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Enterprise State Community College has entered into an agreement with Pilgrim’s, a subsidiary of leading global food company JBS, to train its employees for associate degrees and technical certifications in their respective regions.

ESCC signed the agreement on Wednesday, Feb. 2, to participate in the JBS/Pilgrim’s Better Futures program that offers free college tuition to Pilgrim’s team members and their child dependents. Pilgrim’s offers to pay the remaining tuition balance – often called a last-dollar tuition scholarship – for its workers to train in technical programs that help them succeed. The scholarship is effective after all other aid, including aid granted after completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), is applied.

“It is common for Alabama’s business and industry to look to Alabama’s community colleges to train their workers, and it’s rewarding to reach agreements with companies and universities all over the state that deliver the whole-student approach in advising and student experiences, right alongside workforce development,” said Jimmy H. Baker, Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System. “This agreement is among many that confirm our colleges’ dedication to the communities they serve. We welcome Pilgrim’s workers who choose our colleges and benefit from this agreement.”

Pilgrim’s employees are required to have worked with the company at least six months prior to becoming eligible for the tuition scholarship and to work for the company two years after graduation or completion of certification.

Similar agreements for employee scholarships and professional development were signed with Pilgrim’s at Northwest-Shoals and Snead State Community Colleges. Each of the colleges is within a region where a Pilgrim’s facility is located.

“We are excited to partner with these colleges to offer this incredible benefit to our team members and their children,” said Corey Friend, JBS/Pilgrim’s Better Futures program manager. “This program will provide deserving individuals the opportunity to pursue their dreams for higher education and strengthen Alabama communities for generations to come.”

In addition to JBS/Pilgrim’s offering the last-dollar tuition scholarship, ESCC committed to offering specialized advising, financial literacy, and professional development to Pilgrim’s employees who choose to attend.

“Enterprise State is excited to partner with Pilgrim’s Pride to provide these educational opportunities for its employees and their families,” ESCC President Matt Rodgers said. “We look forward to welcoming and assisting these students in the future at ESCC. I commend Pilgrim’s Pride for its foresight and commitment to our community.”

Cutline: ESCC and Pilgrim’s Pride signed an agreement on Feb. 2 that would provide educational and training opportunities to Pilgrim’s employees. Pictured, from the left, are Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker, ESCC President Matt Rodgers, Pilgrim’s Enterprise Complex Manager David Massey, Better Futures Program Manager Corey Friend, and Pilgrim’s Enterprise HR Manager Mathew Parkinson.

ESCC, SE AlabamaWorks hosting community job fairs

ESCC, SE AlabamaWorks hosting community job fairs

On Thursday, Feb. 10, job seekers will have the opportunity to meet with employers during two Career Fairs hosted by Enterprise State Community College and Southeast AlabamaWorks.

The first Career Fair will be held at ESCC from 9-11 a.m. in the Student Center MPR. Later, from 1-3 p.m. in the Aviation Technical Training Center (ATTC) on the Alabama Aviation College campus in Ozark, employers will be set up to meet with attendees. ESCC/AAC students and members of the community are invited to attend the event.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with ESCC and AAC to bring job fairs to Enterprise and Ozark February 10,” Southeast AlabamaWorks Workforce Development Manager Katie Thomas said. “In our current economy, there are far more jobs open than we have people to fill. That means for anyone looking for a job, or thinking about entering the workforce, this is the perfect time to go to work. Employers at the job fairs will have entry-level positions, jobs they can train you to do, mid-level management positions, and a variety of jobs that require technical skills. Any time we can partner with schools like ESCC and AAC to combine our efforts and deliver a joint career fair, it makes better use of the time businesses and job seekers both invest.”

Community members and students interested in attending the career fair are encouraged to have copies of their updated resumes ready to present to employers. Visitors do not need to register to attend, but masks are required while on campus.

“This event is all about building two things: relationships with our community and opportunities for our students to shine,” ESCC’s Director of Student Success Dava Foster said. “Partnering with AlabamaWorks to hold a student and community career fair is a great way to combine our efforts, not only to show employers what our students are made of but to also show our community members that they can have a bright future attending our college as well. Our hope is that citizens will stop by to check out our programs at the Alabama Aviation College and Enterprise State as well as learn about careers available in related fields after graduation, and our students will find jobs in Alabama to strengthen our state.”

There are still spaces available at both fairs for those interested in meeting with potential employees. To register, visit https://bit.ly/escc22jobfair. The last day for employers to register is Feb. 9.


About Enterprise State Community College
Enterprise State Community College is a comprehensive community college that serves more than 1,800 students annually between its Enterprise campus and the Alabama Aviation Colleges in Andalusia and Ozark. Each campus and site currently fulfills the Alabama Community College System’s mission for education and training that leads to high-wage, high-demand jobs in integral careers worldwide. Students can obtain associate degrees and certificates through multiple programs at the college.

ADPH announces COVID testing location at ESCC

ADPH announces COVID testing location at ESCC

Enterprise, AL – Coffee County Emergency Management Agency, the Alabama Department of Public Health, and Enterprise State Community College are partnering with Easy Testing to offer COVID-19 testing at the College, located at 600 Plaza Drive in Enterprise.

