Bevill State Community College will join community colleges across Alabama and the nation this month to celebrate National Community College Month. The college will host a variety of campus and community events throughout April including Spring Fling, student honors programs, and FAFSA Night financial aid seminars.
The month-long celebration will kickoff with Spring Fling Week during the week of April 7. Students will be invited to a variety of activities across Bevill State's campuses including Open Mic, ping pong tournaments, cookouts, a college art competition, and more.
On April 24, FAFSA Night financial aid seminar will be held on all campuses to assist the public with information on financial aid options and assistance with the Federal Application for Financial Student Assistance (FAFSA) form. The event will be held from 5-8 pm at all five Bevill State locations.
"FAFSA Night is a great opportunity for parents, high school seniors and any other interested individuals to learn more about the college financial aid process," said Dr. Kim Ennis, Dean of Students. "The seminar is open to anyone interested in attending college, regardless of where they plan to attend."
Student Honors programs are also held during the month of April to highlight the academic and leadership achievements of Bevill State students. Awards are given to students who excel in service, leadership and academic areas. This year's events will be held in Jasper on Monday, April 14 at 6:30 pm in Rowland Auditorium; Sumiton on Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30 pm in the Tom Bevill Building 1400 Exhibit Hall; Fayette on Thursday, April 17 at 6:30 pm in the Earl McDonald Auditorium; and Hamilton on Tuesday April 22 at 6:30 pm in the Bevill Center Auditorium. The public is invited to attend these events.
Bevill State is a member of the Alabama Community College System (ACCS), a system that serves more than half of all freshman and sophomores in Alabama. Approximately 15,000 of these students transfer each year to public four-year institutions while others graduate into career technical fields leading directly to employment. These community colleges provide provide enhanced educational opportunities, create greater access to higher education for all ages, and strengthen economic development across the state of Alabama and nationwide. They also provide provide access to low-income, racially/ethnically diverse, and first generation college students who would not otherwise be college bound.
According to the American Association of Community Colleges, there are 1,132 community colleges in the United States with approximately 12.8 million students whose average age is 28. Community colleges annually award 770,797 associate degrees and 436,037 certificates. For more information about the Community College Month celebration, community colleges, or enrolling in Summer 2014 classes, visit the Bevill State Web site at bscc.edu or call 800-648-3271.