Matthew Rodgers named as new President of Enterprise State Community College

August 10, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

Veteran-educator Matthew Rodgers was named as the president of Enterprise State Community College Systems 3-years after the former president resigned.

Jimmy Baker, the chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, announced the decision at the System’s regular board of trustees meeting Wednesday. He said Rodgers long history of leadership and knowledge of the Enterprise community made him an ideal candidate for the position.

“He comes to Enterprise State with a unique perspective that will benefit not only our students but the entire community college system,” Baker said. “We are pleased to welcome him to the Alabama Community College System.”

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Three Alabama Community Colleges to offer new Apple app development curriculum

May 29, 2017

By Staff Report
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama’s Community College system is one of six across the country selected for a new app-development curriculum launched today by Apple.

The new curriculum will be offered starting next fall as part of computer science programs in three Alabama community colleges: Drake State Community and Technical College in Huntsville, Bishop State Community College in Mobile and Wallace State Community College in Selma.

In launching the program, Apple noted that there are more than 4,400 open computing jobs in Alabama. However, the company also stressed that the college curriculum will allow students to develop coding skills that are valuable in a wide variety of careers.

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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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New Workforce system will link employers, job seekers, schools

November 16, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Whether you’re looking for a job, looking for an employee or seeking information about education or training programs, in Alabama, there’s now a website for that., the first step in a major effort to streamline the partnership between the State’s workforce development, private businesses and education entities, officially launched Tuesday. It will serve as the frontpage for the State’s efforts.

“This is the culmination of three years’ of work,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Department of Commerce. “This effort will make it easier for workers to obtain the training and education that today’s industries are looking for, and then it will help connect those workers to the employers who need them.”
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There’s one part of Wallace’s legacy worth protecting: Our community colleges

December 15, 2015

By Rep. Darrio Melton

While Governor George Wallace is best known for his stand in the schoolhouse door, he is also responsible for establishing a community college system that made a huge impact on rural and middle-income families.

Wallace wanted to be sure that a junior college education was within reach for every Alabama student to better prepare them for study at a four-year institution or enter the job market trained in a trade.
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Shelby Announces Nearly $5.5 Million in Grants for Alabama Community Colleges

July 18, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R) from Alabama on Thursday announced that the Department of Education has awarded $5,411,597 in Educational Talent Search Program grants to Alabama Community Colleges.

Senator Shelby said, “Investing in the education of young Americans is of primary importance.  These grants will help advance some of Alabama’s brightest students from disadvantaged backgrounds to ensure that young people who have the potential to succeed in institutions of higher learning have the opportunity to do so.”
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