MUSCLE SHOALS & PHIL CAMPBELL, ALA. — Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) and Northwest Alabama schools are partnering through the Alabama Community College System’s (ACCS) Clean Home Alabama Initiative, November 1-11, to help beautify the state.

As part of the ACCS, NWSCC will host an event, Clean Home Shoals, on Saturday, November 9, 2019. The College will choose one mile of land close to the Phil Campbell (College Road) and Shoals Campus (George Wallace Blvd.) to pick up litter. Partnering schools will do the same in close proximity to their schools or they will have the opportunity to join College faculty, staff, and students.

“We are encouraging all of our area schools and community to join us between November 1st and 11th, and give back to our great state through this beautification initiative,” said NWSCC President Dr. Glenda Colagross. “We are our area’s community college, and we see this as a great opportunity to give back.”

Last month (September 16, 2019), Governor Kay Ivey signed the official proclamation that launched the Clean Home Alabama initiative. Through this initiative, Alabama’s community colleges are partnering with residents and community organizations in every county of the state for this college-led effort to help beautify the state’s natural landscapes, growing infrastructure, and expanding communities.

Governor Kay Ivey signs proclamation naming November 1-11, 2019 as Clean Home Alabama Days.
Pictured left to right: Dr. Patricia Sims, Calhoun Community College, Kayla Bass, Alabama League of Municipalities, Dr. Jackie Screws, Chattahoochee Valley Community College, David Walters, Alabama Community College System, Governor Kay Ivey, Boone Kinard, Alabama Community College System, Dr. Leslie Worthington, Gadsden State Community College, Miranda Collier, Snead State Community College, Teryn Hill, Snead State Community College.

According to ACCS Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker, serving the area communities is at the heart of this initiative. “Community is so much a part of what our colleges do each day that it’s even in our name,” Baker said. “Alabama’s community colleges are located within every region of the state, which means we are perfectly positioned to organize and execute an effort of this magnitude to help maintain ‘Alabama the Beautiful’ during our state’s bicentennial year.”

Thirteen (13) area schools have committed to partnering with NWSCC on this initiative and they include: Vina High School, Tharptown High School, Russellville High School, Russellville Elementary, West Elementary – Russellville, Waterloo High School, Lexington High School, Phil Campbell High School, Belgreen High School, Colbert County High School, Colbert Heights High School, McBride Elementary School, and Red Bay High School. Also, the Upward Bound Program on the Shoals campus will participate during the event.

Residents and groups interested in partnering on Clean Home Alabama can sign-up for more information at

About Northwest Shoals Community College:

Northwest Shoals Community College (NWSCC) is part of the Alabama Community College System and home to more than 3,500 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

About ACCS:

With 24 community colleges in more than 130 locations, the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) is Alabama’s gateway to first-class, affordable education and technical training to compete in a constantly evolving workforce. More than 168,000 Alabamians benefit from the various certification, credential, dual enrollment and degree programs ACCS offers alongside leading industry partners. The System includes the Alabama Technology Network, which provides extensive training and service offerings directly to business and industry. ACCS is governed by the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees.