September 28, 2009


College and Career Planning Center Open House Thursday

Northeast Alabama Community College is hosting an open house for the College and Career Planning Center on Thursday, October 1 at 2:00 pm. in the Wallace Administration Building in Rooms 100 and 102. The public is invited.

The College and Career Planning Center was funded by an Appalachian Regional Commission grant. The purpose of the center is to assist students in selecting career fields in order to become productive participants in the workforce. This past July, Sherry Whitten was selected as the new Director of the College and Career Planning Center.

“Sherry has a strong background and is a perfect fit for this new program. She has already made an impact on our students attending college for the Fall Semester,” states Tonie Niblett, the Dean of Student Services. Whitten has an undergraduate degree in business and a masters in business education. She also has 15 years of experience in business as a sales representative, marketing consultant and manager. She taught retail sales, marketing and career courses at Louisiana Business College and computer courses to high school students and adults in the DeKalb County system for eleven years. Whitten also teaches business courses for NACC. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Career and Technical Education. She was named the Teacher of the Year by Louisiana Association of Private Colleges and Schools and by the Southwestern Association of Independent Colleges and Schools in 1998.

College and Career Planning Center Director Sherry WhittenThe College and Career Planning Center is designed first to increase the retention rate of students enrolled in college by providing career counseling services, and secondly to reduce the dropout rate in the high schools. Another goal is to build closer ties with business and industry and enroll more students in identified critical needs areas such as industrial systems technology, welding, and electrical. “This project is creating and strengthening partnerships among local school systems, the college and the employers. The long term result will be a stronger educational system and in turn a stronger workforce,” states Dr. Joe Burke, Vice President and Dean of Instruction.

For more information about the College and Career Planning Center, contact Sherry Whitten at or telephone the college, extension 315.