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.