Testing will be available in the Student Center Parking Lot (Parking Lot C) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting Tuesday, Jan. 18. The testing utilizes a Yale saliva PCR test with results returned in 24-48 hours.

Anyone needing to be tested can pre-register at EasyTesting.com, though pre-registration is not required. Insurance is also accepted but not required to be tested or to register.

Easy Testing has operated similar testing sites in Baldwin County and Monroe County in Alabama as well as multiple locations in Maricopa County, AZ, since the beginning of 2021.

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About Easy Testing:
Easy Testing was born in response to the pressing need for safe, effective, and accurate testing during the global COVID-19 pandemic. With so many tests to choose from, long lines at your local testing centers, and often long waits for test results, Easy Testing removes the confusion and hassle from the equation by offering safe and efficient turnkey solutions. Easy Testing is a division of Health Screening Services, LLC.

Find out more at HealthScreeningSolutions.com and EasyTesting.com

About Enterprise State Community College
Enterprise State Community College is a comprehensive community college that serves more than 1,800 students annually between its Enterprise campus and the Alabama Aviation Colleges in Andalusia and Ozark. Each campus and site currently fulfill the Alabama Community College System’s mission for education and training which leads to high-wage, high-demand jobs in integral careers worldwide. Students can obtain associate degrees and certificates through multiple programs at the college.

ESCC announces President’s, Dean’s Lists for Fall 2021

ESCC announces President’s, Dean’s Lists for Fall 2021

Enterprise State Community College is pleased to announce the students from ESCC and the Alabama Aviation College in Ozark, a unit of Enterprise State, who have been named to the President’s and Dean’s Lists for the Fall 2021 semester.

To be placed on the President’s List, students are required to maintain a semester grade point average of 4.0 and complete a minimum semester course load of 12 semester credit hours of college-level work. For Fall 2021, 130 students have been recognized.

Students named to the President’s List are:

Grady Cole Adkison – Ridgecrest Christian School
Zachary T Allen – Rossview High School
Michael Paul Amato – Lee County High School
Aaron Sheppard Andrews – Carroll High School
James Adam Barr – Abbeville High School
Daphne Rochelle Basil-Clark
Jeff Edward Bell – Enterprise High School
Bryon Jermiah Berlin – Geneva High School
William Jackson Birdsong – Geneva County High School
Ronan Glenn Brackin – Geneva High School
William Payne Bryan – Crenshaw Christian Academy
Kiya Jade Buchanan – Carroll High School
Liberty Rayne Bull – Wicksburg High School
Rexton Jared Campbell – Elba High School
Tanner Neil Campbell – Woodland High School
Jayce D Caraway – Florala High School
Sean Daniel Casterline – Bainbridge High School
Catalina Castro – Geneva County High School
Kobe Cherry
Marixenia Michelle Cheverez Beltran – Daleville High School
Corbin Ace Childs – Zion Chapel High School
Austin Tony Clemmons – Slocomb High School
Collin Nicholas Cole – Faith Christian Academy
Christian Alexander Conrad – Geneva High School
Britton Chanler Coppage – Elba High School
Kennedy Jacob Cowen – Kinston High School
Connor Evan Cox – Enterprise High School
Kennedy Gabrielle Cox – Zion Chapel High School
Tyrin Maurice Crews – Dale County High School
Tabytha Ashelyn Cribb – Dale County High School
Matthew Garrett Crow – Cottonwood High School
Kylie Lynne Curry – Bethlehem High School
Wisam Ghassan Dalati – Enterprise High School
Hailey Anne Dalton
Bradley Louis Dambrosio
Laura Katherine Davis – Enterprise High School
Justin Bao Dinh – Pope John Paul II Catholic HS
James Christopher Dozer – Grove City High School
Kobe Denton Dozier – Ridgecrest Christian School
John Walter Gilley – Coffee Springs High School
Barry G Goforth – Enterprise High School
Christian Isaiah Griffith – Enterprise High School
Jonathan Alan Hataway – Kinston High School
Parker Reid Herman – Geneva High School
Jaden Bren Herrington – Pleasant Home School
Benjamin Eli Hill – Headland High School
Patrick Gerald Hirschy – South Adams High School
Matthew Tatsuhiko Hoelscher – Enterprise High School
John Tyler Hoffman – Highland Home School
Kendrah R Hollanquest – Prattville High School
Kimberly Adkison Holloway – New Brockton High School
Chuck Hood – Enterprise High School
Christopher Cameron Hovey – Rehobeth High School
Jennifer Angela Howell – Eufaula High School
Jace Lane Hudson – Elba High School
Andrew Blake Ingram – Indian River Sr High School
Jaden Alexis Ivey – Enterprise High School
Blake Taylor James – Fleming Island High School
Coleton Ethan Johnson
Haley Brooke Jones – New Brockton High School
Jocelyn Pakwan Jones – Enterprise High School
Addie Grace Killingsworth – Zion Chapel High School
Dakota James Lambert
Arielle Lauren Lee – Geneva High School
Carnell Emanuel Lollis – Carroll High School
Carolyn Alexis Lopez
Hayden McCoy – Samson High School
Joshua Michael McCray – Enterprise High School
Mattigan Faith McInnis – Geneva High School
Rebecca Jane Medlock – Geneva High School
Ciara Melendez – Enterprise High School
David Matthew Meredith – Headland High School
Colton Bryce Miller – Poplar Springs High School
Joshua David-leo Mills – Providence Christian School
Brayton Scott Moore – Enterprise High School
Toni Marie Morlan
Garrett Payton Murkerson – Rehobeth High School
Cody Patrick Norris – Enterprise High School
Robert Harley Oborne – Enterprise High School
Nathan William Palas – Carroll High School
Edward Luke Palmiter – Grace Christian Academy
Jacob Kent Parker – George W Long High School
Robert Dawson Payne – Dothan High School
Luke A Peters – Dothan High School
Aaron Joseph Phillips – Enterprise High School
Shelby Lynn Pilcher – Enterprise High School
Carson J Powell – Elk Grove High School
Emily Grace Powell – Geneva High School
John Hunter Reaves – Scottsboro High School
John Clay Reynolds – New Brockton High School
Matthew Cole Rickenbacker – Enterprise High School
Aurora Isabelle Saunders Rigdon – Enterprise High School
Ty Garner Saetang
Ryan Avery Schildgen – Dothan High School
Joy Scott – Jefferson Davis High School
Andrew Leemon Shirah – Geneva High School
Caden J Slappey – Lincoln High School
Sarah Rose Slater-Gray – Warwick High School
Honor Grace Slayback – Rehobeth High School
Alfonso J Smith – Enterprise High School
Joelyn Savannah Smith – Ponce De Leon High School
Micah Holden Smith – Enterprise High School
Leticia Spinozzi Lyria
Emma Clare Steed – George W Long High School
Suzie Grace Strickland – New Brockton High School
Walter Kade Strickland – Geneva High School
Jacob Thomas Sullivan – Springwood School
Roslyn Bess Taylor – Samson High School
Jayleana Marie Teele – New Brockton High School
Makayla Rae Thomas – Enterprise High School
Rachel Nicole Tindal – Brantley High School
Jayden M Trimm – Enterprise High School
Victoria Joy Tyson – Lakes High School
David Alexander Uriel – Dothan High School
Casey Leigh Valerio – Enterprise High School
Bryson Vasilevich – Enterprise High School
Mayra Mercedes Vazquez-cruz – Enterprise High School
Devin Michael Wagner – Carroll High School
Matthew Bryant Waters – Enterprise High School
Michael Shane Watson – New Brockton High School
Lauren Ashley Watters
Avery Fritzgerld Weed – New Brockton High School
Dale Edward White – Elba High School
Valerie Whitlow – Carroll High School
Nisal Sanjuna Wijekularathna – Enterprise High School
Nudam Wijekularathna – Enterprise High School
Christopher B Williams – Enterprise High School
Kobe A Williams – Enterprise High School
Kevin Patrick Zelman
Jonathan Garrett Zorn – New Brockton High School

