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Tana L Collins

BSCC Director of PR




A man was walking on the beach one day and noticed a girl who was reaching down, picking up a starfish and throwing it in the ocean.  As he approached, he called out, “Hello!  What are you doing?”  The girl looked up and said, “I’m throwing starfish into the ocean.”  “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the man.  “The tide stranded them.  If I don’t throw them in the water before the sun comes up, they’ll die” came the answer.  “Surely you realize that there are miles of beach, and thousands of starfish.  You’ll never throw them all back, there are too many.  You can’t possibly make a difference.”  The girl listened politely, then picked up another starfish.  As she threw it back into the sea, she said, “It made a difference for that one.”

— Adapted from 'The Star Thrower'
by Loren C. Eiseley


In this Annual Report, you will see the numbers for the 2016-2017 academic year.  These numbers reflect enrollment and an overview of the College. However, at Bevill State Community College, our faculty and staff make it a priority to remember that there is an individual behind each of those numbers.  And, that we have an opportunity to provide them with not only access to a quality education, but that we can give them and their families a chance at a successful future.  The services and educational opportunities that BSCC offers our students are based upon the quality and commitment of our outstanding faculty and staff.


Bevill State Community College strives to set the standard of excellence for education, workforce training, partnerships, and economic development.  This is demonstrated in the innovative programs and initiatives, including new public/private partnerships, that the College continues to initiate for the betterment of our students and the communities we serve. We hope that you will enjoy reading about Bevill State and learning more about just a few of the many exciting, cutting-edge programs in which we are involved, along with reports on many of the outstanding accomplishments of our students, faculty, and staff.


Bevill State Community College is proud to serve Northwest Alabama.  On behalf of the College, I thank you for your continued support as we move forward in our efforts to grow and develop the region in which we live and work.



Interim President

Bevill State Community College

Bevill State Begins

New Honor Society Chapter

Bevill State Community College has begun one of the newest chapters of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Bevill State is one of less than 20 chapters in the state and one of the few Alabama community colleges to have a chapter.


The organization, which is the nation’s largest leadership honor society, has nearly 515,000 members across the country and is committed to helping members succeed professionally.

Bevill State Receives $1,920,000 Grant from ARC

The Appalachian Regional Commission awarded a $1,920,000 grant for the Bevill State Community College POWER 2016 Initiative. The project will create a new Rapid Training Center at Bevill State’s Jasper campus that will serve as a regional workforce training and job placement hub in northwest Alabama – an area that has been adversely affected by the recent retirement of coal-fired power generation facilities and the closure of multiple coal mines.


The Rapid Training Center will offer accelerated workforce training programs that provide industry-recognized credentials in six growing regional industries: welding, commercial trucking, rigging, hydraulics/pneumatics, healthcare, and print reading. Through a partnership with the Alabama Department of Labor, individuals directly impacted by the decline in coal production will be offered up to $1,000 in scholarships and stipends to move them through the Center’s retraining programming in the most efficient manner possible. In addition, Bevill State is partnering with the AARP to tailor a portion of the retraining and placement support for individuals who are 50+ years old. The project will train 4,000 trainees over the life of the award, and will improve 40 existing businesses in the region.

Bevill State Partners with Alabama Power for


HVAC Training Facility

“This is tremendous news for our community and college. I commend Dr. Ennis and Alabama Power for their collaborative work in making the new HVAC training program and facility possible,” Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed remarked. “This partnership between Bevill State Community College and industry is exactly the type of innovative educational model that will give our young people the training necessary for a chance at long-term, well-paying jobs today and in the future.”



The Bevill State Bear Athletics program returned with fervor in the Fall of 2017 to kick off a new area of success. Our programs support a diverse student-athlete population and create opportunity for growth through academic, athletic, personal, and community development.  Bevill State baseball, basketball, softball, and volleyball at select campuses compete in the Alabama Community College Conference.