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Job Search Preparation Series Success

Job Preparation, Extension

Please join Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Cahaba Medical Care in congratulating Mr. Sawyer Elliott!  Mr. Elliott completed Job Search Preparation Series Workshop in the areas of Self-Management, Communication, Resume’ and Cover Letter Writing, Marketing Yourself and Interview Skills.  Anyone looking to hire, please know Mr. Elliott is a very contentious young man and he is seeking fulltime employment.  Contact Renee’ Vines 205.928.1410 for more information and how to contact Mr. Elliott.


Pre-release workforce training for inmates


Since January 2014, Matt Hartzell and Sharlean Briggs with Alabama Extension have partnered with Dave Drake of the Alabama Career Center System’s Tuscaloosa office to provide workforce preparedness education for nearly 300 pre-release inmates at Bibb Correctional Facility in Brent.  These quarterly presentations cover the do’s and don’ts of applying for a job, interviewing, writing resumes, communicating with potential employers, and keeping a job once employed.  Most inmates indicated on post surveys they were better prepared to seek and obtain employment upon release due to these presentations, whose long term goal is to lower the rate of recidivism, and reduce costs to taxpayers and government.

Agri-Tourism in Alabama

zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, rhubarb, beans in the foreground, people buying and selling under umbrellas in soft focus in the background

Agri-tourism can take many forms. Roadside stands and farmers’ markets offer farm-fresh produce and interaction with growers. Farms may open to the public for wildlife watching and hunting. Ag tours, on farm bed-and-breakfasts, and dude ranches give tourists the fresh air, open space, and relaxation of country life.

U-pick operations, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, hay mazes, farm-animal petting zoos, wine tasting, ag heritage museums, festivals, and fairs all attract visitors.

Find your Agri-Tourism destination today!

Community and Economic Development focus strongly on preparing youth and adults for careers


Bibb County-based programs in Community and Economic Development focus strongly on preparing youth and adults for careers. Doing so is very important, because great opportunities exist at the nearby Mercedes-Benz, Inc. automobile production plant in Vance, as well as with Mercedes’ numerous private sector production suppliers.

Agents Sharlean Briggs and Cynthia Whittaker (shown in photo delivering Career Countdown at West Blocton Middle School) have helped the county Extension team provide workforce education for hundreds of youth and adults in Bibb County. These programs include ‘Get Ready For The Workforce’ for pre-release inmates at Bibb Correctional Facility, the Bibb County Career Fair for adults in Woodstock, Promoting Readiness for Employment Possibilities (PREP) for high school students and adults, a Job Fair in Centreville for a Mercedes supplier, and Career Countdown for 7th graders at West Blocton Middle School and Centreville Middle School.