Alabama community colleges

A company constructing an interstate natural gas pipeline is donating $50,000 to fund 100 scholarships for students at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City, Alabama.

The college recently announced Sabal Trail Transmission's grant to the CVCC Foundation will generate 20 $500 scholarships per year for the next five years.

Beginning next semester, students in the adult education, applied technology and public safety programs will be eligible to apply for the scholarships.

The executive director of Alabama’s Commission on Higher Education plans to retire at the end of this year.

The commission announced yesterday that Gregory Fitch will end his 45-year career in education this year. He has led Alabama’s coordinating board for higher education since July 2006.

Fitch says he notified the commission of his retirement plans in June. Vice Chairman Randy McKinney of Gulf Shores has been tapped to lead the search committee to find a replacement director.

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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.