Jobs and Workforce Development
"I am proud of the work my office is doing to address the challenges posed by systemic unemployment in the 7th Congressional District. Through our Project R.E.A.D.Y workshops and annual Job Fair, we are working to make sure that all in the 7th District have access to meaningful career development."
- Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell
Job creation remains my top priority. My office is committed to addressing the issues that cause systemic unemployment in our district. We launched a new job readiness initiative in 2013 called Project R.E.A.D.Y — Realizing Everyone’s Ability to Develop Yourself. We believe we must provide our constituents with the information and tools they need to be successful in the job market. By partnering with career professionals and educational institutions in the district, we hosted five (5) Project R.E.A.D.Y workshops in 2013 attracting over 525 constituents and offering practical guidance about how to succeed in the workforce. We look forward to expanding our Project R.E.A.D.Y initiative. In order to be competitive in the 21st century, we must invest in our greatest resource — our people.
We continue to promote employment opportunities in our district by hosting our annual Job Fair. In August 2013, we hosted our 2nd Annual Job Fair in the heart of the Black Belt at Wallace Community College in Selma. The job fair attracted more than 2,000 jobseekers and 50 employers. We have received numerous testimonials from constituents who were helped by the opportunity to connect with local employers. Our office remains committed to implementing common sense solutions to address the challenges posed by systemic unemployment. We look forward to hosting our 3rd Annual Job Fair in 2014.
We will continue to do our part by creating opportunities for our constituents to connect with employers and to get training and the skills they need to succeed.
More on Jobs and Workforce Development
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Sewell voted in support of the continuing resolution legislation H.R. 8337, which provides for the continuation of funding for the programs contained in the 12 annual appropriation acts for FY2020. The bill passed the House in a final vote of 359-57-1.
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) applauded the passage of H.R. 991, a bipartisan bill, she introduced to reauthorize the U.S. Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) until September 2030. The legislation passed the House by unanimous voice vote.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) introduced the Lifelong Learning and Training Account Act. This bill would create a tax-preferred savings account with a generous government match to assist low and moderate-income workers seeking to retrain or upskill over the course of their careers. This legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA).
MONTGOMERY, AL - On Thursday, August 2, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) hosted her 7th Annual Congressional Job Fair at Alabama State University’s (ASU) Dunn-Oliver Acadome in Montgomery, AL. The Job Fair featured a total of 104 employers hiring in Alabama in industries ranging from the automotive industry to the military to health services. Over 1,100 job seekers attended this year’s job fair.
On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) will host the 4th Annual Federal Grants Workshop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This workshop will allow attendees to speak directly to federal agencies, learn what funding opportunities are available from each agency, and allow attendees to ask any questions regarding the grant application process. Fourteen federal agencies and organizations will present a broad range of funding opportunities and resources related to economic development, emergency management, infrastructure, and more.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House Ways & Means Committee met with President Donald Trump to discuss tax reform priorities. Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) sits on the Ways & Means Committee and joined the meeting, which also included Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, carmaker Mercedes-Benz announced that it will invest $1 billion to set up electric vehicle production at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant and to build a battery factory nearby. The new production is expected to create 600 new jobs in the area.
Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) hosted the sixth annual Congressional Job Fair. This year’s job fair was hosted at the University of West Alabama in Livingston to promote job opportunities in Alabama’s rural Blackbelt. The job fair featured over sixty major employers hiring in Alabama in industries ranging from the automotive industry to the military to health services. Over 600 attendees visited Thursday’s job fair in Livingston.
On Thursday, August 3, 2017, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) will host the 6th Annual Congressional Job Fair at the University of West Alabama in Livingston. The Job Fair will feature over sixty major employers hiring in Alabama in industries ranging from the automotive industry to the military to health services. Online registration for the Job Fair is free and available here and onsite registration will also be available.
On Monday, July 31, 2017, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) will host Project R.E.A.D.Y. (Realizing Everyone’s Ability to Develop Yourself) at the Shelton State Community College Martin Campus in Tuscaloosa. Project R.E.A.D.Y. will feature training sessions on an array of topics from resume writing and interview skills to educational and workforce opportunities. Online registration for Project R.E.A.D.Y. is free and available here.
Monday, July 31, 2017 9:00am – 1:00pm