These are the 15 Innovate Birmingham partners who collaborated to secure funding from the America's Promise Grant in Fall 2016.
The Alabama Career Centers within Jefferson County provide referrals for prospective applicants and assist with with identifying job opportunities for project participants while supporting program graduates in job retention. Career centers across Alabama aim to deliver integrated, easy-to-understand workforce information that helps students, job seekers, students, workers, workforce intermediaries, and employers develop their capacity and make sound economic decisions in the new economy.
Alabama Possible’s Cash For College program provides assistance with FAFSA completion for area youth and college entry support. This program aims to remove barriers to prosperity in Alabama through education, collaboration, and advocacy and to ensure that all Alabamians have the opportunity to lead prosperous lives.
The Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) is the leading agency for economic development that embraces the spirit of innovation, progress, and growth. Birmingham is a community known for its low cost of living and high quality of life, where strategic partnerships are forged and jobs are created, bolstering the region’s competitiveness as a desirable location for businesses to grow and prosper. Birmingham is the epicenter for economic growth for the seven-county region containing more than one million people, including Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Jefferson, St. Clair, Shelby and Walker counties. The BBA will spearhead employer engagement outreach and strategy for the Innovate Birmingham Workforce Partnership.
The Birmingham Education Foundation, which supports Birmingham City Schools, bridges secondary to postsecondary pathways by recruiting participants into the Innovate Birmingham pipeline and by providing mentoring services for enrolled participants. At the Birmingham Education Foundation, students are top priority with collaboration, communication, innovation and a belief in the City of Birmingham.
Central Six Workforce Development Council helps create a 21st century workforce that is proactive, responsive, and results driven to support the region’s diverse population and employers. They aim to provide quality job opportunities in support of a vibrant regional economy. The CSDC builds upon experience in managing sector strategy workforce councils to enable the Birmingham Tech Council to connect employers to education service providers through data-driven designs.
The City of Birmingham, under the administration of Mayor William A. Bell, Sr., was selected by the White House to be a TechHire city in Fall 2015. TechHire is a bold multi-sector initiative and call to action to empower Americans with the skills they need, through universities, community colleges, nontraditional approaches like “coding boot camps,” and high-quality online courses that can rapidly train workers for a well-paying job-- often in just a few months. Mayor Bell and the City of Birmingham are committed to opening more opportunities in our City and with our employers so we can train and retain a talented workforce. While Birmingham has certainly seen a resurgence in population and economic development over the past several years, data has shown us that there is a definite shortage of tech talent to fill openings in our expanding economy. The City of Birmingham coordinates data from the TechHire designation to enable the Innovate Birmingham Workforce Partnership to systematically identify gaps in trading and employment in the IT sector.
The Dannon Project is a nationally recognized job development and case management program that serves as the first point of contact for participants, performing intake assessments, providing supportive services, case management, and pathway development.
Covalence teaches aspiring developers front-end and full-stack development skills using an accelerated bootcamp model. They partner with Birmingham's top employers to ensure that each student has the best chance to secure a job upon completion of the program.
Generation, a project of the McKinsey Social Initiative, prepares students for careers in computer support by equipping them with the skills needed to obtain a Comp TIA A+ certification. Their goal is to help students achieve personal and professional success—and fundamentally change their life trajectories.
Innovation Depot is the epicenter for technology, entrepreneurs, and startups in the Birmingham region and is home for Innovate Birmingham bootcamp programs: Covalence and Generation IT. Innovation Depot is a key partner and facilitator for IT workforce and training development because it is home to over more than 100 companies that employ over 800 individuals. Having classes at the Depot enables Innovate Birmingham to co-locate job-seekers with job creators.
Jefferson County Workforce Investment Board (JCWIB) assists in aligning grant strategies with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act regional planning and training activities. The JCWIB provides referrals for applicants along with Individual Training Account scholarship assistance and authorization for Innovate Birmingham. The JCWIB provides planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation services and works to create and operate a premier workforce development system that fosters economic development by linking employers and job seekers with providers of education and training, building a marketable workforce, and serving as the resource for information and services to meet the needs of Jefferson County’s workforce and employers.
Jefferson State Community College is one of two local public two-year higher education institutions responsible for providing both certificate and associate degree training and credentialing in computer and information sciences. JSCC provides individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to function in a technologically demanding society by putting the learner’s needs first. The institution focuses on being responsive and innovative as well as being a catalyst for lifelong learning through the use of a variety of delivery systems.
Lawson State Community College is the second local public two year higher education institution that is responsible for providing certificate and associate degree training and credentialing in computer and information sciences. LSCC is a comprehensive, HBCU institution that prides itself in its diversity and seeks to provide accessible quality educational opportunities, promote economic growth, and enhance the quality of life for people in its service area. The College is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible lifelong learning opportunities through varied instructional modes in order to prepare students for employment or career advancement, enable students to transfer to senior colleges and universities, and provide customized training for business and industry.
TechBirmingham is the regional tech association for 250 member companies and serves to facilitate employer engagement for Innovate Birmingham program graduates. TechBirmingham is the voice of technology for the region demonstrating the strength, diversity and economic impact of the technology companies and talent working and living here. The mission of TechBirmingham is to strengthen and promote the technology ecosystem by promoting tech companies in the region, helping to recruit and retain tech talent and entrepreneurs, and providing opportunities for technical training and education.
UAB is the regional public four-year education institution charged with providing bachelor’s level education in computer science or software engineering. UAB served as the lead partner and fiscal agent for the consortium. With 23,000 employees and nearly 20,000 students, UAB has become an economic engine in central Alabama, doing business with more than 1700 suppliers and yielding an economic impact of more than $5 billion. A public, urban, academic medical center, UAB has maintained the same audacious vision of its founders to dream big: educate, advance discovery, care for the sick, respond to the needs of our community and establish Alabama as a progressive economic center that can change the world.