDC), the SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity is a hands-on career expo for eighth-grade students across Southwest Alabama’s nine-county footprint. The purpose of the event is to expose students to careers available locally and to demonstrate what each career involves through an interactive, engaging series of activities. The decision to target eighth-grade students was a strategic one: Eighth grade is a critical year for students as they are deciding on coursework pathways for the remainder of their high school years and beyond.

What does it take to have a successful future? That is the question that was asked of over 9,000 area eighth graders on September 19th and 20th at the 2018 SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity Career Expo. Public and private school students visited the Mobile Civic Center over the course of a two-day period for a hands-on, interactive career exploration experience led by business professionals from ten key South Alabama industries.


High school students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend WoO Varsity on Wednesday, September 18th from 3 to 5 p.m. Students will have the opportunity to talk to industry professionals about high-demand jobs in our region and how they can obtain these jobs in the future. Admission is free. Learn more by clicking on the link below.

students sitting at computer desks


The 2019 event will be held September 18-19, 2019, and showcase eleven different industries, called “Worlds.”

Learn More

Thank you to our SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity Sponsors

SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity 2019 is coming! Signup below to become a sponsor!

Sponsorship commitments: June 20th, 2019 deadline
Sponsorship contributions: August 1st, 2019 deadline


What: SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity Career Expo

When: September 18-19, 2019

Where: Mobile Civic Center in Mobile, AL


Who’s Invited: 
10,000 Eighth Grade Students from Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, Washington, and Wilcox Counties

Points of Contact

Mobile County Public Schools:

Larry Mouton, MCPSS Assistant Superintendent
(251) 221-4821 (office);

Baldwin County Public Schools:

Tiffaney Plato;

All Other Counties and Private Schools:

Shernita Taylor, SAWDC Operations Director
(251) 445-2090


Dear Parent or Guardian: 

The difference between wanting and knowing what’s best for your children can be a frustrating divide, especially when it’s time to talk seriously about their future career options.

You might be asking yourself, ‘Why in the world does my eighth-grader need to worry about that now?” The simple answer is because the course choices your child makes going into his/her freshman year of high school could very well affect the career pathways available to him/her down the road.

And while it may not always seem so, your guidance and influence form the foundation on which those future adult decisions are based. The truth of the matter is no one knows your children as well as you do: their strengths, their weaknesses, their quirks, their ambitions. You are their absolute best resource and their No. 1 advocate.

For that reason, we want you to have all the information you need to help them begin to make informed decisions. We have prepared industry information that can be found in our Worlds section above that not only outlines what it takes to succeed in a given field but offers sample occupations, general education requirements and average salary ranges.


Thursday, May 23rd @ 3:00 p.m. – Mobile Civic Center, Rm 16
Thursday, June 20th @ 3:00 p.m. – Mobile Civic Center, Rm 16
Thursday, July 18th @ 3:00 p.m. – Mobile Civic Center, Rm 16
Thursday, August 15th @ 3:00 p.m. – Mobile Civic Center, Rm 16

Month of Event
Thursday, September 5th @ 3:00 p.m. – Mobile Civic Center, Rm 16
Thursday, September 12th @ 3:00 p.m. – Mobile Civic Center, Rm 16

Week of 2019 Event
Monday, September 16th Set-up Day – Overhead Signage only
Tuesday, September 17th Set-up Day – all Worlds
Wednesday, September 18th SAWDC WoO
Thursday, September 19th SAWDC WoO


Important Contact Information

Shernita Taylor, SAWDC Operations Director
(251) 445-2090 (office);

Larry Mouton, MCPSS Assistant Superintendent
(251) 221-4821 (office);

Tiffaney Plato, Baldwin County Schools

Sherry DeLoach, Region 7 Liaison & Rural County Contact
(334) 341-9092 (cell);