Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) is one of the Local organizations that have joined forces with national and state strategies to encourage Jackson County residents to complete college and earn a postsecondary credential. The launch of this Complete College Jackson will be on Tuesday, May 22 from 1-6 pm. The event will be at the Impact Learning Center in Scottsboro. Representatives will be available to discuss career choices, training, employment data, financial aid options, and degree completion opportunities. Those planning to attend are asked to bring their 2016 tax return to determine financial aid eligibility.
The mission of Complete College Jackson is to encourage Jackson County Citizens and outreach communities to return to school and finish their college degrees. Around the country, students are returning to college to earn a postsecondary training credential and/or a degree for a brighter future. National statistics show that for those earning an associate’s degree, potential earning increases by a half a million dollars over their lifetime. In addition, college degree completers are more likely to maintain employment, are healthier, and their children are more likely attend college. According to Jackson County Economic Development Authority Director Shelia Shepard, “A highly skilled and qualified workforce is an important component to recruiting and maintaining industry in our area. We want our citizens to become gainfully employed and have opportunities for growth and advancement.”
Many of our local residents need to finish a degree or learn a new skill. Jackson County has one of the lowest college completion rates in the State of Alabama. For many reasons, dreams of college completion have been delayed. Now is the time for residents to go back to school and finish what they started. There are more opportunities to earn a credential or degree than ever before due to flexible scheduling and additional options. For those who need to finish their high school diploma or get their GED help is available, too. NACC offers Adult Education sites throughout Jackson County. Northeast also offers Reverse Transfer options, whereby students who attended Northeast without graduating and then obtained course work at a four-year institution may obtain a degree from Northeast, if they meet graduation/curriculum requirements.
Strategies are being implemented around the country to close the achievement gaps, boost graduation rates and ensure everyone has the opportunity to achieve their dreams. In addition to NACC, other local agencies involved to assist in college completion are Huntingdon College, Impact Learning Center, Jackson County Economic Development Authority, Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce, North Alabama Center for Educational Excellence, Scottsboro Career Center and West Rock.
Anyone who wants to start or finish college are encouraged to attend the Complete College Jackson launch on May 22. The Impact Learning Center is located at 23123 John T. Reid Pkwy, Scottsboro, Alabama. For additional information, please contact Pam McElroy at the Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce at 256.259.5500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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