Innovate Birmingham’s partners help secure program funding through various grants and other resources.
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.