Strong Background in Math and Science Is a
In this constantly changing world, math and science are relied
on more than ever before. When it comes to what college students
will need to succeed in life and work in this changing world, a
strong background in math and science is a necessity. It will
prepare them for work after graduating from college and provide
the higher paying jobs and better opportunities over the
lifetime of students.
At Northeast Alabama Community College helping students master
math and science is more important than ever. Students who have
a strong background in math and science have an advantage when
they transfer to a four-year college or university and in the
“Students who successfully complete our calculus and physics
courses are well-prepared to complete their four-year degree in
engineering, mathematics, or science,” said Greg Millican,
Mathematics Division Director and Instructor. “Some of our
graduates are currently employed as engineers in north Alabama,
while others are teachers, physicians, lawyers, and financial
planners, among other occupations. The success of our students
is a source of great satisfaction for us, as instructors, who
have taught them in preparation for their future careers. These
occupations are deeply rooted in mathematics, physics, and
critical thinking, and we strive to prepare our students for
these occupations. With the completion of the Bellefonte Plant,
as well as our proximity to Redstone Arsenal and Huntsville, job
opportunities in engineering will continue to be in high demand
in our area for the foreseeable future.”
Crystal Laws is a 2005 graduate of NACC and 2008 graduate of UAH.
She received a master’s degree in electrical engineering this
year. She was selected as the UAH Outstanding Undergraduate
Student in Electrical Engineering in 2008. Laws is presently
employed by Redstone Arsenal with AMRDEC (Aviation and Missile
Research Development and Engineering Center).
Laws readily speaks of her life and work experiences. At an
early age health concerns resulted in a sense of low
self-esteem, and she was not sure she could make it in college.
“I came to Northeast and it just happened to be registration
day. I enrolled in four classes,” Laws said. Chemistry was one
of those courses and as the course became more difficult she
decided to withdraw from the class and perhaps completely drop
out of school. “I was not sure college was for me,” she said.
Laws went to her advisor, Ed Behel, who realized her ability and
encouraged her to persist. Behel enrolled her in three courses
for the upcoming semester. Laws enrolled for a full load for
each subsequent semester until graduation from NACC in 2005
where she earned President’s List honors.
About leaving NACC and entering UAH, Laws offered that “I do
believe Northeast provides you with the necessary curriculum to
succeed. Northeast prepared me for my future college experiences
and also helped my self-esteem.”
NACC graduate/alumnus, Brett Gilbert, has been at Redstone
Arsenal for seven years, working six of it as an electronics
technician and the last year working as a telemetry
instrumentation technician. He assists in the design, PCB
layout, testing, and troubleshooting of telemetry systems in
several missile programs.
He graduated with an Associate in Applied Science in Industrial
Electronics at Northeast in 2006. “All of the courses I took at
NACC helped me tremendously in my job,” said Gilbert. “I apply
most of it in my work every day.” Gilbert chose NACC first
because of its good Electronics program. “The best thing about
NACC is that it is close to home and has a good reputation for
helping students with careers and jobs. The technology at NACC
is cutting edge which made it easier to take some classes online
to help me work around my busy schedule. My advisor was very
nice and helpful and made me feel very confident about my
decision.” Gilbert’s advice to future students included, “If you
are considering attending Northeast, I would highly recommend
you take the math and science classes at NACC but also look into
the two year Electronics program because I believe it is top
notch,” he said.
NACC graduate/alumnus Brent Land has been an Operations Research
Analyst with MDA
for 2.5 years. He develops cost estimates for various DoD
He graduated from Northeast with an Associate in Science in
Applied Mathematics in 2006. “I attended NACC first because I
knew it would be a great stepping stone for me,” said Land. “I
was awarded a full scholarship to attend. I would have had to
pay all expenses had I attended a four year institution
immediately. Having attended NACC I was then awarded a transfer
scholarship to Auburn University which would not have been
available without NACC. The affordable classes and friendly
atmosphere had a huge impact on me attending NACC.”
Land continued, “The NACC instructors were outstanding. They
actually care about you and take time to help you in any way
that they can. My instructors would constantly keep me informed
about activities and opportunities to help me towards my degree
both inside and outside of NACC. Northeast is an awesome place.
By taking many of my core classes at NACC, I was able to avoid
overcrowded classrooms. After attending Auburn University I was
more prepared for the higher level math courses than most of the
students who took their core classes at Auburn University.”
Land strongly advises attending NACC. “The math and sciences
classes at NACC offer a wide range of benefits to anyone who
takes them. Not to mention the monetary benefit of NACC vs.
other four year institutions.”
“Students with strong mathematics and
science backgrounds have many career opportunities in today’s
workforce,” stated Dr. David Campbell, NACC President. “We
encourage anyone to pursue these and other fields at Northeast.
The rewards can be great.”
As plans proceed at the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant, the Tennessee
Valley Authority, which operates the plant, has already placed
job listings on their website at tva.gov. Over the past several
years, officials at NACC have been working closely with TVA to
devise programs that can lead to these jobs. The college
additionally has preliminary plans to build a mathematics,
science, and engineering center on campus.
For more information about math
and science courses at Northeast, contact Greg Millican,
Division Director of Mathematics, at college ext. *2263, or by e-mail at
or Rodney Land, Division Director of Science, at ext.
*2270, or by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org.For additional college
information, go to
www.nacc.edu, or download our free App at the Apple
App store or go to
www.naccmobile.com for additional devices use.
Spring semester registration is
January 4-5, 2012. Classes begin January 6.
Pictured are Dustin Dalton, NACC Student (Math Education major)
and Greg Millican, Math Division Director/Instructor, in the
Math Lab located in the Math and Science Building.