Providing education and training opportunities for low-income families that fight generational poverty and transform communities.
The Alliance for Opportunity and Development (AOD) is a 501(c)(3), Christian, non-profit organization established in January 2012. Our mission is to provide education and training opportunities for low-income families that reduce poverty and transform communities. We currently serve the greater Huntsville, Alabama area as well as students in Aberdeen, Mississippi. AOD has four flagship programs:
"Imagination and Aspiration" scholarships provide science and technology summer camp experiences (offered by Sci-Quest and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center) to children from low-income families that motivate them toward educational achievement. Children of Learn and Earn scholarship recipients are given priority to maximize the impact within a family. AOD has sent six kids to various aviation, video game programming, and robotics summer day-camps. AOD will send at least two more in 2014.
AOD has one alumni scholarship recipient and two active scholarship recipients. Anita Williams is our first success story. She graduated J.F. Drake State Technical and Community College in August 2013 with an Associate Degree in Engineering Graphics (design and drafting) and now works as a Technical Illustrator at a local aerospace firm with good pay and benefits.
Mona Cato's scholarship is helping her earn a certificate in the Licensed Practical Nursing program at J.F. Drake State Technical College. Mona currently works with Alzheimer's patients as a nurse assistant at a local nursing home.
Mona Cato is pursuing a certificate to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.
Craig Matthews is our newest scholarship recipient. Craig started classes in the Fall 2013 semester at J.F. Drake State Technical College. He is pursuing an Associate Degree in Computer Information Systems with an emphasis in cyber security.
What makes AOD's Learn and Earn program unique is that we consider helping scholarship recipients with normal living expenses on a case by case basis. Expenses such as transportation, rent, utilities, and childcare go on regardless of whether or not a student has all of their tuition and other school expenses covered by a scholarship. These expenses are often the difference betwen staying in school and quitting or stretching out an education program over a long period of time. The sooner a student can graduate with new skills, the sooner they can begin a good paying job in a new career.
For more about the Learn and Earn program, click here.
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