UA's Lift program offers free computer, financial classes

Published: Feb. 26, 2016 at 11:06 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 4, 2016 at 11:18 PM CST
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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - The University of Alabama's Lift program has only been around since 2014, but it's already credited with uplifting many in the Tuscaloosa community who wanted to improve their computer skills and get a job.

The program is open to anyone in the Tuscaloosa area.

In 2016, high school students, veterans and even some people with jobs are participating.

More than 300 University of Alabama accounting students are teaching these people everything from basic computer skills to mastering Microsoft word and excel.

There's also an emphasis on financial planning for these people after they get a job.

Jessica Stull is one of the students who's been volunteering as an instructor in the Lift program.

"I know there's many people who've actually gotten jobs from the certifications they're received through the Lift program. And I think there's an empowerment aspect. These people leave a lot more confident in what they're doing," Stull said.

More than 22 classes will be taught at seven different locations including the VA Medical Center, the Holt Community Center, The Edge - Center for Entrepreneurship in downtown Tuscaloosa, Holt High School and the Weaver-Bolden Library.

For more information on Lift, you can call 205-928-8258 or email

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