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ACCS Announces Fall 2020 Plans for Campus Reopenings

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) on Thursday announced its plans for reopening its campuses statewide for the Fall 2020 semester. The plans incorporate a combination of in-person, online, and hybrid instruction with a focus on the health and safety of the System’s college communities. “Alabama’s 24 community colleges have always been known for our flexibility when it comes to meeting the needs of our more than 174,000 students,” said ACCS Chancellor, Jimmy H. Baker. “With the quick and [...]

July 17th, 2020|

ACCS to pilot VR training program with JumpStartAL partnership

MONTGOMERY – Five of Alabama’s community colleges will pilot a private-public partnership for virtual reality education and training with JumpStartAL, a move that further projects the state toward reaching 500,000 highly skilled workers by 2025. Coastal Alabama Community College, Enterprise State Community College, Jefferson State Community College, Lawson State Community College and Shelton State Community College will serve as the first community colleges in the state to provide virtual reality training and other technology solutions through JumpStartAL. The partnership will use [...]

July 15th, 2020|

Chancellor Baker Appoints Jeff Lynn as Acting President at Central Alabama Community College

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On Monday, Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the appointment of Jeff Lynn as Acting President of Central Alabama Community College (CACC). Lynn will serve in the role until a president is named at the completion of a presidential search. Lynn has more than 20 years of workforce and economic development experience across several Southeastern states. He brought his distinctive skillset to the Alabama Community College System in 2016 where he currently serves as the Vice Chancellor for Aerospace and Aviation. Prior [...]

June 15th, 2020|

Blog: What’s next? Community college students plan paths after graduation

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 [...]

May 20th, 2020|

Alabama College Attainment Network launches Cash for College Week

MONTGOMERY - High school seniors and college students will be encouraged to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) during Cash for College Week, May 4-8. The week is a combined effort of the Alabama College Attainment Network, which is a partnership among Alabama Possible, the Alabama State Department of Education, Alabama Commission on Higher Education, and Alabama Community College System. “Many families’ financial circumstances have changed over the past few weeks, and students are trying to navigate [...]

April 28th, 2020|

Alabama’s Community Colleges Assist the Alabama Department of Public Health with Medical Equipment Needs

MONTGOMERY – Alabama’s community colleges are working with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) to provide much needed medical equipment – including ventilators – to hospitals who need them to aid patients during the coronavirus pandemic. The supplies are made available from the colleges’ simulated healthcare settings, where thousands of students who choose Alabama’s community colleges each year train for medical careers. The equipment the colleges use is the same, top-quality supply used in hospitals and healthcare facilities across the [...]

April 8th, 2020|

Blog: Study finds that more Alabama high school seniors choose community college over four-year universities

Recently released data shows that more high school seniors who graduated in 2018 chose to attend Alabama’s community colleges last year than those who chose four-year universities. According to the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, which pulled data from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) compiled from the National Student Clearinghouse, 62% of Alabama’s 50,528 high school graduates in 2018 chose to attend a college or university. Of that number, 32 percent – or 16,085 – enrolled [...]

April 7th, 2020|

Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees Meeting to Take Place Online

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Community College System’s April 8 Board of Trustees meeting will be held remotely to ensure compliance with all statewide health orders and for the safety of all concerned. The meeting will begin at the usual start time of 10:00 a.m. Instructions for joining the meeting are as follows: Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/213551703 For iPhone one-tap: US: +19292056099,,213551703#  or +13126266799,,213551703# For Telephone: Dial any of the following numbers to join via phone. [...]

April 3rd, 2020|

Alabama Community College System to Extend Online Instruction through Spring Semester

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) announced today that online instruction will continue at all of its campuses through the remainder of the spring semester. In addition, due to restrictions on event sizes by state and federal officials, all traditional commencement activities will be postponed. “Every decision concerning the operations of Alabama’s community colleges is being made with the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and administrators at the forefront,” said ACCS Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker. “While [...]

