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NW-SCC Launches Free 4-week Ready to Work Training Program
December 28, 2007 – Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) will offer a free four-week  Ready to Work Training Program to assist adults in obtaining entry-level skills required for employment with most businesses and industries in Alabama.

The Ready to Work Program will offer two new student orientations available on Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 10:00am – 12:00 pm and 6:00pm – 8:00pm. The orientation sessions will be held at the Workforce Development Center on the NW-SCC Shoals Campus.  For more information and to register for orientation, please contact Donna Peck, Ready to Work Program Director, at 256.331.5299 or

The program is free of charge and offers both day and night classes to be completed in four weeks.  The program includes Work Keys Certification and AIDT training in Workplace Ethics, Computer Training, Manufacturing, Job Search and Problem Solving.  At the successful completion of the program, workers will be awarded an Alabama Career Readiness Certificate and an Alabama Certified Worker Certificate verifying that they are trained in job readiness skills.

According to Donna Peck, Ready to Work Program Director, the college will be working very closely with AIDT and area businesses to increase the number of qualified applicants for employment.  “AIDT is assisting the National Alabama Corporation (NAC) with the employment screening and training.  Those people who do not meet the baseline criteria to be accepted into AIDT’s training program for NAC workers can participate in the NW-SCC Ready to Work
Program to become qualified in those areas in which they may be lacking,” stated Peck. “After they successfully complete the program and receive state certifications, it may help them in being considered for employment by NAC or other businesses and industries that require the certifications,” she added.

Northwest-Shoals to Hold Open Spring Registration January 3rd
December 29, 2007 — For students planning to attend Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) for the 2008 spring semester and have not registered, there's still time to do so. NW-SCC will be holding its annual open spring registration January 3, 2008, according to Admissions Director, Tom Carter.

The spring open registration will be held on both the Shoals & Phil Campbell campus, Thursday, January 3, 2008. Registration on the Shoals Campus will be held in the Patriot Center (gymnasium) while registration on the Phil Campbell Campus will be held in the student center of Building 305. Open registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. break for lunch at 12:30 p.m. and resume for the afternoon session at 4:30 p.m. and conclude at 7:00 p.m.

Spring classes begin Monday, January 7th.  For more information or to obtain a copy of the spring semester schedule, call (256) 331-5333 or visit the Northwest-Shoals Community College website at

However, please note the college will be closed through January 1, 2008, for the holiday season.

Northwest-Shoals Community College’s Department of Continuing Education announces its class and workshop offerings beginning January 2008

INTERIOR DECORATING - Pulling Your Rooms Together          

Do you get confused when making decisions on paint and fabric colors, window treatments, accessories, or furniture arrangements for your home?  Join us in this fun, informative, non-technical hands-on class.  You will learn to coordinate fabric colors, window treatments, accessorize and to arrange your furniture.  Several field trips to area homes are planned.

Jan. 18 – Feb. 12 (6 sessions); Tuesdays 6:30– 8:30 p.m.; Cost - $50.00

PHOTOGRAPHY I                                                        

In this Basic Photography class, you will learn skills to help you take better pictures.  Whether you have a digital or 35mm camera, the basics are the same.  You will learn to hold the camera properly, focus, the meaning of depth or field, an ISO and when to use it, shutter exposure – 1,000; 1/250; 1/60 and B.  You will learn the meaning of aperture; F.4; F.5.6, 8 etc; different lens 35mm, 50mm, 105 mm and how to use it, care of your camera, weather effects on your camera, how to take sports pictures, fast action pictures, fire works, etc., the use and understanding of flash. 

Jan. 28 – Mar. 3 (6 sessions); Mondays 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.; Cost - $65.00


Social dancing is great fun!  In this class you will learn basic steps for both smooth and Latin dances.  Our instructor, Brenda Morissette, has danced and trained with national level teachers, coaches and competitors from across the country.  Ballroom dance is a stress reducing, low impact physical and mental activity.  Ballroom dance also brings the opportunity for new friendships with people who are learning to dance just as you are.

