Bevill State Community College (BSCC) is excited to announce that on Monday, January 10, 2022, Lavish Coffee Bar will open a location on the College’s Jasper Campus. This location of Lavish Coffee Bar will be in the Frances Israel Cafeteria in the Wade Math & Science Building (805 14th Street E, Jasper, AL 35501). The menu will consist of beverages, breakfast, and lunch items similar to that of the downtown location. Business hours will be Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. until 1 p.m. Dr. Joel Hagood, President of Bevill State Community College, stated, “The College is eager to welcome Lavish Coffee Bar to the Jasper Campus. The major goals of our new strategic plan are Connect, Complete, and Contribute. This addition is definitely part of the connection piece. This will allow students and faculty a space to connect with one another. Also, it opens our doors to the community, welcoming them to our campus.”
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) is excited to announce the appointment of Saige Beaty as the new Head Coach of the Women’s Volleyball Team. During his 21-year tenure as a coach, Beaty has made six appearances at the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Tournament for volleyball, with two State Runner-Up seasons (2018/2020). He was the Eagle Elite Volleyball Coach of the Year in 2007, 2008, 2016, and 2020. He was also selected as Basketball Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2007. The Bevill State Volleyball Program is located on the College’s Fayette Campus. “Bevill State Community College is committed to the success of its athletic programs. With that being said, I know that Saige Beaty will be an asset as the new head volleyball coach for the College. His experience as an athlete, educator, and coach will serve the team well when recruiting new players for the team,” BSCC President, Dr. Joel Hagood, said. “I am confident that Coach Beaty’s determination and drive will strengthen and grow our volleyball program. Go Bears!”
Bevill State Community College plans to use American Rescue Plan, or Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III), funds to assist students that enroll for the 2022 Spring Semester. Degree-seeking students enrolled in credit classes for Bevill State’s 2022 Spring Semester before the end of Late Registration on January 10, 2022, could receive up to $1,200. Eligible students will receive notification and disbursement details after January 28, 2022. “We are pleased to be able to once again provide this opportunity for students enrolling at Bevill State Community College for the 2022 Spring Semester. COVID-19 is still impacting everyone. The College wants to do what it can to prevent students from having to put their education and future on hold because of this. These funds will give students the resources necessary to start, continue, or return to school. The faculty and staff of Bevill State look forward to seeing students on our campuses and online this spring,” stated Bevill State President, Dr. Joel Hagood.
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) was honored with the prestigious Alabama Mining Association (AMA) 2021 Safety & Sustainability Award for Exceptional Safety & Training Initiative at a ceremony held at The Club in Birmingham, AL on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. The College received this distinction for the longwall training expansion to the simulated underground mine which is a part of the Alabama Mining Academy located on the Sumiton Campus. “It is an honor to be recognized by the Alabama Mining Association for Bevill State’s work to continue to educate and improve mining safety. We are grateful to Senator Greg Reed, our legislators, and those in the mining industry that supported the development of the longwall expansion to our mine safety program. I would also like to mention Bevill State’s Director of Workforce Solutions, Ken Russell, for his dedication in overseeing this project since its inception,” stated Bevill State Community College President, Dr. Joel Hagood.
Bevill State Community College has received a $100,000 grant from the Don Drummond Family Fund of the Walker Area Community Foundation for Career Technical Education (CTE) Dual Enrollment Scholarships for high school students in Walker County. The purpose of the CTE Dual Enrollment Program at Bevill State is to provide an opportunity for qualified high school students to enhance their education by enrolling early in college courses toward receiving a degree and/or certifications in CTE programs. This is an opportunity to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Funds from this grant will allow Bevill State to provide these educational opportunities in high demand, high wage fields to more high school students in Walker County. Dr. Joel Hagood, President of BSCC, said, “I would like to thank the Walker Area Community Foundation, and specifically the Don Drummond Family, for once again providing support to Bevill State in our endeavors to help the communities we serve prosper and grow. The scholarships provided from this grant will not only help the individual students, and subsequently their families, it will ultimately impact the economy of Walker County as a whole.”
Bevill State Community College has received a donation of $72,000 for scholarship funds from Alabama Power for minority candidates to the HVAC Fast Track program. The HVAC Fast Track is an accelerated non-credit training program that teaches technical knowledge and skills to repair, install, service, and maintain the operating condition of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. Instruction and hands-on training include diagnostic techniques, use of testing equipment, and principles of mechanics, electricity, and electronics as related to repair. “Bevill State Community College is appreciative of our partnership with Alabama Power. The College has a history of working with APCO on successful projects. This contribution for these HVAC Fast Track scholarships is another example of their continued support and commitment to assisting Bevill State in providing valuable educational opportunities,” stated Dr. Joel Hagood, President of Bevill State Community College.
Bevill State Community College is pleased to announce that Dean of Workforce Solutions and Economic Development, Al Moore, has been appointed to the Central Alabama Partnership for Training and Employment Board of Directors by Chairman of the Walker County Commission, Steve Miller. Al Moore serves as the college-wide dean of the Division of Workforce Solutions and Economic Development of Bevill State Community College. Moore originally joined the College as Dean of Career Technical Education and Sumiton Campus in 2017. Prior to working at Bevill State, he was Employee Development Coordinator at Alabama Power, where he organized training and development. Moore has a combined 26+ years of experience in industry and public education, having also worked with Jefferson County Schools, Jefferson State Community College, and Alabama Public Television.
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced the approval of a grant in the amount of $199,465 to Bevill State Community College to establish a Utility Vegetation Management (UVM) program. The project will serve 100 students and 1000 workers/trainees by May 2023. The UVM project will create a career-readiness indicator certification program offered as non-credit for existing business and industry training and a short-term certificate offered for credit from Bevill State Community College. The project will focus on non-credit training for current Alabama State Department of Education agriscience teachers and existing business and industry employees who wish to upgrade their skills. Additionally, the credit-bearing short-term certificate will focus on high school students participating in dual enrollment opportunities in Bevill State's service area. By partnering with the Alabama Urban Forestry Association (AUFA), BSCC can expand its curriculum to meet area business and industry needs. Fayette, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, and Walker Counties are all at-risk counties in Alabama's Appalachian Region that this grant project will serve.
