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Rodgers calls ESCC’s transition to online ‘special’ as system order is extended

Rodgers calls ESCC’s transition to online ‘special’ as system order is extended

Enterprise State Community College and the Alabama Aviation College, a unit of ESCC, continue to serve their students through online instruction while campuses are closed.

“It really is special to see our instructors switch to this instructional format on the spot,” ESCC President Matt Rodgers said. “It goes to show the quality of our instructors and staff. They are special and want our students to succeed.”

On Friday, the Alabama Community College System, which includes ESCC/AAC, announced 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,” ACCS Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker said.

“While we couldn’t have imagined what this semester would look like for our colleges, I am incredibly grateful for the creativity, resilience, and commitment to learning shown by our faculty, staff, and students during this difficult time.”

ACCS colleges will offer summer courses. As circumstances continue to evolve, a decision will come at a later date and with guidance from local, state and federal administration on whether these classes will be offered in-person or online. College campuses remain closed to public gatherings.

Enterprise State student support staff and instructors are reaching out to students to make sure the transition to online learning is as smooth as possible, connecting them with staff members who can answer their questions about technology, Canvas or other campus updates.

Resources typically available to students on campus were adapted for online and Canvas use while campuses are closed. These include learning resources for research, which are available through the ESCC library, the campus bookstore and VitalSource, the Alabama Virtual Library and other sources.

Free tutoring services offered through ESCC’s Boll Weevil Central are also available through Canvas so that students are still able to receive assistance with coursework virtually.

“I am proud of the dedicated team of educators and staff members who have done so much to make this transition as smooth as possible,” Rodgers said. “I also want to thank our current students for their hard work during this time and encourage them to keep it up to end the semester strong.

“We strive to provide excellent instruction and student support services, and we will continue to do so as we look forward to the summer and next fall.”

Dual enrollment staff members are also continuing to work with partner high schools to help those students have the opportunity to enroll in courses for the upcoming summer and fall semesters.

ESCC will reopen its scholarship application on April 1 and increase its total scholarship amount by an additional $100,000.

“Our college has been blessed over the last two years through increased student enrollment and other efforts,” Rodgers said. “Our community is so supportive of us, and one way the college can give back is by increasing our scholarship amounts to support our community and students.”

The scholarship application will reopen April 1 at escc.edu/admissions/scholarships. The new deadline to apply will be June 1.

For students who previously applied for a scholarship, recipients will be notified by March 31. If a student previously applied for a scholarship but did not receive one, his or her name will be kept in the applicant pool for consideration after the June 1 deadline.

“This is a stressful time and there is a lot of uncertainty, but we are here to serve our community in any way we can,” Rodgers said.

Summer registration will begin April 6. Students can register for summer classes through their myESCC account. Once summer registration begins, summer Pell Grants will start being processed. For transient students who wish to take summer courses, email admissions@escc.edu to begin the enrollment process.

Applications for fall 2020 are also being accepted at this time. The free application for ESCC and the AAC can be found at escc.edu/apply-now. Recruiters are reaching out to those students who have already completed applications, answering their questions and working with them to complete any applications or forms, like the FAFSA.

Students who plan to attend ESCC/AAC during the fall semester must complete the 2020-21 FAFSA at studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa using school code in 001015.

“Whether you’ve been with us in the past or you’re thinking about starting a degree or certificate program, we’re here to help you keep your momentum going,” Rodgers said.

ESCC President’s Note to Students

ESCC President’s Note to Students

To our students,

I hope you are all doing well. We’re reaching the end of our first week away from campus, so I wanted to give you a message of encouragement.

At Enterprise State and the Alabama Aviation College, we care about each of you. No matter the circumstance, we want you to have an excellent education, and your success is important to us.

We have a great team of educators and staff members who are dedicated to helping you, whether that be on campus or online. Your instructors have worked hard to get classes online in record time while providing you with resources to help you with this transition. Continue to stay in contact with your instructors if you have any question about your classes.

I am so proud of how you have adapted to recent changes and have kept a positive attitude through it all. Keep up the great work! I know you all will continue to work hard in your classes and finish the semester strong. For our students who have labs or other hands-on learning requirements for your classes, please know that we are working every day to figure these situations out.