March 27th, 2020|

Alabama Community College System to Temporarily Discontinue On-Campus Instruction March 17 – April 3

MONTGOMERY– The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) will temporarily discontinue on-campus instruction at 23 institutions across the state for the period of March 17 – April 3. Many ACCS institutions have a scheduled Spring Break during this time and students may be asked to extend this break period. This will allow the colleges faculty, staff, and administration to develop a plan for alternative instructional efforts.  All events scheduled at the state’s community colleges during this time frame are also cancelled. While [...]

March 13th, 2020|

Alabama Community College System to Temporarily Discontinue On-Campus Instruction March 17 – April 3

MONTGOMERY– The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) will temporarily discontinue on-campus instruction at 23 institutions across the state for the period of March 17 – April 3. Many ACCS institutions have a scheduled Spring Break during this time and students may be asked to extend this break period. This will allow the colleges faculty, staff, and administration to develop a plan for alternative instructional efforts.  All events scheduled at the state’s community colleges during this time frame are also cancelled. While [...]

March 13th, 2020|

Close to home, affordability lead Northeast Alabama student to community college

Of all the reasons residents choose Alabama’s community colleges, Thomas Hartline picked two that are common and made sense for him: proximity and affordability. In that decision, he found the true career path to enhance his life. Thomas, who graduates from Northeast Alabama Community College, shared his story of why he chose NACC and the success he has had since doing so during the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees Board Meeting on Wednesday, March 11. A foster [...]

March 11th, 2020|

Leadership in Child Care Scholarships Now Available Year-Round

Montgomery– A full-tuition scholarship that grants current childcare professionals the opportunity to obtain certifications and degrees to best care for Alabama’s children is now available year-round. The Leadership in Child Care Scholarship, which covers students’ tuition and a number of fees required to pursue child development credentials, is now available in the fall, spring, and summer semesters at the state’s participating community colleges and Athens State University. Qualified students must be currently employed at a childcare center or family and group [...]

February 24th, 2020|

Six sign with first statewide externship program for nursing

OPELIKA – Six of Southern Union State Community College’s nursing students signed with healthcare facilities in the Opelika area in the first Alabama Signing Day for the Alabama Nursing Career Pathways (ANCP) initiative, a partnership among Alabama’s community colleges and the Alabama Nursing Home Association. ANCP is a statewide community college initiative that pairs nursing students with employers for what are known as workplace externships. The externships are specialized seven-month training programs that pay students a salary and provide [...]

February 7th, 2020|

2020 Census Efforts Kick Off at Alabama’s Community Colleges

MONTGOMERY – On Monday, Alabama’s community colleges began their 2020 Census efforts with a kick off meeting and rally at the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Office in Montgomery. Representatives from Alabama’s 24 community colleges, state officials, and U.S. Census Bureau staff joined together to launch the community college’s Alabama Counts effort and coordinate ideas to get students, faculty, staff and community members involved with the 2020 Census. Last month, the ACCS was awarded an $80,000 grant from the Alabama Department [...]

January 29th, 2020|

Want to own a business? Alabama’s community colleges can help

While it’s true that more than 100,000 students choose Alabama’s community colleges each year to train for some of the most high-demand, high-earning job opportunities in the state, it’s also true that our students can be the ones who create some of those jobs. The entrepreneurial spirit is strong across the state by community college alumni who got their best start by taking classes in career fields they enjoyed. Successful instructors who many times have worked in the field in [...]

January 21st, 2020|

Drake state alum speaks before System board on success after college

Canada native Kirk Salmond said that at age 36, he found himself as a married father of four in a career in Huntsville that he loved, but where he had little opportunity to advance. His career path and outlook on life changed drastically when he took an opportunity two years ago to train at Drake State Community and Technical College in Huntsville. Salmond completed an Associate of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) at the college in December. [...]

January 8th, 2020|

Retired Trenholm State President Munnerlyn bestowed President Emeritus

On Wednesday, January 9, the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Board of Trustees honored retired Trenholm State Community College President Sam Munnerlyn with the title of President Emeritus, the highest recognition bestowed upon a president in the Alabama Community College System. Munnerlyn retired in December after serving 40 years at Trenholm State. He began his career at Trenholm State in 1979 as an Educational Talent Search Coordinator. Other roles in which he served at the college include Coordinator of [...]

