July 16, 2009


Taking Advantage of Opportunities at Your Community College: Fall Semester Registration at Northeast

There is no better time than now to take advantage of what your community college has to offer. We at Northeast Alabama Community College invite you to take a closer look--we will surprise you with all we have to offer! At NACC you can earn a certificate, a degree, and college credits that transfer to a four-year university or college.

“Our office will help you obtain the best possible education for less cost,” said Dr. Joe Burke, Vice President/Dean of Instruction. “Our tuition is about half that of public 4-year colleges, making NACC by far the best value for your education dollar. We know that quality is important as well and Northeast students who transfer to 4-year colleges who complete their bachelors degree consistently earn better grades than the 4-year college native students. In today’s economy a college degree is a very important credential in seeking employment and Northeast is a great place to obtain an Associates Degree!”

The Center for College Success, located on campus, provides students with the utmost opportunity for college success enabling students to build necessary foundations for academic success as well as future success. “Our office will help you find academic success as well as provide you other support services,” said Shirley Buttram, Director of the Center for College Success.

You can also explore your career choices and gain skills that will expand job opportunities and chances for advancement in your current career, retrain for a new career, or develop interests in a new field. “NACC is all about opportunities,” said Dr. Mike Kennamer, Director of Workforce Development. “In the Office of Workforce Development, we work to assure that the career/technical programs we offer are relevant to our community’s business and industry needs. Our programs are industry-driven and provide training using the latest in instructional technology, with a focus on real world application.

“We are excited that this fall brings a new degree program, criminal justice, to NACC and that our new Industrial Systems Technology Building will be opening,” continued Kennamer. “The Industrial Systems Technology Building will house machine tool technology, welding technology, and industrial maintenance classrooms, offices, and shops, and is expected to open in time for this fall semester.”

The Office of Student Services at NACC is ready and available to assist students in meeting their educational goals. “Our office will help you with the application process and assist you with your COMPASS placement which determines the math, English, and/or reading courses that you might need,” said Tonie Niblett, Dean of Student Services. “We will assign you an advisor and assign you to an Orientation/Registration session that will give you an opportunity to meet with your advisor,” added Niblett.

There are over 500 classes from which to choose! For class offerings and the 2009-2010 NACC catalog/student handbook, go to

Fall semester registration is going on now. Orientation/registration for new students is Monday through Thursday, July 27 – 30, by appointment only. Call the Office of Student Services today to schedule your appointment. First time college students must complete an application for admission; send high school transcript or present evidence of GED; and take the COMPASS placement test.

Regular registration is Wednesday, August 19, 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., and Thursday, August 20 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

For students in Dual Enrollment/Accelerated, contact the Office of Student Services, ext. 225 to register for classes. Dual enrollment students must have a Permission to Register Form on file before registration.

On campus late registration is Friday, August 21 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and Monday-Thursday, August 24-27, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Need money for college? Go to to complete a free student financial aid application. Financial aid, scholarships, and student loans are available. “We help as many students go to college as we can,” said Nicky Willmon, Director of Financial Aid. “If a student comes in or calls, we will help them if there is any way possible. We genuinely care about our students and we let them know that we are here to help them.”

For more college information, visit or call 638-4418 or 228-6001.

Ready to help students register for Fall Semester are (L-R) Dr. Mike Kennamer, Director of Workforce Development; Nicky Willmon, Director of Financial Aid; Tonie Niblett, Dean of Student Services; Shirley Buttram, Director of the Center for College Success; and Dr. Joe Burke, Vice President/Dean of Instruction.

(Article written by and photo taken by Debra Barrentine, Director of Promotions and Marketing at NACC)