Culverhouse LIFT Goes Virtual to Support Learners, Small Business Owners

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Free tutoring, virtual job skills, and financial literacy training sessions will soon be available to West Alabama adults, including veterans, and teens through an outreach program offered through the Culverhouse College of Business.

Culverhouse LIFT, or Learning Initiative and Financial Training, will begin classes for its fall 2020 term in mid-September.

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

Sponsored by the Culverhouse College of Business and its Culverhouse School of Accountancy, LIFT’s sessions generally include computer skills, bookkeeping, and introduction to coding.

Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, all classes will be conducted virtually using Zoom or other online platforms.

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. “While usually we would hold these classes in-person, in a way, the move to a virtual format really makes it easier for people across the area to access what we do. It’s a win-win.”

In the spring of 2020 when school systems across the country went remote to stanch the spread of COVID-19, Culverhouse LIFT was able to rapidly respond to the dire need for tutors to assist students both in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham with their schoolwork. It did this by deploying students who developed videos and virtual learning plans that supplemented classroom instruction.

Get Involved

To sign up, visit Don’t delay, as classes begin in mid-September.

To get involved as a supporter of Culverhouse LIFT, 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.

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