Calling all Pioneers, Builders, The Curious, and The Determined...

From steel factories to start-ups, this city of artisans has relied on the strength and the skills of its people. Innovate Birmingham will propel the next generation of pioneers on the frontier of the tech economy.

The Facts

Birmingham is, and has always been, a city of makers.

Designated a TechHire city by the White House, Birmingham's tech industry is experiencing the second fastest growth rate in the country, posting more than 5,000 new IT jobs in 2014. The demand for new IT talent calls for innovative new models to develop the workforce and stimulate our economy.

The Issue

Designated a TechHire city by the White House, Birmingham's tech industry is experiencing the second fastest growth rate in the country, posting more than 5,000 new IT jobs in 2014. The demand for new IT talent calls for innovative new models to develop the workforce and stimulate our economy.

You Are The Solution

In 2016, the Innovate Birmingham Workforce Partnership secured nearly $6 million from the prestigious America's Promise Grant to establish a sustainable pipeline of local talent to fuel inclusive innovation for local employers. Led by UAB, a network of 15 partners from the education and tech sectors have joined forces to create Innovate Birmingham to offer new paths for traditional and accelerated demand-driven educational opportunities for Birmingham youth. Financial assistance in the form of grants and scholarships are used to help ease the financial burden of pursuing education or training endeavors, breaking down barriers to increase completion rates.

THE PROGRAMS

We understand that a four year university may not be for everyone. That is why we are focused on opening boundaries to enter and move across institutions to enable you to accumulate credentials and qualifications on a career pathway customized for your needs.

There are three education paths to choose from:
THE
BOOTCAMPS
Covalence Extended
and
Generation
THE TWO-YEAR
COLLEGES
Jefferson State
and
Lawson State
Community Colleges
THE FOUR-YEAR
COLLEGE
The University of
Alabama at
Birmingham

Covalence Extended & Generation

Covalence Extended offers coding bootcamps - short term, fast-track, intensive training - for Full Stack and Front End Web Development. Generation by McKinsey Social Initiative offers a fast track IT Specialist training program and students receive a CompTIA A+ certification. Students receive a certification of completion for both programs and the Covalence certificate is endorsed by UAB's Collat School of Business. Classes take place at the Innovation Depot in the heart of Birmingham's Innovation District. The Innovation Depot is home to 105 companies so not only do you have the opportunity to learn from the best and brightest in the industry, but students will interact with potential employers on a daily basis.

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Jefferson State Community College & Lawson State Community College

If you are interested in school but find the workload or price tag daunting, we have pathways for you, too. Jefferson State Community College and Lawson State Community College offer Certificate Programs and Associate degrees in Information Technology. Graduates of these two-year colleges will receive a CIS AA degree. Eligible students will receive $1,000 in grant-funded scholarships to pursue these CIS degrees for each year they are enrolled.

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham

If you know that a career in Information Technology is for you, UAB provides a Bachelor's level education in Computer Science or Software Engineering. Students who complete their Associate's degree at our two year partners will be eligible for $2,000 in grant funding to be matched with $2,000 in scholarship funding from UAB if they engage in dual enrollment. Students who have a 3.5 GPA or higher will be eligible for an additional $1,500 in scholarhips

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