January 8th, 2020|

Chancellor Baker Appoints Anita Archie as Interim President at Trenholm State Community College

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On Friday, December 13, Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the appointment of Anita Archie as Interim President of Trenholm State Community College. Archie will serve in the role until a permanent president is named for the college. Archie’s more than 24 years of public service span municipal government, state government and higher education. She currently serves as the Deputy Director and Executive Counsel for the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). “Ms. Archie [...]

December 13th, 2019|

Chancellor Baker Appoints Dr. Chris Cox as Interim President at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On Wednesday, Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the appointment of Dr. Chris Cox as Interim President of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College. Cox will serve in the role until a permanent president is named at the college. Cox has more than 24 years of higher education administration experience and currently serves as the Executive Director of Workforce Solutions and Innovations for the Alabama Community College System. Prior to his role at the ACCS, Cox served as the Assistant Superintendent for [...]

December 11th, 2019|

Alabama community college fine arts students benefit from strong foundation, instructors

Foundation. That’s one word that nationally recognized instructors in Alabama’s community colleges use to define the core fine arts classes they teach to students. Whether you’re beginning your official training in music, theatre or art before transferring to a four-year university, or if you’re mid-level or just wanting to expand your skills, an Alabama community college is a great place to start. Did you know that Chris Vrenna, a Grammy-winning musician and former band member of Nine Inch Nails, teaches [...]

December 9th, 2019|

Eight awarded service awards at ACCS Luncheon

Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker recognized eight ACCS employees during the annual employee Thanksgiving luncheon on Friday, Nov. 22, for a combined 100 years of service to Alabama’s community colleges. Trish Jones, System Office Instructional Program Officer, was recognized for 30 years of service. Ginger Smith, Assistant to the Vice Chancellor, was recognized for 20 years of service. Susan Price, Vice Chancellor of System Development and ACCS Chief of Staff, and Dorothy Davis, Receptionist and GED/Private [...]

November 26th, 2019|

#CleanHomeAL has successful start

In just the first four days of our #CleanHomeAL effort we've had hundreds of volunteers, hundreds of bags of trash picked off Alabama's roadways and waterways, and incredibly generous donations of supplies all across Alabama -- and we're just getting started! We are only halfway through our Clean Home Alabama effort which runs from Nov. 1-11. The projects that have taken place have already made a difference and we look forward to the many more to come in the [...]

November 5th, 2019|

National Student Transfer Week Road Trip 2019 – Last Stop: Troy University

We ended #NationalTransferWeek with the Trojan Warrior Spirit at Troy University, where we met up with a recruiter and an Enterprise State Community College alum to talk about the transfer experience. Korrie Lynn James, Troy University’s Coordinator of Dual Enrollment and Transfer Recruiting, said a large number of transfer students at the Troy campus come from ESCC, Wallace Community College and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College fully prepared with a game plan to help them succeed. “We [...]

October 30th, 2019|

National Student Transfer Week Road Trip – Stop 3: Auburn University

One of the coolest parts of the ACCS Communications #NationalTransferWeek road trip is the opportunity to connect with four-year university employees who first attended an Alabama community college before determining their future goals of helping students. While at Jacksonville State University we connected with interim President Don Killingsworth, a Central Alabama Community College alum. Roxanne Bailey, the university’s transfer admissions specialist, took college-level courses while in high school through dual enrollment at Snead State Community College. At the University of [...]

October 25th, 2019|

National Student Transfer Week Road Trip – Stop 2: Jacksonville State University

Part 2 of ACCS’s Communications’ National Student Transfer Week road trip took us to Gadsden State Community College and Jacksonville State University, where  students and staff gave us more information on scholarships and student life during and after community college years. Dr. Dana Davis of Gadsden State said students don’t miss out on scholarships because there are transfer scholarships available. "Students shouldn't have any concern about the transfer process. ...Our four-year institutions recognize the value of community college students and the [...]

October 24th, 2019|

National Student Transfer Week Road Trip – Stop 1: University of Alabama

ACCS’s Communications team is road trippin’ all week to celebrate National Student Transfer Week! We will be visiting four-year universities across the state and talking with our very own community college grads. We’ll also talk to helpful faculty and staff and get the inside scoop on scholarships, the STARS Guide, and other resources for community college students. Our trip kicked off Monday at the University of Alabama! We connected with several students and officials at the University of [...]