Bevill State Community College proudly announces the completion of its new five-year strategic plan. After several months of convening both internal and external stakeholders, the completed plan was unveiled to employees of the College at Professional Development kicking off the 2021 Fall Semester. Grounded in Bevill State’s mission and vision, the BSCC Strategic Plan 2021-2026 sets forth an ambitious agenda for students, the community, and the institution in future years. “The Bevill State Community College Strategic Plan 2021-2026 is a defining document that positions the college well for future success,” says BSCC President Joel Hagood. “When we started the process of creating Bevill State’s new strategic plan, I wanted to emphasize engaging our entire college community, learning from prior plans, recognizing current financial realities, and building measurable indicators. I am proud of the plan our college community has created, and look forward to the results of our collective efforts.”
Bevill State Community College Division of Workforce Solutions, Workforce Development and Education Initiative of the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, and Jasper Career Center have joined to host the 2021 Fall Career Fair on August 24, 2021, at the Jasper Civic Center from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is free to both employers and job seekers. Employers from all industry clusters are welcome and will be given the option to conduct on-site interviews with interested job seekers. “The 2021 Fall Career Fair connects motivated job seekers with employers who are ready to hire. We frequently work with fellow agencies and this event provided the perfect opportunity to partner with the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County and Jasper Career Center to positively impact the workforce and regional economy,” said Al Moore, Dean of Workforce Solutions and Economic Development for Bevill State Community College.
Bevill State Community College plans to use American Rescue Plan, or Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III), funds to assist students that enroll for the 2021 Fall Semester. Degree-seeking students enrolled in credit classes for Bevill State’s 2021 Fall Semester before the end of Late Registration on August 23, 2021, could receive up to $1,200. Eligible students will receive notification and disbursement details after that date. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students enrolling at Bevill State Community College this fall. COVID-19 has impacted everyone. These challenges have resulted in some students having to put their education on hold. The College’s hope is that these funds will give students the resources necessary to start, continue, or return to school. The faculty and staff of Bevill State look forward to seeing students on our campuses and online this fall,” stated Bevill State President, Dr. Joel Hagood.
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) is excited to announce the appointment of Chris Harris as the new Head Coach of the Women’s Softball Team. Harris has an overall record of 301-137 in nine seasons as a head softball coach at Parrish High School and Huntsville High School. He made the state playoffs all nine seasons with five Area Championships during those years. The Bevill State Softball Program is located on the College’s Sumiton Campus. Coach Harris was voted by the Daily Mountain Eagle as Softball Coach of the Year twice in 2009 and 2013. He was also named the Huntsville City Coach of the Year in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Harris was named the 2013 1A Coach of the Year while winning a State Championship at Parrish High School. He has coached four Bryant-Jordan Scholarship winners in his nine years and seventeen of his players signed college scholarships to play softball. “Bevill State Community College is excited to have Chris Harris join us as the new head softball coach. His experience will definitely be an asset to the program. His regional experience in the sport will also go a long way when recruiting new players for the team,” BSCC President, Dr. Joel Hagood, said. “I know that Coach Harris will work diligently to continue to grow and strengthen Lady Bears Softball.”
Eligible high school students in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade can apply for a scholarship for STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) academic dual enrollment courses at Bevill State Community College. Previously, students had to take career technical courses to qualify for a dual enrollment scholarship. This scholarship is currently available for the 2021-22 academic year. The scholarships are funded by a Workforce Development grant from the Alabama Community College System (ACCS). The grant intends to generate interest in technical and trade careers to help address workforce shortages. “With the current demand for math and science teachers and other STEM-related career fields, the chance to take this coursework for free while still in high school is a wonderful opportunity for students in the Bevill State service area,” stated Bevill State President, Dr. Joel Hagood.
Bevill State Community College will be hosting ‘First Chapter’ events at all five locations during the month of July. These events will allow new students to apply for admission, complete their FAFSA (must bring 2019 tax return), take any necessary placement tests, meet with an advisor, and register for Fall classes in one day. Participants will need a form of photo identification and their transcripts and ACT if available. Information about the events can be found at www.BSCC.edu/FirstChapter. “We are excited to host the ‘First Chapter’ events throughout our service area. These events will allow individuals to start their Bevill State story in one day. The College has so many life-changing educational opportunities available – courses for seamless academic transfer, high-demand career technical and health science programs, and more. Anyone that may have encountered a roadblock in starting to fulfill their aspirations of an education can come to our campuses and receive the help they need on these days,” stated Bevill State President, Dr. Joel Hagood.
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) is excited to announce the appointment of Travis Garner as the new Head Coach of the Men’s Baseball Team. Garner started his college baseball career playing for Meridian Community College (MCC). He then went on to start for two years at the University of Alabama (UA) before signing a professional contract with the Kansas City Royals. Since 2008, Garner has worked as a high school baseball coach. The Bevill State Baseball Program is located on the College’s Fayette Campus. Bevill State Community College President, Dr. Joel Hagood, said, “Coach Garner is a great fit for Bevill State. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our baseball program. Coach Garner has had an outstanding career thus far, helping lead each program he has been with to success. His passion and enthusiasm for the game of baseball are contagious. Our student-athletes are fortunate to have him as their head coach.” Coach Travis Garner said of the appointment, “I would like to thank Dr. Hagood and Dean Weaver for the opportunity to be the head baseball coach at Bevill State Community College. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here. I am confident we will build a great program that will develop players and compete for championships. I look forward to working with the administration, community, and players to make this a program we can all be proud of. GO BEARS!”
