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Enterprise State partners with Wiregrass Medical Center for health science instruction

Enterprise State partners with Wiregrass Medical Center for health science instruction

By Bryan Boggiano, WDHN


GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN)—Rural communities face certain health disparities, but local students might be the answer to bridging those divides.

A new partnership announced today between Wiregrass Medical Center in Geneva, Enterprise State Community College, and the Geneva Regional Career Technical Center (GTECH) will provide hands-on training for dual-enrolled high school students and college students.

“We are really excited about partnering with Enterprise State Community College,” says Tammy McDaniels, Wiregrass Medical Center Quality Director.”We are excited about getting nursing students in here.”

The job-readiness program comes as a result of a $1.2 million grant from the Alabama Centers for Rural Healthcare Opportunity Grant Program. It comes following college system and legislative support.

That money will go toward renovating hospital spaces, and securing training supplies, paying staff, and building the program, which will start in the fall.

The funding and partnership come at a time, when, officials say, rural communities continue to be plagued by certain health disparities.

These include hospital closures, less providers, and less general healthcare options. It also comes as Geneva County looks for healthcare workers.

“While the challenges associated with providing rural healthcare are undeniable, at Enterprise State Community College, we believe that there are opportunities associated with those challenges,” says Dr. Anna Head, ESCC Dean of Instruction.

But with this new program, officials hope not only to bridge health disparities, but also to keep students in Geneva and the Wiregrass.

They also hope to unlock students’ potential.

Geneva County Schools Assistant Superintendent Ralph Riley says, “This program that is coming about us, it is going to give our students the opportunity to get real-life training and be marketable and the opportunity to stay in Geneva County, to not have to look for jobs outside of Geneva County.”

“Apiary” is the new buzz word

“Apiary” is the new buzz word

ESCC is now home of the State Apiary Unit Diagnostic Lab

Written by: Michelle Mann, Dothan Eagle


ENTERPRISE — An “apiary” is a place where bees are kept, and Enterprise State Community College can now add that designation to its resume.

ESCC is now home of the State Apiary Unit Diagnostic Lab where students gain hands-on practical experience performing diagnostic and research techniques through a partnership with Auburn University College of Agriculture, the Auburn University Bee Lab, and the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.

“The agricultural scientist does the work that makes the world work,” said Ed Howard, ESCC Math Instructor and Division Chair, as he and ESCC Biology Instructor Ashley Snellgrove met with representatives from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and Master Beekeeper Richard Woodham to talk about the progress of the new research lab on the campus in Enterprise.

Bee populations have been on a decline and researchers have scrambled to discover the cause, Woodham said. “If bees were to die out completely, one-third of our food supply would be lost.”

A queen bee lays between 1,500 and 2,000 eggs every day in her hive which can hold as many as 60,000 bees. With varroa mite infestation common, developing one super hive per site risks loss of all bees if infestation occurs, explained Britteny Allen, ADAI Apiary Inspector Supervisor. “Where several colonies face the same environment, healthy colonies can be bred to produce progressively stronger bees.”

Woodham said the bee could be the second insect to have a positive economic impact on the Wiregrass area, the first being the boll weevil, which prompted farmers to switch from growing cotton to growing peanuts. While peanuts don’t have to be pollinated to produce, other fruits and vegetables do, he said. The quality and output of cotton can also be improved through bee pollination.

Woodham worked with the Enterprise City Council to formulate an ordinance allowing beekeeping inside city limits and he initiated contact with Howard about the feasibility of adding bees to the curriculum at ESCC.

“We met with Richard Woodham and things took off from there,” Howard said. Howard said he and Snellgrove had a shared commitment to bringing the academic classroom into real world experiences for their students. “We recognized that the challenges of agricultural scientists demand rigorous academic training coupled with relevant practical experience,” he
said. “At ESCC we provide the first two years of a world-class transferable education and our partnership with AUCOA allows students that are academically successful in our agricultural programs the ability to transfer all course credits earned here directly to Auburn University.”

“I can truly say that this is the best thing that has happened in my life in education,” said ESCC Sophomore Carolina Rodriguez about her experience in the apiary lab and her plan to transfer to AU to major in wildlife ecology and management. “I had no idea
that I was interested in bees, but I definitely know now that I want to continue.”

Howard said the college is working to develop a Division of Agricultural Sciences. “Our real objective is that we want to see our first student from ESCC get their PhD from Auburn,” added Woodham. “We will not consider that we have experienced a suc-
cess until that happens in some agricultural science.”

