NEW Medication Assistant Training Class Begins October 2020
Bevill State Community College - Division of Workforce Solutions launched Medication Assistant Training in October 2020. The non-credit class is designed for Certified Nursing Assistants to gain valuable training necessary to administer routine medications under the supervision of a licensed nurse. The class consists of 60 hours of classroom instruction and 40 clinical hours. The pilot class launched as a collaboration with Ridgeview Health Services. Additional classes are expected to be scheduled throughout the Bevill State service area in Spring 2021.
For information, contact Bonnie Barton at bonnie.barton@bscc.edu for details.
Coming February 4, 2020: Virtual Career Fair
Bevill State's Division of Workforce Solutions is hosting a virtual career fair on February 4th. The fair will benefit all three regions of Bevill State's service area, with booths allotted for each region. Both recruiters and job seekers can attend the fair from their computer or cell phone. The virtual platform is easy to use and brief tutorials are available for anyone who wants to familiarize themselves with the platform prior to the event. Recruiters simply log in and begin filling positions, the booth setup is handled for them.

Participation is FREE for both business/industry recruiters and job seekers. A limited number of virtual booths are available. To best meet the needs of business, industry, and job seekers, recruiters will be selected in order to create a reasonable balance among industry sectors and the most beneficial impact to our regional workforce. In order to be awarded a booth, the recruiter must be actively filling available positions.

Participation links will be posted on all Bevill State social media in the coming weeks.

Contact Amanda Clement Tice at amanda.tice@bscc.edu for information.
Bevill State HVAC Fast Track Launches January 2021
HVAC Boot Camp has a new name and expanded schedule. Now named HVAC Fast Track, the accelerated non-credit training program teaches technical knowledge and skills to repair, install, service, and maintain the operating condition of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. Curriculum includes diagnostic techniques, use of testing equipment, and principles of mechanics, electricity, and electronics as related to repair. While the original class was a summer only offering in 2019, the new HVAC Fast Track is scheduled to offer the 11-week program in the Spring and Summer semesters of 2021. The class is free to WIOA approved participants and Alabama Power has generously donated minority scholarship funding for eligible candidates who apply to the HVAC Fast Track class. Regular tuition is $4500. Enrollment is open to high school or GED graduates, age 18 and older. Limited seating is available.
Earn Bevill State and EPA Section 608 Refrigerant certifications. Alabama Power instructors prepare participants to take the State of Alabama HVACR Contractors Exam.

Contact Wendy Jenkins at wendy.jenkins@bscc.edu or 1.800.648.3271, ext. 5713
Meet the Students and Learn How This Program is Changing Lives
Why are we so excited about HVAC Fast Track? Most training programs and educational ventures require a significant long-term commitment to generate a career-change impact. It is difficult for most people to make alternations to their schedule and commitments for a year or more. HVAC Fast Track requires full-time attendance for a mere 11 weeks. When students complete, they meet with industry recruiters who are hiring immediately.

In less than 3 months, these students are entering a lucrative, high demand career with potential for career growth and entrepreneurship.

From graduates of the program to meeting new enrollees during the application and interview process, we have heard their stories of success, hope, determination, and a search for meaningful, rewarding careers. In the Spring, we will highlight several of our HVAC Fast Track students and let them share why this program changes lives.
NEW Community Scholarship for Spring 2021
Scholarship Application Deadline:
December 9, 2020
Are you looking for a way to have half your tuition paid for the Bevill State Community College 2021 Spring Semester? The Community Scholarship at Bevill State allows students to receive six hours of FREE tuition when they pay for six hours.

The new Community Scholarship for Spring 2021 is available to individuals who are currently employed at a business or in an industry and who wish to continue their education and training. It is also open to individuals who have lost or left jobs due to their employer closing or moving; because there was insufficient work for them to do; or if their position or shift was abolished. These individuals must not currently be enrolled at Bevill State Community College and meet the pre-requisites for any class(es) he or she enrolls. These individuals would be required to file a FAFSA and must qualify for in-state tuition. This scholarship is used only after all applicable grants and scholarships have been applied to tuition. 
Email: scholarship@bscc.edu www.bscc.edu/connect 800.648.3271
Workforce Solutions Staff Spotlight: Wendy Jenkins
Wendy Jenkins is a name and voice recognizable to many who interact with Bevill State's Division of Workforce Solutions. However, her critical role and busy schedule mean that she is often unseen by those outside Bevill State. She currently works as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Workforce Solutions and Economic Development. She has earned a reputation as a powerhouse of knowledge and resources for the areas she serves.