October 22nd, 2019|

Scholarship To Fund 50 High School, College Students’ Paths To Automotive Manufacturing Careers

MONTGOMERY – A second round of scholarships will be awarded this year for 50 students to train for automotive manufacturing careers at Alabama’s community colleges. The Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association and Alabama Community College System have partnered to provide a total $189,000 in scholarships, as well as mentors, to a minimum of 50 students who want to pursue a technical education certificate or associate degree in the automotive manufacturing industry. The deadline to apply is Nov. 15. The first scholarship recipients [...]

October 15th, 2019|

Alabama Community Colleges Launch Clean Home Alabama Initiative

MONTGOMERY – By signing an official proclamation on Monday, Governor Kay Ivey launched the Alabama Community College System’s (ACCS) Clean Home Alabama initiative. Alabama’s community colleges are partnering with residents and community organizations in every county of the state for this college-led effort to help beautify the state’s natural landscapes, growing infrastructure, and expanding communities. In 2019, Clean Home Alabama will take place November 1-11. Community college students, faculty and staff will serve alongside residents and members of several community organizations [...]

September 16th, 2019|

Chancellor Announces Dr. Craig Pouncey as President of Coastal Alabama Community College

MONTGOMERY – At the Alabama Community College System board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the selection of Dr. Craig Pouncey as president of Coastal Alabama Community College. Pouncey’s appointment was unanimously approved by the board of trustees. A career educator and administrator, Pouncey has more than 38 years of classroom and leadership experience in Alabama at the state and local levels. Pouncey currently serves as the Superintendent of Jefferson County Schools, a position he’s held since [...]

September 11th, 2019|

ACCS Receives $12 Million U.S. Department of Labor Grant to Expand Apprenticeships

Montgomery – On Monday, the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) was one of 23 academic institutions and consortia nationwide awarded a grant to expand private-public apprenticeship partnerships across the country. The Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies grants were awarded in three areas: information technology, advanced manufacturing, and healthcare. The $12 million grant received by ACCS and the Manufacturing Institute of the National Association of Manufacturing focuses on advanced manufacturing. In Alabama, a [...]

June 25th, 2019|

Chancellor Announces Next Steps for Coastal Alabama Community College

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – After a meeting with Coastal Alabama Community College faculty, staff and leadership on Thursday, June 20, Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced that a search for a new permanent president at the college will begin today. As is customary, an official 30-day posting of the vacant position for president will commence immediately. Following the posting, a committee will review applications and begin the interview process. An announcement naming the next permanent president of the college [...]

June 20th, 2019|

2019 All-Alabama Academic Team Awarded More Than $64,000 in Scholarships

MONTGOMERY– Forty-six of the Alabama Community College System’s (ACCS) top scholars across the state are announced today as the 2019 All-Alabama Academic team. Two students from each of Alabama’s community colleges were selected by members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for their demonstration of academic excellence and intellectual rigor, leadership and service, and for their commitment to extending their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. Their prestigious honor will be celebrated by Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy H. [...]

April 19th, 2019|

ACCS Hosts First Statewide Professional Development Day for Faculty

Montgomery – More than 1,500 full-time faculty members from Alabama’s 24 community colleges convened at Alabama State University on Wednesday, April 10, for the Alabama Community College System’s (ACCS) inaugural statewide Professional Development Day. As a part of the ACCS’s continued effort to build a more unified and collaborative system of colleges, the event brought together ACCS instructors from across the state for a full day of discussions and collaboration focused on the community college student experience. Professional development days occur [...]

April 11th, 2019|

ACCS Launches New Student-Focused Website

The Alabama Community College System launched its new user-friendly, student-focused website on Friday, April 5. With just a click, the website makes available information about the education, training, and community support at the state’s 24 community colleges.  The site’s URL is www.accs.edu. “The Alabama Community College System is laser-focused on the student experience and it only makes sense that our website should match that mission,” said Jimmy H. Baker, ACCS Chancellor. “ACCS.edu is now a resource for anyone in Alabama looking [...]

