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NW-SCC Press Releases

APRIL 2016

April 29, 2016 - NW-SCC Career Tech Students Win 14 Medals at State SkillsUSA competition

MUSCLE SHOALS, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) recently competed in the SkillsUSA Alabama State Leadership and Skills Conference where 14 career tech students brought home medals, with five winning state competition and four qualifying for the national competition in Louisville, Ky.

NW-SCC students Amber Hutcheson, of Bear Creek, (Job Skill Demonstration Open); Rebecca Borden, of Florence, (Job Skill demonstration A); Christian Darnell, of Tuscumbia, (Job Information Manual, a state only competition); Joseph Ezell, of Five Points, Tenn., (Carpentry) and Jonathan Howard, of Rogersville, (Cabinetmaking); won gold at the State Skills USA Competition recently. Their first place wins qualify them to represent Alabama at the 52nd annual SkillsUSA National Competition June 20-24, 2016. They will compete against more than 6,000 career and technical education students.

In addition to the gold medalists, several NW-SCC students also won silver and bronze in the competition. Brittney Vernon, of Florence, (Cosmetology); Amanda Adkins, of Tuscumbia, (Job Skill Information Manual); Marcus Smith, of Florence, (Cabinetmaking) won silver medal honors while Marlee Thompson, of Moulton, (Men's Hair Design); Hannah Arnett, of Florence, (Esthetics); Alex Peavler, of Decatur, (Prepared Speech); Evan Caraway, of Florence, (Cabinetmaking); Michael Simpson, of Florence, (Job Interview) and Colten Powers, of Cypress Inn, Tenn. (Technical Drafting) won bronze medal honors.

NW-SCC SkillsUSA sponsors are: Melinda Grissom (received Advisor of the Year in the Northwest District), Callie Bankston, Titus Gresham, Lin Liles and Brian Keeton.

Also, Northwest-Shoals Community College received an award for hosting the 2016 Northwest District High School SkillsUSA competition.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA's mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. The SkillsUSA organization works to help students excel. SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 students and instructors annually. The organization has 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations. More than 14,500 instructors and administrators are professional members of SkillsUSA.



Tyler Scott

NW-SCC student, Tyler Scott works to rewire a Modular
Mecatronics System DS3 Automation Trainer as part of a
class project which he serves as the programmer and team leader.

April 26, 2016 - NW-SCC student, Tyler Scott finds his niche in the world of Automation

MUSCLE SHOALS, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) student Tyler Scott had one goal in mind when he decided to enroll in the Electrical Technology program at NW-SCC: Find a career that utilizes his mind and not his back.

Scott has found his passion and is using the automation world to accomplish much more.

Scott, a Red Bay resident, received an academic scholarship to NW-SCC out of high school. He was drawn to three programs: Carpentry, Welding and Electrical Technology. He had basic knowledge of Carpentry and Welding from his family. However, to Scott, Electrical Technology focuses on using your hands and mind to trouble shoot issues and give life to all things that use electricity.

"One of my first days in the program we watched a video of someone wiring a three-way switch," said Scott. "At the time, I wasn't sure what I was watching, but the ability to be able to create something and turn it on and off with a switch was amazing to me. I knew then that was something I wanted to do."

It was not until he met NW-SCC Night Instructor, Cort Rowland, that he found his niche in the world of automation.

"I met Tyler as he was beginning his second year at NW-SCC and zero knowledge of PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) world and did not know what field he wanted to spend his career in," said Rowland. "There is no single path to a career in manufacturing. Some kids play with LEGOs; others find their career through a parent's involvement in the industry. Tyler Scott has found his niche in the automation world by taking my class."

According to Electrical Technology instructor, Ray Morris, the Electrical Maintenance field is moving exclusively toward automation. "Companies today want to be able to turn a key or push a button and have all their manufacturing processes work correctly," said Morris.

Having the problem solving mind is something that separates Electrical Maintenance technicians in today's industry. "Not everyone can do this," said Scott. "You have to have the mind for this type of work." Scott's instructors agree that he does.

Scott is the programmer and team leader with his Electrical class' latest project to rewire and program a Modular Mecatronics System DS3 Automation Trainer. The trainer simulates a manufacturing assembly line in industry to assemble parts together, reject bad parts, and place them on a 3 tier shelf with memory of locations.

Scott is currently working through the CO-OP program at Navistar with their maintenance department to hone his skills. After he graduates in the summer or fall of 2016, he hopes to take his automation skills to the next level as an Electrical Maintenance technician.



NW-SCC Chorale and Jazz Band perform in New Orleans on April 14th

April 26, 2016 - NW-SCC Chorale to hold Finale of Spring Concert Tour

Phil Campbell, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) Chorale will hold its finale Spring Concert Tour Sunday, May 1, 2016, with the group that performed in New Orleans earlier this month.

