Spotlight on Fayette, Lamar & Marion: Higher Education

Bevill State provides educational and workforce development programs

Bevill’s automotive technician training program is accredited through the Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation.

Bevill State Community College

Bevill State Community College provides comprehensive education, workforce training and educational support services. It partners with industry, government, school systems and other entities on various workforce development projects and is a major economic driver in the area.

Bevill State has a large reach in west Alabama. It has a campus in Hamilton in Marion County and a campus in Fayette County. It also has two campuses in nearby Walker County in Jasper and Sumiton, and an instructional site in Carrollton, in Pickens County.

Bevill State offers dozens of workforce training and retraining courses that include basic skills education, occupational, career technical and pre-baccalaureate programs. It has several degree programs in health sciences and other fields and offers dual enrollment in academic and career technical fields for high school students. It offers academic transfer to a four-year university. Online courses also are available. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

BSCC employs about 640 full-time and part-time faculty and staff, with a payroll of about $25 million.

Bevill State offers dozens of workforce training options including several welding courses.

BSCC also has just launched the CertifyNow: Fast-Track Your Success program, offering a variety of online workforce certification programs.

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The Fayette campus recently hosted the first Bevill Making a Path for high schools in the area, giving students in ninth and tenth grades the chance to participate in hands-on activities with local businesses and industries. BSCC also recently launched its Dual Enrollment Student Ambassador Program, allowing older students to share insights about dual enrollment with high-school students.

Bevill State’s automotive technician training program on the Hamilton campus recently received Master Automobile Service Technician reaccreditation through 2027 from the Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation. It is the highest level of program accreditation recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

And the college recently began providing additional services for adult learners.

BSCC also has several agreements with colleges and universities that help students achieve a seamless bachelor’s degree. The school has partnered with the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing as part of the UAB School of Nursing/Community College Joint Enrollment Pathway to offer Bevill State students a way from an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

This article appears in the February 2024 issue of Business Alabama.

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