Emma Johnson. Zada Metz. Cameron Church. Morgan and Megan Mavoides. This number of names goes into the thousands for students who graduated or received certifications from Alabama’s community colleges this month. Some of these residents have already accepted jobs or career opportunities throughout the state and nationwide. Others like the Mavoides’s – who are twins appointed to attend West Point after recently graduating from Marion Military Institute – are continuing their college experience at four-year universities.

Alabama’s community colleges serve more than 100,000 residents each year. At the same time that our most recent graduates prepare for what’s next, graduates from years past continue to make impacts in their careers all over the world. Take PSA Airlines Captain Tre Long for example. Captain Long got his start in aviation with the Marion Military Institute Flight Training Program.

Healthcare professionals fighting on the frontlines against COVID-19 include Northwest-Shoals Community College graduates Matthew Johnson and Andrew Hester. Both are working at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.

Twins Bryan and Ryan Hurt are on their way to Florida and Houston, respectively, after recently completing their four-year civil engineering degrees at the University of Alabama. They both got their start at Wallace Community College in Selma.

Justin Levan, who said he chose Bevill State Community College because of its reputation as one of the top nursing programs in the state, is working as a registered nurse at UAB.

Dual Enrollment led Emma Johnson to finishing her associate degree at Bevill State by the time she graduated this year from Cordova High School. Now she is set to attend Wallace State Community college and Auburn University for a degree in poultry science.

If you’re interested in learning more about the programs that get you careers, quality of life, and success, every community college in Alabama has team members who are ready to answer your questions. You can be part of the community college success story! You can start by applying to community college online or by registering for classes. Summer classes at many of the colleges start the last full week of May.

Visit this link to connect to the nearest college. And if you recently graduated or are considering an Alabama community college to begin your college experience, congratulations! You have a made a phenomenal step toward real life education.