North Alabama Workforce Development Alliance

About Us


The 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: 

PresidentPhil Foster, Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.

Treasurer- Jim Barnett, Toray Fluorofibers (America), Inc.

Secretary - Penny Townson, Morgan County Economic Development Association

Courtney Taylor, Calhoun Community College

Wade Thompson, Associated Builders & Contractors of North Alabama 

Willie LaFavor, Contractor Service & Fabrication, Inc.

Ivan Armour, Hubbard & Drake

Paul Greer, Daikin America

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