"Learn and Earn" scholarships provide low-income adults the opportunity to learn new skills in vocational/technical training programs and then earn their way out of poverty. Anita Williams is our first success story. Anita graduated in August 2013 with an Associate Degree in Engineering Graphics (drafting and design) and is now employed full-time as a Technical Illustrator at a local aerospace firm with good pay and benefits. She and her two teens moved out of public housing and into a rented home. Our scholarship graduates have also purchased homes, purchased reliable transportation, and have continued their education (sometimes using tuition assistance benefits from their employers). As of January 2017, AOD has nine graduates/success stories and four current students. One our current students will graduate in May 2017 from the practical nursing program at J.F. Drake State. Read more about them under the "Successes" tab on the main menu. Read about AOD's active scholarship recipients under the "Scholarships" tab on the main menu. Additional Learn and Earn Scholarship information:
Imagination and Aspiration scholarships send children from low-income families to science and technology summer camps offered by the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and Sci-Quest, in order to motivate them toward educational achievement. To date, AOD has sent a total of ten kids to camp.
The annual AOD Community Career Fair targets jobseekers without degrees and connects them with local employers, educational institutions, and nonprofits. Our third annual career fair was Wednesday March 18, 2015 at the Jaycee Fairgrounds building in Huntsville, AL. We appreciate all who helped plan, conduct, and spread the word about the event! Results:
Attendees: 251 jobseekers, 46 employers, 10 schools, and 6 nonprofits including the Gideons who were there passing out bibles.
Employer survey results: 49 job offers made at the career fair, 87jobseekers interviewed at the career fair, 275 jobseekers scheduled for interviews after the career fair, and 994 jobseekers referred to on-line applications. Many of this year's exhibitors were there for the first time. This event had 62 exhibitors, our most so far!
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