Registration is now open for the fall 2017 session of Culverhouse LIFT (Learning Initiative and Financial Training). A service sponsored by the Culverhouse College of Commerce at the University of Alabama, Culverhouse LIFT provides one-on-one job skills and financial literacy training for Tuscaloosa-area adults and teens at no cost.
Program participants come from various backgrounds and include urban and rural residents, veterans, and high school students. Student volunteers from the Culverhouse College of Commerce and other programs at the University of Alabama serve as educators.
Now in its fourth year, Culverhouse LIFT utilizes student volunteers in the College’s academic programs as well as community experts to lead a series of classes that include computer literacy and training, financial fitness, professional development, business communication, and math skills for the workplace.
The sessions take place at three convenient Tuscaloosa locations: McDonald Hughes Community Center in the southwest part of the city; the downtown EDGE Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and the Tuscaloosa Gateway Innovation and Discovery Center in the east-side neighborhood of Alberta.
Culverhouse Accounting Lecturer Lisa McKinney, CPA, leads the program and coordinates the efforts of the hundreds of volunteers that teach the classes, “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 added, “Via 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.”
LIFT accepts monetary and in-kind donations, which are used to directly benefit community participants via student support and new laptop computers. The program is also seeking speakers who can share business insights.
University of Alabama students interested in volunteering should contact Lisa McKinney at email@example.com.