SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity

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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 8,000 area eighth graders on September 18th and 19th at the 2019 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.

We are extremely excited to host our first rural Worlds of Opportunity (WOO) in the northern part of our region. WOO North will serve students in Escambia, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Monroe, and Wilcox counties.


High school seniors are encouraged to attend WoO Varsity on Friday, March 20th from 8 a.m. to 12 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.

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The 2020 event will be held March 19-20, 2020, and showcase eleven different industries, called “Worlds.”

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Thank you to our SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity Sponsors

SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity 2020 is coming! Signup below to become a sponsor!

Sponsorship commitments: June 1st, 2020 deadline
Sponsorship contributions received: July 15th, 2020 deadline

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What: SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity North Career Expo

When: March 19-20, 2020

Where: Coastal Alabama Community College in Monroeville, AL

Download the 2020 Student Booklet Here!
Download Coastal Alabama Monroeville Event Map


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

Points of Contact

Escambia, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Monroe, and Wilcox County Public Schools:

Elecia (Lisa) Scott, SAWDC Project Coordinator
(251) 445-2090 (office);

All other Counties and Private Schools:

Conner Miller, SAWDC Project Manager;
(251) 445-2090 (office);

Industry Partners:

Shernita Taylor, SAWDC Assistant Executive Director
(251) 445-2090


General Information
2020 Student Booklet
Lesson Plan
Career Videos
Parent Permission Letter
Bus Roster
Vehicle Roster
Directions to the Mobile Civic Center
Coastal Alabama Monroeville Venue Map


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 Assistant Executive Director
(251) 445-2090 (office);

Larry Mouton, MCPSS Assistant Superintendent & Mobile County Contact
(251) 221-4821 (office);

Conner Miller, SAWDC Project Manager & Baldwin County Contact
(251) 445-2090 (office);

Lisa Scott, SAWDC Project Coordinator & Rural County Contact
(251) 445-2090 (office);