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November 18, 2016
Actually, There Are Still Good Blue-Collar Jobs

By Justin Fox

Tom Berryman knows how to put young people in some pretty sweet blue-collar jobs. Graduates of the two-year auto-mechanics’ training courses he oversees at Lawson State Community College’s campus in Bessemer, Alabama,1 all get work at auto dealerships, most with starting salaries in the high-40s. If they’re lucky enough to end up at a Toyota dealership, they make over $60,000. That’s in a state with a median household income of $44,765.

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November 10, 2016
Reverse Transfer

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Officials of the Alabama Community College System, public universities, and Huntingdon College across the state gathered today to announce a new agreement that will allow students to transfer credits from four-year institutions back to a two-year institution in order to complete a degree.

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March 29, 2016
Alabama Community College System to Host Second Annual ACCS Day in Montgomery

Montgomery, AL -- In recognition of April as National Community College Month and to communicate the importance of the state’s two-year colleges to Alabama’s workforce and economic development efforts, the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) will host the second annual ACCS Day on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, from 10am – 2pm in Montgomery.

More than 2,000 students, faculty and staff representing the System’s 25 member colleges, Marion Military Institute and the Alabama Technology Network are expected to attend the event, set to be held on the lawns of the Alabama State Capitol and State Archives and History building.

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March 28, 2016
WSCC Occupational Therapy Assistant program earns 100 percent pass rate on board exam

HANCEVILLE, Ala. — The latest graduates of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Wallace State Community College provided the program with a 100 percent pass rate for the national board certification exams.  Almost 40 students graduated from the program in 2015, and all of the students taking the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy passed the exam in order to earn their certification as an occupational therapy assistant.

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March 23, 2016
NW-SCC and ATN to host 2016 National PETE Conference, March 29-31

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. -- Northwest-Shoals Community (NW-SCC) and the Alabama Technology Network (ATN) will host the 2016 National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE) Instructor Conference on the Shoals campus Tuesday, March 29th - Thursday, March 31st.

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March 23, 2016
Calhoun Community College's Summer FastTrack Academy Giving Students a Headstart on College Coursework

Decatur, AL -- For the second consecutive year, Calhoun Community College will host its FastTrack Academy, a free summer bridge program designed to give students a head start on their classes next fall by providing them with the necessary tools to succeed in their college coursework.  

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March 16, 2016
Snead State Selected for ‘Right Signals’ Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Snead State Community College is one of 20 community colleges from across the country that will work together to identify and develop a model for recognizable credentialing to serve students, colleges and employers nationally.

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March 16, 2016
Reid State Technical College to Announce USDA Grant Award

On Monday, March 21, 11:00 am, Reid State Technical College, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture, will conduct a press conference to announce the awarding of a Rural Utilities Services Distance Learning & Telemedicine grant.

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March 15, 2016
Shelton State Community College honored by the Alabama Environmental Council

The Alabama Environmental Council presented Shelton State Community College with the 2015 Conservation Award at its inaugural POWER-UP Energy Forum on February 23, 2016, at Birmingham Southern College.  The Forum recognized increased efforts in electrical sustainability and energy efficiency. 

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March 9, 2016
Wallace-Dothan: 4 Lessons from a College’s Completion Efforts

AACC 21st Century Center, Dennis Pierce, contributor

Wallace Community College has transformed instruction, leading to better completion rates. Here’s what campus leaders have learned from the process.

By making the instruction in its most popular courses more active and relevant, Wallace Community College (WCC), in Alabama, has boosted completion rates and closed achievement gaps among at-risk students. Now, leaders aim to build on this success with a campus-wide completion initiative called “Getting the Tassel.”

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http://www.aacc21stcenturycenter.org/article/4-lessons-from-a-colleges-completion-efforts/

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