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