While we are away from campus, please stay safe and follow the guidelines in place from Gov. Kay Ivey, the Alabama Department of Health, and the CDC. Along with providing great instruction to you, your safety is our highest priority, so I encourage you to make smart decisions regarding your health and the others around you.

Though campuses are closed, we are still here to help you if you have any questions. You can reach us through our information emails. Enterprise students can email enterpriseinfo@escc.edu. Our AAC students are asked to email ozarkinfo@escc.edu. These emails will be monitored by our staff over the next few weeks so that we do not miss any questions from you. Our main line (334) 347-2623will be operational again on Monday. Calls or messages will be sent to the appropriate staff members to answer any questions. Remember, all services through Boll Weevil Central, SSS, and the Learning Resource Center (library resources) continue to be available. If you have a question regarding any of these services, please send an email to our information emails.

Please continue to check your Canvas accounts and our social media accounts regularly. We will use these and other means to stay in contact with you and keep you updated on a possible return to campus.

These past few days have been busy for everyone as we took all instruction online. Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this transition, and keep up the momentum in your classes.

Stay safe. Stay Weevil Strong.

President Rodgers

ESCC/AAC meeting student needs during closures, provides sports updates

ESCC/AAC meeting student needs during closures, provides sports updates

Enterprise State Community College and the Alabama Aviation College are working to ease the transition to online learning for students, faculty and staff while sports faculty are preparing for possible changes in college sports.

Following a decision from Alabama Community College System on Friday, March 13, ESCC/AAC announced campus closures to students and the move to online instruction from March 17-April 3. On Sunday, March 15, Gov. Kay Ivey authorized state employees to remotely, prompting full closures for students and non-essential faculty and staff.

“All of our Enterprise State and Aviation College campuses will be closed from March 17-April 3,” ESCC President Matt Rodgers said. “While the campuses will be closed, our employees will continue to work remotely to serve our students. Only essential staff will be on campus on an as-needed basis.”

Both Colleges are committed to continue the delivery of a quality instruction to their students, even on an online platform. To help ease this transition, Canvas support is being offered to faculty and staff members at both campuses. Additionally, all students are encouraged to complete an online survey on Canvas to help ESCC/AAC identify those with technology or online education needs.

To meet the technology needs of their students, ESCC/AAC received special support on Monday, March 16, from Enterprise City Schools, which donated up to 300 Chromebooks for faculty, staff and student use for the next three weeks.

“I want to thank Superintendent Greg Fought and Brad Johnson and Stacy Rodgers with ECS for their offer of these Chromebooks,” President Rodgers said. “We appreciate their generosity during this very difficult time. We have and continue to maintain a strong relationship with ECS.

“This example demonstrates the sense of community and support that we have here in the City of Enterprise.”

ESCC/AAC faculty and staff will continue to serve all current and future students. Recruiters and financial aid staff will follow a plan of action to continue contacting prospective students while online tutors and academic support will be available for students during campus closures. Technology and Canvas support will also be provided, and faculty and staff are prepared to monitor all communication channels to make sure all questions and concerns from our students and community are addressed.

“Our goal is to contact each student from all campuses by phone or email to let them know that we’re supporting them during this time,” Rodgers said. “We will also continue to provide support to not only our current students, faculty and staff, but also our future students.”

For any questions or concerns, contact ESCC’s main line at (334) 347-2623 and follow instructions to reach the appropriate department. Students at the Enterprise campus and all other sites can also email enterpriseinfo@escc.edu with any questions. Students at the Ozark campus can email ozarkinfo@escc.edu.

In addition to education changes, the National Junior College Athletics Association (NCJAA) announced on March 16 that all spring sports seasons were cancelled, including practices and regular and postseason games.

ESCC Athletic Director Jeremaine Williams also announced that the athletic committee made a decision to allow third-year student athletes to return to their two-year institutions if they choose, allowing up to 145 waivers to each two-year institution.

Campus updates for all locations can be found at escc.edu/coronavirus/. Updates will also be provided through social media, email and Canvas.

