August 19, 2009


Students Receive Strong Foundation in Academic Transfer Programs of Study

Each year, many students choose to enroll in Northeast Alabama Community College’s numerous transfer programs of study. NACC offers a broad range of education opportunities for the student whose goal is to transfer to a four-year institution. A detailed listing of academic transfer programs of study can be found in the NACC Catalog at 

Students receive valuable help at NACC as they plan their transfer because many factors go into the decision of choosing a program of study right for them. Academic advisors, the Office of Student Services staff and Transfer Advisor Jessica Benefield will all be of assistance to students during the decision making process.

In addition to offering a strong foundation for the freshman and sophomore years, the academic transfer curriculum is coordinated with all public four-year institutions in Alabama to ensure the transfer of credits through STARS (Statewide Articulation Reporting System). It is a computerized articulation and transfer system that tells Alabama community college students exactly what courses will transfer to specific major programs at each state-funded four-year institution. STARS is an efficient and effective way of providing students, counselors, and educators with accurate information upon which transfer decisions can be made. The STARS database, if used properly, can prevent the loss of course credit hours, can provide direction for the scheduling of course work, and can ease the transition from one institution to another.

The success of students transferring to another college or university following NACC is important, and advisors at the college are committed to helping students transition their way to earning those next degrees. By consulting the four-year institution regularly and taking advantage of the resources available at the college, students may ensure that the transfer process is a positive experience.

Kyle Nix, a sophomore at NACC majoring in English education, has just begun the process of transferring to The University of Alabama. “Everyone here at NACC has been helpful,” said Nix. “I have enjoyed my time here.” Nix accessed the STARS Web site ( for the transfer information he needed for his major. “STARS is really, really helpful. I am glad that we have it.”

It is not too late to register for the fall semester at NACC. Fall registration continues through Thursday, August 27. Go to for additional information or call the Admissions Office at ext 222.

Pictured is Kyle Nix, sophomore at NACC, beginning the transfer process to The University of Alabama with the help of Jessica Benefield, Transfer Advisor at NACC. Benefield may be reached at ext. 379, by e-mail at or in office 115 in the Student Center on campus.

Article written by and photo taken by Debra A. Barrentine, Director of Promotions and Marketing