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First batch of ESCC students graduate CDL program

First batch of ESCC students graduate CDL program

What started as an idea came to complete fruition on Thursday, December 13, as 3 students from the Alabama Aviation College in Ozark received their certificates of completion in Enterprise State’s Commercial Driver’s License program. The 3 students that completed the program are Ryan Warren, Eric Smith, and Kenneth Britt.

ESCC introduced a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program in October 2018. The CDL program is a six-week course that includes several weeks in the classroom to learn rules and regulations and the last two weeks behind the wheel.

ESCC President Matt Rodgers said we partnered with most of the trucking industries around our area and moved swiftly to provide quality training to strengthen the workforce.

“There was a need in our area to provide trained drivers for the transportation industry and I couldn’t be prouder for these 3 students,” Rodgers said.

The two instructors for the CDL course are Odie Thompson and Kemmie Williams. They are two veterans of the road and excited to see the first 3 students complete their training.

“As you’ve heard everywhere, there’s going to be a driver shortage,” ESCC trucking instructor Odie Thompson said.

“There’s not going to be; there’s already a driver shortage. There are jobs available every day for drivers. Once completing this course and getting their license, it just opens up a world of opportunity for these students.”

Obtaining the Class A CDL that ESCC trains you for gives you the ability to operate an 18-wheeler such as a tractor-trailer, tank vehicle, livestock carrier, flatbed, and any other combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds.

The next six-week course starts Monday, January 7 and the program is already taking applications.

The road to a new life and better income could be waiting for you to drive at Enterprise State Community College. If you need any help applying, we are here for you! We have a team on our Ozark Alabama Aviation College campus that can assist you. Give us a call at 334-347-2623, extension 3610 if we can help you, email us questions at, or visit

Cutline: First class to finish ESCC’s Commercial Driver’s License Program. Left to right: Ryan Warren, Eric Smith, and Kenneth Britt

ESCC Adult Education Director Receives Statewide Recognition

ESCC Adult Education Director Receives Statewide Recognition

Dr. Terri Dunn, Director of Adult Education at Enterprise State Community College (ESCC), recently received the Alabama Adult Education Directors’ Association “Hall of Fame Award” at the Alabama Community College Association (ACCA) Conference in Mobile, AL. The Hall of Fame award honors individuals who have made distinguished contributions to adult education in Alabama and preserves the significant legacies of those honored on a permanent exhibit.

“It is always nice to be recognized for your work and leadership, but it really means a lot when the recognition comes from other adult education practitioners in the state who equally deserve the honor,“ said Dunn.

“But honestly, my staff and instructors are the real Hall of Famers. It’s what they do each day to carry out the mission and vision of the ESCC Adult Education Program that makes our program a success. I really do have a great team and have been fortunate to work with administrators at the College who believe in what we do and who fully support our program.”

Dr. Dunn was also inducted as the incoming President of the Alabama Adult Education Director’s Association at the ACCA Conference. Her term will expire in November 2019.

Enterprise State employs recruiter

Enterprise State employs recruiter

An admission and recruiting professional with years of experience recruiting hundreds of students to prestigious universities in the state will lead recruiting efforts at Enterprise State Community College next year.
Adonis Bozeman will take reins as a recruiter at ESCC in January. Bozeman comes to Enterprise State from Auburn University Montgomery as a senior admissions counselor and recruiter. Prior to then, he served as an ambassador and orientation leader at the University of West Alabama. His experience recruiting students through multiple efforts will be essential to ESCC’s mission for students to “see what’s possible” in the more than 20 career-ready programs and 20 clubs and organizations at the college.

ESCC President Matt Rodgers expressed his excitement to have Bozeman as part of the ESCC recruiting team.

“We are thrilled that Adonis Bozeman will be joining our team here at ESCC,” President Rodgers stated.

“Adonis has a great reputation in the recruiting circles. He is considered one of the top recruiters in the state. He was responsible for 97 schools and did a wonderful job recruiting for Auburn University in Montgomery. Adonis is already well established in this region and connects very well with students. Most importantly, he is an outstanding man and a class act. He will hit the ground running on January 2nd.”