To be placed on the Dean’s List, students are required to maintain a semester grade point average of 3.5 or above but below 4.0 and complete a minimum semester course load of 12 semester hours of college-level work. For Fall 2020, 166 students have been recognized.

Students named to the Dean’s List are:

Bethany Kirsten Adkinson – Carroll High School
Lexie Taylor Adkison – New Brockton High School
Joseph William Anderson – New Brockton High School
Rebecca Lynn Badger
Andrae Ballard
Mechelle L Baryla – Northview High School
Dream Kyla Beasley – Enterprise High School
Chatman Douglas Berry – Wicksburg High School
Trenton Grant Berry – Slocomb High School
Urriya Da’shai Berry – Pike County High School
Richard J Bigelow – Enterprise High School
James Kameron Blackmon – Rehobeth High School
Jordan Lee Boland – New Brockton High School
Alyssa Madison Bowman – Geneva High School
Hanna Nicole Brown – Enterprise High School
Kirsten Mallory Buivis – George W Long High School
Holious Dante’ Calhoun – Carroll High School
Luis Enrique Calixtro Olea – Enterprise High School
Caleb James Carpenter – Samson High School
Madelynn E Carr – Enterprise High School
Ali Torres Caster
Sariah Nicole Cazier
Joseph Braden Chalker – Enterprise High School
Emma Claire Coe – Enterprise High School
Gabriel W Collins – Bethlehem High School
Michael Conder – Bainbridge High School
Avery Taylor Cook – Enterprise High School
Abigail Grace Courson – Kinston High School
Courtney Michelle Cox – Pike Liberal Arts School
Michael Blane Cox – Enterprise High School
Jordan Trace Crain – Enterprise High School
Colt Walker Crawford – Hope Christian School
Noah S Cruit – Carroll High School
Christopher Mitchell Curl
Tivon Robert Danner – Pike County High School
Johnny Blade Davis – Samson High School
Unterika Mona Davis – Dothan High School
Mason Campbell Dean – Kinston High School
Jose Antonio Deras – Daleville High School
Austin Jordan Donaldson – Geneva High School
Emily Diane Drake – Geneva High School
Keaton Alexander Enfinger – Geneva County High School
Rachel Lauren Ennis – Enterprise High School
Jamie Leigh Etheridge – Opp High School
Nelson Nash Evans – Ariton High School
Brock Lamar Fleming – Kinston High School
Maurielo Contreras Flores – Pike County High School
Markayla A Flowers – Daleville High School
Hayes Isaac Floyd – Ariton High School
Grant Christopher Foley
Janela Asia Foor – Enterprise High School
Sarah Catherine Forrester
Briton Terrell Foster – Enterprise High School
Daniel Grayson Frazier – Geneva County High School
Emma Grace Fulton – Enterprise High School
Robert Joseph Gebhart
Devan Seth Gibbs – Samson High School
Benjamin Isaiah Gillmet – Eatonville High School
Connor Lee Gissendaner
Lexie Anne Glover – Ashford High School
Jewelionna Charlissia Gonzales – Dothan High School
Ava Grace Gothard – Enterprise High School
Je’Sean James Granger – Dothan High School
James Floyd Gunter – Straughn High School
Hana Claire Habbard – Geneva County High School
Kelsie Ashton Hagood – Berrien High School
Zachary Craig Hansen – Daphne High School
Haylee Brooke Harrison – George W Long High School
Holden Levi Hatfield – Geneva County High School
Joshua Maddux Herring – Ariton High School
Jaxon Tanner Hess – Geneva County High School
Tyler Austin Hobbs – Bethlehem High School
Sadie Dawn Hudson – Holmes County High School
Katelyn Renee Hurley – Enterprise High School
Parker Bailey Hurst – Chelsea High School
Chance Lee Johnson – Elba High School
Mark Christopher Johnson – Geneva High School
Sylvester Archie Johnson – Marietta High School
Zakyria Najae Johnson – Dale County High School
Merisa Lyn Jury
Katherine Nicole Kennedy – Hubbertville High School
Robert Ray Kennerly – Dunedin Senior High School
Destiny Leann Kilpatrick – Geneva High School
Indigo S Knight
Kyle Thomas Kulick – Hartselle High School
Pazley Rena Lamb – Geneva High School
Ivey Gerald Lawson – Geneva High School
Alyssa Megan Lefebvre – Enterprise High School
Kevin B Lesinszki
James R Leslie – Carroll High School
Jackson Brett Lessmann – Enterprise High School
Alex Jerome Lewis – Pike County High School
Gage Philip Lewis – Dothan High School
Kianna Vanessa Lezcano – Enterprise High School
Lindsey N Ludlam – Enterprise High School
James Tanner Macon – New Brockton High School
Salem Ray Manning
Mazurian Dakota Martin – Carroll High School
David Fernando Martinez – Dothan High School
Kayla Rae McGarvey – Slocomb High School
Harrison C McGowan – Geneva High School
Lateria Renea McGriff – Dothan High School
Mark Andrew McLean – Dale County High School
Cassidy Renee Mildrum – Ariton High School
Yzauntianaqueazja Morris – West Creek High School
Payton Leanna Neal – Enterprise High School
Katherine Suzanne Nelsen – Enterprise High School
Hannah Nguyen – Enterprise High School
Jakeb Heath Oglesby – George W Long High School
Christopher Wayne Orange
Allyssa Marie Pariona – Manhattan High School
Jeffrey Grant Peacock – Rehobeth High School
Bailey Shae Perry – Geneva High School
Bianca Ebony Potts – Land O Lakes High School
Stephen Aaron Presley – Rehobeth High School
Daniel Steven Price
Samantha Allyse Purdom – Northshore High School
Kristin N Reaves
Madyson Grace Reavis – Enterprise High School
Alayna Pearl Redmond – New Brockton High School
Mariah Thaliah Reyes-Howard – Lanier High School
Victoria Reynolds – Enterprise High School
Kyle Dean Rich – Bartlett High School
Jacob Logan Ritchie
Aryana Marie Rivera – Enterprise High School
Lauro F Rivera – Enterprise High School
Anthony Rodriguez – Daleville High School
Emalee Paige Rogers – Enterprise High School
Chelsea Arianna Ruiz – Enterprise High School
Taylor Paige Salter – Geneva High School
Michelle Ashley Sanders – Harlingen High School
Ethen Jamie Sapp
Joseph Lee Scott – Northside Methodist Academy
Tyler Cotton Sherrer – Enterprise High School
Leon Hillman Shirley – Enterprise High School
Donna Harleigh Sims – Slocomb High School
Raven Skye Sims – Samson High School
Jonathan A Sipper – Enterprise High School
Alicia A Slocum
Spencer Austin Smedley – Enterprise High School
Denise Suzanne Smith – Vernon Verona Sherrill High Sc
Taylar Mackenzie Spann – Enterprise High School
Faith Jean Stadler – Enterprise High School
Hunter James Sumrall – Enterprise High School
Dawson W Taylor – Bethlehem High School
John Austin Thomas – Enterprise High School
Makayla Maria Thomasson – Geneva High School
Cameron Reese Thompson – New Brockton High School
Jodie Leona Tomblin – Wicksburg High School
Thomas Stephen Townsend – Straughn High School
Stephen Alexander Trenkler – Daleville High School
Lillian Grace Tuell – Chilton County High School
Ashton Cale Tyree – Straughn High School
Zoe Alena Veres – Dadeville High School
Cassandra Brown Vest – Arnold High School
Michael Anthony Villarreal – Enterprise High School
Kayla S Warren
Victoria E. Watson – Straughn High School
Michael Josh Wendel – Enterprise High School
Joseph Neal Whigham
Braydon Michael Whitaker – Slocomb High School
Kassidy Paige Wiggins – Enterprise High School
Jadyn A Williams – Enterprise High School
Sagittarius A Williams – Charles Henderson High School
Leslie Marie Wills – Baker County Sr High School
Hailie Elizabeth Young – Eufaula High School