April 5th, 2019|

One Confirmed, Three Reconfirmed to Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees

Montgomery – Upon appointment by Governor Kay Ivey, the Alabama Senate confirmed one new member and reconfirmed three other members to the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Board of Trustees on Tuesday. The Board is the governing body of the ACCS. The Senate confirmed accomplished businessman and Vietnam veteran John Mitchell, to represent District 2 for a four-year term on the ACCS Board of Trustees. He replaces Ron Fantroy, who served from 2015 to this year. Re-confirmed were Board Members Milton [...]

April 3rd, 2019|

ACCS, AAMA Announce Automotive Scholarship Recipients

Montgomery – Forty-eight students have each been awarded a $3,600 scholarship to study in automotive manufacturing programs at Alabama’s community colleges. The scholarships, along with a mentorship program led by seasoned automotive manufacturing professionals, were provided through the combined efforts of the Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association and the Alabama Community College System to help fill more than 10,000 automotive manufacturing jobs in Alabama within two years. The following students have been awarded scholarships to pursue a technical education certificate or associate [...]

March 27th, 2019|

Dual Enrollment the ‘Best Option’ for Calhoun Community College Student Featured on ‘Today’ Show

Dual enrollment - the process high school students use to gain college credit through the Alabama Community College System - has been a launching pad for students like Grissom High School student Ashley Kimbel to start early in pursuing their dream careers. Kimbel is a dually enrolled Calhoun Community College student who, at just 17, is nationally recognized for her design of a lighter-functioning prosthetic foot for Marine Corps veteran amputee Kendall Bane. She and Mr. Bane were featured on the [...]

March 26th, 2019|

ACCS signs MOU with Van Braun Center to strengthen programs in aerospace, emerging technologies

ACCS signs MOU with Van Braun Center to strengthen programs in aerospace, emerging technologies The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) and the Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation University Consortium (VCSI-UC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that fosters the advancement of programs which center on a vast range of emerging technologies. The MOU creates the opportunity to partner, collaborate, and manage projects that expand programs relevant to aerospace and defense communities. Such agreements enhance the positioning of ACCS’ [...]

March 18th, 2019|

Alabama Community College System Creates Online Resource for Virginia College Students

MONTGOMERY – On Thursday, the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) launched an online resource for displaced Virginia College students. Last week, the Education Corporation of America announced that all Virginia College campuses would close, including four in Alabama. The ACCS website – https://www.accs.edu/virginiacollege provides important resources for Virginia College students from obtaining transcripts, to information on loans, and a list of upcoming events. “At the Alabama Community College System, our doors are open and we encourage students displaced by Virginia [...]

December 13th, 2018|

Chancellor Announces Patricia Sims as President of J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – At the Alabama Community College System board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the selection of Dr. Patricia Sims as president of J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College. Sims has 25 years of experience in both K-12 and higher education. Most recently, she served as Dean of the College of Education at Athens State University in Athens, Alabama. Sims previously served at Drake State for more than 12 years as Student Services [...]

October 11th, 2018|

Chancellor Announces Todd Shackett as President of Southern Union State Community College

MONTGOMERY – At the Alabama Community College System board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the selection of Todd Shackett as president of Southern Union State Community College. Shackett’s appointment was unanimously approved by the board of trustees. The selection was made after a 10-month strategic planning process designed to culminate with the selection of a permanent president at the College. The strategic planning effort included multiple avenues for community input including a public survey and [...]

July 11th, 2018|

Alabama Community College System Hosts Manufacturing Skills Standard Council’s National Board and Leadership Council Meeting

MONTGOMERY – Last week, the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) served as host for the annual Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC)’s National Board and Leadership Meeting in Point Clear, AL. Alabama is the first state in the nation to offer MSSC credentials at community colleges statewide, and the ACCS was selected to host this year’s gathering due to this pioneering effort. “Under the leadership of Governor Kay Ivey and Jeff Lynn the ACCS state-wide implementation of the Certified Production Technician [...]

