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Birmingham Careers Launches Today, Securing Nearly 5,000 Jobs for Students

PRESS RELEASE                                                                 Thursday, February 23, 2017

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

Birmingham – Did you know that according to U.S. Labor Department projections, 63% of all new jobs created between now and 2020 would not require a college degree? In knowing this, the Birmingham City Council wants to make sure that our youth are equipped with all the tools necessary to land a job out of high school.  Birmingham Careers has partnered with a number of local companies to provide job opportunities for the youth of Birmingham. UAB is also working with Birmingham Careers to provide training for the participating students. Additional details will be unveiled today at 10 a.m. at Wenonah High School. Representatives from participating companies will join the Birmingham City Council, teachers, and students to discuss the impact that Birmingham Careers will have on the entire community.

“We are losing our youth at an alarming rate, and its time that we come together to look at viable solutions for the future of our children,” Birmingham City Council President Johnathan F. Austin said. “When I turn on the news and see another youth either losing their life to senseless violence or being sent behind bars as the violator of that senseless violence, it breaks my heart to know that nothing is being done to help our youth. This opportunity will provide our youth with the ability to land sustainable jobs. These jobs will in turn secure the future for thousands and I’m excited about that.”

Who: The Birmingham City Council, UAB Reps, Participating Companies, Teachers, and Students

What: Press Conference Detailing Birmingham Careers

When: Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 10 a.m.

Where: Wenonah High School: 2800 Wilson Rd SW, Birmingham, AL 35221

For media inquiries, please contact Brittany Sharp, Director of Public Information for the Birmingham City Council at (205) 721-5369.