On Tuesday, May 11, Joey May stepped down as head coach of the Bevill State Community College Baseball Program to begin a new role with the College’s athletic department. May resumed his duties as head baseball coach at Bevill State in 2016 as the College re-introduced athletics. During his tenure as head baseball coach, May has strengthened the program and helped numerous players move on to continue playing baseball at a 4-year college. Coach May will now assist with academic advising, eligibility, and compliance for the entire athletic department which includes baseball, basketball, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Joey May’s accomplishments include Region 22 Champions (2001), State Champions (2001), NJCAA World Series (2001), Region 22 Champions (2003), State Champions (2003), ACCC North Division Champions (2003), 3rd NJCAA College World Series (2003), over thirty Academic All-Americans, and 14 Coach of the Year Awards. “I want to take this opportunity to thank Coach May for his hard work and dedication to the Bevill State Baseball program and the players that he has coached. I know that he will put the same effort into assisting all of the Bevill State athletes in his new role with the athletic department,” stated Dr. Joel Hagood, President of Bevill State Community College.
Bevill State Community College has been awarded a grant from the Walker Area Community Foundation for the David J. Rowland Continuing Education Center - Community Restoration Project. The $65,000 grant ($64,000 from the Don Drummond Family Fund and $1,000 from the Community Fund) will be utilized for the needed repairs and replacements to secure the four columns and two half-columns on the front of the building. This repair will ensure the structural integrity of the facility and improve the outward appearance of the building. “Bevill State is thankful for the continued support from the Walker Area Community Foundation and the Drummond Family. The overall goal of this project is that Bevill State has a facility that is a vibrant part of the college community. BSCC is currently working to strengthen existing relationships and develop new community partnerships. Relationships (both individual and organizational) can be enhanced through this project,” stated Dr. Joel Hagood, President of Bevill State Community College.
Bevill State Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of Eli Matthews as the new Head Coach of the Women’s and Men’s Tennis Team. The 2021-2022 season will mark the start of a tennis program at the College. The Bevill State Tennis Program will be located on the College’s Jasper Campus. “I am humbled by this opportunity at Bevill State. To be able to build a program from the ground up is exciting and I have big goals for what these teams can, and will, accomplish. I have already started the recruiting process and I am confident that the foundation of our program will be built with local players,” said Matthews. Bevill State Community College President, Dr. Joel Hagood, commented, “Bevill State Community College is very fortunate to have Eli Matthews as our coach for the new tennis teams. He demonstrates not only the playing and coaching skills to lead our teams, but an enthusiasm to work with student-athletes and help them grow as athletes, students, and members of our community. His experience, knowledge of the game, and drive to be successful are going to be what builds the strong foundation for this program. Having tennis at the College is also a wonderful opportunity for student-athletes throughout the area. There is a great deal of tennis talent in the region. Players on the teams can attend any of our campuses as long as they are able to attend practices and games on the Jasper Campus. I look forward to watching this program grow.”
Bevill State Community College has been awarded a Community Service Grant from Senator Greg Reed. Funds from this grant are being utilized to install a new sound system, purchase new sound equipment, and install acoustic tiles in the auditorium of the David J. Rowland Continuing Education Center on the Walker College Campus. Work on the auditorium sound system began on March 3, 2021. This project is Phase I of the David J. Rowland Continuing Education Center – Community Restoration Project. "Bevill State Community College is so thankful for the continued support of Senator Greg Reed. Rowland Auditorium was once a hub in the community for events and performances. The funds from this Community Service Grant from Senator Reed are allowing us to upgrade the sound system and acoustics in the auditorium so that it can once again welcome recitals, plays, pageants, and other events. Without support, many projects like this would not be feasible. We are looking forward to seeing members of the community back on our campus regularly," stated Dr. Joel Hagood, President of Bevill State Community College.
Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, Bevill State Community College will begin the 2021 Spring Semester with classes in a virtual, online, or remote format. Classes will begin as scheduled on Friday, January 8, 2021. Students should log in to their Canvas account on this date for communication from their instructors with course-specific details. BSCC President Dr. Joel Hagood and other Bevill State administrators will continually review the COVID-19 health data for the College’s service area to determine if it is indeed safe to move forward with the plan to return traditional courses to campus-based instruction. Currently, Bevill State plans to resume on-campus instruction on January 25, 2021. Bevill State President Joel Hagood stated, “The first priority for Bevill State has to remain the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. After reviewing the numbers for our service area, the decision was made to start the Spring Semester in a remote format. Bevill State’s instructors have continued to demonstrate their ability to maintain the high quality of education provided by the College despite the challenges of this pandemic. I know that will remain true. My hope is that on January 25, on-campus instruction will resume as planned with the necessary safety protocols. However, this is a fluid situation and the leadership of BSCC will be continually monitoring the situation. We appreciate the support and understanding of our students and the communities we serve as we are faced with making these difficult decisions.”
Bevill State Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Cheatham as the new Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball Team. Coach Cheatham has served during the past two years as Assistant Coach for the Bevill State Bears basketball team. He has 22 years of experience as Head Coach in high schools, including two years at Thompson High School in Alabaster, AL, fifteen years at Ramsay High School in Birmingham, AL, and five years at Huffman High School in Birmingham, AL. The Bevill State Basketball Program is located on the College’s Jasper Campus. “I’m very excited to have Coach Cheatham coming on board as BSCC’s new Head Coach for Men’s Basketball. When a coaching legend like Tommy Suitts retires, there is automatically some concern about how you are going to replace him; but with Coach Cheatham, I think it will be a seamless transition. He brings a great deal of experience and a wealth of knowledge about the game of basketball to our team. Plus, he already knows these young men since he has helped recruit them… and he cares about them. I think the future of Bears basketball in very good hands with Coach Cheatham,” stated Bevill State Athletic Director Max Weaver.
Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker on Tuesday named Dr. Joel Hagood President of Bevill State Community College. “When you combine Dr. Hagood’s proven leadership with his local expertise you get an ideal candidate for Bevill State’s next President,” Baker stated. “Bevill State’s diversity in programs matches its diversity in geography and I’m confident that with Dr. Hagood at the helm the college will continue to move the needle on student success.” With four main campuses and one instructional site, Bevill State offers transfer and applied technology educational opportunity to more than 250,000 residents in a seven-county area. The service area spans more than 4,600 square miles, from Birmingham’s city limits to the Mississippi state line. Dr. Hagood’s entire educational career since 1997 has been spent in Walker County, which is home to Bevill State’s largest campus. He currently serves as Superintendent of Walker County Schools. Prior to his service there, he was a high school principal at Oakman High School and Director of Curriculum in the Walker County School System. Of his appointment to Bevill State, Hagood stated, “Walker County and the surrounding areas are home and it’s an honor to lead a college with such history and purpose in our region. I am focused on continuing Bevill State’s legacy as a game-changer in education and workforce development and I look forward to being part of its growth for the future.”
Bevill State Community College was awarded $1,500,000 by the Appalachian Regional Commission to provide a range of expanded, accelerated, workforce skill training programs that provide industry-recognized credentials for high-quality, in-demand jobs. This project aligns with area economic development plans, results from comprehensive regional planning and partnerships, and will transform the Hamilton Campus of Bevill State Community College into a Workforce Rapid Training Center. Existing career tech laboratories will undergo renovations in order to respond quickly to the training needs of the surrounding business and industry. High wage, high demand programs on the Hamilton Campus include Welding, HVAC, Advanced Engineering Design, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Automotive Service Technology, Machine Tool Technology, and Electrical Technology. This grant will also allow for scholarships for individuals who have lost jobs or income related to the coal downturn or who are in recovery from substance abuse programs. “Bevill State Community College is appreciative of the Appalachian Regional Commission and all of our project partners for seeing the value in this important project,” stated Dr. Chris Cox, BSCC Interim President.
Bevill State Community College has been awarded a Raising the Financial Bar for Women grant from the Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham in the amount of $45,000. Additionally, the College’s Thrive Together Walker County partnership with the Jasper Area Family Services Center and the Walker County Board of Education was awarded $50,000 for their third year. The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham awarded a total of sixteen grants for 2021, with Bevill State being the recipient of two. “The grants awarded by the Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham have allowed Bevill State and the Thrive Together Walker County Collaborators the opportunity to reach out to an underserved population. Single mothers living in poverty have many barriers preventing them from pursuing an education. Through Thrive Together Walker County, we have been able to alleviate some of those barriers, allowing these mothers to focus on their education, while the grant for scholarships helps to provide for tuition, fees, and books. Having the Success Coach, gives these mothers an encourager, cheerleader, and a confidant when needed. I would like to thank the Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham for sharing our vision of alleviating poverty in the 2 Gen household. Without a doubt, an education leading to a high wage/high demand career can change lives,” stated Maurice Ingle, Director of Career Technical Education at Bevill State.
Preston Jones and Tyler Wilkins, both students from the BSCC Fayette Campus, were named to the 2020 All-Alabama Academic Team. All-Alabama Academic Team members are recognized for their distinguished academic achievements and leadership accomplishments. These students understand the responsibilities of being a scholar, alongside their role in community service. Preston Jones, a recent graduate, was named the 2020 New Century Workforce Scholar for the state of Alabama and received a $1,250 scholarship. Preston also received the Carl A. Elliott, Sr. Student Achievement Award for the 2019-2020 academic year. This award is given to the most outstanding student from Bevill State, which includes all campuses, in recognition for student academic achievement, service to the community, and concern for the welfare of others. Tyler Wilkins was also named a 2020 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar and will receive a $1,500 scholarship. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver, and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each scholar also receives a commemorative medallion.
On Wednesday, September 23, ACCS Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the appointment of Dr. Chris Cox as Interim President of Bevill State Community College. Cox will serve in the role until a permanent president is named at the completion of the presidential search. Cox has more than 24 years of higher education administration experience and currently serves as Interim President at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College. Prior to his role at LBW, Cox served as the Executive Director of Workforce Solutions and Innovations for the Alabama Community College System. “Time and time again, Dr. Cox has proven to be a capable leader and I’m confident Bevill State will be well-served by his time as Interim President,” Baker said. “Chris’s innovative and enthusiastic approach is a benefit to students, faculty, and staff alike.” A Geneva, Alabama, native, Cox began his career as a teacher and coach at Dale County High School in Midland City. He later served as Assistant Principal at Geneva High School in Geneva and Principal at Pinedale Elementary School in Enterprise. Prior to joining the ACCS, Cox spent time in Oxford, first as Oxford High School’s principal and then as Assistant Superintendent for the Oxford City Board of Education.
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) President, Dr. Kim Ennis, received notification from Dr. Michael Hoefer, vice president of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC), that the College’s accreditation standards had been reaffirmed for the next 10 years. SACSCOC is a regional accrediting body of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. Its mission is to assure the educational quality and improve the effectiveness of its member institutions. “This is great news and an outcome for which all colleges strive,” stated Dr. Ennis. “Upholding the standards set forth by SACSCOC and receiving reaffirmation of accreditation for 10 years demonstrates that the Bevill State faculty, staff, and administration are dedicated to providing our students with the highest-quality education possible. Our team, led by Dr. Leslie Hartley and Dr. Russell Howton, did an exceptional job throughout the entire process.”
