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ESCC hosts Spring Student Art Show, Concert

ESCC hosts Spring Student Art Show, Concert     

Enterprise State Community College welcomed music and art lovers for its 2019 Spring Student Art Show and Concert Monday evening.]


The event began with the biannual art show that featured work from ESCC’s art students. Using “various forms of media” to convey their visions, students took inspiration from the world around them and translated that inspiration to paper or canvas. Many of the pieces were inspired by the ESCC Fine Arts Department’s recent trip to the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and some of the building’s stately architecture was immortalized in paint and ink for the art show.


Following the art show, crowds gathered in the Multipurpose Room for the Fine Arts Division Spring Concert, featuring performances from various groups in the Fine Arts Department. The ESCC Camerata began the program in earnest, singing a number of a cappella and foreign language pieces they have performed at various Renaissance fairs across the state.


ESCC’s Instrumental Ensemble took the stage next, featuring a solo piano performance by Malia Silva before moving on to the larger ensemble pieces. Audiences were treated to Claude T. Smith’s arrangements of “Blessed are They (from A German Requiem)” and “Shenandoah (A Sea Fantasy)” and Gary Fagan’s “Matrix” during the set.


Tenor Aaron Shealy and pianist Carol Windham took over from the Instrumental Ensemble for a performance of “La Sena,” following which the ESCC Concert Choir sang various selections from their “Prelude to an Evensong” set that they performed at the National Cathedral. The Concert Choir rounded out their performance with a high-energy performance of Keith Hampton’s “Praise His Holy Name!” and were treated to a standing ovation once the concert concluded.

Mayor recognizes ESCC in proclamation

Mayor recognizes ESCC in proclamation

Enterprise Mayor Bill Cooper recently proclaimed April as National Community College Month and recognized the achievements of Enterprise State Community College and its position as a staple in the city.


According to the proclamation, ESCC has offered many high school graduates an opportunity to expand and grow their education by “setting their foundation” for success.


The proclamation states that ESCC has created skilled workers in fields where they are in demand.


“Enterprise is home to aviation at Fort Rucker (and) ESCC trains the professionals who work on and maintain the aircraft used at Fort Rucker, thus providing exceptional employment opportunities in the community,” the proclamation reads


ESCC also recently created a CDL-program, and there is a high demand for truck drivers in the area.


The college was established in September of 1965 as Enterprise State Junior College before a name change to ESCC in Nov. 2009.


In Aug. 2017, former Enterprise High School Principal Matt Rodgers became the college’s fifth president.


Rodgers said the entire ESCC community has been supportive in the goal he set for 100 percent student success.


“ESCC is humbled and honored to receive this proclamation of recognition,” Rodgers said. “Whether we work directly with students, community, or with education systems, all of us must commit our best resources so that students can grow their minds and then graduate toward lives of meaning and impact. When we work together, there is no limit to what we can achieve, and we truly appreciate the partnership with the City of Enterprise.”

Two represent ESCC on All-Alabama Academic Team

Two represent ESCC on All-Alabama Academic Team   

James Eldreth and Julie Fleming, two of Enterprise State Community College’s top academic students, have been nominated for the state of Alabama’s elite All-Alabama Academic Team.


Eldreth and Fleming were selected by ESCC faculty and staff to serve on the team. The criteria for selection across Alabama’s community colleges include students who “excel academically; demonstrate intellectual rigor in their course of study; show academic growth and potential; and use their two-year college education to better themselves, their college and their communities.”


All nominees are presented to the national Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for final selection.

ESCC’s students joined other nominees for a special luncheon held in their honor on April 19, 2019 by the Alabama Community College System. As a result of their nomination, Eldreth and Fleming will each receive a $1,000 academic scholarship from the All-Alabama Academic Team Foundation.

Fleming was a finalist in ESCC’s President’s Cup award, which is the highest honor the college awards to a current student. She is a native of Enterprise and a 2017 graduate of Enterprise High School. She currently boasts a 4.0 GPA, and plans to ultimately earn a master’s degree in Sports Management from the University of Alabama and open a recreation center for poverty-stricken children.


Eldreth is also a native of Enterprise and a 1985 graduate of Woodlawn High School. He currently boasts a 3.9 GPA. He plans to earn an Airframe & Powerplant Technology AAS degree from the Alabama Aviation College and begin working at Fort Rucker in his field.

