By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU
Alabama State University is proud to be a recipient of the Truist Foundation's grant of $60,000 to support the Workforce Investment Act, which is one of the nation’s most important training programs for disadvantaged workers. Nicole Royster, director of Grants Management with the Foundation, stated that the monies were awarded to ASU for the University’s ongoing commitment to inspire and build better lives and communities.
"We make strategic investments in non-profit organizations to help ensure the communities we serve have more opportunities for a better quality of life," Royster said. "Our grants and activities focus on building career pathways to economic mobility and strengthening small businesses, and Alabama State University aligns with our mission. We thank the University for allowing us to participate in this project with it so we may inspire and build better lives."
ASU'S PILOT PROGRAM HELPS WORKERS AND STUDENTS
ASU's Dr. Tanjula Petty, vice president for Institutional Effectiveness, Strategic Initiatives and Transformation, explained that the grant will assist workers with low levels of education and low levels of skills.
"Low-skilled workers are much more likely to be unemployed and living in poverty than more skilled workers. ASU will pilot this program to encourage students and members of the community at-large to demonstrate their competency in skills that are needed in today’s workforce," Petty said. "The University will partner with business and industries to provide jobs and other opportunities for successful candidates. ASU will utilize this grant to promote student retention and demonstrate to individuals the value of a traditional degree and more importantly, enhance the competencies of skilled workers."
ABOUT THE TRUIST FOUNDATION
The Truist Foundation is committed to the Truist Financial Corporation's purpose of inspiring and building better lives and communities. It makes strategic investments in non-profit organizations to help ensure the communities that it serves have more opportunities for a better quality of life. Its grants and activities focus on building career pathways to economic mobility and strengthening small businesses.