The Alabama Community College System provides general education, career and technical
education, and other collegiate programs at the freshman and sophomore levels that
prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions to complete baccalaureate
degrees, as well as to Athens State University, an upper division university. To
foster academic preparation and future postsecondary success, today’s community
college influence also extends into the high schools.
Dual Enrollment programs that allow high school students to take academic coursework
at community colleges are common across Alabama, and include all of the two-year
colleges except Ingram State Technical College and Marion Military Institute. Colleges
partner with area high schools and local Boards of Education to facilitate the cooperative
The Early College Enrollment Program (ECEP) provides an opportunity for high school
students to earn college credits toward a technical or health certificate and/or
degree that meets local, regional, or state high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand
critical workforce training needs while completing high school.
Wallace State Community College-Hanceville is one of eight community colleges and
four charter schools nationwide – and the only institution in Alabama – to be granted
funding for a new model program, Fast Track to College Academy, which allows high
school juniors and seniors to complete their high school education while attaining
postsecondary certificates or degrees. The initial grant of $790,760 awarded by
the U.S. Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education will fund
the program for five years. The program is targeted to specific career or degree
tracks and is similar to dual enrollment in that it offers simultaneous high school
and college credit. Fast Track Academy options include health occupations, public
safety and automotive manufacturing technology.
Seventeen high school students enrolled last fall in the first Aviation Maintenance
Technology dual enrollment class offered by Enterprise-Ozark Community College.
The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, the Covington County Economic Development
Commission, and local school districts partnered with EOCC to quickly establish
the dual enrollment program in response to the growing aviation industry in Covington
A program developed with the assistance of the Knowledge Works Foundation and the
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation led to the formation of a unique partnership between
Wallace State Community College-Selma and Selma Early College High School (ECHS).
Students at the innovative high school take a combination of high school and college
classes, enabling them to graduate from the high school – the first of its kind
on an Alabama college campus – with up to 60 hours of college credit.
Bevill State Community College and Snead State Community College have partnered
with Secondary Education to begin a two-year high school licensed practical nursing
demonstration program in Walker, Blount and Marshall Counties. High school students
study to become licensed practical nurses (LPN) while finishing their high school
education. Once the students graduate high school they will be one semester away
from their LPN graduation and eligible to apply to become a registered nurse (RN).
This is the first high school program in Alabama targeted for nursing education.