ESCC celebrates Founders Day 2019

ESCC celebrates Founders Day 2019

Enterprise State Community College took to its running track Wednesday to celebrate a special school holiday.


Students, faculty and staff gathered for barbecue, field games and fun in celebration of Founders Day, an occasion dedicated to ESCC’s founding in 1963. According to information provided by ESCC Public Relations Director Stephen Schmidt, Founders Day was first officially celebrated in the early 1970s and has been observed in fall and spring semesters in the years since.


Founders Day 2019 was organized by ESCC’s Founders Day Committee and Student Support Services.

ESCC awards Forester renovations bid

ESCC awards Forester renovations bid

Enterprise State Community College awarded the bid on the Forester Hall renovation project on Monday, March 25.

Bullard-Cook, Inc. out of Montgomery was awarded the bid for $1.3 million, according to ESCC Dean of Student Services Olivier Charles.

“Our faculty is excited because they have a quality space to teach and a state-of-the-art space to teach,” Charles said. “Our students will have a state-of-the-art space to learn in and our community will have a state-of-the-art fine arts building that they can visit or peruse right here in Coffee County.”

The renovations will see a complete overhaul of the building, separating it into three different areas: music, theater and art.

The art portion of the renovations will include turning the lobby of the building into a gallery for visual arts students.

“Our art will be able to have art shows—right there—within their building that the public can view,” Charles said. “Also, the community can also have shows there as well. We want to open that building up to the community and allow them to use the spaces if they need to.”

New furniture will also be brought in to the lobby for students to use to hang out and relax or study between classes.

“A lot of our fine arts students actually sit and hang out in that building between classes so we’re going to add the proper furniture so that they can sit and study and be able to plug their devices in right there and prepare for the next class,” Charles said.

Another renovation under the art section of the building will be a darkroom for photography students, according to Charles.

He said as far as the renovations for the music side, the choral rehearsal room will be repainted and soundproofed.

The theater section of the building will see a brand new black box theater for the students to use as a classroom and for performances.

“There will be opportunities for students to build props, there will be one-man or one-woman shows, there will be small recitals, there will be small plays and all of those will happen within the black box theater,” Charles said.

He said the theater will hold 85-100 seats and will also be open to the community to use for shows.

The ESCC Foundation gifted the institution $350,000 to build the black box theater and will be named after the ESCC Foundation.

Other renovations will include new bathrooms and an office suit for all the faculty with a break room.

Charles said that the renovations are slated to start in late April or early May after spring classes are over but before finals are taken. Construction is expected to take 90 days and he said that ESCC hopes to have the faculty and staff moved back in by early-mid August before fall classes start.

The building is currently slated to be opened and used at the start of fall classes.

“We believe that a successful fine arts program not only enhances opportunities for our students, but it also provides a means to connect our community with the college,” ESCC President Matt Rodgers said. “We are fortunate to have excellent support from our community for this important program.  We want ESCC to be known as the ‘Center for Fine Arts in the Wiregrass.’”

ESCC holds Fine Arts Scholarship auditions

ESCC holds Fine Arts Scholarship auditions

The Enterprise State Community College Fine Arts Division held its auditions for the Fine Arts Scholarship on March 14 and 15.

With over 30 applicants this year it is the biggest applicant pool that ESCC has ever had.

“People are wanting to be a part of our program,” said ESCC Fine Arts Division Chair Ken Thomas. “We have a good product here, we have good instruction, we have great instructors so the word is getting out about what we’re doing here at ESCC and students are wanting to be of our program.”

As part of the audition, students sang, danced or played instruments for Thomas, ESCC Vocal Instructor Erin Smith and ESCC Director of Band August A. Gallaher.

“We look for a lot of different things such as their ability to learn, we check if they can hear the pitches, we check their singing voice and range,” Thomas said. “Mr. Gallaher listens to their town quality and how they play the scales so there are a lot of different elements that we look for.”

Thomas said that he and the other instructors will be reviewing all the auditions after spring break to try and send out award letters by mid April.

The scholarship is available for all of those students interested in participating in the ESCC concert band, ESCC concert choir, Entertainers Show Choir, theater and visual arts.

Students who are awarded the scholarship must take a minimum of 12 credit hours and maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA to continue receiving the benefits of the scholarship.

