Bishop State Community College, in collaboration with the South West Alabama Partnership for Training and Education and the U.S. Department of Labor, is preparing out-of-school youth for the workforce through its new program called Fix It. Fix It is designed to prepare income-eligible out-of-school youths between the ages of 17-24 to enter the highly competitive construction industry as plumbers, electricians, carpenters, and painters. Participants can also choose to learn about the auto body repair industry. Bishop State will train qualified candidates over a 10 to 25-week period which will result in certification in their chosen field of study. After completing an initial workforce readiness course and passing a drug screening, successful candidates will be awarded $300 to buy tools for their selected course of study. Once a participant is training in his or her field, they will also be paid a stipend of $20 per day while completing more focused study and on-the-job training with potential employers. The first class begins January 14, 2019. Classes will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30 until 3:30 with an hour for lunch. A limited number of spots are available for the Fix It program. Those who are interested in participating must apply before the program begins on January 14, 2019. Applicants will be required to visit the Bishop State Southwest Campus for an initial interview where they will fill out an application and be given additional information about the program. You can learn more information about Fix It and sign up for the program by contacting the Bishop State Office of Workforce Development at (251) 405-7082 or You can also visit our website,, to learn more about how to sign up. Click here to view the Fix It brochure.