Cutline: ECS donated up to 300 Chromebooks to ESCC/AAC to meet the needs of students while all campuses are closed. Pictured, from left, are ESCC President Matt Rodgers, Technology Specialist Stacy Rodgers, System Technologist Brad Johnson and Dean of Instruction Danny Long.

UPDATE – 03/15/20: ESCC/AAC Faculty/Staff and Students

UPDATE – 03/15/20: ESCC/AAC Faculty/Staff and Students

ESCC/AAC Faculty and Staff,

In response to Governor Ivey’s memo authorizing state employees to work from home, and with Chancellor Baker’s permission, we are directing students not to report to class tomorrow. Faculty members, if you would like some assistance with Canvas, please report to the MPR on the Enterprise campus tomorrow at 8:00 am to meet with IT and Distance Learning representatives. A representative will also be at the Ozark campus computer lab at 7:30 am.
If you are comfortable with Canvas, I encourage you to stop by your offices tomorrow morning, retrieve the items you need, and return home to work until further notice. We have sent out, via several communications, a survey to students to identify any technological needs so that we may address them individually.
To ensure a smooth transition, non-instructional employees should report to work at the normal time to meet with their supervisors and discuss a plan to work from home for the next few weeks. As we have stressed, our first priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our community college. While we will be working remotely, the college will remain open and some employees may be asked to come in on an “as-needed” basis.
In closing, I want to thank you for your support and all that you do for our students.  We have a difficult task ahead.  Please reassure your students we are all here to help them through this transition.  I ask that you continue to check your school email.  We will be communicating with you daily over the next few weeks.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.  I will be here!

ESCC and AAC Students,

Please do not report to any ESCC/AAC campus tomorrow for classes. As a result of Gov. Ivey’s directives, we are in the process of developing a plan to deliver all instruction online through Canvas. Please visit Canvas as soon as possible and complete our survey to assess technology needs. We will be taking a count of the number of computers needed and will contact you each individually to schedule a time to meet with those that need assistance. Please know that your education is very important and we are committed to delivering quality instruction online. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Ozark campus students, please email ozarkinfo@escc.edu. Enterprise campus and all other sites, please email enterpriseinfo@escc.edu.

Matt Rodgers
President
Enterprise State Community College
(334) 347-2623

ALABAMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM TO TEMPORARILY DISCONTINUE ON-CAMPUS INSTRUCTION MARCH 17 – APRIL 3

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 states community colleges during this time frame are also cancelled. While classes will not be taking place on campus, ACCS colleges will continue normal operations. Colleges with dormitories will continue to provide basic services to the students who are housed on campus with no alternative options. 

“Our students are our number one priority, and while our decision today to suspend courses is unprecedented it is a necessary precaution to ensure the health and safety of the more than 174,000 students we serve across the state,” said ACCS Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker. Our ACCS response team continues to work closely with the Alabama Department of Public Health on this evolving issue and will continue to do everything we can to help stop the potential spread of COVID-19 in the state of Alabama.”

Alternative instruction plans are being developed by each ACCS college. These plans will be communicated directly to students by their respective institutions next week.

Other ACCS actions related to COVID-19:

  • All college-sponsored, supported or work related out-of-state travel and all system office work related out-of-state travel is canceled until further notice.
  • If an employee tests positive for COVID-19, or the employees child or dependent tests positive and the employee must stay home to provide care, then that employee should stay at home for 14 days and should not be charged sick, annual or personal leave.
  • The Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) has announced the suspension of all regular season competition for all teams, effective March 13 through April 3. 

For continued updates and to view already issued directives to ACCS colleges visit accs.edu/coronavirus.

Enterprise State Community College and the Alabama Aviation College are currently working on plans to transition to online instruction, according to ESCC President Matt Rodgers. 

“Our team has been working over the last week to work on a contingency plan to continue to provide instruction in all of our classes,” he said, stating both Colleges will finalize plans over the weekend. “We encourage all students to attend classes on Monday in Enterprise and Ozark. For students who do not attend Monday classes, please check email and Canvas for updates and information. 

“Student support teams will be available on Monday in the ATTC Lobby in Ozark and the Student Center Lobby to meet with students to determine if technical support is needed for online instruction. Our first priority is the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. We will do our best during this time to continue providing excellent student support and instruction.”

