WORKFORCE & EDUCATION
The Workforce & Education Department of the Chamber supports member and community efforts to ensure our region has sufficient quantity and quality of talent to meet employer needs and support sustained growth. This includes immediate needs of employers and job seekers and partnerships with our education community.
The high-tech economy and specialized skills required in Huntsville/Madison County make recruiting a top priority of the Chamber. A dedicated website is provided at asmartplace.com. aSmartPlace gives chamber members a centralized place to list their job openings, making it easy for job seekers to find career opportunities in North Alabama.
Anyone can sign up to receive free email alerts from aSmartPlace.com directly to their inbox. Job seekers can rest assured the job opportunities they receive are from a trusted source. Additionally, aSmartPlace offers information on life in our community, including arts & culture, dining, unique area events, recreation, places to explore and activities for children.
The Chamber conducts an annual Wage Survey for its membership each spring. The survey helps local organizations gauge their compensation against other companies in our region. In even years, the survey also includes benefit data for the same benchmarking comparisons. The survey data is valuable to companies to use as a pricing tool for bidding contracts, and, most importantly, as a human resources guide for benchmarking wage and benefit rates.
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The Chamber partners with Huntsville City, Madison City and Madison County public schools to ensure our students have career education opportunities to prepare them with marketable skills for the regional workforce. We especially focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers which are high-demand career fields in the area. We support our schools through professional development and advocacy at the state and local levels.
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The Chamber Foundation, a 501(c)(3), is dedicated to the continued cultivation of Huntsville’s greatest asset - it’s people. The Foundation ensures the growth of Huntsville by supporting the education and workforce talents here. We support our educators and workforce with our Industry Insight Program.
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Lydia Pennington Industry Relations Director 256-535-2083
Georgina Chapman Workforce Development Director 256-535-2008
Kent Ballard Workforce Education Specialist 256-535-2025
Katelyn Baker Workforce Recruitment Director 256-535-2020