SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity

WOO 2021 Student Survey 

SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity Expo 2022 is GO FOR LAUNCH!

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SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity Goes Digital

SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity has a new look and we have adopted a digital and interactive format for our students for 2021 and 2022.

Worlds of Opportunity will be an engaging experience to connect with our students that will appeal to their natural sense of exploration and play. This will be a cohesive experience to explore career pathways that will allow business and industry partners to create and provide a virtual experience that is interactive and will immerse the students in the career pathways.

Students will navigate through a virtual world that is accompanied by an activity box and on-demand videos that our sponsors will produce for the selected activities that best represent the worlds.

In addition to the virtual platform and activity box, there will be a companion app developed containing pre and post WOO related content with access to training, jobs, and careers available within our region. It will contain features such as skills and interest assessments, videos, and much more!

This year’s event will be held in February 2022.

About SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity

What does it take to have a successful future? That is the question that has been asked by over 10,000 area eighth-graders during the SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity Career Expo. Public and private school students will have the opportunity to visit the event 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.


2022… Information Coming Soon!

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The event will be held in February 2022, and will showcase high-wage high-demand industries, called “Worlds.”

Thank you to our SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity Sponsors

SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity 2022 is coming! Signup below to become a sponsor!

Sponsorship commitments: December 15, 2021 deadline
Sponsorship contributions received: January 18, 2022 deadline


What: SAWDC Worlds of Opportunity Career Expo

When: February 2022.


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

Points of Contact

Region 7 Rural Schools: Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia, Monroe, Washington, and Wilcox Counties

Shawanda Andrews, Workforce Programs Specialist
(251) 445-2090 (office);

Baldwin, Mobile, and All Private Schools:

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

Industry Partners:

Shernita Taylor, SAWDC Assistant Executive 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.


Meeting Dates Coming Soon…

Important Contact Information

Shernita Taylor, SAWDC Assistant Executive Director – Industry Point of Contact
(251) 445-2090 (office);

Conner Miller, SAWDC Project Manager – Baldwin County and Private Schools Point of Contact
(251) 445-2090 (office);

Shawanda Andrews, SAWDC Workforce Programs Specialist -Rural Schools Point of Contact
(251) 445-2090 (office);

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