On Monday, August 31, 2020, Dr. Kim Ennis announced to the faculty and staff of Bevill State Community College that she will be retiring as President effective September 30, 2020, after a career at the College spanning over three decades. After a year-long appointment as Interim President, Dr. Ennis was officially named President of the College in April of 2018. In an email distributed to the employees of Bevill State on Monday morning Dr. Ennis wrote, “This College has been my home, the students, faculty, and staff my family, for my entire adult life. My dedication and love for this school will never waiver. My intent had initially been to retire earlier this year. Bevill State had successfully completed their SACSCOC 10-year re-accreditation, great progress has been made with the budget, and several large projects had reached completion. However, when I saw the challenges that we were facing with the pandemic, I wanted to remain with the College until I knew things had stabilized somewhat and the fall 2020 term was well underway. As I move on to the newest chapter of my life, I know that the foundation of this institution is strong. As the community college experience evolves during these ever-changing times, Bevill State will be there for the people in our communities. Every role at Bevill State is vital and valuable. This school provides opportunities to change lives, as it did mine.”
On Friday, August 14, Tommy Suitts will step down as head coach of the Bevill State Community College Basketball Program. Suitts came on board at Bevill State in 2016 as the College re-introduced athletics, including basketball. During his tenure as head coach, Suitts has strengthened the program and helped numerous players move on to continue playing basketball at a 4-year college. This past season, the Bevill State Bears made it to the semi-final round of the ACCC Tournament. Coach Suitts was named 2019-2020 ACCC North Division Coach of the Year. Regarding his decision to retire, Suitts stated, “I am not leaving Bevill for another job. I am leaving to become a full-time granddaddy to my five grandchildren. This has been a labor of love, and I will always be a Bear!” The Bevill State Community College Human Resources Department will be posting the position of Head Basketball Coach. Job postings for the College can be found at www.BSCC.edu/about/employment-opportunities.
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) met with faculty, staff, and administrators from all five locations on Monday, June 29, to continue the development of a new strategic plan. The College began this process earlier this year. However, recent statewide developments make the timing of this planning process optimal. At the close of the regular legislative session, Alabama lawmakers approved a $1.25 billion bond issue for school construction in the largest capital improvement project in more than a decade. The Alabama Community College system has been allotted over $120 million of these funds. “Bevill State has been encouraged to ‘think big’ when envisioning what our college will look like in 2030. Strategic planning is always vital to the success of an institution, but in light of recent events, being innovative about the future of education when planning is necessary. The College is excited about this process,” stated Dr. Kim Ennis, President of Bevill State Community College. “We are fortunate in Alabama to have leadership that recognizes, prioritizes, and supports education.”
Bevill State Community College is honored to recognize those students that completed a program of study, earning either a certificate or degree, during Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Spring 2020. “Graduates, you have the skills to enter your chosen field in today’s world and succeed. Whether you are receiving a transfer degree and continuing your studies at a senior college or university, or you are completing technical studies or the nursing program, you are prepared to enter the workforce arena. As you start or continue your chosen journey…commit to being a lifelong learner,” stated Bevill State Community College President, Dr. Kim Ennis. Dr. Ennis also recently made the public announcement that “discussions are ongoing concerning alternatives for graduation ceremonies. Successful completion of a student’s program of study is a monumental accomplishment. On behalf of everyone at Bevill State, we congratulate you on your graduation!”
Bevill State Community College will soon disburse the federal emergency financial assistance provided under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently approved by the U.S. Congress to students. Bevill State received $1,321,420 to help students cover costs related to the disruption of college operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These may include expenses deemed eligible by the U.S. Department of Education such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. “Bevill State’s students have shown their resolve during this unusual time. I praise their flexibility and dedication to their education. Our hope that Bevill State students eligible for funds from the CARES Act will be able to apply these funds to alleviate any of the issues this pandemic caused to their educational path, be that child care costs, technology that was necessitated by remote learning, or materials to complete their coursework,” stated Bevill State Community College President Kim Ennis.
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) and the University of West Alabama (UWA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will allow Bevill State students to earn their bachelor’s degrees at UWA. The two institutions have signed a transfer agreement ensuring that students who have earned associate’s degrees at Bevill State, or BSCC students who have a 2.0 GPA and 45 transferable credit hours, can seamlessly continue their education at UWA. This agreement also allows for pre-transfer advising at Bevill State and/or on the UWA campus with an academic advisor from UWA. “Bevill State Community College is committed to the success of all of our students. We welcome partnerships such as the one we have created with the University of West Alabama. It allows for a seamless transition for our Academic Transfer students with intentions to attend UWA, and provides them with wonderful scholarship opportunities,” stated Dr. Kim Ennis, President of Bevill State Community College.
Bevill State Community College will begin a project to update the audio/visual equipment in the Earl McDonald Auditorium in the Tom Bevill Building on the Fayette Campus. This project is being funded through multiple sources, including Senator Greg Reed, Rep. Kyle South, the Fayette Community Foundation, the Bevill Foundation, and the Alabama Community College System (ACCS). The Earl McDonald Auditorium is the largest auditorium in the Fayette County area, and is regularly used for College, partnering schools, and community events. For several years, sections of the auditorium’s lighting and sound systems have been non-functioning, leaving any group or organization utilizing the facility without a complete A/V system for use. Repairs were cost prohibitive. The contributions from these organizations is going to allow for a replacement of both the sound and lighting systems.
Months of strenuous, coordinated effort in preparation for the arrival of the on-site Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) review committee were proven successful on Thursday, October 31. The committee, which visited all of the Bevill State Community College (BSCC) campuses and several off-site locations from October 28-31, issued an evaluation of “no recommendations” for the College. BSCC President Dr. Kim Ennis said the evaluation results were a tremendous accomplishment for Bevill State. “The results of the on-site visit are a wonderful affirmation of all the hard work that has been done by so many people to make Bevill State a strong institution,” Ennis said. “As community colleges rarely receive an evaluation of no recommendations, I think this speaks volumes regarding the level of dedication put forward by our faculty and staff in advance of the committee’s visit.”
