NWSCC President Dr. Glenda Colagross, Assistant Dean Crystal Reed, and Coordinator of Career Services Amanda Peters join with state officials to kick-off the system’s 2020 census efforts in Montgomery last week.

MONTGOMERY, ALA. — Last week, Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) joined Alabama’s community colleges to begin the 2020 Census efforts with a kick off meeting and rally at the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Office in Montgomery.

Representatives from Alabama’s 24 community colleges, state officials, and U.S. Census Bureau staff joined together to launch the community college’s Alabama Counts effort and coordinate ideas to get students, faculty, staff and community members involved with the 2020 Census. Last month, the ACCS was awarded an $80,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) to establish help centers on ACCS colleges’ campuses and Adult Education sites where community members can come to fill out the census. In addition, Alabama’s community colleges will conduct awareness events across the state.

With more than 130 locations across the state, Alabama’s two-year colleges are well-positioned to assist the state with their efforts to obtain a full and accurate count in the 2020 census. Additionally, community colleges rely on federal funding to help support many of their student and community programs which are impacted by the census count. More than 60% of Alabama’s community college students receive financial aid which includes Pell Grants, a federally supported aid program.

“Our colleges serve more than 174,000 students each year and when combined with our more than 9,000 employees in every corner of the state it is evident that the ACCS can have a significant impact on Alabama’s 2020 census count,” said ACCS Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker. “We are not only committed to ensuring that every student and employee at our colleges is counted – community is in our name and it’s important that we help educate Alabamians in communities across the state on the importance of the census and provide avenues that assist with completion.”

NWSCC President Dr. Glenda Colagross echoed Chancellor Baker’s sentiments. “Northwest-Shoals is invested in our community, and we want to do everything possible to make sure every Northwest Alabamian is counted,” said Colagross. “We cannot risk losing possibly two congressional seats and billions of dollars in federal funding for the state which supports education.”

For the first time, individuals will be able to respond online, by phone or by mail. Letters encouraging residents to complete the census should be mailed between March 12 and 20. The official census opens for completion April 1, which is “Alabama Census Day.” For more information visit www.census.alabama.gov. You can also sign-up to receive reminders and additional information on the Alabama 2020 Census via text message. To do so, text COUNT or CENSO to (205)304-5505.

If you have any questions about the Alabama 2020 Census or would like more information, contact Amanda Peters, in the NWSCC Career Center, at 256-331-8121 or email amanda.terry@nwscc.edu.

About Northwest Shoals Community College:

Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) is part of the Alabama Community College System and home to approximately 3,600 students. NWSCC offers over 100 certificate and degree programs and is committed to providing career technical, academic, and lifelong educational opportunities that promote economic growth and enrich the quality of life for the people it serves. For more information about the NWSCC, visit www.nwscc.edu.