North Alabama Workforce Development Alliance

About Us


North Alabama Workforce Development Alliance, NAWDA, is a non-profit organization that promotes a consistent, efficient and sustainable skilled trades workforce in North Alabama.

We accomplish this through: 

 - Skill assessments

 - Craft training 

 - Building a talented and sustainable pipeline through educational partnerships

Board Members: 

PresidentJim Barnett, Toray Fluorofibers (America), Inc. 

Treasurer- Paul Greer, Daikin America

Secretary - Penny Townson, Morgan County Economic Development Association

Houston Blackwood, Calhoun Community College

Joshua Brown, Air Products

Greg Wooten, Contractor Service & Fabrication, Inc.

Ivan Armor, Hubbard & Drake

Fidel Benitez, IVXP

Brien Clark, 3M

Shelton Cobb, Decatur City Schools

Calvin Washington, Global Tech Institute 

Sean Reynolds, Turner Industries Group, LLC

Jeff Marksberry, Tennessee Valley Training Center 

Rob Szmyd, Toray Composite Materials America, Inc.