The NW-SCC Chorale will make their final appearance of the Spring Concert Tour at the First United Methodist Church in Russellville, Ala. on Sunday, May 1, 2016, at 3 p.m.

The NW-SCC Chorale is directed by Jeff McAlister. Admission is FREE. For more information, please call Jeff McAlister at 256.331.6299.



NW-SCC Director of Safety and Security, Doug Hargett receives the
Law Enforcement Medal for Outstanding Service given by the
Shoals area chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. Pictured
(left to right): Dr. Humphrey Lee, NW-SCC President; Doug Hargett,
NW-SCC Director of Safety and Security; Joel Mize and
Dr. Bob England, past-presidents of the Shoals Area
Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution

April 21, 2016 -- Hargett Receives Medal for Outstanding Service

MUSCLE SHOALS, AL. - Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) Director of Safety and Security, Doug Hargett recently received the Law Enforcement Medal for Outstanding Service given by the Shoals area chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

"It is truly an honor to receive this award and to be recognized by the Sons of the American Revolution," said Hargett. "I am passionate about law enforcement and I thank President Lee for his trust in me. It is hard to believe I have been blessed to work in my profession for 40 years."

Chief Hargett possesses a long and distinguished record of service encompassing 40 years. After leaving the U.S. Navy, he became a Corrections Officer and Dispatcher for Colbert County in early 1976. As Hargett worked his way through the ranks in Colbert County, he served as Deputy with a special assignment to work with young people, investigator, Assistant Chief Deputy and Chief Deputy. From 1999-2003, Hargett worked for the Alabama State District Attorney's office. In 2003, he began working as a patrol officer and criminal investigator for NW-SCC. The College later hired him as the Director of Safety and Security.

The Shoals Area Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution provides resources for the community through its youth awards programs, educational outreach, and other activities related to the history of the American Revolution.



April 20, 2016 -- NW-SCC offers a FREE Jump Start class to 2016 high school graduates

MUSCLE SHOALS & PHIL CAMPBELL, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) is providing a "Jump Start" on education for the 2016 graduating class by offering them one free class (savings of up to $568 for a four hour class).

"This program is intended to help students apply for any unused Federal Financial Aid funds," said NW-SCC Assistant Dean of Admissions, Financial Aid and Recruitment, Tom Carter. "These funds along with the summer scholarship program are selected to help college freshmen prepare for their future while saving time and money. We want to encourage students to apply early for federal aid. Those not receiving federal aid will still be eligible for summer scholarships."

Students who graduate from high school in spring 2016 with a High School Diploma are eligible to apply. The scholarship has no effect on any other financial aid and it will not affect plans to attend another school in the fall. To qualify for the free tuition scholarship, students should complete the following:

      1) Complete the 2015-2016 Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form using 2014 income information. This application can be submitted online at www.fafsa.gov.

      2) Complete the NW-SCC application for admission. The application is obtainable from the high school counselor or at NW-SCC. There is no application fee.

      3) Approximately five days after submitting your FAFSA online, all students should contact the NW-SCC Financial Aid office for further assistance. Those not qualifying for financial aid will be eligible to apply for a summer scholarship.

Once this process is completed, the student will then receive information on college placement testing, advising and registration for the 2016 summer semester. Students taking advantage of the Jump Start program will be given the opportunity to register early for academic, technical, day, evening or online courses.

The summer semester begins May 31st for full and first mini-term classes, June 2nd for the eight week term and July 1st for the second mini-term.

For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office on the Shoals Campus at 256.331.5368 or on the Phil Campbell Campus at 256.331.6332.



NW-SCC Phil Campbell PTK Chapter Receives International Awards

NW-SCC Phil Campbell campus chapter advisors and officers receive
five awards at the 2016 Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in National Harbor, MD

April 19, 2016 -- NW-SCC Phil Campbell PTK Chapter Receives International Awards

PHIL CAMPBELL, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College's (NW-SCC) Alpha Zeta Iota chapter (Phil Campbell campus) recently received five (5) awards at the 2016 Phi Theta Kappa International Convention in National Harbor, MD

The Alpha Zeta Iota Chapter was recognized with the following awards:
      Distinguished Honors in Action Award
      Distinguished Honors in Action Theme Award
      Distinguished College Project Award
      Beta Alpha Continued Excellence Award
      Eighth Finalist, Most Distinguished Chapter Award

Officers for Alpha Zeta Iota Chapter are Sarah Aycock (Russellville), Yaneliz Fernandez (Phil Campbell), Mary Grace Camp (Haleyville), Keenan Sparks (Vina), and Emily Farris (Haleyville). Advisors for the Phil Campbell (Alpha Zeta Iota) chapter are Nora Lee, Pam Peters and Rachel Trapp.

Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of the Two-Year College, has recognized academic excellence in the two-year college since 1918. The Society is comprised of more than 1,250 chapters at community, technical and junior colleges in all 50 of the United States, in Canada, Germany, U.S. Territories, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Palau and the British Virgin Islands, making it the largest and most prestigious honor society serving two-year colleges.



Keenan Sparks, NWSCC President Humphrey Lee, and Carley O'Dell

NW-SCC All-Alabama Academic Team is made up this year of
Carly O'Dell and Keenan Sparks. They are joined by NW-SCC President Dr. Humphrey Lee.

April 18, 2016 -- O'Dell and Sparks Chosen for All-Alabama Academic Team

MUSCLE SHOALS & PHIL CAMPBELL, AL -- Carly O'Dell and Keenan Sparks were recently selected to the 2016 All-Alabama Academic Team for Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) and honored Friday, April 15, 2016, at the All-Alabama Academic Team Recognition Luncheon in Montgomery, AL.

O'Dell, a native of Rogersville, currently is majoring in Computer Engineering at NW-SCC and plans to transfer to Auburn University.

Sparks, a Red Bay native, currently is majoring in Pre-Engineering at NW-SCC and plans to attend the University of Alabama to earn a Bachelor and Master's degree in Chemical Engineering.

The faculty and staff of NW-SCC nominate students from each campus of the college. The criteria for voting for a student is to choose students who "excel academically; demonstrate intellectual rigor in their course of study; show academic growth and potential; and use their two-year college education to better themselves, their schools and their communities."

All nominees are presented to the national Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for final selection. Each community college in Alabama has two representatives.

The Alabama College System's All-Alabama Academic Team Recognition Program was established in 1995 as an enhancement to the All-USA National Academic Team Recognition Program, which is sponsored by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the American Association of Community Colleges and USA Today.



NW-SCC President Humphrey Lee and Carly O'Dell

NW-SCC President, Dr. Humphrey Lee awards Carly O'Dell
with the 2016 President's Award for the Shoals campus.

April 14, 2016 -- O'Dell receives NW-SCC President's Award for the Shoals Campus

MUSCLE SHOALS, AL -- Carly O'Dell, of Rogersville, AL, received Northwest-Shoals Community College's (NW-SCC) most prestigious honor Tuesday night, April 12, 2016, when she was awarded the President's Award for the Shoals campus.

While maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, Carly is actively involved with the Alpha Sigma Beta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. She was recently named as one of two students to represent NW-SCC as a 2016 All-Alabama Academic Team recipient. Carly is a product of the Shoals Scholar Dollars scholarship.

Carly has also contributed to her community through participation in the local soup kitchen, volunteering through her church, and coaching youth basketball.

Carly has been consistently named to the President's List for her academic achievements. She plans to transfer to Auburn University this fall and earn a degree in Computer Engineering.

The President's Award is the most prestigious honor awarded by NW-SCC. The faculty submits nominations to the Award Committee for the final selection. The recipient must have earned a grade point average of 3.7 or higher. Also, the recipient must have demonstrated leadership and actively participated in community service while attending NW-SCC.



MARCH 2016



March 31, 2016 -- NW-SCC to offer FREE Basic Computer Skills class beginning April 18th

MUSCLE SHOALS, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) will offer a free basic computer skills class through Adult Education on the Shoals campus, building 112, room 108, beginning Monday, April 18, 2016, according to Adult Education Director, Donnie Sweeney.

The class will be offered to adults of 18 years of age or over on Monday and Wednesday nights from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. for eight weeks. The class will teach students such skills as: keyboarding, internet access and navigation, word processing and an opportunity to earn a Career Ready certificate.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call the NW-SCC Adult Education at (256) 331-5440. Space is limited.



Ready To Work

March 29, 2016 -- Get Ready to Work at NW-SCC; New Session begins April 11th

MUSCLE SHOALS, AL -- Do not miss the Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) Ready to Work (RTW) Program's new student session beginning Monday, April 11th, for individuals at least 16 years of age who are seeking a new or more fulfilling career.

New student sessions for the Ready to Work program are FREE to the community. Sessions will be held on the Shoals campus in building 127.

The RTW Program is operated by the Alabama Community College System's Division of Workforce Development in cooperation with the Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT). Upon successful completion, trainees earn the following certifications: 1) Alabama Certified Worker (ACW) and 2) National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), also commonly referred to as WorkKeys.

Register today for the RTW program by contacting Tara Branscome, RTW Program Coordinator, at 256-331-5248 or email at tbranscome@nwscc.edu.


March 23, 2016 -- NW-SCC and ATN to host 2016 National PETE Conference, March 29-31

TUSCUMBIA, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community (NW-SCC) and the Alabama Technology Network (ATN) will host the 2016 National Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE) Instructor Conference on the Shoals campus Tuesday, March 29th - Thursday, March 31st.

The 2016 PETE Instructor Conference, CCCHST Refresher, & NESHTA Regional Conference is on: "Stresses Impacting the Delivery of your Environmental Health & Safety Training Programs" Including: Climate change, funding, changing demographics, college attitude toward hands on, aging instructors/trainers, OSHA enforcement, use of smartphones/apps - technology, etc.

Approximately 33 participants will take part in the national PETE Instructor Conference from as far away as Portland, ME.

A primary focus of the conference will be Wednesday, March 30th, when the conference participants engage in hands-on hazmat chemical spill training at the Muscle Shoals Regional Training Center in Muscle Shoals, AL.



March 16, 2016 -- NW-SCC to host approximately 350 high school students for SkillsUSA Northwest Alabama District competition

MUSCLE SHOALS, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) will host the SkillsUSA Northwest Alabama District competition on the Shoals campus for approximately 350 high school students Friday, March 18, 2016, beginning at 9 a.m.

Students will compete in 27 Career Technical and Leadership contests. Career technical competitions include: Architectural Drafting, Technical Drafting, Carpentry, Electrical Wiring, Electronics, Welding and Automotive Service/Diesel Equipment.

The Northwest District consists of the following schools: Aliceville High School, Allen Thornton Career Technical Center, Bessemer Center For Technology, Bessemer City High School, Bibb County Career Academy, Center Point High School, Central High School-Florence, Deshler High School, Echols Middle School, Erwin Middle School, Fairfield High Preparatory School, Florence High School, Franklin County Career Technical Center, Gardendale High School, George Washington Carver High School, Haleyville Center Of Technology, Hewitt-Trussville High School, Holt High School, Hoover High School, Hueytown High School, Huffman High School-Magnet, Jackson-Olin High School, Lamar County School Of Technology, Lawrence County Center Technology, Limestone County Area Vocational Technology, Mcadory High School, Midfield High School, Minor High School, Muscle Shoals Career Academy, Parker High School Pickens County High School, Russellville High School, Shades Valley High School, Thompson High School, Tuscaloosa Center for Technology, Vestavia Hills High School, Walker County Center of Technology, Wenonah High School, Winfield High School, Winston County Technical Center and Woodlawn High School-Magnet.

The top four winners in each category advance to the state competition April 19-21 in Birmingham.

For more detailed competition information, please visit www.alskillsusa.org.




Alpha Zeta Iota Chapter Officers

NW-SCC Phil Campbell campus chapter officers receive the Alabama Region Most Distinguished Chapter award at Alabama Regional Phi Theta Kappa Convention. Pictured (left to right): Alpha Zeta Iota chapter officers: Gracie Camp (Haleyville), Sarah Aycock (Russellville), Keenan Sparks (Vina), Emily Farris (Haleyville), and Yanaliz Fernandez (Phil Campbell)

March 9, 2016 -- NW-SCC Phil Campbell PTK Chapter Receives Alabama Region Most Distinguished Chapter Award

Muscle Shoals & Phil Campbell, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College's (NW-SCC) Alpha Zeta Iota chapter (Phil Campbell campus) was recently awarded the highest Phi Theta Kappa award in the state, the Alabama Region Most Distinguished Chapter Award, during the Alabama Regional Phi Theta Kappa Convention at Northeast Alabama Community College in Rainsville, AL.

The Alpha Zeta Iota chapter (Phil Campbell campus) and Alpha Sigma Beta chapter (Shoals campus) will attend the Phi Theta Kappa International Convention April 7-9, in National Harbor, MD.

Both chapters were recently recognized with the following awards:

      Alabama Region Most Distinguished Chapter Award - Phil Campbell campus
      Distinguished Honors in Action Award - Phil Campbell campus
      Distinguished Honors in Action Theme Award - Phil Campbell campus
      Distinguished College Project Award - Phil Campbell campus
      Competitive Edge 5 Star Chapter - Shoals campus
      Competitive Edge 5 Star Chapter - Phil Campbell campus
      Alabama Region Continued Excellence Award - Phil Campbell campus
      5 Star Chapter Award - Phil Campbell campus
      4 Star Chapter Award - Shoals campus
      Distinguished Officer Team Award - Phil Campbell campus
      Distinguished Advisor Team Award - Phil Campbell campus

Ashley Figueroa-Cifuentes (Alpha Sigma Beta; Shoals Campus) named District I Vice President of the Alabama Region. Advisors for the Phil Campbell (Alpha Zeta Iota) chapter are Nora Lee, Pam Peters and Rachel Trapp. The Shoals (Alpha Sigma Beta) chapter advisors are Desiree South, Jacque Jefferys, and Lisa Gibson.

Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of the Two-Year College, has recognized academic excellence in the two-year college since 1918. The Society is comprised of more than 1,250 chapters at community, technical and junior colleges in all 50 of the United States, in Canada, Germany, U.S. Territories, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Palau and the British Virgin Islands, making it the largest and most prestigious honor society serving two-year colleges.



Local Career Tech Students

Local Career Tech Students Participate in the 10th annual NW-SCC welding competition.

March 4, 2016 -- NW-SCC announces winners for Career Tech Skills Challenge

Muscle Shoals, AL -- Local high schools students demonstrated their skills in the 10th annual welding competition and the fourth annual cosmetology skills competition recently at Northwest-Shoals Community College's (NW-SCC) Shoals campus.

The Secondary technical/vocational schools competed in cosmetology skills and welding skills competitions. The welding competition featured four contests: 7018 (stick welding), 6010 (stick welding), Flux-Core (wire welding), and Torch. Each school will be divided between Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit, Non Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit, and Agriculture department students. The judges will of business and industry partners. The cosmetology skills competition will feature four contests: Cosmetology, Men's Hair Design, Esthetics and Nail Care.

SKILLS COMPETITION

WELDING

Agriculture Depts.
1. Maria White - LCHS
2. Micah Dalrymple - Colbert Heights HS
3. Ethan Shores - Elkmont HS

Torch
1. Fabian Lopez - LCHS
2. Tyler Patterson - Muscle Shoals Career Academy
3. Pierce Dolan - Phil Campbell HS

Flux Core
1. Cody Johnson - LCHS
2. John David Rhea - Central HS
3. Allen Lawson - Winston County Technical Center

6010
1. Ben Neyman - Allen Thornton Career Technical Center
2. Zach Shikles - Haleyville HS
3. Gabriel Crane - Winston County Technical Center

7018
1. Garrett Brown - Central HS
2. Mylan Gann - LCHS
3. Madisen Overholser - Allen Thornton Career Technical Center

Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment - Torch
1. Skyler Rusin - Muscle Shoals Career Academy
2. Jesse White - Central HS
3. Colton Harrison - Allen Thornton Career Technical Center

Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment - Flux Core
1. Austin Hill - Allen Thornton Career Technical Center
2. Skyler Staten - Muscle Shoals Career Academy
3. Milton Fernandez - Russellville HS

Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment - 6010
1. Jonah Sprinkle - LCHS
2. Cody Morgan - Phil Campbell HS
3. Jackson Somers - Muscle Shoals Career Academy

Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment - 7018
1. Jarod Davis - Muscle Shoals Career Academy
2. Colton Byrd - Allen Thornton Career Technical Center
3. Ben Cook - Florence HS

SALON and SPA

Cosmetology
1. Haley Mitchell - Allen Thornton Career Technical Center
2. Blanka Aquire - Franklin County Career Technical Center
3. Jordan Bell - Winston County Technical Center

Men's Hair Design
1. Heath Hood - Winston County Technical Center
2. Savannah Rennicker - Winston County Technical Center
3. Caitlyn Brewer - Central High School

Nail Care
1. Lesly Garcia - Franklin County Career Technical Center
2. Alanis Welch - Franklin County Career Technical Center
3. Jacqueline Nix - Muscle Shoals Career Academy

Esthetics
1. Haley Terry - Lawrence County Center of Technology
2. Michelle Wynn - Lawrence County Center of Technology
3. Iris Uptain - Franklin County Career Technical Center

Participating schools include:
Allen Thornton Career Technical Center
Lawrence County, AL
Belgreen
Lawrence County, TN
Central
Limestone
Cherokee
Meek
Colbert County
Moulton
Colbert Heights
Muscle Shoals Career Academy
Florence City
Russellville
Franklin County Career Technical Center
Winston County
Haleyville



FEBRUARY 2016

Dr. Sharon Whitaker-Davis

Dr. Sharon Whittaker-Davis, Vice President of Student Affairs at Stillman College


February 17, 2016 -- NW-SCC to Celebrate Black History Month

Muscle Shoals & Phil Campbell, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) announces events in celebration of February as Black History Month. This year's events include music, an inspirational speaker and a taste of "Soul Food".

NW-SCC Cultural Affairs Committee will hold a program on each campus.

      The NW-SCC Cultural Affairs Committee will hold a Unity Concert Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 12:15 p.m. in the Hospitality Center on the Shoals campus. The Black History Program will feature music by Ella West, Ruby Tiggs and the NW-SCC Chorale.

      NW-SCC will hold a Black History Month Celebration Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 12:15 p.m. in the Student Center on the Phil Campbell campus featuring guest speaker, Dr. Sharon Whittaker-Davis, Vice President of Student Affairs at Stillman College. Following Dr. Whittaker-Davis, special music will be provided by the NW-SCC Chorale and Jazz Ensemble.

Dr. Whittaker-Davis is a native of Gary Indiana and has provided leadership in an administrative and teaching capacity at various colleges and universities since 1974. She has B.A. and M.ED degrees in English Education and Student Personnel Administration from Howard University in Washington, D. C. (where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude), a diploma from Cappa Chell Finishing School and Modeling Agency in Washington, D.C. and a Ph.D. from Illinois State University. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management and is a Nissan/ETS Fellow.

In 2012 she received the Sadie Yancey Award, which is the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals' (NASAP) highest award for extraordinary leadership, unwavering commitment to excellence, and honored service to the Student Affairs profession and beyond. In 2014 she received The National Society of Leadership and Success Award from Sigma Alpha Pi awarded to administrators who serve students with heart and passion and motivating them in their pursuit of education.

As a professional motivational public speaker she has presented at over 340 college, university, state, regional, and local organizations.

For more information on any of the events, contact Casey Eggleston at (256) 331-5357, NW-SCC Cultural Affairs Committee.



2015 Welding Competition

Local Career Tech Students Participate in the ninth annual NW-SCC welding competition.


February 8, 2016 -- NW-SCC to host high school students in Career Tech Skills Challenge, Feb. 19th

Muscle Shoals, AL – Local high schools students will demonstrate their skills in the 10th annual welding competition and the fourth annual cosmetology skills competition Friday, February 19th, at Northwest-Shoals Community College’s (NW-SCC) Shoals campus.

The Secondary technical/vocational schools have been invited to compete in cosmetology skills and welding skills competitions. The welding competition will feature four contests: 7018 (stick welding), 6010 (stick welding), Flux-Core (wire welding), and Torch. Each school will be divided between Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit, Non Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit, and Agriculture department students. The judges will of business and industry partners. The cosmetology skills competition will feature four contests: Cosmetology, Men’s Hair Design, Esthetics and Nail Care.

The Salon and Spa and Welding programs at NW-SCC are designed to develop the skills necessary to enter and maintain a job in their respective fields. They are equipped with industry standard equipment and facilities to provide training for new students or professionals who need to enhance their skills.

Participating schools include:

Allen Thornton Career Technical Center Lawrence County, AL
Belgreen Lawrence County, TN
Central Limestone
Cherokee Meek
Colbert County Moulton
Colbert Heights Muscle Shoals Career Academy
Florence City Russellville
Franklin County Career Technical Center Winston County
Haleyville  



February 2, 2016 --NW-SCC will Close TODAY, February 2nd at 1:30 p.m.

Muscle Shoals, AL -- Due to the forecast of inclement weather, Northwest-Shoals Community College will close today, Tuesday, February 2nd at 1:30 p.m.




JANUARY 2016



January 11, 2016 -- Get Ready to Work at NW-SCC

Muscle Shoals, Al -- Northwest-Shoals Community College's (NW-SCC) Ready to Work (RTW) Program will begin a new student session Tuesday, January 19th, for individuals at least 16 years of age who are seeking a new or more fulfilling career.

New student sessions for the Ready to Work program are FREE to the community. Sessions will be held on the Shoals campus in building 127. Participants may attend either the morning session at 10:00 a.m. or the evening session at 6:00 p.m.

The RTW Program is operated by the Alabama Community College System's Division of Workforce Development in cooperation with the Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT). Upon successful completion, trainees earn the following certifications: 1) Alabama Certified Worker (ACW) and 2) National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), also commonly referred to as WorkKeys.

According to NW-SCC Ready to Work Coordinator, Tara Branscome, the RTW Program has enrolled over 1100 students since 2008. "The Ready to Work program at Northwest-Shoals has been consistently one of the top programs in the state," said Branscome.

For more information on how to enroll in the RTW program contact Tara Branscome, RTW Program Coordinator, at 256-331-5248 or email at tbranscome@nwscc.edu.




January 6, 2016 -- Northwest-Shoals Fall Semester 2015 President's List and Dean's List Honorees

Muscle Shoals & Phil Campbell, AL -- Northwest-Shoals Community College has announced its President's and Dean's Lists for the Fall Semester 2015.

Requirements for the President's List are a semester grade point average of 4.0 and completion of a minimum semester course load of 12 semester credit hours of college-level work.

Earning President's List honors were:

Bear Creek, AL Nicholas B. Atkins, Tiffany D. Schleter
Cherokee, AL Antonio M. Greenhill, Dallion Q. Long, Morgan E. Sennett
Collinwood, TN Carla A. Robbins
Cypress Inn, TN Robert C. Howe
Double Springs, AL Rhett C. Miller, David E. Weaver
Florence, AL Anna N. Adams, McKinley C. Bange, Rena M. Busby, Troy E. Caraway, Christina L. Clark, Johnnie W. Dozier, Lakeisha M. Gholston, Robert W. Huitt, Willie C. Jackson, Chase S. Keys, Joseph R. Luna, Steven S. Moody, Joshua W. Nunn, Casey L. Patton, Trevor G. Rhodes, Austin B. Richardson, Wesley F. Richardson, Harry C. Rumble, Marcus J. Smith, John M. Thornton, Roger J. Threet, Randy E. Vann, Brittney L. Vernon, Geoffrey C. Vick, Colby S. Wesson, Rose A. Wilkerson, Mallory E. Wood
Haleyville, AL Kaylen L. Bishop, Heather N. Comeens, Larry J. Pickens, Emma R. Rains
Hodges, AL Ashley N. Lovett
Killen, AL Baylee N. Bevis, Tasha K. Butler, Rachel D. Gray, Christopher A. Lee, Hannah G. Perry, Hannah D. Richardson, John C. Smitherman, Logan Walker
Leighton, AL Colton L. Mask, Roderick B. Priest
Lexington, AL Brady D. Murks, Cindy S. Palmer, Bryan A. Smith
Lutts, TN Meagan L. Wilkerson
Lynn, AL Kaitlyn B. Jordan
Moulton, AL Gina T. Barbin, Adam H. Lentz, Lyndsey B. Lunn, Jeffrey Terry
Muscle Shoals, AL Sarah J. Cosby, Claudia L. Counce, Roderick E. Dewberry, LaCanas C. Fitzgerald, Shelley C. Hester, Stephanie D. Jones, Chelsie E. Ledlow, Tyler A. Maner, Brody T. Montgomery, Bryan A. Olson
Phil Campbell, AL Fredy O. Ordonez, Blake D. Whitten
Red Bay, AL Dillon G. Creekmore, Megan M. Lafnear, Tyler W. Scott
Rogersville, AL Ashley E. Cox, John T. Greer, Jonathan C. Howard, Cecil T. Newton, Carly P. O’Dell
Russellville, AL Hayden Q. Bell, Jordan O. Cantrell, Tracey D. Chavez, Evan N. Cox, Hayden T. Evans, Destiny M. Garcia, Tyler D. Hargett, Emiliano C. Hernandez, Alex M. Jones, Dylan K. Mansell, Savannah N. Mills, Roberto A. Rivera, Gregory T. Taylor
Sheffield, AL Ivy D. Clark, Robert E. Lee, Mathew Mayes
St. Joseph, TN John W. Gabel
Town Creek, AL Michael L. Stewart
Trinity, AL Blake M. Boyett, Haley M. Sparkman
Tuscumbia, AL Lisa G. Allen, Jonathan L. Boston, Brian K. Davis, Brittnay N. Davis, Courtney L. Fiscus, Cynthia R. Franks, Tristen A. Haynes, Anthony B. Jefferys, Robert L. King, Timothy L. McAnally, Dana R. McCormack, Charles E. Moseley, Justin B. Moss, Chasity D. Nelson, Victoria L. Riner, Graham J. Stookey, Brandon T. Thomason, James C. Thompson, Eldon C. Vinson, Mallory K. Willingham
Vina, AL Morgan L. Humphres, Kaitlin A. White, Lacey A. Wilson
Waterloo, AL Kristopher E. Bevis, Matthew R. Bevis, Bradley D. Darby


Requirements for the Dean's List are a semester grade point average of 3.5 or above, but below a 4.0, and completion of a minimum semester course load of 12 semester credit hours of college-level work.

Earning Dean's List honors were:

Anderson, AL Alexus B. Tiggs
Bear Creek, AL Amber N. Hutcheson, William J. Walker
Cherokee, AL Anna G. Collum, Chandler J. Hice, Kasey T. Knudson, Ethan M. Montgomery, Tori M. Sockwell, Lindsey A. Wallace, Mary A. Young, Micheal L. Young
Collinwood, TN Jordan S. Holt
Cypress Inn, TN Tessa F. Woods
Double Springs, AL Cheyanne N. Dutton, Harold T. Lewis
Florence, AL Shericeia V. Abernathy, Victoria L. Baskins, Brianna J. Behel, Rebecca A. Borden, Taylor A. Borden, Philip T. Bradley, Trey A. Copeland, Matthew J. Cox, Colin A. Dennis, Jessica B. Duncan, William A. Engle, Logan L. Ford, Andrew T. Hulsey, Anthony P. Indelicato, Alexis J. Johnston, Tiffany S. Lane, Brianna N. Lowery, Jennifer D. McBrayer, Meagan I. McGee, John R. Murphy, Olivia G. Murphy, Rachel M. Perkins, Tiffany D. Powell, John T. Reathford, Erin G. Rhodes, Kristen B. Rogers, Kyle A. Sharp, Katelyn R. Shea, Cheyenne M. Suits, Walter G. Terrell, Colleen W. Thompson, Payton G. Watkins, Samantha L. Wilson, Antwan M. Wright, Jake N. Yerbey
Hackleburg, AL Amber D. Clark, Tyler S. Norton
Haleyville, AL Cynthia A. Bowen, Mary G. Camp, Emily S. Farris, Danielle N. Rader, Hannah R. Rader, Maxwell B. Sadler
Hartselle, AL Noah B. Holladay
Hodges, AL Hannah L. Baggett
Iron City, TN Samantha B. Skaggs
Killen, AL Betty K. Brooks, Abbi M. Brown, Kristopher K. Gibson, Sara E. Gist, Riley G. Holden, Blake A. Moore, Tiffany M. Moreland, Morgan L. Rhodes, Caleb M. Richardson, Dillon R. Richardson, Haley A. Robertson, Roger D. Singleton, Allison G. Stewart, Jason L. Tinnon, Jason J. Wadkins
Leighton, AL Devin D. Mastin, Fred L. Ricks
Lexington, AL Anna M. Hunt, Christina H. Martin, Hanna B. Putman, Brandi S. Stevenson
Lynn, AL Jesse B. Pendley
Moulton, AL Katelyn E. Black, Holly A. Bridges, Tyron S. White
Muscle Shoals, AL Benjamin D. Brocato, Kaleb B. Butler, Tucker W. Byrd, Keith D. Cantrell, Allison P. Cuccia, Ashton T. Givens, Adrienne L. Goins, Marc D. Gotcher, Christopher H. Graham, Madison M. Gregory, Ashely M. Griffin, Alexia B. Hensley, Brianna C. Hester, Devin L. Jackson, Raven V. Lannaman, Abigail C. Moore, Matthew L. Pearson, Jacob A. Richardson, Lana R. Tatum, Daylie A. Weeks
Phil Campbell, AL Yaneliz Fernandez, Bethany H. Litteral, Courtney J. Lucas, Kaylee N. Saarinen
Red Bay, AL Andrew M. Lindsey, Keitha L. Miller, Barry C. Reach, Christopher A. Russell
Rogersville, AL Daniel S. Barr, Troy S. McCafferty
Russellville, AL Gaspariny Andres-Pascual, Maritza P. Arizmendi, Sarah R. Aycock, Kalley G. Baker, Lexie N. Bragwell, Ashley I. Figueroa Cifuentes, Kayla Ford, Leslie Y. Garcia, Aaliyah S. Gholston, Jessica Guzman, Colton L. Hargett, Luke D. Henry, Michael C. Hodge, Brandy P. Hurley, Austin H. James, Christopher A. James, Heather A. Kernes, Andrea J. Machic, Michael W. Mitchell, Miguel A. Mojica-Osorio, Madelyn E. Price, Michael B. Rice, Megan K. Welch, Katie A. Wynn
Savannah, TN Candice M. Copeland
Sheffield, AL Jasmine L. Anderson, Lauren M. Cantrell, Robert D. McKelroy, Anna C. Woods
Spruce Pine, AL Lidia A. Castillo, Austin T. Hester
Town Creek, AL Mallory R. Armidano, Jeffrey R. Kiser, Sam M. Letson, Kaylee M. Norton
Trinity, AL Mary A. Parker
Tuscumbia, AL Jonathan C. Allen, Mary M. Davis, Joshua A. Dixon, Nathan K. Fiscus, Brody C. Fuller, Matthew T. Gatlin, Lakin B. Hatcher, Timothy C. Inman, Jeffrey W. Mitchell, Kaitlyn M. Mitchell, Morgan M. Sanderson, Mollie K. Shearin, Michele R. Thompson, Jeanna M. Wade, Hannah E. Williams
Vina, AL Zackery T. Johnson, Savannah L. Smith, Kennan S. Sparks
Waterloo, AL Jarred P. Bevis, Kaylee R. Young






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