Wendy joined the Bevill State team as a student assistant in 2002, while earning Associate Degrees in Secretarial Science and Medical Office Assistant. Eighteen years later, she has worked through at least eight permanent and interim presidents and eleven supervisors, clocking hours in Student Services, Career Technical Education, Workforce Development, Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research, Administration-Dean of Instruction, and now in the Division of Workforce Solutions.

Wendy is from Walker County, having grown up in Carbon Hill and now living in Jasper with her family. After a busy week at Bevill State, she enjoys weekend travel with her family, home improvement projects, cooking, singing, and arts and crafts such as painting and woodwork.
Manufactured Home Installation Training Is Back

Spring 2021 brings the return of the Manufactured Home Installation Training class. Although the pandemic forced a delay in the scheduling of new classes, plans have been underway to expand Bevill State's work with the manufactured housing industry. In Spring 2021, installation training will resume in two forms: one for future installers and another as a continuing education option for those in the industry who will benefit by better understanding the installation process.
Contact Amanda Clement Tice at amanda.tice@bscc.edu or Wendy Jenkins at wendy.jenkins@bscc.edu
BSCC Workforce Solutions is Now the Sole Provider of Building Operator Certification in Alabama
Workforce Solutions has reached an agreement to offer Building Operator Certification, the leading training and certification program for building engineers and maintenance personnel.

Building operators learn to make their facilities more
comfortable, efficient, and environmentally friendly thanks to skills mastered in the classes. Building owners can cut operating costs up to $20,000 a year through practical approaches to saving energy and money.

Course Series are offered as Level I and Level II. The Level I course series includes eight classes with 74 hours of instruction. Level II is seven of 61 hours. Subjects include topics such as Measuring and Benchmarking Energy Performance, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Common Opportunities for Low-Cost Operational Improvement.

BOC training is for building operators with sufficient training and/or experience, who wish to broaden their knowledge of the total building system. Past participants have included building engineers, maintenance, maintenance workers, facility coordinators, HVAC technicians, electricians, operations supervisors, operations techs, and others in the facility operation and maintenance field. Self-assessments and eligibility criteria are available. Classes begin Spring 2021.
Contact Amanda Clement Tice at amanda.tice@bscc.edu or Wendy Jenkins at wendy.jenkins@bscc.edu
We Are Excited to Announce Our NEW:
We want to know what YOU think. Each newsletter will now include a brief survey to help us better respond to the training and workforce needs of our service area.
Second Opportunity System (SOS) joined the Division of Workforce Solutions in Spring 2020. SOS is a grant funded WIOA Youth Program that helps out-of-school youth identify and engage in opportunities for success.

Participants in Fayette, Lamar, Marion, and Pickens Counties are eligible for many services, including: financial assistance in obtaining their GED, Ready to Work and Career Readiness Certificates, assistance in applying for financial aid and college, and scholarships for job skills training or a college degree.

Our SOS Career Counselors

Marion County SOS Career Counselor Shannon Nichols points to Madison Miller as someone who is utilizing SOS services to gain valuable experience, earn a paycheck, and build a future in a high-demand, high-wage career. Madison joined SOS in July 2019. She is completing her prerequisites on the Pre-Nursing track and is applying for Bevill State's nationally ranked RN program next year. Through the SOS program, Madison participates in Work Based Learning and secured a position on campus at the Hamilton Career Center.

Career Counselor Joan Watkins says Kirsten Hall "has been an outstanding example of what we want to see our participants accomplish." Kristen started SOS in August 2018, while working on her GED. She began Work Based Learning (WBL) in January 2019, working with Bevill State Computer Services, and passing her final GED exam on January 30th. Noting her enjoyment of computer work, SOS staff encouraged Kristen to enroll in a couple of mini-semester Computer Science classes. She completed WBL, then started On-The Job-Training (OJT) and worked with DeRiskIt while she continued to take classes. Kristen is now employed full time and is over half-way through her degree program, with regular appearances on the Dean's List, and a projected graduation December 2021.

