Adults and teens can register for free job skills and financial literacy training through the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Business.
The program, known as LIFT or Learning Initiative and Financial Training, will begin classes on Sept. 9. People can register for classes at www.lift.culverhouse.ua.edu. The deadline is 5 p.m. Sept. 9.
Created in 2014, LIFT uses student volunteers from within the business college to work one-on-one with community participants in a classroom setting. The program is student-run with more than 350 class leaders and volunteers. Students will be able to take what they learn in the classroom, such as management skills and critical thinking, and apply it to the training sessions.
“It’s a one-on-one tutoring relationship between the student and the participant,” said Lisa McKinney, a Culverhouse lecturer who is a certified public accountant. “Because it’s so intimate, the speed of learning is astronomically high, as opposed to a regular class, because every minute is for you.
“Year after year, we’ve been able to grow LIFT into a critical resource for area residents to gain valuable job and personal finance skills,” she said. “Through the experiential learning component of LIFT, our student volunteers learn how to become compassionate and effective business leaders, a capability that will serve them well once they graduate and start their careers.”
Culverhouse LIFT operates in nearby Alabama towns and cities such as Greensboro and Birmingham, high schools and housing communities in the Tuscaloosa area, as well as the regional VA Medical Center. There are two sessions a year within the program: fall and spring. During each session, participants and student volunteers meet for nine weeks for 75 minutes per class.
Two years ago, the program started operations at the Bibb Correctional Facility in Brent. At the facility, inmates who are about to be released learn how to use computers, answer interview questions and create resumes.