Joe Whitmore stepped into the role of Acting President of Snead State Community College after Dr. Robert Exley announced his retirement in June. The transition has been somewhat of a whirlwind, with the first 30 days of his new position passing by in a blur. But even as he’s adjusted to the change, Mr. Whitmore is looking forward to the positive opportunities ahead for the College.
As Hannah Jimmerson of Boaz prepares assignments for her physics students, she recalls being in their shoes. She sees herself sitting in the classroom every time she walks in, and she remembers being full of some of the same questions, excitement and anxiety each time she reads their emails. For Hannah, her time as a Snead State Community College Parson has come full circle.
Before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Susan West of Boaz hadn’t sat behind her sewing machine in three years. “The first time I used it after I bought it, I broke the needle. I replaced it, but I just put the machine away after that and never used it again until now,” she said. Her husband, Wade, inspired her to try her hand at sewing once again, this time with more useful results.
Snead State Community College congratulates the following students who received their degrees and/or certificates during the Spring 2020 term.
The following students received scholarships to attend Snead State Community College for the 2020-2021 academic year:
On Wednesday, Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker announced the appointment of Joe Whitmore as Acting President of Snead State Community College. Whitmore will serve in the role until a president is named at the completion of a presidential search.
Snead State Community College Phi Beta Lambda students were recognized through the State Phi Beta Lambda organization. Instead of the annual conference held annually in Birmingham, the state organization held a virtual ceremony. Snead State students excelled in the competition against other Alabama college students, including students from four-year universities. Snead State’s PBL chapter received first place for Largest Membership Increase and second place for both Largest Chapter Membership and Largest Chapter Registered for the Alabama State Conference.
Snead State Community College is proud to announce the Dean’s List for the Spring 2020 semester. Students must hold a minimum of 3.50-3.99 grade point average and be enrolled in 12 or more hours of regular college level courses to be eligible for the Dean’s List.
Snead State Community College is pleased to announce its President’s List for the Spring 2020 semester. To be eligible for the President’s List, a student must maintain a perfect grade point average of a 4.0 (all A’s) and be enrolled for 12 or more credit hours of regular college-level courses.
Though on-campus activities for the spring semester were cut short, Snead State Community College spotlighted student achievements with special online recognitions. “We were disappointed not to have an opportunity to publicly honor our students with an Awards Day. We look forward each year to celebrating the hard work and dedication our students put toward their education and to seeing the pride they have in a job well done. Our virtual awards recognition may not have been our preferred option, but it does give our community and alumni an opportunity to celebrate our students’ achievements with us,” said Snead State President Dr. Robert Exley.
Healthcare professionals are among those on the front line during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many Snead State Community College alumni are counted among the heroes in the medical field.
Hokes Bluff coach Jason Shields will take over the Snead State women's basketball program. Shields went 495-196 in his 23 seasons as a varsity head coach at Cherokee County and Hokes Bluff. The 1988 Hokes Bluff graduate was 258-103 at his alma mater from 2008-2020. At Cherokee County from 1993-2004, he compiled a 237-93 record. He has been the head coach of the varsity women's program at Hokes Bluff since 2009.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alabama Community College System made the decision to safeguard the health and safety of students and employees by shifting all face-to-face classes to a completely online format as of March 16. The faculty at Snead State Community College were able to make the transition by relying on the College’s 21 years of experience in delivering distance education.
The Administration of Snead State Community College would like to share with you a message of encouragement written by Dr. Jonathan Watts, the Division Director for Humanities and Fine Arts and Director for Religious Studies.
Snead State Community College recently added a full-time instructor to the Career and Technical Education faculty. Louis Griffin of Gadsden stepped up from his role as an adjunct instructor to a full-time position as instructor for the Industrial Systems Technology program. Mr. Griffin has worked as an adjunct at Snead State since 2019, so stepping into his new position was a familiar transition.
Students in Snead State Community College’s Industrial Systems Technology Program filed into their classroom in the Technology Center on the rainy Tuesday, Feb. 10, as they have many times this semester. But this class was not an ordinary day of instruction. This day was more of a glimpse into what their futures could be.
Over the years, Snead State Community College fans would watch him pace along the sidelines in the Plunkett-Wallace Gymnasium, coaching his team to victory. Since his retirement, Coach John Kitchens can be found occupying his favorite seat in the bleachers, cheering for Snead State.
Snead State Community College recently presented one-year full tuition scholarships to the winners of the first round of the Alabama Youth Tour Competition, sponsored by Marshall-DeKalb Electric Cooperative.
Snead State Community College inducted 106 students into the National Society of Leadership and Success on Monday, Dec. 2. NSLS is the nation’s largest leadership honor society. Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction. NSLS has 588 chapters and more than 800,000 membership nationwide.
Snead State Community College was recently notified of the approval of a Special Population Training grant for equipment purchases for Workforce Development Training. The grant awarded Snead State $97,931 to purchase Robotic Education Welding Cell. The new training will be integrated into Snead’s Welding Technology training program.
The Snead State Community College Foundation recently appointed three new members to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors. Mary Wells Malone of Boaz, Shane R. Wilks of Albertville and Claudette DeMuth of Guntersville joined the board of eight community members and five ex-officio members who represent the College.