ESCC choir sings at the National Cathedral

ESCC choir sings at the National Cathedral  

The Enterprise State Community College Fine Arts Division students made the long trip to Washington D.C. to sing at the National Cathedral.

The ESCC Concert Choir combined with the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Dothan to sing eight selections: “None Other Lamb,” “For God so Loved the World,” “Set me as a Seal,” “Amazing Grace,” “O Jesu Christe,” “Give me Jesus,” “The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee” and “Hear my Prayer.”

ESCC Fine Arts Division Chair Ken Thomas said that the students did a great job performing at the service.

“I think that was the best performance I heard from them all year,” Thomas said. “I couldn’t be more proud of them. I get really emotional thinking about what they have done and how far they have come this year. To start off at the beginning of the year, working through the tone quality and blend and then to be there at the National Cathedral to be singing a near perfect performance—I’m very proud of them.”

He said that one specific piece really stood out to him during the performance.

“The performance itself, hearing them sing “Give me Jesus,”—it was very moving to hear them sing that,” Thomas said.

Enterprise Mayor William E. Cooper, Enterprise District 1 City Councilwoman Sonya Rich, Enterprise District 2 Councilman Eugene Goolsby, Enterprise Communications Director Jason Wright and Enterprise Consulting Engineer Glenn Morgan attended the concert as well.

“It was really an honor for us to have them there,” Thomas said. “The fact that they took the time out of their schedule—they were there on city business—to come to the performance meant a lot to me. It tells me that they are invested in this college and the impact this college has on the community.”

The trip was not solely for the concert choir though, the ESCC Visual Arts students got chances to draw scenes of the city that they can include in their Spring art show. These students also had the chance to visit different art museums and galleries in the city as well.

The ESCC Fine Arts Division students, who were joined by ESCC President Matt Rodgers, ESCC Dean of Instruction Danny Long and ESCC Marketing Director Stephen Schmidt, also took time to enjoy the sites and scenes of Washington D.C.

The group took trips to the Lincoln Memorial, The White House, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington Monument, The Capitol Building and a photo op with Representative Martha Roby who also spoke to the students. Students also had time to free-roam around D.C. and explore the city at their leisure.

Thomas said that overall the trip was success.

“It was a huge success,” Thomas said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better trip where the execution, the performance—it was better than I expected it to be. Other than a few students being late—but not very late—it was a perfect trip.”

He said he hopes the students learn the value of hard work from the trip.

“I hope the students learn that with hard work, you can go anywhere,” Thomas said. “For several students it was their first time to go to our nation’s capital—through the arts. The arts can show you the world. So if they work hard and they’re committed, the sky’s the limit.”

Thomas said he’s already looking outside of the United States for the next big Fine Arts Division trip.

“I’m looking at some cathedrals in Europe,” Thomas said. “And the arts centers in Europe for our visual arts students—maybe Italy, Austria, Germany or the UK—we’ll see. Like I said, ‘The sky’s the limit,’ and if they work hard the arts can take them around the world.”

ESCC holds IAA conference

ESCC holds IAA conference

April 3rd 2019

Enterprise State Community College was home to the Instructional Advisors Association conference on promoting the advancement and development of education programs in the Alabama Community College System on March 7 and 8.

ESCC Director of Workforce Development Ian Campbell started the conference off with a four-hour long leadership conference on March 7.

Each of the instructors introduced themselves along with Campbell and also spoke on their motivations as an instructor.

“If you’ve never thought about this (your motivation), it’s important to that because that helps you make decisions in your job and in your life and to juggle priorities,” Campbell said.

He spoke on knowing the limitations of yourself.

“It’s important to know our limitations not from a standpoint to be able to say, ‘No,’ and not complete something but to be able to know when you need to pull help on—when you need to go outside and find assistance and expertise in other areas,” Campbell said.

During his workshop, he spoke about how the movie “Dirty Harry” and how the title character Clint Eastwood plays, Harry Callahan, actually shows some good leadership qualities. These qualities are:

  • Stay focused: Callahan never loses focus on catching the Scorpio killer;
  • Honesty in advertising: Callahan honestly and accurately analyzed the risk/reward scenario for the bank robber in the famous “You feeling lucky?” scene and lets the robber make his own informed decision;
  • Do what you’re good at: Callahan knows he’s not good at communication so he doesn’t spend all his time on it;
  • Do what you have to: Callahan uses whatever methods necessary to get results; and,
  • Never give up: Callahan never gave up on finding and tracking down the Scorpio Killer.