We will continue to provide updates through Canvas and escc.edu/coronavirus/.

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About Enterprise State Community College

Enterprise State Community College is a comprehensive community college which 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 welcomes EHS seniors for week of visits

ESCC welcomes EHS seniors for week of visits

College is for everyone who wants a path to something better, and senior visits are key to showing high school seniors that Enterprise State Community College and the Alabama Aviation College, a unit of Enterprise State, provide high-quality education and training programs to help students develop the skills and confidence to get to where they want to go faster.

From Feb. 24-Feb. 27, over 200 EHS seniors have visited ESCC’s campus to learn about how both colleges can help students be successful in their education and careers. In December, ESCC welcomed early graduates from EHS to campus, and the College has hosted senior visits for high schools located throughout its service area for several months. 

“These visits are a great opportunity to see firsthand what all we have to offer,” Recruiter Jenna Strickland said.

Each senior visit is designed to be fun, informative and helpful to each student who attends. 

The visit begins with students learning about each program track available at ESCC and AAC and how these programs can lead them to continue studying at a four-year institution or working a high-wage, high-demand job. 

Students are also able to watch a special performance of the ESCC Entertainers, an experience that not only showcases student talent, but also highlights the Fine Arts Division at the College. Currently, ESCC has eight EHS alumni who are active with the Entertainers, who will hold Fine Arts Scholarship auditions March 5-6. 

“We are thankful for the leadership of Dr. Ken Thomas and the ESCC Entertainers for showcasing their talents for our visiting high school seniors,” Career Coach/Recruiter Emily Baker said.

Students get the chance to tour the Enterprise campus through an interactive scavenger hunt, allowing the seniors to have a glimpse at the student life on campus and see facility upgrades.

Seniors also receive personal assistance from faculty and staff members on completing their ESCC college and scholarship applications and their FAFSA, which allows students to apply for federal financial aid that can be used at any two-year or four-year institution of the student’s choice. 

Strickland thanked ESCC’s financial aid team for all their help with answering questions and completing applications during each EHS senior visit. 

“The financial aid team was a big help,” Strickland said. “It’s important to help students get money for college.” 

EHS student Darrell Scott said the senior visits were helpful in showing students how community college can offer them a quality education.  

“The time I had here was great,” he said. “ESCC is a good place to get a two-year degree and start going on a good path.” 

He also said he was also excited to hear about the many financial aid assistance opportunities that ESCC/AAC offers. 

“ESCC gives out scholarships,” he said. “There are so many scholarships. Most people think that if they don’t get an academic or a sports scholarship, then they’re not going to be able to get a scholarship at all. ESCC has a lot of scholarships here, and they really help with everything.” 

ESCC President Matt Rodgers thanked EHS officials and the team at ESCC and AAC for their work to make each senior visit successful. 

“Thank you to EHS Principal Brent Harrison and his team at the high school for bussing the students here this week and talking with them about how we can help them here,” he said. “I’m also thankful for all our recruiters and team members for their work to make these visits happen. 

Rodgers said he is proud to call ESCC the community’s college and is excited to hear that local students are taking advantage of all that both Colleges can offer them here at home. 

“Enterprise High School and Enterprise State have a special history,” he said. “It has been great to hear how many students want to attend both colleges after high school, but it is also gratifying to help students achieve their goals. It’s our duty to offer that support to help all students succeed.” 

“We’re in the business of changing lives, and where better to do that than in our local community. We believe that everyone can go to college, and we pride ourselves on being the community’s college.” 

Cutline: EHS seniors had the chance to ask ESCC Ambassadors questions about student life, classes and more during a student panel. Pictured, from left, are Recruiter Adonis Bozeman, Anna Beth Malkoff, Allison Thomas, Marissa Thomas and Chayton Nelson. 

LEADERSHIP IN CHILD CARE SCHOLARSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE YEAR-ROUND

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 home, and must be seeking one of the following certifications or degrees: 

  • Child Development Associate (CDA) 
  • Short-term certificate, certificate, or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Child Development/Early Care and Education Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Education – Early Childhood Education Major
  • Bachelor of Science in Education – Technical Education: Early Instructor

“Those who work with young children have a special calling and we’re thrilled that this scholarship program has helped so many students earn the credentials they need to better care for Alabama’s children,” said Virginia Frazer, Program Assistant for the Leadership in Child Care Scholarship. “Expanding this scholarship to the summer semester will allow even more childcare providers the opportunity and flexibility to apply and complete their course of study in early childhood development.”

