A financial aid grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham will help Jefferson State provide access to IT in-demand training.
The recently approved grant in the amount of $50,000 will cover stipends for at least 40 unemployed, low-income adults, with a focus on women and minorities, who require assistance to enroll in the IT program and complete fast-track training and enter into the labor force.
With a maximum of $500 per participant, the stipends are intended to be used for food, housing, technology, health care, child care and other basic needs.
Jefferson State and the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham will partner to cover the cost of enrollment fees, books and other program-related fees for the participants.
The Data Analytics course will be developed with the help of sector experts.
Jefferson State’s Center for Workforce Education will foster persistence and completion of the training program, along with track credential attainment and job placement, through its Coordinator of Student Success.
The Community Foundation grant was one of 63, totaling $1,524,000, awarded to organizations serving Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount and Walker counties. They were the first grants awarded under the Foundation’s new strategic plan centered on five priorities: Thriving Communities, Regional Cooperation, Overcoming Persistent Poverty, Equity and Inclusion, and Economic Opportunity for All.
“These priorities that are the framework for our grantmaking over the next ten years, are rooted in community input and focus on identifying solutions to address longstanding, systemic issues in order to move our region forward,” said Christopher Nanni, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “This initial round of grant partners consists of organizations who are playing a central role in moving our region toward our shared vision of a just, prosperous and unified region where every person is empowered to reach their full potential.”
Visit cfbham.org for more information.