Baker leads Alabama Community College System into the future

November 15, 2017

By Steve Flowers
Inside the Statehouse

In March of this year, the Alabama Community College System took a giant leap forward when it brought on a giant in state government and one of Alabama’s preeminent leaders, Jimmy Baker, to be chancellor.

When you have a conversation with Chancellor Baker, he uses words that you do not normally hear in the same sentence, like, “exciting,” and, “community college.” He says it is an exciting time. For a myriad of reasons, across the state, community colleges and technical training have been viewed as second best when it comes to higher education options. Sit down with Chancellor Baker, and you will leave convinced that Alabama’s community colleges can do more to move the state forward than any other entity in the state.

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Alabama students learn dynamic career opportunities are within their reach

March 13, 2017

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

High School students in Mobile and Baldwin County recently discovered the amazing career opportunities available through Alabama Community College System’s dual enrollment programs.

Rivers Eubanks knows a good deal when he sees one, and he sees it in a career path that leads him through the State’s two-year college system and eventually to a career in welding. He was among the nearly 300 Mobile and Baldwin County High School students who attended a recent career fair at AIDT’s Maritime Training Center in Mobile.
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Chanceller of community college system plans to retire

February 9, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Mark Heinrich, chancellor of the State’s embattled community college system, has submitted his retirement and will step down from his job on April 1.

He will be replaced temporarily by the man at the center of the controversy.

Heinrich, who has served as the chancellor of the Alabama Community College System since 2012, delivered his notice of retirement to the board of trustees Wednesday.

He said he plans to retire because of a prolonged illness.

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State Community Colleges Get New Workforce Leader

October 13, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY–The Alabama Community College System has a new plan for preparing students for lucrative careers and a new man to lead the way.

ACCS on Wednesday announced the hiring of Jeff Lynn as the system’s new director of workforce development. In that role, Lynn, who served in a similar role for the State of Louisiana, will work with companies to develop training programs that provide students the specific skills required by some of the top companies in the state and country.
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Alabama’s Community Colleges Face New Challenges, But Remain a Gateway

June 17, 2016

By Al Thompson
Vice president of the Board of Trustees for the Alabama Community College System

Ask just about any Alabamian about the state’s community college system, and you’ll hear great stories about first steps, fresh starts, and fine finishes, too.

You’ll hear about people whose training led to a good job at an auto plant; people who established promising careers as nurses or welders; people who used our campuses’ convenience and cost-savings as a springboard to a four-year degree, just as I did.
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