June 20th, 2018|

Chancellor Announces Annette Funderburk as President of Ingram State Technical College

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – At the Alabama Community College System board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the selection of Annette Funderburk as president of Ingram State Technical College (ISTC). Funderburk has served as the Interim President at Ingram State since February 2017. Prior to leading ISTC, she served nearly 10 years within the Alabama Community College System where her most recent role was Director of External Affairs. “Mrs. Funderburk’s impact on Ingram State to date far [...]

June 13th, 2018|

Chancellor Announces Keith Brown as President of Jefferson State Community College

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – At the Alabama Community College System board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the selection of Keith Brown as president of Jefferson State Community College (JSCC). For additional information on the Alabama Community College System’s partnership with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council, visit almssc.com. Brown has served Jefferson State for nearly 20 years, most recently in the role of Interim President. His tenure at the college has been marked by his commitment to [...]

June 12th, 2018|

Chancellor Announces Joe Burke as Interim President of Calhoun Community College

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – At the Alabama Community College System board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the selection of Dr. Joe Burke as Interim President of Calhoun Community College. Burke is a career educator with more than 30 years of experience in higher education as an instructor, counselor and administrator. Most recently, he served as Vice President and Dean of Instruction at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC), a position he has held for 11 years. “Dr. [...]

May 9th, 2018|

Alabama’s Community Colleges Take Significant Steps to Improve Service and Stability

At a meeting on Wednesday, the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) board of trustees voted to approve two significant initiatives which will fundamentally change and enhance the student experience at every community college across the state.Through the approval of a $10 per credit hour tuition adjustment, the System and its colleges will begin the process of implementing comprehensive advancements at both the statewide and local levels geared towards improving every aspect of engagement with current and potential community college students.The board [...]

May 9th, 2018|

Community College Scholars Recognized as 2018 All-Alabama Academic Team

More than $64,000 in scholarships awarded to 46 Alabama students MONTGOMERY – On Friday, Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker, college presidents, and faculty and staff recognized 46 students from across the state for their selection as 2018’s All-Alabama Academic Team. The All-Alabama Academic Team members are selected by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for their demonstration of academic excellence and intellectual rigor, leadership and service, and for their commitment to extending their education beyond the classroom to [...]

April 13th, 2018|

Chancellor Announces Kimberly Ennis as President of Bevill State Community College

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – At the Alabama Community College System board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the selection of Matthew Rodgers as president of Enterprise State Community College. Rodgers is a career educator with more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, coach and administrator. Most recently, he served as principal of Enterprise High School, where he was noted for his accomplishments in career and technical education and workforce development programs. “Mr. Rodgers’ long history [...]

April 10th, 2018|

Chancellor Announces Dr. Glenda Colagross as President of Northwest-Shoals Community College

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – At the Alabama Community College System board of trustees meeting on Tuesday, Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the selection of Dr. Glenda Colagross as president of Northwest-Shoals Community College. Colagross has served the Alabama Community College System for more than 25 years beginning in the classroom as a developmental studies instructor and serving most recently as interim president at Southern Union State Community College and Northwest-Shoals Community College. During her tenure at Northwest-Shoals, Colagross served as chair [...]

April 10th, 2018|

Southern Union Strategic Plan Update

MONTGOMERY – Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker on Thursday announced the posting of the position of President of Southern Union State Community College. This announcement is the culmination of the Southern Union Strategic Planning Initiative announced in August of 2017. Applicants will have until March 19 to submit their applications. An Advisory Search Committee will be appointed to assist the Chancellor with reviewing applications. The committee will consist of the ACCS Chancellor, Southern Union faculty and staff, [...]

February 15th, 2018|

Matthew Woods Appointed to the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On Wednesday, Matthew Woods was sworn in as a member of the Alabama Community College System board of trustees. Woods was appointed by Governor Kay Ivey and confirmed by the Alabama Senate on February 8. Woods replaces Frank Caldwell who resigned from the board effective January 31, 2017. Woods, who represents District 4, is a second-generation entrepreneur and Manager of Jasper Auto Sales. A community college graduate, Woods has been an active supporter of his alma mater, [...]