Jan. 22 – Mar. 4 (7 sessions); Tuesdays 6:30– 7:30 p.m.; Cost - $30.00

WATERCOLOR:  A BEGINNING CLASS                        

This initial foray into the medium of watercolor painting will offer a basic understanding of the materials, techniques and procedures in the creation of watercolor painting.  Students will learn to prepare a sheet of watercolor paper to receive a painting, methods and techniques in the application of watercolor paint and the proper framing of a finished work of art.  Composition, color theory and archival materials will be discussed in this class.

Jan. 22 – Feb 12 (4 sessions); Tuesday s 6:30- 8:30 p.m.; Cost - $40.00

MEDICAL CODING                                                       

Northwest-Shoals Community College in conjunction with Mr. Curtis Cherry, CPC will offer a Medical Coding Course during the spring semester.  Mr. Cherry received his Certified Professional Coding Certification through the American Academy of Professional Coders-AAPC.  This 80-hour coding certification-training course will prepare the individual to take the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.  For those who would like to take the exam to become fully certified but do not meet the required two-years experience, this course will allow one year to be waived.  Once the requirement is met, the coder will move from being an apprentice (CPC-A) to a fully qualified Certified Professional Coder (CPC).  The course will also help the experienced Coder become better at what they do as well as introduce the novice to an innovative rewarding career. 

Topics include:

  • Coding of anesthesia
  • Coding of surgery
  • Coding of radiology
  • Coding of pathology/laboratory
  • Coding of medicine
  • Coding of conventions
  • Evaluation and management services using ICD09-CM, CPT and HCPCS
  • Medical terminology as it applies to medical coding

If you are seeking a rewarding career in the medical profession, this course is designed especially for you.  If you would like more information go to the following web site.

http://www/aapc/com/certification/exam/exams.html or call Mr. Curtis Cherry at 256-585-2037.

Jan. 15 – Apr. 15 (26 sessions); Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30- 8:30 p.m.; Cost - $699.00

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY                                                        

This class is an introduction to medical terms and phrases.  You will learn to understand the formation of medical words, prefix and suffix combinations with root word, to analyze the structure of a word and define its meaning.  The correct spelling and pronunciation of medical terminology is included in this course. 

Jan. 7 – Feb. 28 (7 sessions); Mondays 7:00- 9:00 p.m.; Cost - $120.00

ACT REVIEW                                                               

This 9-hour course is designed to prepare students with intensive work on English, mathematics, science and reading along with test taking tips.  You will learn to approach this test in terms of accuracy, timing, what to study and how to reduce test anxiety.

Jan. 17 – Jan. 31 (3 sessions); Thursdays 5:30- 8:30 p.m.; Cost - $65.00 (includes book)

NW-SCC has several honorees at Alabama College Association Conference
Chancellor Awards

December 11, 2007
Chancellor Awards

Muscle Shoals & Phil Campbell, Ala. -- Northwest-Shoals Community College (NW-SCC) recently nominated four individuals to represent the college at the Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony held during the annual Alabama College Association (ACA) Conference at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel and Civic Center. 
NW-SCC President Dr. Humphrey Lee was also installed as President of ACA. The association is dedicated to the professional advancement of employees of the Alabama College System.  Lee will serve a one-year term with the association.  “As president of ACA, I look forward to providing quality professional development for the employees of the two-year system,” Lee stated.  

Below are the four nominees from Northwest-Shoals Community College and the awards in which they were vying for:

2007 Chancellor’s Award Nominees
Administrator of the Year                          Bret McGill
Academic Faculty Member of the Year     Joan Baltes
Technical Faculty Member of the Year     Alton Rice
Support Staff Member of the Year            Sheila Morris

Bret McGill is a resident of Athens, AL, and serves as the Assistant Dean of Instruction of the Shoals Campus. Joan Baltes is a resident of Florence, AL and serves as an Economics/Political Science Instructor on the Shoals and Phil Campbell Campuses. Alton Rice is a resident of Town Creek, AL, and serves as a Design Engineering Technology Instructor on the Shoals Campus of NW-SCC. Sheila Morris is a resident of Tuscumbia, AL, and serves as the secretary for the Office of Planning and Research at NW-SCC.