ESCC announces 2024 graduation parking procedures

ESCC announces 2024 graduation parking procedures

Parking procedures for Enterprise State Community College’s 2024 graduation ceremony will be similar to last year’s procedures, thanks to continuing construction of a new Performing Arts Center and other facility work on the ESCC campus, with some changes.

Graduation will be held on the green in front of Wallace Administration Building on May 9. That day, Parking Lot D (behind Forrester Hall and beside Lolley Gymnasium) will be open only to students for parking. All students will be asked to arrive on campus prior to graduation services by 3:30 pm. Students are asked to report to Boll Weevil Central (located in Snuggs Hall) once they arrive on campus. After checking in at BWC, students are welcome to have their photo taken by the College’s photographer at the William “Bo” Weevil statue at the front of the campus from 3:30-5pm.

Friends, family, other spectators and overflow student parking will be located in the Crossroads Community Church (Old College Cinema) Parking Lot across the street from campus and the ESCC baseball/softball complex on George Wallace Drive. Additional overflow parking will be located at Brookwood Elementary School.

Buses will be running to each location every 15 minutes to pick up visitors. Bus drop off and pick up on campus will be located at the track behind Lolley Gymnasium. The last bus will run at approximately 5:45pm for visitor pickup.

Campus police officers and college CERT members will be on scene at all off-site parking locations during the ceremony. All buses will also be available immediately after the ceremony to return visitors to their vehicles.

Handicap parking and parking for special guests will be in Parking Lot A (next to Talmadge Hall). Faculty and staff will park in the green above the track off George Wallace Drive.

Graduation services will begin at 6 p.m. under the oaks in front of Wallace Administration Building on May 9. The ceremony will also be streamed live on the Enterprise State Community College Facebook page.

For more information about ESCC Graduation Services, visit escc.edu/graduation.

Career Fair returning to ESCC/AAC campuses

Career Fair returning to ESCC/AAC campuses

Enterprise State Community College, in conjunction with Southeast AlabamaWorks, will host career fairs on both campuses to connect job seekers with local employers.

The events will be held on March 6 from 9-11 a.m. on the Enterprise campus in the Student Center MPR and from 1-3p.m. in the Brown Building Hangar at the Alabama Aviation College campus in Ozark.

Local companies looking to hire employees are invited to attend the two career fairs. Businesses interested in attending can register at escc.edu/careerfair24. Interested businesses can register for one or both events. There is no cost to participate. 

ESCC/AAC students and members of the community are also invited to attend the event. Visitors attending the career fair are encouraged to have copies of their updated resume ready to present to employers. Visitors do not need to register to attend.

O’Neal crowned 2024 ESCC Homecoming Queen          

O’Neal crowned 2024 ESCC Homecoming Queen          

Enterprise State Community College sophomore Brooklyn O’Neal was crowned the 2024 Homecoming Queen on Thursday, Feb. 1, during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Lurleen B. Wallace Community College. 

O’Neal was nominated to the Homecoming court by the ESCC Lady Weevils Softball Team. She was escorted by her father, Michael O’Neal, during the event.

O’Neal is a graduate of Wakulla High School in Crawfordville, FL. She is currently a sophomore at ESCC. After graduation, O’Neal plans to transfer to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to pursue pre-dentistry. In addition to her time on the ball field, O’Neal is also an active member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. 

All members of the 2024 Homecoming Court were sophomore Madison Bradshaw, O’Neal, sophomore Elizabeth Joreski, sophomore Julianna Singley, sophomore Taylor Revels, sophomore Jaylin Vera, sophomore Allanah Drake, sophomore Abby Layton, sophomore Brooke Bynum and sophomore Grace Clima. 

ESCC showcasing student, community talent in “9 to 5”

ESCC showcasing student, community talent in “9 to 5”

Join Enterprise State Community College’s Fine Arts Division this March as students and community members share what life is like while working “9 to 5” in the College’s spring production of the hit musical.

According to the Music Theatre International website, “’9 to 5 The Musical,’ with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the seminal 1980 hit movie. Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic.

“Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains ‘otherwise engaged,’ the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can’t she?”

Tickets sales are open for community members and ESCC students. Tickets can be purchased at escc.edu/9to5 or through the ESCC Business Office. General Admission tickets are $15, and student tickets are $5. Students must purchase their tickets through the Business Office and be able to show their Student ID.

Performances of “9 to 5” will be March 14, 15, and 16 in the Student Center MPR. Each performance will begin at 7 p.m.

