Enterprise State Community College, located in Enterprise, Alabama, offers a broad-spectrum college experience. The school offers a well-rounded campus life, highly rated academics, intercollegiate athletic programs, and much more. Students have the option of completing a four-year degree or stepping out to a public four-year college or university after taking prerequisite courses. The college offers many financial assistance packages, as well as a fast-track programs designed to help students get onto their chosen career path in record time.
This is an accredited community college that takes students of all types, including first-time students, transfer students, international students, and more. High school students also have the chance to participate in a program where they can earn dual credits by taking college courses.
This college offers two associate degrees, in both the division of arts and sciences and the division of applied sciences. Degrees are offered in the fields of aviation maintenance and avionics, business, computer information science, emergency medical training, English, foreign language, communications, fine arts, mathematics, physical education and health recreation, science, and social science.
Like most two-year degrees, those offered here are fully accredited and transferrable, enabling students to build on their education either at Enterprise or at another college or university whenever they so choose.
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Enterprise offers many non-traditional programs in addition to its two and four-year degree programs. The school offers free adult education courses in select counties; these include career readiness certification, English classes, and more, all of which are offered during the day as well as in the evenings.
The college offers non-degree programs to the community in several areas, including computer programming, child development, criminal justice, medical transcription, and more. This college also provides an online portal for those in the army who want to continue their education.
STARS, which stands for “Statewide Transfer & Articulation Reporting System,” is a web-accessible system that provides guidance and direction for prospective transfer students in the State of Alabama. STARS enables students working on two-year degrees the ability to get a transfer agreement for the major of their choosing. It also provides a guide to help them navigate their courses and prevent any potential lost credits when the time for transfer arises.
Admission is a multi-step process. First, students must complete the application that is available online (in-state students must first complete a in-state residency form).Once a new application account has been created for non-first time students, all previously attended colleges must be listed, along with all credits desired to be transferred. Once the completed application has been submitted, the prospective student should print out the finished application for their reference. They should then return the following information to the admissions office:
- Signed application
- Signed in-state residency form (if applicable)
- A copy of a valid driver’s license (or another acceptable form of ID)
- If sent by mail, the copies of the ID’s should be notarized
- If turned into the office in person, no notarization is necessary
If the student’s application is approved, they will be notified via the mail with an acceptance letter. If the student will be sending in transcripts, they must be sure to do so as soon as possible – if a prospective student is utilizing the FAFSA, no financial aid can be processed until transcripts have been received and reviewed.
ESCC makes financial assistance available for students that need help paying for tuition, fees, books and other related school expenses during their time at this school. Financial aid is made available via federal grants, academic grants, family education loans, state funding, and more. Most scholarships are awarded at the beginning of March, so early application for funding is recommended. The primary paperwork used by the Financial Aid staff in determining eligibility for financial aid is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Most financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need; however, many scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, technical merit, artistic and performance ability, athletic skills,or leadership or character-based qualities.
Scholarship applicants must submit all paperwork in early March of the year they are making application. Students who have more than 40 semester or 60 quarter hours of credit toward an associate degree or certificate will not be able to be considered for scholarships. An official high school transcript will be needed for consideration, as well as, completion of any scholarship-specific materials. Students are encouraged to have taken either the SAT or ACT tests (or both), as they can help provide an edge in the selection process.
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Athletic programs include:
- Men’s Basketball
- Women’s Basketball
All games and matches are played based on the rules of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Alabama Junior College Conference. Athletic eligibility is determined by these organizations and by the school itself.
Also offered to its students are intramural sports, allowing those who are not involved in the college teams to still remain active and participate in competitive arenas. Participation is voluntary, although the college does strongly encourage students to take part in intramural activities. The college also offers students access to a comprehensive Wellness Center, which provides any help and support needed to develop a plan that promotes total health and wellness for each individual student. To partake in the benefits of the wellness program, students need to enroll in the wellness course, where they will receive health assessments evaluating major components of fitness; as well as an analysis of health risks, nutrition, body composition, flexibility, aerobic fitness, weight, blood pressure, and strength.
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Several different opportunities are offered for students to help them make the most out of their educational experience. Guidance services, student support services, career services, a learning resource center, and more help make the student experience one that is well rounded, forward focused, and easy to understand. Students also have access to career testing tools that are designed to help them find their vocational path easily.
Title III, a federally funded grant program focused on boosting education nationwide, is available as well. The grant provides programming, technology, and staff improvements to be implemented to further develop the campus and improve services for students. This five-year project represents an effort to improve student retention and encourage all students to graduate and accomplish their goals.
Carrie Petersen earned her Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of School leadership at Northern Illinois University. Carrie likes to travel with her husband and two sons.