Bevill State Community College is proud to announce the launch of a new Manufactured Home Installation Training class on the Hamilton Campus. Invited guests will attend a launch reception on Thursday, September 26th, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Bevill Business and Community Center located at 1481 Military Street S, Hamilton, AL 35570. The event is open to the press. Deputy Director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association, Lance Latham, says, “This is a great opportunity for someone looking for a steady job that can pay really well. Installers play a key role in the manufactured housing industry and are a critical part of helping families all over Alabama achieve the American Dream of owning their own home. So, this new program is an exciting opportunity, and we are grateful to the leadership at Bevill State Community College for working with our industry to make this program a reality.”
The Department of Public Relations at Bevill State Community College received eight awards during the annual conference of the Alabama Community College System Public Relations Association (ACCSPRA) held September 4-6 in Orange Beach, AL. “The ACCSPRA Pyramid Awards competition is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the marketing teams throughout the Alabama Community College System,” stated Dr. Kim Ennis, President of Bevill State Community College. “Bevill State’s public relations department has traditionally done very well in the Pyramid Awards, and I know that our team will continue to strive for excellence in their representation of our College. Communications within our service area is so important for the success of the College and we are fortunate to have such dedicated individuals at Bevill State to help us achieve this for us."
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) is proud to announce the graduation of students from the first HVAC Boot Camp held at the Bevill State/Alabama Power HVAC Training Center. The graduation will be on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at noon. The ceremony will take place at the HVAC Training Facility located at 3711 Industrial Court, Jasper, AL 35501. “This boot camp is another example of Alabama Power and Bevill State working together to meet the demands of industry. The students in this program have an extraordinary opportunity to work in the HVAC industry, and we are thrilled to be a part of their success,” said Al Moore, Dean of Workforce Solutions and Economic Development for Bevill State Community College.
The Alabama Legislature passed and Governor Ivey signed an Education Budget that includes $950,000 in funding to expand Bevill State’s mine training facility to include longwall mining training. Bevill State Community College is the only college in the state that offers Mine Technology curriculum. “Bevill State Community College strives to set the standard of excellence for education, workforce training, partnerships and economic development in our service area. The Legislature’s support to expand the training opportunities provided by our mine training program is exemplary of government, education, and private industry working together to facilitate economic strength and development,” said Dr. Kim Ennis, President of Bevill State Community College.
Bevill State Community College has partnered with the College of Natural Science and Mathematics and the College of Education at the University of West Alabama, in addition to Coastal Alabama Community College on Project INSPIRE – Implementing Novel STEM Practices in Rural Education. INSPIRE is a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program funded by a $1.38 million grant funded by the National Science Foundation. This program is a response to the critical need for K-12 teachers in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The goal of the Noyce Scholarship Program is to encourage talented STEM students and professionals to pursue teaching careers. “Bevill State Community College recognizes the critical need in our region for highly qualified STEM educators,” stated Dr. Leslie Hartley, Dean of Instruction for BSCC. “We are proud to be a part of this partnership in working toward a solution.”
Bevill State Community College was honored to recognize those students that completed a program of study, earning either a certificate or degree, in graduation ceremonies on the four campuses during the week of May 6 – May 9, 2019. These ceremonies included students successfully completing their programs in both the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters. Bevill State Community College President, Dr. Kim Ennis, gave words of encouragement to the students as they embark on their next steps, “Graduates, you have the skills to enter your chosen field in today’s world and succeed. Whether you are receiving a transfer degree and continuing your studies at a senior college or university, or you are completing technical studies or the nursing program, you are prepared to enter the workforce arena. As you start or continue your chosen journey…commit to being a lifelong learner.”
Bevill State Community College will launch a Truck Driver Training program on the Hamilton Campus of the College. On Monday, April 15, the Marion County Commission unanimously approved and signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Dr. Kim Ennis, President of Bevill State Community College, to use the CDL Training Lot at the Marion County Rankin-Fite Airport to use for the purpose of this course. “We are excited about this new program opportunity on the Hamilton Campus. Forming partnerships, such as this one with the Marion County Commission, allows us to expand training and workforce opportunities throughout our service area. This fosters economic growth for the region.” said Dr. Ennis. Financial aid options are available. Individuals interested in participating in this program should contact Amanda Clement-Tice, Workforce Solutions Specialist for Bevill State, at email@example.com or call 800.648.3271 ext. 5323. All applicants will need to register through the Alabama Career Center on the Bevill State Hamilton Campus.
Bevill State Community College is pleased to announce the donation of a 2019 Startran PS/2 bus by the Bevill State Foundation. On Friday, March 22, 2019, the much-needed passenger bus was delivered to the Fayette Campus of the College where the keys were presented by board members of the Bevill Foundation. “The Bevill Foundation has solidly maintained their support for the College through scholarships and donations of equipment. Providing Bevill State with a bus for student and student-athlete transportation is a substantial contribution. It shows their continued belief in the mission of the institution and the value it brings to this area. I am grateful for the support they give to Bevill State,” stated Dr. Kim Ennis, President of Bevill State Community College.
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) is pleased to announce they will now be offering Fall Daytime Admissions for the Nursing Program on the Sumiton Campus. Applications for this first Fall cohort are now available, with a May 1 application deadline. Applications are available on the Bevill State website at http://www.bscc.edu/programs/health-sciences/nursing. Bevill State currently offers Nursing Programs at each of their five locations. High application numbers have led to expansions in this program across the College. “This Spring, Bevill State has 466 students in the Nursing Program college-wide,” stated Dr. Reitha Cabaniss, Director of the Nursing Program College-Wide. “The reputation of our program, along with the current high demand in the healthcare industry, has led to us receiving more qualified applicants than we can accept. We are expanding our program to meet the needs in the communities we serve.”
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) signed an agreement with homebuilders from northwest Alabama on Monday, January 28, 2019, to partner in an effort to reduce employee turnover and implement the Ready-to-Work (RtW) program to enhance the pre-screening process to develop a strong workforce. The area homebuilders included in the partnership include Buccaneer Homes, Deer Valley Homebuilders, Inc., Platinum Homes, Southern Homes-Russellville, Sunshine Homes, Inc. and Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. The RtW program will be provided at no cost to Alabama residents. There will be job fairs for the homebuilders held on Thursday, February 7, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and on Saturday, February 9, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Both will be held in the Adult Education Lab on the BSCC Hamilton Campus and will be considered the orientation for the RtW course. The first class will begin on Monday, February 18, at 5:30 p.m.
