Alabama State University (ASU) today announced the launch of a new apprenticeship program designed to expand access to career opportunities in the field of HR tech. The effort was developed in partnership with Helios Consulting, whose pioneering Rise apprenticeship program equips participants with both the technical and business skills to succeed in HR technology roles.

“The pace of technological change is only getting faster, and higher education institutions have a responsibility – and an opportunity – to keep up,” said Dr. Sabrina L. Crowder, AVP for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at Alabama State University. “Through our partnership with Helios, we’re ensuring that ASU students can build upon their college education by mastering the skills needed for success in high-demand fields like HR tech.”

Helios is an advisory partner of Workday, the HR tech platform of choice for nearly 10,000 companies worldwide, including half of the Fortune 500. Participants in the Rise program become paid employees of Helios starting from day one of training, and upon completion, can access pathways to join Helios’ clients. This new partnership reflects ASU’s commitment to helping its students and alumni access career pathways; the institution also recently received a grant from the Truist Foundation to support workforce investment.

Alabama State University has a well-deserved reputation as an institution committed to fostering economic mobility and opportunity for its community,” said Helios President Trevor Lee. “Together, we’re shortening the distance from college to career, and helping ASU graduates access great jobs in a fast-growing industry.”

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