The Regions Foundation, a non-profit initiative of Regions Bank, announced on Wednesday that it had awarded a $57,000 grant to Wallace State Community College Selma (WCCS) for the new Shift2Success Manufacturing and Ready to Work Training Program.
Shift2Success, a workforce development initiative, assists students with job interview preparation and resume writing, as well as technical skills such as quality standards, and production and safety practices.
The initiative seeks to enable students to fulfill in-demand jobs across the manufacturing industry. The eight-week program gives students the opportunity to earn up to five specialized training certifications.
The grant from the Regions Foundation supported the inaugural class of students who began coursework in August. The first slate of 15 students graduated Wednesday, each holding at least two nationally recognized certifications. Students will continue their studies at WCCS and may participate in the school’s apprenticeship program.
Marta Self, executive director of the Regions Foundation, said the organization is committed to providing pathways to success for students from underserved communities.
“Our work at the Regions Foundation is about building more inclusive prosperity and removing barriers to success,” said Self. “That’s exactly what Wallace Community College in Selma is doing every day, and that’s why we are honored to support this incredible new program.”
“One of the most meaningful ways we can make a difference is by connecting people with resources designed to help them begin successful careers,” she added. “Alabama has many important manufacturing industries with jobs readily available, and Shift2Success is helping students across West Alabama prepare for those jobs. We believe this program will benefit current and future students for many years to come.”
A second Shift2Success class is expected to launch later this month.
WCCS president Dr. James M. Mitchell stated, “I am honored to work with the Regions Foundation as we seek to enhance the world of work for aspiring students.”
The foundation’s support of the workforce development program is part of the Regions Foundation’s priorities for community engagement, which includes education and workforce readiness, economic and community development, and financial wellness.
Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL