Alabama Community College System

Newscast
9:00 am
Fri May 1, 2015

College board bill stalls, lawmakers' "attack on women" and UA filmmaker headed to Cannes

University of Alabama student filmmaker Michael Thomas

A bill to create a new independent governing board for Alabama's two-year college system has hit a stumbling block in the Senate.

Yesterday, the state Senate delayed a vote on a bill to remove the junior college system from the oversight of the state Board of Education after one senator raised several objections to the current version.

The state school board is fighting the legislation and, in March, they unanimously approved a resolution opposing the measure.

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Newscast
9:38 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Lawmakers Look to Repeal Common Core, PCB Alcohol Ban to Expire, A&M Confucius Institute

Confucius Institute logo

A Senate committee has approved a bill that would repeal Common Core standards in Alabama public schools.

The State Senate Committee on Education and Youth Affairs voted 5-3 yesterday morning in favor of repealing current standards applying to math and English curriculums.

Those standards are built into the state's Alabama College and Career Ready Standards.

Supporters of the bill say repealing Common Core gives more control to state and local educators.

Opponents say it would put Alabama behind other states and disrupt learning.

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Newscast
9:31 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Charter school bill becomes law, Alabama ranks poorly on welfare reform and Mobile Aerofest

Ret. Marine Lieutenant Colonel Dave Glassman, President of Aerofest

A bill to establish charter schools in Alabama was signed into law yesterday by Governor Bentley.

The Alabama Legislature gave its final approval to the bill on Wednesday after several hours of contentious debate in the House of Representatives.

Republicans call the bill a session priority, saying that the schools will spark innovation and provide education choices for families.

Opponents argue the new schools will drain education resources and criticize the potential involvement of for-profit companies in certain school operations.

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Gadsen State President
4:43 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Change In President Made At Gadsden State

After a vote of no confidence the president of Gadsden State Community College is out on paid administrative leave and an interim president is taking over.
Credit blog.al.com

The president of Gadsden State Community College is out on paid administrative leave and an interim president is taking over.

The chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, Mark Heinrich, announced Monday that President Ray Staats was placed on paid administrative leave. Heinrich named William Blow acting president.

Blow is a retired executive from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. He served as interim president at Gadsden State before Staats was hired in 2011. His appointment is effective Aug. 1.

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Business & Education
8:16 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Ala. Community Colleges Expanding Business Courses

Gadsden State Community College rolled out an entrepreneurship program to train students how to deal with common financial and marketing issues.
campusexplorer.com

Alabama community colleges are expanding their course offerings that prepare students to start and run their own businesses.

   Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/10MrpTO ) the Alabama Community College System plans to add classes in entrepreneurship and support programs. Gadsden State Community College this semester rolled out an entrepreneurship program to train students how to deal with common financial and marketing issues.

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