Marion County

Career Coach Shannon Nichols 800.648.3271, ext. 5678

Fayette - Lamar - Pickens Counties

Career Coach Joan Watkins 800.648.3271, ext. 5674
Career Coach Tim Robinson 800.648.3271, ext. 5634
Career Counselor Sherri Carroll 800.648.3271, ext. 5126

Bevill State MSSC Certified Production Technical Classes Continue To Address Manufacturing Industry Workforce Needs
Bevill State is proud to offer the FREE Certified Production Technician program. Developed by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, this industry-led, training, assessment, and certification system focuses on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s front-line production and materials handling workers.

Enrollees complete individual certificate modules in safety, quality, maintenance awareness, and manufacturing process & production. Classes are available to currently enrolled Bevill State students, dual enrollment high school students in 10th grade and up, and via a non-credit option for adults who are not enrolled. MSSC is offered both in person and online. MSSC Coordinator, Steve Lolley states that, "Businesses that want to utilize MSSC to improve performance of incumbent workers or to train newly hired workers may have the option of scheduling a class at their business location. With enough participants, we can work with a business to bring this class to them."

For information, contact Steve Lolley at steve.lolley@bscc.edu
Partnership Bringing Adult Education Hub To Lamar County
Bevill State's Department of Adult Education has entered a partnership with the City of Vernon to utilize the Vernon Police Department training classroom as a multi-purpose training facility to benefit the citizens of Lamar County.
Bevill State's Department of Adult Education will soon begin offering GED preparation and job readiness classes at the location.
Adult education now offers online enrollment. Interested individuals can sign up for both GED preparation, academic remediation classes, and job preparation programs through the new enrollment portal. Once registered, the individual will be contacted by an area coordinator for orientation.
Bevill State's Mine Training Center Expanding With Addition Of Longwall Mining Training Facility
Alabama is known for having the best metallurgical coal in the world, exceptionally suited for steel making and with the highest price per ton in coal sales. Bevill State is the home to the Alabama Mining Academy, Alabama's central training agency for training miners and mine operators. Bevill State's mine technology training expansion is focused on a highly productive coal mining technique, longwall mining. The expanded mine training will enable all Underground New Miner trainees to better understand the extraction of coal from both the continuous and longwall processes.
The longwall expansion project will include 14 longwall shields (25 tons each), shearer, pan line, face chain, shield hydraulic hoses, face lighting, head gate drive, rock crusher, belt and structure, 90 lb. rails (per foot), and exhaust fans capable of pulling 70,000 cubic feet of air per minute across the longwall face. Hands on training will include belt line installation, track installation, maintenance, housekeeping, firefighting, ventilation and roof control, hydraulic hose connections, long wall communication, dust parameters, dust suppression, stage loader operations, high voltage cables, shearer operations, longwall shield operation, hearing conservation and gas detection. Miners will learn the safe way to handle all aspects of tasks assigned. The focus of the training center is on working with safety as a priority. Protecting the health and safety of our miners is the #1 priority. 
CONTACT WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS AT 800.648.3271, ext. 57133
Al Moore
Dean of Workforce Solutions and Economic Development
Wendy Jenkins
Administrative Assistant to Dean of Workforce Solutions and Economic Development & Director of Career Technical Education
Amanda Clement Tice
Workforce Solutions Specialist
Charles Ireland
Workforce Solutions Specialist
Bonnie Barton
Coordinator of Workforce Solutions Non-Credit Health Science
Jeff Chambless
Workforce Solutions Non-Credit Health Science
Ken Russell
Director of Workforce Solutions and Mine Technology Education
Connie Carmichael
Administrative Assistant to Director of Workforce Solutions and Mine Technology Education
Patrick Bolack
Director of Adult Education
Sydni Morgan
Administrative Assistant to Director of Adult Education
Steve Lolley
Coordinator of Ready to Work and MSSC
Danielle Miles
Adult Education Orientation Coordinator: Fayette & Pickens
Stephanie Maddox
Adult Education Orientation Coordinator: Jasper & Sumiton
Terry Johnson
Adult Education Orientation Coordinator: Hamilton

Shannon Nichols
SOS Career Coach: Hamilton

Joan Watkins
SOS Career Coach: Fayette and Lamar

Tim Robinson
SOS Career Coach: Lamar and Pickens

Sherri Carroll
SOS Counselor: Fayette, Lamar Pickens