The scholarships originated in 1999 and are made available through funding from the Department of Human Resources. 

For additional information, the list of participating colleges, and the Leadership in Child  Care Scholarship application, visit: www.accs.edu/childcare. Scholarship applications for Summer Semester are due April 1, 2020. 

Contact:
Rachel Adams
ACCS Communications and Marketing Administrator
rachel.adams@accs.edu
(334) 293-4651

New ESCC Homecoming queen crowned

New ESCC Homecoming queen crowned

Enterprise State Community College freshman Sierra Crawford was named the 2020 Homecoming queen on Thursday, Feb. 20, during the men’s basketball game against Bishop State Community College. 

Sierra Crawford, a native of Geneva, is the daughter of Dennis and Donelle Crawford. She was escorted by Wyatt Crawford and represented Baptist Campus Ministry on the court. She is an active member of the BCM, the ESCC E-Sports Club, Student Support Services and the ESCC Republican Club. She enjoys playing piano, video and board games, cooking for her family and photography. 

She was chosen by ESCC students to receive the crown out of eight finalists who form the Homecoming court. These finalists were Sierra Crawford; Victoria Crawford, also representing BCM; Caitlin Cedarstaff, representing the Spirit Club; Lyric Hawkins, representing Men of Success; Jackie Mack, representing Student Support Services; Marissa Thomas, representing the Student Government Association; Hannah Phillips, representing Phi Theta Kappa; and Alaura Sutherland, representing the History Club. 

The crowning of the Homecoming queen was the culmination of a week of student-, faculty- and community-centered activities. 

Monday, faculty and staff took part in the Second Annual Dip-Off competition. Students had the opportunity to try a variety of dips before voting on their favorites. Community Education Director Ann Kelley-Spence placed third, Business and Computer Science Division Chair Jennifer Nelson placed second and English instructor Kathy Pattie placed first. 

On Tuesday, ESCC students showed off their skills during a Ping Pong tournament held during break. After several rounds, Tanner Stephens was named the winner of the tournament. Tuesday night, ESCC students also showcased their talents during Open Mic Night, where they shared original works, performed songs and more. 

On Wednesday, ESCC students, faculty and staff took part in a Retro Fashion Show, showing off their retro outfits from the 80s and 90s. Judges of the fashion show found Caitlin Cedarstaff had the best outfit, and Sydni Ortiz had the second best outfit of the event. 

On Thursday, students took on ESCC faculty and staff members on the court. The students won the game with a score of 47-46. Later, the men’s and women’s basketball teams played against Bishop State Community College. 

Cutline: ESCC crowned its 2020 Homecoming queen during the men’s basketball game on Feb. 20. Pictured, from left, are Wyatt Crawford, escort, and 2020 Homecoming queen Sierra Crawford.

ESCC Foundation approves $12,500 dual enrollment grant fund

ESCC Foundation approves $12,500 dual enrollment grant fund

With dual enrollment students making up a large portion of enrollment at Enterprise State Community College, the ESCC Foundation Board recently approved the creation of a new dual enrollment grant fund program.

“The ESCC Foundation continually seeks new ways to support the students of Enterprise State through providing financial support relevant to the current needs of those students,” President of the ESCC Foundation Chad Meeks said. “As such, the Foundation Board of Directors recently recognized a need to provide grant funding for dual enrollment students.

“We are pleased to provide $12,500 to establish grants that will allow high school students the opportunity to attend classes at the college while also meeting their current high school requirements. We consider this a great opportunity to support this growing student segment at ESCC.”

For the Spring 2020 semester alone, ESCC had 465 students enrolled in dual enrollment classes. Of those students, approximately 65 percent are enrolled in a Career and Technical Education programs, which are funded by the State of Alabama through Career and Technical Education Dual Enrollment (CTEDE) Scholarships. Approximately 35 percent of ESCC dual enrollment students are only enrolled in general academic classes, but there are no state funds available for these students. The board approved the $12,500 grant funds for high school students who want to advance their academic studies.

