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Alabama Access for Higher Education Center Established at Bevill State

June 30, 2011

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded an $119,870 grant to Bevill State Community College for the establishment of the Alabama Access for Higher Education (AAHE) Center.

The AAHE Center is designed to increase the educational attainment of students in Alabama schools and to break down barriers to participation in higher education. Initially serving K-12 public schools in Fayette, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Walker and Winston counties, the AAHE Center will award competitive two-year “Access” grants to fund activities that promote and encourage students to consider college, experience careers and seek financial aid such as student grants

Activities include, but are not limited to, field trips and campus visits, business alliances, parent meetings, college and career fairs, utilization of career exploration software and other media, peer speakers, and visits to schools and businesses.  These activities will help students and their parents explore college opportunities and career possibilities as well as demystify the college experience while building confidence and self-esteem.  

Each public secondary school in these west Alabama counties will be eligible to submit a grant proposal for consideration on a competitive basis for participation in AAHE Center.  To assist in grant preparation, AAHE staff will conduct grant-writing workshops for all eligible high schools in the service area.  In addition, staff development for school grantees and an annual conference will be available to participating schools.

“As a rural institution in Alabama, the College understands the limitations that many students have to educational opportunities and advance training,” said Bevill State President Dr. Anne McNutt. “However, it is imperative for the future of our state and the Appalachia region that we are able to compete in a global economy. The AAHE Center will provide an avenue for students to receive those opportunities.”

Saderia Morman has been appointed to serve as the Director of the AAHE Center beginning July 1 and will work directly with principals, counselors, and teachers at the schools.  Morman has been employed at Bevill State since 2006 as an Educational Talent Search coordinator.

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Each year ARC provides funding for several hundred projects in the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation.

For more information on Bevill State’s AAHE Center, contact Saderia Morman at or 800-648-3271, ext. 5278.

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