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Job Keeper Alliance Hosts Workshop for Students: Over 5,000 Attend

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Job Keeper Alliance and Manufacture Alabama recently hosted a workshop titled “You have a Career Path in Manufacturing” for Alabama high school and middle school students at the 2012 Joint Leadership Development Conference (JLDC). Over 5,000 Alabama students attended the two day workshop.

Manufacture Alabama Director of External Affairs Blake Hardwich said, “This is our second year to host a workshop at the JLDC and we look forward to returning again next year. This event gives us a chance to tell students about the rewarding and high-paying careers available at today’s high-tech manufacturing companies.”

The JLDC is an annual event sponsored by the Career and Technical Education (CTE) division of the Alabama Department of Education. The two-day conference is designed to prepare Alabama students for leadership, career, and post secondary success. The event was held in Birmingham on Monday and Tuesday.


Representatives from Manufacture Alabama member companies were on hand to present students with a program to expand their understanding of the modern manufacturing process. Students learned in the Workshop about careers which are directly related to the manufacturing process as well as careers like in-house healthcare professionals that most people do not associate with manufacturing companies.

The workshop was sponsored by Job Keeper Alliance, International Paper, and U.S. Steel. Representatives from GKN Westland Aerospace, Nucor Steel, RockTenn, and Toray Carbon Fiber spoke to students during the workshop.

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The Job Keeper Alliance is a 501C(4) non-profit group. Their stated mission is to create and protect high-paying jobs in Alabama.

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.


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