Enterprise State to add soccer as sanctioned sport

Enterprise State to add soccer as sanctioned sport

**Originally published by the Dothan Eagle

By Jon Johnson

Read the article here: https://dothaneagle.com/sports/college/enterprise-state-to-add-mens-soccer-as-sanctioned-sport/article_6a985fee-b707-11ee-92a9-cbe8ac49ed0d.html

ENTERPRISE – Enterprise State Community College is adding men’s soccer to its ever-growing sports programs it was officially announced on Friday.

After a trial run of sorts this past fall as a club sport, ESCC soccer will transition into being a sanctioned sport competing within the Alabama Community College Conference beginning next fall.

Up until now, Southern Union was the only school in the ACCC that fielded a soccer team.

Former Enterprise High soccer player Cade Stinnett, who led the club program, will also be the head coach of the new team, which will offer scholarships to recruited players.

“I’d like to say thank you to President (Danny) Long and the administration for giving me a chance to coach and build this program,” Stinnett said. “My goal for this program for this first season is to bring light to southeast Alabama and the surrounding area the opportunity for young men to play soccer and further their education past high school.

“My expectations are to be highly-competitive and to make a name for ourselves from the start. My coaching philosophy centers around hard work, effort and integrity. If I can get the team to buy into the system that we will put into place and give effort to better themselves individually and as a team, then we will be a successful program. I’m beyond excited to get this program up and running.”

Stinnett, who was also a standout placekicker on the Enterprise High football team and on the college level at Jacksonville State, became a volunteer assistant soccer coach at Jacksonville High School and eventually was elevated to head coach before returning back to Enterprise, where he spent time coaching the EHS junior varsity team.

“It’s exciting and nerve-racking at the same time, because I don’t have much to go on and I’m figuring it out as we go,” Stinnett said of being the head coach of a brand new program. “But it’s also exciting to start it and then eventually see where it’s going to end up, too.”

He believes the club soccer team at ESCC was actually a good recruiting tool for moving forward to a sanctioned sport.

“We started off with 12 players, so not as much as I had hoped for, but enough to play,” Stinnett said of the club team. “Then going from there, my two goals for this club season was have enough on roster and get games on schedule, and we were able to do that.

“We ended up playing Southern Union reserve team twice, and the rest of the teams we scheduled were U17, U18, U19 club teams from Panama City, Dothan, Enterprise and Wetumpka, which helped as far as the recruiting aspect for this upcoming season in getting the word out we’re starting the program.”

Stinnett will now hit the recruiting trail.

“I believe we have 24 scholarships and the amount of walk-ons is limitless,” Stinnett said. “We’re hoping for around 30 (players).

“I’m mostly looking to stay within the area. Also, the panhandle of Florida is virtually untouched for junior college (soccer), so anywhere from Montgomery to panhandle of Florida is mostly going to be my recruiting area.”

Besides putting together a roster, Stinnett will have to form a schedule against teams out of state with the exception of Southern Union.

“We know we’ve got to play them (Southern Union) at least twice and have a couple of dates set with them,” Stinnett said. “Other than that, there’s a lot of junior colleges in Mississippi, so that’s going to be a heavy bit of our schedule, and a handful of Georgia. So there’s going to be a lot of distant traveling for away games.”

In recent years, ESCC added volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country and men’s and women’s golf to its long standing sports of men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball.

The men’s soccer program may eventually lead to yet another team on campus.

“Today is a day that we make school history,” ESCC athletics director Jeremaine Williams said. “We’re getting ready to start men’s soccer. We’re looking to add women soccer later on when we complete our renovations when we’re able to accommodate all of the sports.”

The team will have several options to use as a home field, including Bates Memorial Stadium, a soccer field that is already in place on campus or some new soccer fields that are being built by the City of Enterprise on campus through a partnership with the junior college.

“They (City of Enterprise) have three multi-purpose fields that are going up on the west side of our campus and those are close to getting done,” ESCC president Danny Long said. “They did that out of the demand of the local recreation teams for soccer.

“We just thought with the investment they were putting into the sport locally and with the interest that Cade was able to generate with the club team this year, it (men’s soccer) was worth the investment.”

For more information, contact Stinnett by email at jstinnett@escc.edu.

Cerebral Weevils calling for middle school teams for scholars’ bowl tournament

Cerebral Weevils calling for middle school teams for scholars’ bowl tournament

The Enterprise State Community College Cerebral Weevils is calling for teams for its first Middle School Scholars’ Bowl Tournament on March 1.

