May 18, 2011


Begin Your College Education at NACC--Your Local Community College

It’s decision time—where should you begin your college education? Look closely at your local community college—Northeast Alabama Community College.

Why attend NACC? It’s close to home and it’s just good economic sense. NACC costs significantly less than a state or private college or university—almost half of what the tuition is there. It is a cost effective way for students to complete the first two years of college. The money saved by living at home and commuting to NACC can help pay for the last two years at the four-year college or university of your choice. Scholarships and financial aid are available to those who qualify. Scholarships are also available to four-year colleges and universities to those students who are transferring from NACC. Check with the transfer college or university for scholarship opportunities available.

NACC serves as a bridge from high school to college – providing that seamless transition for transfer to a four-year university or college. Many college-bound high school graduates begin their college education this way.

If you are not quite sure about attending college, then it would be a good decision to go for the two-year associate degree at NACC first, then decide to go for a bachelor’s degree. Taking classes for the associate degree would give a feel for the type of education you would want to pursue. The STARS (state articulation agreement) guarantees that, if followed, classes taken at Northeast will transfer to any public Alabama college or university, and the 2-to-4 Plan does the same with private colleges in Alabama.

NACC students consistently do very well at four-year colleges and universities to which they transfer. Northeast provides students with a transfer advisor, Jessica Benefield. She has assisted over 1,700 transferring students over the last three years. Benefield is located in the Wallace Administration Building, Room 100.

Students can also explore different subject areas before committing to a program if he or she does not have a particular program in mind just out of high school. NACC has a College Career and Planning Center to give guidance and help you assess interests, abilities, and educational/career options. “The process for choosing a career is such an important process,” said Sherry Whitten, Director of the College and Career Planning Center. “It is a big decision which usually entails meeting with our students more than once. We are here to help.” Over the last two years, the College Career and Planning Center has assisted over 1,400 students with career advising.

“If you want to pursue a college degree, but are not quite prepared for college-level coursework, that will not present an obstacle,” stated Shirley Buttram, Coordinator of Developmental Studies. “Although you might not be quite academically prepared in some areas, NACC is prepared with a state of the art student support services that include basic skills courses, tutors for most disciplines, advising, counseling and special labs to help strengthen these skills. Therefore, NACC takes underprepared students where they are academically deficient and provides them the rare opportunity to enhance their skills to obtain a college degree,” continued Buttram.

It is so important to have a college degree for employment opportunities. Should graduates seek work after NACC instead of immediately transferring to a four-year college or university, they can take pride in the fact that they are a college graduate and can list their college degree (Associate degree) on employment applications and resumes.

If students who are enrolled at NACC also work, they are in need of a flexible schedule to accommodate it. The academic advisors at NACC are very skilled in helping students build their best possible schedule to mesh with their work schedule. Schedules are developed with attention to the needs of both part-time and full-time students. Classes are available throughout the day, evening, and online. The college has never been more accessible.

Tonie Niblett, Dean of Student Services stated, “I would like to invite students and parents to participate in financial aid sessions that are held every Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Student Center in Room 111 and will continue throughout the summer. Financial aid assistance will be available each Tuesday evening in May at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Room 111. Students and parents will receive assistance in filling out FAFSAs (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) used to apply for Pell Grants. The participants must bring 2009 W2s and 2009 Federal tax forms to apply for the summer semester or 2010 W2s and 2010 Federal tax forms to apply for the fall semester.” For additional dates and times for financial aid sessions, call the Financial Aid Office at ext. 227.

Still thinking through your decision? Schedule a tour today to find out what facilities, resources, and opportunities are available at Northeast. Go online to and take the virtual tour. You will be amazed at the classes, technology, and student activities available. If you haven’t been on campus lately, visit us soon to see the new facilities and manicured grounds. Enjoy a latte or cappuccino at Kahva Cafe in the Student Center while you are on campus.

For two years in a row, NACC has been named as one of the fastest growing community colleges in the nation. NACC has also just been designated in the top 10 percent of our nation’s 1,200 community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.

We stand ready and are committed to helping students attain their education goals. Why Northeast? Because it is an exciting time to Be a NACC Mustang and a part of the NACC family!

Summer semester registration is May 27 from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. Late registration is May 31 and June 1.

For more information, see Admissions and explore the menus of this website.

Pictured is Macy McFall, recent graduate of NACC and recipient of a university transfer scholarship.