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.