The tournament is open to homeschool, public and private school teams. Team members must be in grades 5-8, and all participants must be under 14 years old.

Cost to participate is $100 per team, which includes lunch for one coach or sponsor and five team members. There will be an additional $10 fee for meals and snacks for every extra attendant.

Schools can also receive a $10 buzzer discount, limited to one per team (not per school). A school can have multiple teams participate in the tournament.

To register your team or learn more about setting up a middle school team, visit www.naqt.com. Registration for the event will be completed entirely online.

For questions about the tournament, contact Kathy Pattie at kpattie@escc.edu.

AAC celebrates opening of Brown Building

AAC celebrates opening of Brown Building

The Alabama Aviation College, a unit of Enterprise State, celebrated the re-opening of its James Douglas Brown, Sr. Building with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, January 19.

The facility, known as the Brown Building, was originally named the Alabama Institute for Aviation Technology. It served as one of the only civilian schools in the nation in 1960 that offered courses in aircraft maintenance for both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. The first classes were held on October 3, 1960, and 118 students were enrolled. 

In 1967, the building was renamed as the James Douglas Brown, Sr. Building in honor of the former mayor of Ozark, who served two terms beginning in the 1940s.

“Mr. Brown – Mayor Brown – was instrumental in not only getting this campus started, but he was also instrumental in getting Enterprise State in [the City of] Enterprise when the community college system launched in the mid-60s,” Enterprise State Community College President Danny Long said.

The $5 million renovation project to the building has resulted in three updated aviation classrooms/labs, an updated CDL classroom and an aviation hangar that will allow the College to train students for their future careers.

Since 2016, the College has seen in increase in enrollment, especially in the A&P program, resulting in the need for more classrooms and labs. AAC Campus Director Stan Smith said that the current enrollment numbers in the A&P program puts the College “in the very top of schools in the United States.”

“The real reason for growth is the demand for our graduates,” he said. “All of our programs on campus offer careers that offer enough income to support a family. I believe our best recruiters are those that graduate and get a job.”

To highlight the need for skilled workers in the aviation industry, Stan Smith said that a search on an aviation job site showed over 3,400 open aviation maintenance job openings, over 2,400 Avionics job openings, and almost 400 aviation composites job openings.

“It’s obvious there’s a shortage of skilled workers, and we exist to help solve that problem,” he said.

Holle Smith, president of the Ozark-Dale County Economic Development Corporation, said that the College is used for recruiting industry and aiding current industry in the area.

“The growth we’ve seen at the College, we feel like, is not only a reflection, but also a projection of the growth of the community,” she said, sharing thanks for the partnership with the College.

AAC currently has dual enrollment partnerships with Dothan City, Houston County, Ozark City, Dale County, Pike County, Troy City, Enterprise City, Coffee County, Geneva County, Geneva City, Andalusia City and Covington County Schools Systems to train high school students for high-demand careers through the Aviation Maintenance Technician (also known as A&P), Avionics and Mechatronics programs.

The College also has numerous partnerships with business and industry throughout the Wiregrass, including M1 Support Services at Fort Novosel, CAE USA, Arista, McDermott Aviation in Andalusia and Commercial Jet.

Rep. Steve Clouse, whose support has helped see many of the renovations happen on AAC’s campus, said during the event, “This is THE Alabama Aviation College. It is certainly a gem for the City of Ozark, for Wiregrass and for the whole State of Alabama.”

Troy Maharrey named AAC’s SGA President

Troy Maharrey named AAC’s SGA President

Troy Maharrey will serve the Alabama Aviation College as its 2023-24 SGA President.

As SGA President, Maharrey hopes to build a sense of community on campus while also focusing on academic growth.

His goals include adding a National Business Association Chapter or a Women in Aviation Chapter to further promote students in a positive light for future business opportunities. He said that “adding more of these social events would not only make the college more welcoming but also relieve stress after a long day of learning.”

Maharrey hopes, while holding this position, to learn how to truly be a leader and work with other students to push advancement as a student body. “With everyone’s help, we can unlock the school’s full potential,” he said.

“I ran for SGA President to ensure that I can give the future students and current students of the school not only the amazing experience I have received but also more opportunities for advancement in their future career and education through this esteemed institution.”

Voting was held on October 2-3. Officers were announced on October 4. Maharrey will serve with Vice President Alexandra Cole, Secretary Trinity Everett, Sophomore Senator Chevy Skinner, and Freshman Senators Grayson Bell, Owen Carpenter and James Chambers.

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