Fine Arts Christmas showcase returning to campus

Fine Arts Christmas showcase returning to campus

Enterprise State Community College’s Fine Arts Student Art Exhibit and Christmas Concert is returning to the ESCC campus this year, just in time for the start of the holiday season.

The annual event highlights the visual and musical talents of ESCC fine arts students. Last year, the event was presented virtually as a prerecorded concert and art show. This year, the community is invited to attend the event in person on Thursday, Dec. 2, to meet with student artists and watch student musical performances.

“We are pleased to welcome the community back to our campus for our annual in-person Student Arts Exhibit and Christmas Concert,” ESCC Fine Arts Division Chair Dr. Ken Thomas said. “The interaction between our students and their audiences is contagious. The energy that is shared cannot be replicated. I am always encouraged by the conversations that are shared with our students and guests.”

The event will start at 5:30 p.m. with the Student Art Exhibit, located in the gallery of Forrester Hall. This visual arts exhibit will showcase how students utilize the artistic process through various forms of media to create diverse and personal pieces of art. The Christmas Concert will follow at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Multipurpose Room.

This year, the concert will feature performances by the Community Choir and the ESCC Concert Choir, the ESCC Instrumental Ensemble, and the ESCC Jazz/Show Band. Musical pieces performed by these groups will include: “O Clap Your Hands,” “Candlelight Carol,” “Ezekiel Sa de Wheel,” “Hallelujah (from Messiah),” “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “The Three Banditos,” “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (from Cantata 147),” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Veni, Veni, Emmanuel),” “There’s No Place Like Home For the Holidays” and “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus.” The event will also feature an organ and piano duet performed by Dr. Jean Johnson and Carol Windham titled “Three Festive Carols” and a solo vocal performance by ESCC student Laura Davis.

“I am so proud of the work our students and community members have put into preparing for this event. It is an honor for me to work with them,” Thomas said. “We have a diverse program planned and there is something for everyone to enjoy. We look forward to having you join us as we kick off the Christmas Season. You don’t want to miss the work of these talented artists and musicians!”

Cutline: The ESCC Fine Arts Student Art Exhibit and Christmas Concert will highlight the visual and musical talents of students in the ESCC Fine Arts Division. Pictured, from left, are Fine Arts Division students and instructors who will perform during the event: Devon Turley, Maranda Cochran, Matthew Murray, Mason Dean, Ryleigh Hvarvan, Angelys Figuera Torres and Joshua Donaldson.

AUM partnership creates new opportunities for ESCC students

AUM partnership creates new opportunities for ESCC students

Enterprise State Community College students can now take advantage of new opportunities with Auburn University at Montgomery that will help them save time and money as they pursue four-year degrees.

ESCC and AUM signed a partnership agreement on Wednesday, Nov. 10, that outlines concurrent enrollment and transfer scholarship opportunities for ESCC students.

“One of our missions at Enterprise State Community College is to offer our students every opportunity possible to go further in their education,” Vice President/Dean of Instruction Danny Long said. “This agreement falls in line with that mission and allows our students who are planning to pursue a four-year degree to save both time and money. We are proud of this partnership with AUM and look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”

The concurrent enrollment program offers qualified students a seamless process for completing their associate and bachelor’s degrees. All concurrent AUM courses will be taught live on the ESCC campus and/or AUM’s campus and online while students complete their associate degree programs. ESCC students will have 13 concurrent enrollment pathways through AUM, including pathways in the business, education, liberal arts and science disciplines.

“Concurrent enrollment will help students enrolled at Enterprise State accelerate their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree,” AUM Chancellor Carl A. Stockton said. “Students at ESCC who plan to transfer to AUM can potentially complete their bachelor’s degree within four years. That, along with the transfer scholarships we are offering, can help students realize significant cost savings.”

AUM will offer an unlimited number of transfer scholarships to ESCC students who complete either an associate in arts or an associate in science degree and earn admittance to AUM by August 1 each year. The annual scholarship amount will be $500 for students with grade point averages between 2.75 and 2.99, $1,500 for GPAs between 3.0 and 3.49 and $2,500 for students with a minimum GPA of 3.5.

AUM will also present one Presidential Scholarship, which covers full tuition and fees, to an ESCC transfer student with a minimum GPA of 3.5.