“It’s kind of a different way to look at leadership skills but obviously fictitious and we don’t need to—especially in education—tote a .44 Magnum around and pull stunts like in the movie, but I think there is some good stuff you can glean from that,” Campbell said.

Campbell also spoke of the importance of knowing yourself.

“If you know who you are and who you’re working with then you’re able to work together better,” Campbell said. “And often times you can navigate potential conflicts by knowing who you are and set blocks ahead of that.”

The second day of the conference opened with ESCC Dean of Student Services Olivier Charles greeting the group and wishing them a good day.

The rest of the day included workshops presented by the other colleges on other topics such as online classes.

Some of the other community colleges attending were Central Alabama Community College, Alabama Coastal Community College, Gadsden State Community College and Jefferson State Community College.

PTK members wear socks for a cause

PTK members wear socks for a cause

Members of Enterprise State Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa recently wore their brightest socks as part of World Down Syndrome Day, which celebrates those living with Down syndrome. According to the National Down Syndrome Society, the idea of wearing crazy socks to raise awareness for Down syndrome created a campaign called “Rock Your Socks,” named because chromosomes are similar in shape to socks. Down syndrome is caused by the presence of an extra chromosome. People around the world wear their brightest, or most patterned, socks and share pictures with others on social media.

ESCC signs MSSC CPT agreement with local school systems

ESCC signs MSSC CPT agreement with local school systems

Enterprise State Community College officially signed an articulation agreement for the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council Certified Production Technician certification course with local K-12 school systems.

“Today is a tremendous signal to our community, to our business and industry partners that we are coming together, partnering with out K-12 school districts as one to implement and provide the necessary skills training not only to take care of current existing needs of business and industry but also put our region in the state to be seen in a more competitive light when it comes to recruiting other business and industries maybe looking to locate in our area,” said ESCC President Matt Rodgers.

The agreement allows any school systems that fall in the Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Pike and western Houston Counties to provide MSSC CPT classes as part of its curriculum, according to ESCC Public Relations Director Stephen Schmidt.

The program could be its own stand-alone course, in the same vein as a dual enrollment course, or be integrated into the existing curriculum. This decision will be made by the separate school systems. If a student completes the entire course, they can get their CPT certification before leaving high school.

Wiregrass Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Jonathan Tullos said this is important for the area.

“In terms of business retention and recruitment, these credentials are kind of the foundation of what we’re looking for now,” Tullos said. “In the past infrastructure has been a big key in economic development—whether or not you’re on an interstate or something like that. In today’s environment, workforce is the number one thing companies are looking for.”

ESCC Director of Workforce Development Ian Campbell said that not only can students leave high school with their CPT certification, but the course also allows them to complete up to 12 credit hours at ESCC as well.

“By articulating this credit, you’re opening up opportunities for students to matriculate to our degree program, such as with the mechatronics program, and already have 12 hours taken care that they don’t have to pay for,” Campbell said. “You’re talking $1,920 worth of college credit plus you’re expediting their process through the degree program.”

He said that ESCC is recommending that schools start the program as early as possible in their curriculum.

The new mechatronics program, also known as industrial maintenance starts, this fall at the Ozark campus at ESCC.

“Mechatronics is really a combination of mechanical engineering and electronics because today’s manufacturing workforce, today’s production workforce—any workforce—you cannot focus one discipline anymore because everything involves electronics now,” said ESCC Mechatronics Instructor Aubri Hanson. “There’s so much automation, robotics, A.I.—it’s all going that direction—so we need programmers, skilled workers, we need people who can work on robots and automated equipment and do the programming for those systems. These are high skill, high wage jobs. I have student interns that make $25 an hour.”

Coffee County Schools Superintendent Kevin Killingsworth said that New Brockton High School, Zion Chapel High School and Kinston High School will all be starting a MSSC CPT Program this fall as well.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to provide more chances for our kids in the county to able to go and do whatever they want to do—really go out to a two-year college or go into the workforce” Killingsworth said. “They will have the training and the skills necessary to do that.”

Enterprise City Schools Assistant Superintendent Patrick Cain said that ECS is looking forward to learning more about the MSSC CPT certification.

The Sun reached out to Daleville City Schools but did not receive a response.

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