During the Chancellor’s Award ceremony, nominees from community colleges across the state were selected from to determine the winner in the above-mentioned categories.

November 29, 2007


Phil Campbell, Ala.  - Northwest-Shoals Community College's (NW-SCC)
presents "Science with Santa: Fun with Chemistry".

Have any of these questions ever entered your mind? . How can a pickle be used to make an electric current? . Is it possible to turn copper into gold?  . Do things spontaneously combust? . How much energy is in a single potato chip? . Can you turn soda pop bottles into cannons?

NW-SCC is giving you the opportunity to learn the answers to all these questions.  About 30 simple chemistry experiments demonstrating the fun and magic of science will be used to find the answers during "Science with Santa".  This program will take place Saturday, December 8, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. until noon at NW-SCC's Phil Campbell Campus.

Dr. Mike Murphy, Chemistry Instructor and director of the free program, is enthusiastically planning another wonderful day for area elementary school children and their parents.  "We plan to have an even better program this year, and in addition original favorite experiments, we have incorporated some fun and interesting activities that will help children learn about alternative energy sources and ways to protect the environment," stated Murphy.

The event is sponsored by NW-SCC, the Alpha Zeta Iota chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, and the American Chemical Society. Contact Dr. Murphy at 256.331.5291 or Rachel Trapp at 256.331.6288 or for more information.

Photo attached. Pictured from Left to Right - Trinidad Mendoza, Russellville; Clay Woods, Spruce Pine; Anthony Hester, Vina; Sarah Ritchie, Russellville; Amanda McCarley, Hodges; Jared Reeves; Phil Campbell.


November 28, 2007 - Muscle Shoals & Phil Campbell, Ala. – Northwest-Shoals Community College’s (NW-SCC) Adult Education Program is forming local partnerships to better aid students.

The NW-SCC Adult Education Program is partnering with the Alabama Army National Guard, Vocational Rehabilitation, CareerLinks (Sheffield, Decatur, & Hamilton), Departments of Human Resources (Colbert & Lauderdale Counties), the JOBS Program and several programs within the college. “In an effort to reach those individuals who need the services of the Adult Education Program, we continually strive to establish highly effective partnerships with local agencies in order to facilitate education and training to enhance the overall quality of life for the area’s residents,” stated NW-SCC Adult Education Director, Donnie Sweeney.

The Adult Education Program assists not only high school education, but also encourages work readiness and postsecondary education. “By partnering internally at the college we can aid our students in reaching both their education and employment goals,” stated Sweeney. Some internal college partners include the WorkKeys Testing, Student Support Services, the Youth Success Program and the Career Services Center.

Targeting undereducated adults, the Adult Education Program serves individuals who are 16 years of age or older. Enrollment is open-ended and clients progress at their own rate as they advance toward achieving their literacy goal(s). Curriculum components consist of GED Preparation, On-line GED classes, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Workforce Credential Assessment providing students with a WorkKeys/Career Readiness Certificate. “Our Adult Education Program has a staff of skilled and committed instructors who truly care about our students and provide their students with the individual attention they require. Classes are free and open entry; meaning there is no charge and new students are accepted on a weekly basis not just at the beginning of a school semester,” stated Sweeney.

Last fiscal year the Adult Education program served over 900 clients. As of October 31, 2007, there were 425 students enrolled in Adult Education / GED Preparation classes with 11-day classes, nine night classes and one on-line class currently in session. There are three ESL classes offered consisting of one day class and two night classes. These classes are located in the service areas of Colbert, Lauderdale, Franklin, and Lawrence Counties and in Haleyville. For more information, you may contact the Adult Education program at 256.331.5440.

November 28, 2007

Muscle Shoals, Ala. - Northwest-Shoals Community College's Department of
Continuing Education is seeking new class ideas. 

Do you have an interest, hobby or skill you would like to share with your friends, neighbors, work associates or the community?  NW-SCC continuing education is currently seeking new classes to offer to the community.  If you have a talent, hobby or skill you would like to share, now is the time. Send the title for the class, a description and your contact information to or call Helen Mayhall at 256.331.5218 for details.
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