What’s Working: Bishop State paying students to enroll in trade program

What's Working

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — In tonight’s What’s Working, a local community college is enrolling students in a new program free of charge and even paying students to be there. It’s a way to encourage students to consider a trade to become a carpenter, electrician,  autobody technician, painter or plumber. The program is through Bishop State Community College, and it’s called Fix It. There are currently 25 students enrolled.  It’s a partnership with the Southwest Alabama Partnership for Training and Education and U.S. Department of Labor.

The Fix It program allows students to put down the pen and paper and learn to work with their hands. Instructors say there are jobs in fields like carpentry, that are waiting to be filled. Student,  Tony Cook, is looking for a career. 

“I like to do hands-on jobs. I am a quick learner and I want to be able to fix things that I couldn’t fix when I was younger,” Cook said.

Phillips Stiell with Bishop State says the whole idea is to prepare students for the workforce. Each student is given a $25 daily stipend after completing the first five weeks of the program and then given $300 to buy tools for their selected course of study.”  The idea is giving the students a way to successfully complete the program.

“The employers are telling us they have to turn down work because they don’t have enough workers.. we are going to fix that problem for the employers,” Stiell said.

The next Fix It program begins February 18. For more information on how to enroll, click here.

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