February 14th, 2018|

Scholarship to Fund 50 High School, College Students’ Paths to Automotive Manufacturing Careers

MONTGOMERY – The path to fill more than 10,000 automotive manufacturing jobs within two years will be even more affordable in 2019 for 50 students in Alabama. The Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association and Alabama Community College System have partnered to provide a total $180,000 in scholarships, as well as mentors, to 50 students who want to pursue a technical education certificate or associate degree in the automotive manufacturing industry. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28. Interested students with at [...]

January 31st, 2018|

Chancellor Announces Jacqueline Screws  as President of Chattahoochee Valley Community College

MONTGOMERY – At the Alabama Community College System board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the selection of Jacqueline Screws as president of Chattahoochee Valley Community College (CVCC). Screws has more than three decades of experience in education administration and student affairs. Most recently, she served as Dean of Student Affairs and Sparks Campus for Wallace Community College – Dothan, a role she served in for more than 17 years. “Ms.  Screws’ career has been dedicated [...]

January 10th, 2018|

Southern Union Strategic Planning Initiative Moves Forward

MONTGOMERY – Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker on Thursday announced the selection of the Southern Union State Community College Strategic Planning Committee as well as the dates for 3 community town halls. These efforts are part of the ongoing strategic planning initiative at the College, designed to address critical issues and culminating in the selection of a permanent President. “The appointment of the Strategic Planning Committee and the announcement of community town halls at each of the schools’ [...]

October 26th, 2017|

Chancellor Names Michael “Mac” McDaniel Alabama Community College System’s Director of Aviation Programs

MONTGOMERY – At a press conference on Wednesday, Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker announced the appointment of Michael “Mac” McDaniel as the Alabama Community College System’s Director of Aviation Programs. The new position is responsible for the oversight of the System’s Aviation Technology programs across the state. “Alabama’s aviation industry continues to expand with industry giants like Boeing, Airbus, and GE Aviation locating in our own backyard. The Alabama Community College System is working right alongside to ensure [...]

September 6th, 2017|

Roby, Lynn Announce New Workforce Development Partnership

MONTGOMERY – At a press conference Thursday, U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R – Ala.) and Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development, Jeff Lynn, announced a new partnership with four of the system’s colleges, the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) and Walmart’s Brundidge, AL distribution and fulfillment center. This fall, students at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Wallace Community College in Dothan, and Enterprise State Community College will be offered new [...]

August 11th, 2017|

Chancellor Announces Matthew Rodgers as President of Enterprise State Community College

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – At the Alabama Community College System board of trustees meeting on Wednesday, Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the selection of Matthew Rodgers as president of Enterprise State Community College. Rodgers is a career educator with more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, coach and administrator. Most recently, he served as principal of Enterprise High School, where he was noted for his accomplishments in career and technical education and workforce development programs. “Mr. Rodgers’ long history [...]

August 9th, 2017|

Chancellor Announces Strategic Planning Initiative at Southern Union State

MONTGOMERY – Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker announced on Friday the launch of a strategic planning initiative for Southern Union State Community College. The rigorous effort is designed to address critical issues facing the college and will culminate with the selection of a permanent President. Chancellor Baker met Thursday with college administrators, elected officials, business community members and others to explain his vision for the strategic plan. “We owe it to the Southern Union community to take our [...]

August 8th, 2017|

Governor Kay Ivey and Chancellor Jimmy Baker Announce Roll-Out of App Development Curriculum

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey and Chancellor Jimmy Baker announced earlier today at the meeting of the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees that beginning this fall, students will have the opportunity to enroll in a brand new curriculum designed by Apple, Inc. called App Development with Swift. Alabama’s community college system is one of only six in the country chosen to offer the program, and has four community colleges participating in the pilot phase. The four community colleges [...]

July 12th, 2017|

ACCS Board Appoints Longtime Educator Jimmy H. Baker as Chancellor

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Community College System board of trustees voted today to appoint acting chancellor Jimmy H. Baker as chancellor starting April 1. Baker, who has served as acting chancellor for more than six months, will replace Mark Heinrich, who decided to retire after a prolonged illness kept him away from the job. “Jimmy Baker has done a tremendous job of leading the system during the chancellor’s absence and has been far more than a place-holder,” said Al [...]

March 15th, 2017|

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