ESCC Dean of Students, Olivier Charles, is excited to have Bozeman on our team.

“We wanted to find a recruiter that understands our student population, is knowledgeable about current trends in student recruitment, and understands the support needs of our educators, counselors, and school administrators. Because of Adonis’s experience in student recruitment, he fits all of those needs and he will have an immediate impact on our efforts,” Charles stated.

Bozeman obtained a master’s degree in Higher Education and a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of West of Alabama. His experience includes advising and managing a pool of an estimated 1,300 prospective freshmen, international and transfer students. While at AUM, Bozeman increased enrollment by more than 50 percent in a year’s time.
“I decided to join Enterprise State Community College because of the opportunity and growth,” Bozeman said.

“Working as a senior admissions counselor and recruiter has given me the tools needed to successfully connect with a broad range of individuals who want to improve their lives through education. Enterprise State is an institution with many opportunities. I feel that every student has an opportunity to become successful in whatever they chose to do for an affordable price. Enterprise State is a “hands-on” institution that ensures each student is counted as a student and not a number. The campus environment is welcoming to anybody. The growth of ESCC shows that the opportunities here are limitless. Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together. I am excited to be a part of the ESCC growth. My goal is to ensure that every student (traditional & non-traditional) will have that same opportunity to join the Boll Weevil Family.”

Bozeman is a native of Aliceville, AL.

Federal Student Support Services programs celebrates 40 years at ESCC

Federal Student Support Services programs celebrates 40 years at ESCC

Forty years of legacy, learning, success and growth were celebrated by ESCC’s Student Support Services program on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the main campus. The 40th anniversary was marked by testimonies and a fun event during students’ break, as well as a recruitment effort to gain 40 participants into the SSS experience.

The SSS program is a federal program that has provided opportunities for academic development, career readiness and cultural experiences since 1978 in an effort to increase the college retention and graduation rates of participants and facilitate the process of transition from a level of higher education to the next. Services available to eligible students include the following: career counseling; academic advisement; tutorial services; financial aid information; personal counseling; transfer information; campus visits to senior universities; self-improvement workshops; diagnostic inventories; and cultural awareness activities.

The SSS program at ESCC is housed at both the main and Alabama Aviation College’s Ozark campus. In its latest award, SSS received one of the largest awards in the state – $2.4 million five years or $483,978 in current year funding – to provide services aimed at increasing the number of low-income college students, first-generation students and students with disabilities who successfully complete their college matriculation. Each aforementioned classification of students is considered “at-risk” of not reaching such accomplishment.

The program provides support to an estimated 275 students each year.

“The longevity of repeated funding from the United States Department of Education is sufficient testimony of the ongoing success of our department,” said Michael Harrison, ESCC’s Director of SSS.

“It’s really a measure of the success of our students. We are honored to serve them and to be a part of their next best steps in life.”

ESCC to host FAFSA Assistance Night for Students, Families

ESCC to host FAFSA Assistance Night for Students, Families

Every student interested in receiving grant money, scholarships or student loans at Enterprise State Community College must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Sometimes, completing the FAFSA is more complicated than families think.

Thankfully, Enterprise State Community College has several teams available to assist families with what may sometimes be a tedious process. ESCC has also committed a special day for families to visit the campus and get the hands-on help that they need.

