About LIFT

The Culverhouse LIFT (Learning Initiative and Financial Training) Program is a joint initiative of The Culverhouse College of Business Dean’s Office and The Culverhouse School of Accountancy. It started in August 2014 as a dual faculty-student effort. This program is designed to reach out to the Tuscaloosa and West Alabama communities and use University resources, both financial and human capital, to improve the job skills of the adult and teen populations.

The program provides free classes for anyone in the community who would otherwise not have access to such courses and education because of a lack of financial resources or other obstacles. A secondary goal is to provide support to the small business community and local entrepreneurs.

Goals of LIFT


Provide free classes for low-income and disadvantaged individuals who would otherwise not have access to such courses and education.


Support the small business community through the provision of courses that will help their businesses grow and succeed.


Lisa McKinney

Lisa McKinney

Director, Culverhouse LIFT