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) and Mercedes-Benz US International, Inc., announced a new partnership on Thursday, December 6, 2018, officially kicking off a Mercedes-Benz Tech Co-Op Program. Bevill State Community College’s Automotive Technology students will be eligible to apply for the co-op program. “The State of Alabama is bustling at this time. The workforce is growing, and there is a need for workers,” Dr. Kim Ennis, president of BSCC, said. “But there is an even bigger need for people in the pipeline to become those workers. That is why programs such as this are vital. It’s partnerships like the one between Mercedes-Benz and Bevill State that will be able to develop a workforce for the State of Alabama.”
On Wednesday, August 8, 2018, the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Board of Trustees unanimously voted to confer the title of Dean Emeritus to longtime Bevill State Community College employee, Dean Jerry L. Dollar. Dean Dollar recently retired from Bevill State after 53 years of service. “I would like to thank the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees. I am very honored to be awarded the title of Dean Emeritus, but at the same time I am humbled. I have always sought to present the best course taught anywhere, the mark of which would be the performance of those students after they left my classroom. I have always sought personal improvement in knowledge and delivery of the subject matter,” Dollar said during the meeting. Following his speech, Dean Dollar received a standing ovation.
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Linda Jones as Dean of Finance for Bevill State Community College. Ms. Jones brings sixteen years of experience in accounting roles to Bevill. Linda Jones earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Accounting from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Collat School of Business. She filled accounting roles for the American Cancer Society, Jefferson County Commission, and Protective Life Corporation before beginning her career in higher education. Linda worked at Miles College and Jefferson State Community College prior to becoming the Assistant Director of Fiscal Services for the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) in Montgomery, Alabama.
Bevill State Community College hosted a Workforce Solutions Summit on Tuesday, July 24, in Bevill Auditorium on the Hamilton Campus. The College’s Workforce Solutions Department invited the local business/industry community and other stakeholders to meet our workforce team, hear about opportunities to partner, and discuss our workforce relationships. “The objective of this meeting was to introduce the BSCC Workforce Division, build relationships, and to find out how we can better serve the local business community. I believe this summit was a success and a positive step toward fostering robust partnerships and open communication in this area,” said Dr. Kim Ennis, President of Bevill State.
Dr. Kim Ennis has been named president of Bevill State Community College. Jimmy H. Baker, chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, announced the appointment by the Board of Trustees at their meeting held today at Lawson State Community College. During Dr. Ennis’ 33-year tenure with Bevill State, she has served in a number of roles, including two terms as Interim President, Executive Vice-President, and Dean of Students. Because of this, she has developed a thorough and in-depth knowledge of the operations of the College, the students, the local constituents, and the communities served. Ennis has also been involved in the development of numerous partnerships to promote workforce and economic development. These partnerships have worked to serve not only Bevill State, but the communities in Bevill State’s service area.
Grace Defoor, a student at Bevill State Community College – Hamilton Campus, and Elizabeth Henslee, a student at Bevill State Community College – Fayette Campus, have been named 2018 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholars and will receive a $1,250 scholarship. “We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for recognizing these student leaders and for investing in their futures,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “Scholarships like these are integral to the success of these students in reaching their educational and career goals.”
The Bevill State Community College Theater Program presents A Midsummer Night's Dream or The Night They Missed the Forest for the Trees on Wednesday, March 14, and Thursday, March 15, at 9:30 a.m. There will be an evening performance on Friday, March 16, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults. The play will take place in the Bevill Auditorium on the Hamilton Campus (1333 Military Street South, Hamilton, AL 35570). This production is Nancy Linehan Charles' version of William Shakespeare's play, and is directed by Japonica Brown, BSCC Director of Theatre Arts. "In this rollicking adaptation of Shakespeare's play, teenagers, fairies, workers, and royalty collide in a forest on a summer night and are bedazzled by a prankster. Come and enjoy this family friendly play of love and laughter!"
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) is one of 10 community colleges in the nation selected as a finalist for the 2018 Bellwether Awards in the WorkForce Development (WD) category for their entry, “THIS IS US: True ‘Partnership’ – It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it!”. The College has been competitively selected to compete for the prestigious award at the upcoming Community College Futures Assembly. The WorkForce Development (WD) category focuses on public and/or private strategic alliances and partnerships that promote community and economic development. Bevill State’s entry highlights the public/private partnership with Alabama Power Company and the joint internship program at the Technical Education Center on the BSCC Sumiton campus.
Bevill State Community College is proud to announce its recipients of the annual NISOD Excellence Awards. 2018 honorees include the following faculty members: Tony Bolton, Auto Body Repair; Jim Sanford, Math & Physics; Dr. Greg Taylor, Biology; and the late Cyrus Brock, English. “The services and educational opportunities that BSCC offers northwest Alabama are based upon the quality and commitment of an outstanding faculty and staff. Mr. Bolton, Mr. Sanford, Dr. Taylor, and the late Mr. Brock are shining examples of the outstanding faculty we are fortunate to have on each of our campuses. I commend their dedication and congratulate them on this well-deserved recognition,” stated Dr. Kim Ennis, Interim President of Bevill State.
Bevill State Community College, a public, two-year institution that is committed to providing comprehensive education and educational support services for people in West Central Alabama and beyond, today announced its Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing college-wide earned programmatic continuing accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Re-accreditation signifies that the Bevill State nursing programs have met or exceeded standards and criteria for educational quality in nursing curriculum and preparation for nursing students to work successfully in the profession.