Money Matters, a free service ESCC provides to assist with the FAFSA, takes place Thursday, Nov. 8, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. inside the LBW Student Center Multipurpose Room. Computers with WIFI, handouts with valuable information, and ESCC Financial Aid Director, Dr. Chip Quisenberry, will be available. Dr. Quisenberry and his team will guide families past common mistakes made when completing the FAFSA, including missing signatures, incomplete income and asset information, and more.
Items needed to best assist you include:

2017 Tax Return & W-2
Driver’s License
Social Security Numbers
Untaxed Income Information (VA Disability, Child Support Paid and Received)
Email Addresses and Passwords
FSA ID and Passwords (If Already Registered)
If a family misses the Money Matters event, there are other times scheduled at the following schools for ESCC to assist you:
Slocomb High School – November 1, 2018, beginning at 5pm.
Geneva County High School – November 6, 2018, beginning at 3pm.
Samson High School – November 13, 2018, beginning at 5pm.
Pike Liberal Arts – November 14, 2018, beginning at 1:30pm.
Enterprise High School – November 15, 2018, beginning at 5pm.
Even students who do not believe they may qualify for financial aid often receive some form of aid by completing the FAFSA. At ESCC, more than 80 percent of students qualify for some form of financial aid.

If a student or parent has specific questions regarding the FAFSA, contact ESCC Financial Aid at 334-347-2623 ext. 2214, or email the office at

ESCC Boll Weevils announce Basketball Schedule for 2018-2019 season

ESCC Boll Weevils announce Basketball Schedule for 2018-2019 season

Enterprise State Community College’s 2019-2020 regular season basketball schedule has been finalized with the release of next year’s 17-game Alabama Community College Conference slate.

The Men’s Boll Weevils start the season visiting Marion Military Institute on Monday, Nov. 5, before returning home to compete against Bevill State Community College at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. The Boll Weevil Women enter their first competition of the season at home at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, against Faulkner State University.

Conference games begin away on Jan. 8.

The Men’s Boll Weevils won the state championship in 2004 and have made several Elite 8 appearances since 2015. In 2015 and 2016, the Boll Weevils were Southern Division Conference Runners-Up. The Boll Weevil Women were state runners-up in 1985 and have also competed in conference play.

A fall pep rally celebrating both teams begins at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.

A full schedule is available online at The home schedule is as follows:

Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. vs. Bevill State (Men Only)
Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. vs. Faulkner University (Women Only)
Nov. 12 at 5:30/7:30 p.m. vs. Talledaga University – Veteran’s Day
Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. vs. Gulf Coast Community College (Men Only)
Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. vs. Albany Tech (Women Only)
Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. vs. Marion Military (Men Only)
Dec. 1 at 2/4 p.m. vs. Gadsden State
Dec. 4 at 5:30/7:30 p.m. vs. Southern Union

Conference Play:
Jan. 12 at 2/4 p.m. vs. CACC South
Jan. 14 at 5:30/7:30 p.m. vs. LBWCC
Jan. 17 at 5:30/7:30 p.m. vs. Wallace-Selma
Jan. 24 at 5:30/7:30 p.m. vs. Bishop State
Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. vs. Huntingdon College (Women Only)
Feb. 9 at 2/4 p.m. vs. CACC South
Feb. 18 at 5:30/7:30 p.m. vs. CVCC
Feb. 25 at 5:30/7:30 p.m. vs. CACC North

Letter to the Editor – Matt Rodgers

Letter to the Editor – Matt Rodgers

The attendance of well over 500 people at the Enterprise State Community College Foundation’s most recent fundraiser for scholarships is just the latest of many, many opportunities I have had to thank our region for your support for our college. On Thursday, October 18, several teams of area community members and businesses partnered for Enterprise STARS Dancing for Scholarships. The excellence of this event, which was coordinated by ESCC Foundation Executive Director Chellye Stump, was wonderfully displayed. Thousands of dollars were raised. The countless hours spent on developing such a fun event for our community was evident in every detail. We are so thankful that because of you, more students will be able to take part in the Boll Weevil Experience. We are blessed with tremendous community support.

At ESCC, the word, “community,” is not just a part of our title. It is the core of our mission. This is why this year has been so full of significant announcements regarding programs and upgrades that best equip us to serve the needs of our region. One example of this is the fact that students on the ESCC campus, as well as dual enrollment students at our area high schools, are near completion of their first Medical Assistant Technology courses through ESCC. We started that program this fall. In addition, the first day of class for our first Commercial Driver’s License program for prospective truck drivers began on Monday, October 22. That is not nearly the end of great announcements for growth at ESCC: next fall, both an Industrial Maintenance and New Composites program are bound to continue to increase enrollment at the Enterprise and Ozark campuses.