“Alabama has a vibrant community college system that positions students for success,” Stockton said. “These new partnerships help address two of the primary concerns students have in their pursuit of bachelor’s degrees – time and cost. We look forward to welcoming more students from Enterprise State Community College to Auburn University at Montgomery.”

Cutline: ESCC Vice President/Dean of Instruction Danny Long, left, and AUM Chancellor Carl A. Stockton signed an agreement covering concurrent enrollment and scholarship opportunities.

CCAA, ESCC Fine Arts brings Handel’s “Messiah” Sing-Along to Wiregrass

CCAA, ESCC Fine Arts brings Handel’s “Messiah” Sing-Along to Wiregrass

The Coffee County Arts Alliance and the Enterprise State Community College Division of Fine Arts is helping the community ring in the holiday season with the Wiregrass Community “Messiah” Sing-Along, a rendition of Handel’s great work.

The Wiregrass Community “Messiah” Sing-Along, under the direction and leadership of CCAA President and ESCC Division of Fine Arts Chair Dr. Ken Thomas, is a community sing-along event that includes featured soloists, orchestra, and chorus to provide the core support. Soloists include community members and ESCC Fine Arts faculty and students. The Orchestra will include ESCC Fine Arts faculty and students, community members, and members of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

The event will also feature the talents of special guest soloist Dr. Rosephanye Powell, a world-renowned composer, educator, and soprano.

“A performance of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ is always an exciting sign that the Christmas season has arrived,” Powell said. “It is a celebration of the love and hope that came through the birth of Jesus Christ. In the midst of COVID and the turmoil in our country, this live performance with students, faculty, and community singers from all backgrounds and walks of life will be especially meaningful for me.

“This performance serves as a reminder that in essence, we are all one race of people — the human race. May we come together to heal, unite and celebrate through Handel’s ‘Messiah.’”

Powell has been hailed as one of America’s premier female composers of choral music. She has an impressive catalogue of works published by leading national and international publishers, including the Hal Leonard Corporation, the Fred Bock Music Company/Gentry Publications, Oxford University Press, Alliance Music Publications, and Shawnee. Powell currently serves as a professor of voice at Auburn University, where she teaches applied voice, art song literature, and vocal pedagogy courses. She also conducts the Women’s Chorus and co-conducts the AU Gospel Choir.

“It is an honor to have Dr. Rosephanye Powell participate in this joyous occasion,” Thomas said. “Dr. Powell was my voice teacher during my graduate studies at Auburn University. It is rare that our students and community members have an opportunity to perform with someone of Dr. Powell’s caliber. The College and community will be elevated to new heights through this collaboration.”

The Messiah is an English-language oratorio or a large musical composition for orchestra, choir, and soloists without action or scenery. It was composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible and from the Coverdale Psalter, the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. Jennens’ text is an extended reflection on Jesus as the Messiah called Christ. “Messiah” was first performed in Dublin on April 13, 1742, and it has since become one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music.

“This is our gift to the community, and what better way to bring the community together than with the music of Handel’s ‘Messiah,’” Thomas said. “We look forward to celebrating and rejoicing with the beautiful music.”

The Wiregrass Community “Messiah” Sing-Along will be held on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 4:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Enterprise. This is a free event for the community, but donations to the Coffee County Arts Alliance are appreciated. 

Cutline: ESCC Fine Arts faculty, students and community members will come together to perform a rendition of Handel’s “Messiah” for the Wiregrass Community on Dec. 5. Pictured, back row, from left, are participants Pictured, back row, from left, are Hal Yarbrough, Devon Turley, Jun Ho Seo, Steve Hubbard, Edd Brashier, Jaxon Hess, Edwin May, Aaron Brown, Riley Waggerman and Chanler Coppage. Pictured, middle row, from left, are Maggie Waggerman, Faye Schieffer, Carol Windham, Laura Davis, Madelynn Carr, Ava Gothard, Gwynn Gatlin, Sara McMahan, Rebecca Badger, Anastazia Robles, Jane Evans, Jill Spurlin, Amelia Gammon, Maranda Cochran and Conductor Dr. Ken Thomas. Pictured, front row, from left, are Raina Voss, Tricia Oates, Cynthia Myers, Martha Seals, Lindsey Ludlam, Harriet Hubbard, Janet Daniels, Gracie Caskey and Kirkland Gammon. Not pictured are participants John Baker, Alan Gothard, Cayden Hess, Kirra Merriweather, Micah Phillips, Chip Quissenberry, Erin Smith and Frank Zerbinos.

Ruby Garcia crowned 2021-22 Miss ESCC

Ruby Garcia crowned 2021-22 Miss ESCC

Ms. Ruby Garcia, of Samson, will serve Enterprise State Community College as its 2021-22 Miss ESCC.

Garcia was chosen to wear the crown out of eight contestants during the Miss ESCC pageant held Thursday, Nov. 4. She was crowned by the 2019-21 Miss ESCC Caitlyn Nolin.

Garcia is the daughter of Jose and Belzabe Chavez. She is a sophomore biomedical science major. Garcia volunteers with Beacon of Hope and is actively involved with several ESCC organizations, including the ESCC Ambassadors and the SGA.

