University Awarded $200-K by Alabama Power Foundation to Support Community
By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU
Alabama State University's "CommUniversity" efforts, first initiated by President Quinton T. Ross, Jr., have gained an important ally in the Alabama Power Company Foundation (APF) with a $200,000 donation to support community workforce development initiatives. ASU's vice president for Institutional Effectiveness, Strategic Initiatives, and Transformation, Dr. Tanjula Petty, stated that ASU is both gratified and excited by the APF's donation to “O' Mother Dear."
"These funds positively impact the University's 'Focus 2030 Strategic Plan' that is a roadmap for achieving ASU’s vision of committing the time and resources to establish a robust ecosystem required to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing higher education landscape to also include workforce development," Petty said. "Through a primary anchor of CommUniversity (utilizing ASU resources and personnel to lift-up people and projects), these monies allow us to commit to building meaningful partnerships to support ASU’s vision and contribute to the larger community."
Petty explained that Alabama State University is committed to building partnerships and collaborations to contribute to the external community impact and the development of ASU students and the members of the community. The funds given by the Alabama Power Foundation will allow ASU to work with industries to build micro-credentials to meet the needs of businesses.
ALABAMA POWER MORE THAN A UTILITY
Alabama Power’s vice president of Charitable Giving, Staci Brown Brooks, shared that the company does much more than provide electricity to the state's consumers and businesses.
"For more than a century, Alabama Power employees have been committed to supporting the state's local communities in order to improve the quality of life for all Alabamians," Brooks said. "The Alabama Power Foundation, founded in 1989, is proud to continue this mission and support the communities we serve, which includes informing Alabama State University that it has been approved for $200,000. We are proud to partner with ASU to support the communities you serve."
GRANT SUPPORTS CREATION OF MICRO-CREDENTIALS
Petty elaborated that the funding will support the creation of micro-credentials that are short, focused credentials designed to provide in-demand skills, know-how, and experience to people and corporate entities, which is among the more important aspects of the APF award.
"I consider micro-credentials as bite-sized courses that lead to a credential that is perfect for businesses and industries," Petty said. "The Alabama Power Foundation funds will also allow ASU to provide some scholarship dollars to the initial recipients that are seeking to gain the credential. Alabama State University’s Offices of Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, and Institutional Effectiveness, Strategic Initiatives, and Transformation will work collectively to develop and implement this initiative to provide continuous support to the community."
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