In addition to positioning ourselves to equip our communities with the workforce and services needed from the collegiate level, teams of our outstanding faculty and staff members have traveled to every high school in our service area to let them know that we are here for them. We have received a warm welcome. Students are excited about what ESCC and AAC have to offer and they want to see themselves at our college. Our teams at both colleges are second to none and passionate about helping our students be successful.

Times in the communities of Andalusia, Enterprise and Ozark are outstanding, and we are so excited that our campuses are a part. A total of $2.5 million will be pumped into the local economy in Ozark as building renovations, campus beautification projects and a brand new composites lab take form. In Enterprise, renovations continue in Talmadge Hall as upgrades are also planned for Forrester Hall and Sessions Hall. We are thrilled, too, with improvements to our athletic facilities in Enterprise. When you get a chance, stop by the campus to take a look at the facelift to the Ray Lolley Gymnasium. Not far from the campus are our baseball and softball fields, which will see more than $150,000 in upgrades due to a commitment from our senator, Sen. Jimmy Holley.

In closing, I want to sincerely thank each student who has chosen ESCC to be a part of his or her future, as well as the students who are considering us as their next step after graduation from high school, or as their next opportunity for a career change or life change. It is our honor to serve our students and make a positive impact in all of the communities we serve. On behalf of the faculty and staff at ESCC and AAC, thank you! We look forward to continuing to create an institution that we all can be proud of. If I can ever be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to connect with me by calling 334-347-2623, or via email at

Boll Weevil Proud,

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

Ian Campbell to serve as ESCC’s Director of Workforce Development

Ian Campbell to serve as ESCC’s Director of Workforce Development

A position created at Enterprise State Community College to best connect workforce development opportunities at the College with area workforce needs has been filled by an individual with several years of experience in various workforce initiatives.

Ian Campbell, a 2009 ESCC alum, will serve as the College’s Director of Workforce Development. He will develop and manage all workforce development programs and functions for the College, including any internal and external training programs that are directly related to business and industry. He will also oversee grants for training and workforce development, connect with area businesses, and recruit workforce development instructional staff.

He begins his position at ESCC on November 1.

ESCC President Matt Rodgers expressed his excitement to have Campbell as part of the ESCC team.

“Developing a strong and well-trained workforce is critical to the success of the communities we serve. Ian has a great background in this area,” President Rodgers stated.

“I am confident he will be able to connect the College with our local business and industry partners. Ian and the entire ESCC team are committed to helping train and teach the skills necessary for our citizens to go to work.”

Campbell has served in various capacities in career and technical education. As an agriscience and agriconstruction educator in the Wiregrass and Tuscaloosa areas for the last seven years, Campbell has developed partnerships with officials in local industry and has marketed programs through media and advisory committees. He has secured grants that have led to ongoing partnerships, as well as helped in the statewide implementation of multiple career and technical education initiatives.

“I am very excited to join Enterprise State Community College as the new Director of Workforce Development. This position reinforces the commitment that ESCC has toward creating solutions for regional business and industry to meet the critical need of training a skilled, effective workforce,” Campbell said.

Campbell said short-term goals as the new director include meeting with local companies to determine their needs, learning ESCC’s programs and certifications, and developing a marketing strategy which communicates the College’s dedication to success for the region and statewide workforce development efforts.

Long-term goals include seeking and creating new partnerships, continuing the evaluation of the College’s current workforce development programs in order to determine their need for maintenance and improvements, and growing and strengthening relationships with external workforce regions.

Prior to coming to ESCC, Campbell was an agriscience teacher for Geneva County High School. He obtained his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Education Specialist degrees from Auburn University.