As Miss ESCC, Garcia will represent the College’s values and programs on campus and throughout the local communities. She will also receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Out of the remaining seven participants in the Miss ESCC pageant, sophomore biological science major Jakia Pearson, of Slocomb, was named the first runner-up as well as the photogenic winner and Miss Congeniality.  Freshman business and management major Haylee Harrison, of Ozark, was named the second runner-up.

All eight contestants in the 2021-22 Miss ESCC pageant were Garcia; Pearson; Harrison; freshman aerospace engineering major Carley David, of Enterprise; freshman nursing major Jade Henderson, of Enterprise; freshman business major Kiya Buchanan, of Ozark; freshman general studies major Dhakirah Williamson, of Atlanta; and sophomore criminal justice major Amyah Freeman, of Ozark.

To invite Miss ESCC to visit your event or organization, please contact Dava Foster at 334-347-2623 ext. 2293.

Cutline: Pictured left, sophomore biomedical science major Ruby Garcia, of Samson, was crowned as the 2021-22 Miss ESCC on Nov. 4 by 2019-21 Miss ESCC Caitlyn Nolin.

ESCC announces new athletics, academic programs

ESCC announces new athletics, academic programs

By Josh Boutwell sports@southeastsun.com Oct 20, 2021


Enterprise State Community College held a press conference on Oct. 15 to announce the addition of five new athletic programs and three new academic programs at the school.

The new sports will include the addition of a women’s volleyball team, men’s and women’s golf teams, and men’s and women’s cross country teams. These new sports will bring with them 50 new full athletic scholarships, as well. That will include eight scholarships for each golf team, 10 scholarships for each cross country team, and 14 scholarships for the volleyball team. Those scholarships are the full allotment allowed for those sports. ESCC President Matt Rodgers also said that baseball, softball, and basketball all currently have the full allotment of scholarships allowed, as well.

“It’s all about creating opportunities for our students,” Rodgers said. “Athletics are important for a lot of communities and we’re recruiting communities, not just individuals.”

Rodgers said that ESCC’s athletic programs will recruit all over but they want to start with the local athletes.

“We have lots of great local athletes and we thought it would be fitting to our already strong athletic programs,” Rodgers said.

ESCC will begin these athletics in the 2022-2023 school year. Rodgers said that ESCC is currently taking applications for coaches for each program and that the school hopes to hire those coaches as soon as possible. Until then, ESCC basketball coach and athletic director Jeremaine Williams will be handling the recruiting prospects.

The athletic program is also in the process of completing upgrades at the baseball/softball complex, which already has a new hitting facility. Additionally, a new parking lot will be constructed along with new restrooms, stands, and potentially a new press box.

Also, the school is officially adding three new courses on both the Enterprise and Ozark campuses. Those courses will include practical nursing, digital media, and advanced composites. Nursing and digital media will be on the Enterprise campus and advanced composites will be at the Alabama Aviation College campus in Ozark.

The nursing program will eventually be a traditional program for prospective students that want to become an LPN but it will begin as a program to help current medical assistants and paramedics bridge into LPNs.

“This program will begin as a bridge program, exclusive to ESCC,” ESCC Nursing Coordinator Amy Phillips said. “This will be a unique training opportunity to take a medical assistant or paramedic and bridge them over into LPN.”

That program begins in January and ESCC is currently taking applications for it. Meanwhile, the traditional LPN program for everyone else will begin in the fall of 2022. The nursing program will have the benefit of having a brand new wing on Wallace Hall that will feature “state-of-the-art” equipment and simulators for the LPN program that is scheduled to be completed this December.

The digital media program will allow for a fine arts degree that will help students go after careers in media that include graphic design, digital animation, 3D visualization, game interactive media design, music, and sound design, video production, web design, and photography.

“The digital media program enhances our already dynamic (fine arts) curriculum,” ESCC Fine Arts Chair Dr. Ken Thomas said. “The program will help meet the growing needs in graphic designers and other multimedia.”

The advanced composite course at the aviation college campus will help students that want to go into the growing composites industry. Composites are the combination of two dissimilar materials chemically and physically that are combined together to form a product that is stronger than the two individuals. Fiberglass is one of the biggest composite products. Sporting goods, boats, race cars, and even helicopter rotors are built with composite materials.

The advanced composites course officially began at Alabama Aviation College on Oct. 18 and the school is still taking applications for new students.

“That demand is out there,” Alabama Aviation College Director Stan Smith said. “The good thing about this program is it is very flexible. It’s hands-on – with 40 different projects in the two years of classes – with flexible lab times.

“You just sign up for the slot you want and come in. If you work nights and want to come in during the day or if you work days and want to come at night, we will work with your schedule.”

Instructor Clint Johnson said the course is almost completely hands-on and that potential students that don’t find themselves to be “book smart” should not be intimidated because almost all of the work will be done building projects.

ESCC also received two new TRIO grants, which are geared towards low-income and disadvantaged students, both adult and high school students.

The school received $232,050 for an Educational Opportunity Center that will help provide opportunities for 850 adult participants – over the age of 19 – in Coffee, Dale, Geneva, and Houston Counties with offices in both Ozark and the Enterprise campuses. This program will help with admission applications, financial aid, helping enrollment, and providing resources that could include help with transportation to and from classes.

