MUSCLE SHOALS & PHIL CAMPBELL ALA. — Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) President Glenda Colagross announced the launch of the new Community Partners Scholarship initiative at the Shoals Chamber of Commerce annual meeting last night.
The Community Partners Scholarship will also be offered to the Franklin County, Lawrence County, Rogersville, and Haleyville Chambers of Commerce. The partnership offers tuition scholarships to all full-time (30 hours+) employees of member businesses/companies of the Chambers of Commerce within our service area.
“We are excited to offer this opportunity to our community partners,” said Colagross. “We want to help our local companies build their workforce from within by developing their current employees and improving their skills.”
According to Caitlin Holland, President of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, this is great benefit to the Chamber members. “This is such an exciting initiative for our members,” said Holland. “I appreciate Northwest-Shoals for partnering with us to offer this benefit to our member businesses, and I believe this shows their value for the community and our chamber businesses.”
The initiative will provide a 10 percent tuition scholarship, customized career plans for each participant, and comprehensive college enrollment services (such as financial services, tutoring, student success coaches, etc.). On-site academic and career technical instruction can also be made available to companies.
“Approximately 173,000 citizens in our service area between the ages of 25 and 64 have yet to achieve an associate degree,” stated Colagross. “We hope this partnership will make education more accessible and help those seeking to improve their skill set.”
The program will begin in August of 2019. Scholarships are applicable to all degree and certificate programs, at both campuses, including online offerings.