MUSCLE SHOALS & PHIL CAMPBELL, ALA. — Yesterday (12/20), Congressman Robert Aderholt announced a three-year, $950,000 grant from the United States Department of Education (USDOE) for Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) to fund an Advocacy and Resource Center for underserved student populations.

“I am pleased to announce that Northwest Shoals Community College will be receiving a grant in the amount of $950,000 for the Advocacy and Resource Center (ARC) project aimed at assisting underserved students in North Alabama. As a member of Congress and a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, I strongly believe and encourage these types of investments into our education system that will serve the area for decades to come,” said Congressman Aderholt.

The ARC project will support at least 300 students on the Phil Campbell and Shoals campuses with basic resources. Services students will benefit from include: a food pantry, mentoring and life coaching, professional counseling and referrals, assistance with housing and utility services, transportation assistance, aid with childcare services, and access to technology and help with course software.

“The importance of this Basic Needs Grant awarded to Northwest Shoals Community College by the USDOE for the individuals that it will serve cannot be overstated. It will not only impact those directly served by the grant but their families and communities as well by removing barriers associated the issues of poverty and mental health and providing opportunities to enter the workforce with the skills essential to succeed,” added Jeff Goodwin, President of Northwest Shoals Community College.

The grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Basic Needs Program aimed at supporting student success. This grant will be in the amount of $950,000.00 for the first budget period (12/31/2022 through 12/31/2025). It is anticipated that the grant will be for a total of 3 years.

The College will close for the holiday break December 22 – January 3. Spring semester classes begin January 12. For more information about the registration, please visit


About Northwest Shoals Community College:
Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) is part of the Alabama Community College System and home to over 4,000 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