Registration Open for Culverhouse LIFT Spring 2020 Sessions

A LIFT volunteer teaches computer skills to a community member

Free job skills and financial literacy training sessions will soon be available to West Alabama adults, including veterans, and teens through The University of Alabama’s business college.

Culverhouse LIFT, or Learning Initiative and Financial Training, will begin classes for its spring 2020 term Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Registration and specific course descriptions is available on the Culverhouse LIFT website.

Sponsored by the Culverhouse College of Business and the Culverhouse School of Accountancy, LIFT’s sessions include computer skills, bookkeeping, and introduction to coding. The sessions take place at community centers around Tuscaloosa, including The EDGE and the VA Medical Center.

Created in 2014, LIFT uses student volunteers from within the business college to work with community participants in a classroom setting.

“It’s a one-on-one tutoring relationship between the student and the participant,” said Culverhouse accounting lecturer and LIFT program coordinator, Lisa McKinney, 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.”

There are two sessions a year within the program: fall and spring. During each session, participants and the student volunteers meet for nine weeks for 75 minutes per class.

“I learned about [Culverhouse] LIFT through Central High School, the school I work at,” said Linda Horn, a Tuscaloosa resident and LIFT participant. “[LIFT] taught me things that I didn’t know, and I can now apply those skills to my everyday life. The QuickBooks and Finance classes help me budget and save money. And I enjoy the young men and women that teach our class. I learn a lot from them.”

Both the community and students have found success through LIFT. The program is student-run with more than 350 class leaders and volunteers. With the program, students are able to take what they learn in the classroom, such as management skills and critical thinking, and apply it to the training sessions.

“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,” McKinney 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.”

Get Involved

To get involved, contact McKinney by text at 205-535-0907 or All donations to LIFT are used to directly benefit community participants, funding resources that include student support, laptops, and computer program licenses.

To sign up, visit


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