Bevill State Community College is pleased to announce that the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Board of Trustees voted to approve a Joint Program Development Agreement on May 10 between the College and Alabama Power. The agreement provided for the relocation and development of a state-of-the-art HVAC Training Center. This joint venture will relocate the facility from Clanton to Jasper, Ala., and expand the program and course certificate options for future participants through an arrangement and program transfer with Bevill State Community College.
Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Acting Chancellor Jimmy Baker announced that Dr. Kim Ennis of Kansas, Alabama, has been appointed to serve as interim president of Bevill State Community College which has campuses in Fayette, Hamilton, Jasper and Sumiton as well an educational center in Carrollton, Alabama, effective March 10, 2017. Dr. Ennis previously served as interim president in 2015. In addition, she has served as the Executive Vice President at Bevill State Community College since July 2016.
Bevill State Community College has been ranked No. 4 in Alabama in community colleges. The ranking comes from Niche, a website that combines rigorous analysis with authentic reviews to highlight the best places to live and go to school. This ranking was based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. The list includes public junior colleges, public technical schools, and all other public 2-year colleges. Bevill State Community College President Dr. Larry Ferguson stated, “We are honored to be recognized by Niche as one of the best community colleges in Alabama. Great things are happening at Bevill State!”
Bevill State Community College President Dr. Larry Ferguson announced today the submission of his letter of resignation to the Alabama Community College System on Thursday, February 9, 2017. This decision comes as the result of Dr. Ferguson being presented with the unanticipated opportunity to return to his home state of Kentucky to serve as a vice-president for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Ferguson has fostered innovation and growth in the Bevill State system, leaving the College poised for sustainable progress.
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) is pleased to announce that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $1,920,000 grant for the Bevill State Community College POWER 2016 Initiative. The project will create a new Rapid Training Center at Bevill State’s Jasper campus that will serve as a regional workforce training and job placement hub in northwest Alabama – an area that has been adversely affected by the recent retirement of coal-fired power generation facilities and the closure of multiple coal mines.
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) will begin the introduction of one-stop centers on its campuses to enhance the student experience. In a bond request and development project approved by the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) on Dec. 14, 2016, BSCC will begin the one-stop projects on its campuses, at a cost of just over $4.6 million. The plan calls for remodeling on the Fayette and Hamilton campuses, and construction and remodeling for both the Jasper and Sumiton campuses.
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) is pleased to announce that the Fayette Community Foundation, Inc. has awarded the College two grants. One grant of $42,000 was awarded to provide scholarships for deserving high school and GED students throughout Fayette County. A second grant for $40,000 was awarded to BSCC to provide financial support for the re-introduction of sports to the Fayette Campus.
Bevill State Community College (BSCC) signed Fayette County High School (FCHS) baseball player Brandon Rickman on Monday, December 5, at a signing ceremony held in the FCHS library. Friends, family and classmates of the senior were all smiles as Rickman signed a commitment to play for BSCC baseball coach Joey May. “It was my childhood dream to play college baseball. I’m ready to play,” Rickman said.
Ten different teams from area middle and high schools will be competing in this year’s competition including: Bankhead Middle School, Berry Middle School, Fayette County Enrichment Program, Fayette Middle School, Hubbertville Middle & High Schools, Huffman High School, Northside Middle & High Schools, and Winfield Middle & High Schools.
An $81,000 grant has been awarded to Bevill State to provide an authentic mobile ambulance training laboratory to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department.
Students planning for a career in nursing will soon have a new option from Bevill State Community College. The College is set to begin a new part-time evening program in January 2017 on the Jasper Campus.
Bevill State Community College has named Angelica “Angel” Brown as the new head softball coach for the College’s reinstated softball program.
Bevill State Community College President Larry Ferguson announced today that the college is initiating several college-wide facilities maintenance and repair projects to begin this fall.
Bevill State Community College has named Thomas “Tommy” Suitts as the new head basketball coach for the College’s newly reinstated men’s basketball program.
Students on the Jasper Campus of Bevill State Community College received a special welcome to the Fall Semester with a renovation to the Jesse Student Center. The renovation was made possible through support and $10,000 in funding from the Walker College Foundation.
The National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, has announced that Bevill State Community College President Dr. Larry Ferguson has taken its Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge.
Bevill State Community College has begun one of the newest chapters of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Bevill State is one of less than 20 chapters in the state and one of the few Alabama community colleges to have a chapter.
The Hamilton Campus of Bevill State Community College will soon have a new project that promises to bring opportunities for student learning, public wellness, historical preservation and community development. The college is moving forward with its Buttahatchee River Nature Trail.
Bevill State Community College administrators announced that women’s volleyball would be added to the reinstated athletics program at the College.
Bevill State Community College’s Sumiton Campus was transformed into a “battleground for bots” the week of July 5 as the College hosted a Robotics Camp as part of its Career Pathways Academy.
Bevill State Community College recently unveiled its new mobile app to make information more accessible and available to its students and the public.
Two months after announcing that the College would reinstate athletics, Bevill State Community College is now searching for coaches to lead the Basketball and Softball Programs. The two positions were recently posted to the College’s website. Joey May, former Baseball Coach and current Math Instructor at Bevill State, will resume duties as the head Baseball Coach for the College.
Four students from Bevill State Community College will compete in the National SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, KY in June.
Bevill State Community College recently hosted its commencement ceremonies. Friends, family and supporters celebrated the accomplishments of the 2016 graduates at each of the College’s four campuses.
Bevill State Community College President Dr. Larry Ferguson announced today that athletics is coming back to the College.
Two students from the Hamilton Campus of Bevill State Community College were recently selected to the 2016 All-Alabama Academic Team and recognized at a special luncheon Apr. 15 in Montgomery.
Film premieres are usually held in New York or Hollywood, but the Jasper Campus of Bevill State Community College was recently the site of a very special debut.
A group comprised of over 80 employees and students from Bevill State Community College traveled to Montgomery Apr. 5 to celebrate the second annual Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Day.