National Community College Month
by Dr. Anne S. McNutt
Apr 21, 2013 | 453 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
During April, we celebrate National Community College Month to recognize the vital role community colleges play in our communities and across the nation.

The word “community” in the name Community College is deliberate and reflective of the very nature of the colleges. Community colleges support and build communities by providing accessible, affordable college transfer and technical education fundamental to economic growth and prosperity.

Long been regarded as important to economic and community development, community colleges recently have been emphasized by both President Obama and Gov. Bentley. The President has established a goal of producing an additional five million students with degrees, certificates or other credentials by 2020. The Governor’s strategic economic development plan, Accelerate Alabama, focuses on education and training programs for business and industry, like those offered at Bevill State.

Nationally and in Alabama, community colleges play a key role in attaining these goals and addressing these initiatives. These colleges provide students, communities, and business and industry with affordable transfer programs and specialized technical education and training. Each day community colleges provide the opportunity for individuals and for our society to reach new heights.

Bevill State is strategically positioned across west-central Alabama to provide services to residents in Fayette, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Walker and parts of Winston and Jefferson counties. In the last year the College served more than 19,000 people in credit classes, workforce development, community education, and short-term training. Also during that time, over 580 students graduated with associate degrees.

Bevill State graduates succeed. Many transfer to four-year colleges and universities to complete their bachelor’s, master’s, and even doctorate degrees. And, depending on career choice, graduates with technical training can earn more money than do their four-year college counterparts. According to Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, nearly 30 percent of Americans with associate's degrees now make more than those with bachelor's degrees.

The college consistently serves our communities through quality instruction, easy access, and affordable education. As Bevill State works to meet the challenges of a changing state and nation, the College maintains clearly its focus on student success and will continue to play an important role in the communities of west-central Alabama.

Dr. Anne S. McNutt,

President,

Bevill State Community College