February 13, 2023
Students and alumni of colleges within the Alabama Community College System add $6.6 billion to Alabama’s economy, supporting one out of every 27 jobs in the state, according to an economic impact report released Monday.
The independent, 102-page report by LightCast estimates the Alabama Community College System directly impacts 98,923 jobs in the state, representing about 2.7% of Alabama’s gross state product. Additionally, taxpayers see a net benefit of $1.1 billion in added tax revenue from students’ higher lifetime earnings and increased output to businesses.
“Bevill State Community College (BSCC) creates a significant positive impact on the business community and generates a return on investment to its major stakeholder groups—students, taxpayers, and society,” according to the report. “In FY 2020-21, BSCC added $281.8 million in income to the BSCC Service Area economy, a value approximately equal to 0.5% of the region’s total gross regional product (GRP). Expressed in terms of jobs, BSCC’s impact supported 3,810 jobs.”
“Bevill State is strategically committed to our mission to provide the communities we serve with quality educational and training opportunities that enrich lives intellectually, economically, and culturally. The College’s service area includes over one-quarter million people in a seven-county area, spanning over 4,600 square miles, from the Birmingham city limits to the Mississippi state line,” stated Dr. Joel Hagood, President of Bevill State Community College. “The data provided in this report allows us to see quantitatively how impactful and vital Bevill State is to the region.”
Among the report highlights for Bevill State Community College:
Jimmy Baker, Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System said, “Residents are receiving a strong return on investment when they invest in training at one of our colleges – whether through an adult education program, rapid skills training program, rigorous certification or academic transfer program that allows them to move toward completing a bachelor’s degree. And, they’re using that training to make a difference right here in Alabama.”
About the Alabama Community College System (ACCS):
The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) is Alabama's gateway to first-class, affordable education and technical training to compete in a constantly evolving workforce. With 24 community and technical colleges in more than 130 locations, the ACCS benefits more than 144,000 Alabamians through various certification, credential, dual enrollment and degree programs ACCS offers alongside leading industry partners. A total of 95% of residents who study at Alabama’s community colleges remain in the state. The System includes the Alabama Technology Network, which provides extensive training and service offerings directly to business and industry. ACCS is governed by the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees.
About Bevill State Community College (BSCC):
Bevill State Community College is a public, two-year, "open door" institution, committed to providing comprehensive education and educational support services for people in West Central Alabama and beyond. Bevill State is a member of the Alabama Community College System. Bevill State's four main campuses, and one instructional site, offer university parallel and applied technology educational opportunities to over one-quarter million people in a seven-county area. This service area spans over 4,600 square miles, from the Birmingham city limits to the Mississippi state line.