Cutline: ESCC Director of Workforce Development, Ian Campbell and ESCC President, Matt Rodgers

Enterprise State Community College Crowns the 2018-19 Miss ESCC

Enterprise State Community College Crowns the 2018-19 Miss ESCC

Ms. Bethany Cheyenne Macon, a New Brockton native, was crowned 2018-19 Miss ESCC at Enterprise State Community College on Wednesday, September 20, 2018, by the 2017-18 Miss ESCC, Hannah Jones.

As Miss ESCC, Macon will represent the college’s values and programs throughout the campus, city, and region. She is awarded a $2,000 scholarship as a result of her new title.

Bethany is a freshman at Enterprise State Community College. She is the daughter of Darron and Connie Macon. She plans to earn her associate degree and become an educator. She loves working with people with special needs. Her hobbies and activities include working part-time at a local boutique, participating in water sports, road trips that include shopping with her mom, cooking desserts and appetizers, and running outdoors.

Bethany said she is honored to represent the college and impact her peers in a positive manner. She believes the biggest problem facing her generation is the reliance on technology more than face-to-face interaction.

Bethany believes her greatest accomplishment in life is remaining grounded in her morals and values.

“I am so excited to represent this amazing college and everything it has to offer,” Macon said.

“I can’t wait to go out into the surrounding areas and inform incoming students about the great things Enterprise State offers. It has become home for me and I hope to help make it a home for others. Go Weevils!”

This year, five contestants competed for the prestigious Miss ESCC title. Minleigh Gates was named first runner-up. Macie Holsonback was namedMiss Congeniality. Bethany Macon was named Miss Photogenic as well as winning the title. The five contestants were as follows:

Macie Holsonback of Westville, FL;

Bethany Macon of New Brockton, AL;

Fantasia Miller of Newton, AL;

Julianne Thomas of Slocomb, AL;

Minleigh Gates of Enterprise, AL;

Miss ESCC is an ambassador of the college who embraces the role of serving the community. To invite to Miss ESCC to your event or organization please contact Jennifer Olsen at 334-347-2623 ext. 2320.

Cutline: Ms. Bethany Macon, a New Brockton native, was crowned 2018-19 Miss ESCC at Enterprise State Community College on Thursday, September 20, 2018, by the 2017-18 Miss ESCC, Ms. Hannah Jones.

Student Support Services donates items to help homeless

Student Support Services donates items to help homeless

Alabama Aviation College Student Support Services (SSS) participants donated dozens of items for homeless individuals living in the southeastern region to the Southeast Alabama Coalition for the Homeless (SEACH) on Tuesday, July 31.

The items, collected over the summer semester at the college, included canned foods and dry goods, clothing, bags, and more. Vickie Alleman, SEACH president, picked up the items from the Ozark campus.

According to Lesia Grice, the SSS Career/Transfer Coordinator on the aviation campus, the students picked the community service project based on a newspaper article in The Dothan Eagle regarding SEACH’s “Spring Stand Down” event. The project is among at least three SSS has led within the last two years. Other projects included dedicating hours and supplies to the Ozark Dale County Humane Society and donating school supplies and toiletries to area students and families.

Alabama was estimated last year to have a homeless population of 3,793, with at least 294 of those individuals ranging in age from 18-24, according to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. SEACH estimated that more than 375 residents are homeless in the southeastern region alone.

Many of the SSS students were eager to assist in the project.

“Today felt really good,” said Phyllis Hester, an SSS Advisory Board member on the aviation campus.

“I am really proud to see what we can do when we work together.”

Student Support Services at Enterprise State Community College have existed as a grant-funded, Department of Education TRIO program since 1978, providing nearly 40 years of continuous service for students through academic advisement and tutoring; financial aid and economic literacy; transfer services; campus tours; exposure to cultural events; mentoring; and other individualized counseling needs.

Enterprise State Community College is a comprehensive community college which serves more than 2,800 students annually between its Enterprise campuses and the Alabama Aviation College in Andalusia and Ozark. The AAC currently fulfills the Alabama Community College System’s mission for aviation maintenance training statewide.

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