“The program’s focus is on adult students, 19 and above, that want to pursue post-secondary education,” ESCC Dean of Students Kassie Mathis said. “We also know we have lots of students that don’t finish high school and we want to help them obtain a high school diploma or GED and then transition into post-secondary education.”

The college also received a $277,375 TRIO grant for a talent search program to help guide low-income high students towards college. This grant will be focused on eighth grade through senior students at Daleville, Elba, Enterprise, Geneva, Geneva County, Samson, New Brockton, and Zion Chapel High Schools.

Mathis said that the program will help the students with applications, financial aid, admissions assistance, career inspiration, ACT prep, and college tours.

Rodgers emphasized that all of these programs – both academic and athletic – and the facility upgrades are about creating those opportunities for the community.

“It all goes back to providing opportunities,” Rodgers said. “An opportunity is an opportunity – whether that’s academic or athletic or anything else – and it can change not just an individual’s life but an entire family’s life.

“It can change the trajectory of a family. It’s not about what we want to offer, it’s about what we need to offer.”

More information on applying for any of the new programs being offered can be found at escc.edu. Prospective athletic recruits and their coaches can contact Williams or Rodgers about the possibility of obtaining a scholarship at mrodgers@escc.edu or jwilliams@escc.edu.

Advanced Composites classes starting at AAC during second mini-term

Advanced Composites classes starting at AAC during second mini-term

October 18 is the first day of the second mini-term for the Fall 2021 semester at the Alabama Aviation College, a unit of Enterprise State Community College, and the first day of class for the College’s new Advanced Composites associate program led by newly hired instructor Clint Johnson.

Clint Johnson is a 2012 alumnus of AAC and an FAA Licensed Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic, with 17 years of structural and sheet metal fabrication experience working in the steel industry.

Johnson also has several technical certifications and experience that give him advanced knowledge in the composites field. He is dual certified by Davis Tech Manufacturing Engineering Education Program – Advance Composites Career Pathways Trainer Certification and the Abaris Advanced Composites Repair Technician. He has been an instructor for Non-Metallics Structures & Welding Mechanics at AAC since 2018, which includes a curriculum in composite manufacturing and repair.

After graduating from AAC, Johnson worked with Express Jet and Bombardier Jet as a structural mechanic, performing composite repairs on contracts under United and Delta Airlines. He is also currently employed with M1 Support Services as a Technical Inspector for the Department of Defense Army Aviation Maintenance Contract at Fort Rucker.

The College’s new two-year Advanced Composites program will offer training for an industry sector with a growing number of “new collar” jobs.

“The aviation industry is always on the leading edge of technology,” AAC Director Stan Smith said. “Aircraft now have many composite components since they are lightweight and strong. Other industries such as boating, racing, cycling, and other sports are also using this technology, so graduates of our new program will have a wide range of career path options.”

The new program will also allow for flexibility in scheduling, following a similar structure to the College’s Mechatronics program, in which students will review information in online modules before scheduling lab times at their convenience to complete over 40 projects.

The College is partnering with the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), which received a $5 million Manufacturing Education Extension Program (MEEP) grant from the Department of Defense (DOD) to replicate the successful Composites program at Davis Technical College in Utah at various locations across the United States over the next three years.

AAC was chosen as one of three locations to serve as learning centers. Through the MEEP grant, AAC will receive $50,000 per year for three years, totaling $150,000. These funds will help AAC supplement equipment purchases for the program’s lab and provide portions of the program instructor’s salary for three years.

Though College currently teaches basic composites to its aviation maintenance technology students, the new program will prepare individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in the development, manufacture, and use of composite materials.

The hands-on labs will be held in the renovated Composites Lab at AAC. Those renovations, along with several other projects on the Ozark campus, were completed through the provision of $2.5 million from the Alabama Capital Improvement Trust Fund, which awards funds for projects that promote economic development and industrial recruitment in the state. AAC’s campus was selected to be the recipient of these funds through the work of state representatives, including State Representative Steve Clouse and Governor Kay Ivey.

“Through the help of President Rodgers and all the staff at AAC as well as being successful in securing funding through the legislature, as a team, we were able to bring the improvements together,” Clouse said about campus renovations and new programs coming in as a result. “It means a lot not only to the Alabama Community College System as a whole but here locally to be able to provide quality facilities for students to learn in.”

President Matt Rodgers thanked all local and state government officials for their support of the College and its work to meet workforce needs.

“We appreciate the unwavering support from our government officials,” he said. “With their support, we are growing and adding new programs that impact the communities we serve.”

Cutline: Advanced Composites Instructor Clint Johnson stands in AAC’s newly renovated composites lab.


About Enterprise State Community College
Enterprise State Community College is a comprehensive community college that serves more than 1,800 students annually between its Enterprise campus and the Alabama Aviation Colleges in Andalusia and Ozark. Each campus and site currently fulfill the Alabama Community College System’s mission for education and training which leads to high-wage, high-demand jobs in integral careers worldwide. Students can obtain Associate degrees and certificates through multiple programs at the college.

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