These funds are available for high school students throughout ESCC’s service area. Students who receive grant funds will be chosen by the high school counselors and/or principals. Students are encouraged to reach out to their counselors for eligibility requirements.

Each grant will be used for one course in either the fall or spring semester. The cost of books is not included in the grant. Students may reapply for the grant each year as long as he or she remains in high school and maintains the necessary requirements.

Dual enrollment is a program that offers high school students the opportunity to take college courses while receiving both college and high school credit, according to Instructional Resources and Community Education Director Ann Kelley-Spence.

“With the new grant money from our Foundation, it gives more high school students the opportunity to get a jump start on their college education,” she said. “The best part of taking a college academic class is you are getting both college and high school credit. One three-credit-hour college class is equal to one high school Carnegie credit; it is one to one.”

Students planning to transfer to a public university in Alabama can use the STARS Guide to ensure all courses will transfer.

For more information on dual enrollment, contact Ann Kelley-Spence at akelley@escc.edu or call (334) 347-2623 ext. 2208.

ESCC serves local workforce needs

ESCC serves local workforce needs

Following the announcement of the fifth veterans home coming to the City of Enterprise, Enterprise State Community College met with local officials to discuss how both colleges can provide training and education to a workforce that will be growing in the coming years.

“We have been preparing for months to serve the needs of our local workforce in anticipation of the new veterans home, wherever it would be located in the Wiregrass,” ESCC President Matt Rodgers said. “We know we have great programs already in place to fill the jobs created by this facility, but we’re also researching new programs because of the impact it will have in our service area.”

The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) made the announcement of a fifth home after conducting a study regarding the need for an additional veterans home.  The study found that by 2045, 1,440 veterans would require a skilled-care bed, and it identified the Wiregrass region as an underserved area for veterans.

In 2023, Enterprise will be home to a new, 175-bed facility with an estimated 300 employees, including nursing and other healthcare staff, maintenance and administration staff.

“Our programs at Enterprise State provide high-quality training and education to our students in order to meet the needs of the local workforce,” Dean of Instruction Danny Long said. “We offer programs in office administration, computer sciences and other areas that would help support the needs of the incoming facility.

“Additionally, while we already have a thriving MAT program at ESCC, we recognize that there will be a growing need for nurses in our area,” he said.

Director of Workforce Development Ian Campbell said projected data shows LPN jobs growing nationally, across the state and regionally in the next 10 years.

“According to the Health Resources & Services Administration, a projected national shortage of about 151,500 LPNs could develop by 2030,” Campbell said. “Data from Emsi, which is collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows that we will see about a 7 percent increase across the state and about a 4 percent increase in our local region by 2029 in LPN positions.”

“Because of this information, we are discussing the possibility of creating an LPN program on our Enterprise campus,” Long said.

In addition to the Medical Assistant Technology program, which trains students in both administrative and clinical tasks, ESCC offers the Healthcare Information Technology program, which trains students to manage and organize health data for insurance or medical history purposes.

ESCC offers the Office Administration and Business Administration programs that provide training suitable for an office or accounting setting and programs in Computer Information Sciences and Computer Technology, which train students in network engineering or information technology.

ESCC also offers the Mechatronics program at the Alabama Aviation College, a unit of Enterprise State, which trains students in mechanical, electrical and programming skills, allowing students to work on smart technologies, unmanned systems and other electrical and mechanical systems.

Rodgers said ESCC “stands ready” to provide support for this new veterans home.

“We look forward to working with the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, the new veterans home and the surrounding communities to continue to develop the programs that align with what this facility needs,” Rodgers said.

Cutline: MAT students Bridget Glover, sitting, and Shameka Blackmon, right, review their clinical skills during class under the supervision of MAT Program Director Melissa Whitman. ESCC’s MAT program, along with many others, will provide the education and training needed to address workforce needs following the announcement of Enterprise being chosen as the location of a fifth veterans home in the state.

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About Enterprise State Community College

Enterprise State Community College is a comprehensive community college which 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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