Nine students recently graduated with a Certified Production Technician credential through the Workforce Development Department at Snead State Community College. The CPT training was provided by an Existing Industry Training Program grant from the Alabama Community College System for employees with Atrion Medical, Syncro, HFI and Kappler.
Four employees will represent Snead State Community College at the 2019 Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 24, in Montgomery. Chancellor’s Awards recipients are chosen in the categories of Administrator, Faculty and Support Staff. This year’s Chancellor’s Awards recipients from Snead State include Associate Dean for Online Learning Michael Gibson in the Administrator category, Chemistry Instructor Dr. Vinod Mishra and Computer Science Instructor Dack Phillips in the Faculty category, and Accountant Vickie Barnes in the Staff category.
Jonathan Baker of Guntersville is on the path to a career as a coach and PE teacher, but his journey took a different route than some of his peers at Snead State Community College.
As part of the statewide campaign of “Keeping Alabama Beautiful,” Snead State Community College is stepping up to the “Clean Home Alabama” challenge created by the Alabama Community College System to celebrate the State’s Bicentennial. The Snead State Student Ambassadors and employees have taken on the project of creating more green spaces on campus for students and the community to enjoy. These “Pop Up Parks” will be found in two locations - between the Administration Building and the gymnasium and across campus by the Bevill Auditorium and Weathers Business Building.
The Snead State Community College TRiO Program is partnering with the Boaz Church of God to collect supplies for Boaz Backpack Blessings. Boaz Backpack Blessings provides food items to children within the school system who face hunger. Many times, the only meals the children receive each day are the ones provided during school. Boaz Backpack Blessings offers items the children can easily prepare themselves during weekends and holidays when they aren’t in school.
The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named Snead State Community College as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges. Based on strong and improving student outcomes—including in learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, and equity—15 percent of community colleges nationwide have been invited to apply for the Aspen Prize.
What is your vision? For one Snead State Community College student, the answer to that question hasn’t always been clear. Described as a shy and quiet person, Justin Stewart of Huntsville has been placed in situations throughout his life that have put him out of his comfort zone - all because of something that happened to him when he was born.
Snead State Community College Vice President of Finance and Administration Joe Whitmore recently completed the Community College Policy Fellows Program (CPFP), a 10-month professional development program sponsored by the Alabama Community College System and the Mississippi Community College Board.
Snead State Community College Phi Beta Lambda students recently returned from a three-day trip to New York City to attend the Second Annual PBL Career Connections Conference. Each year 300-plus top college and university students from across North America convene in Manhattan for the PBL Career Connections Conference, a fast paced, high-impact program focused on connecting talented individuals with leading employers. Snead State was well represented with 12 students and two faculty advisers attending.
The Snead State Community College Fishing Team overcame challenging weather conditions on Lake Dardanelle to place first among 160 boards at the AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open in Arkansas on Oct. 26-27. Garrett Warren of Guntersville and John Owens of Guntersville were named the overall winners among 350 of the top collegiate anglers in the nation after weighing in a total of 27.15 pounds over the two days.
More than 400 students and teachers saw firsthand the workings of Marshall County businesses and industries during the 2019 Manufacturing Day on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
The results of one idea from one instructor voiced four to five years ago were realized on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Open House held for the new greenhouse on the campus of Snead State Community College. The greenhouse is a project taken on by the College’s Science Department, with Instructor Dr. Tom Warren taking the lead.
A coaching legacy was recognized on Wednesday, Oct. 9, for a career that spanned over 40 years. The Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution honoring former Snead State Community College Head Coach John Thomas Kitchens for his years of services and his coaching accomplishments.
Snead State Community College has gained a sunny new addition: a newly built greenhouse.
ACCC Commissioner Dean Myrick announced Snead State Community College sophomore Teryn Hill as the new ACCC Public Relations and Marketing Intern recently.
Darryl Cameron has always wanted to fly. He dreamed of earning his pilot’s license and getting his own airplane. Now, the Huntsville firefighter is getting closer to having his dream realized, thanks to the Aviation College at Snead State Community College.
Caleb Jones of Horton has taken his love for airplanes and turned it into a career, thanks to the training he received from the Aviation College at Snead State Community College. With a goal to obtain his Associate degree from Snead State, Caleb is already working as an Aircraft Mechanic at RainAir Aircraft Services in Albertville.
Snead State Community College congratulates the following students who received their degrees and/or certificates during the Spring 2019 term.
Eight Snead State Community College students participated in the competitions held as part of the Phi Beta Lambda National Conference, and four of them placed within the top 15 in their respective categories.
Snead State Community College is proud to announce the Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester. Students must hold a minimum of 3.50-3.99 grade point average and be enrolled in 12 or more hours of regular college level courses to be eligible for the Dean’s List.
Snead State Community College is pleased to announce its President’s List for the Spring 2019 semester. To be eligible for the President’s List, a student must maintain a perfect grade point average of a 4.0 (all A’s) and be enrolled for 12 or more credit hours of regular college-level courses.
An Arab native’s interest in computer technologies started him on a path that has led to a unique opportunity to work as an intern for the U.S. Department of Defense.
The following students were among the recipients of scholarships to attend Snead State Community College for the 2019-2020 academic year.
The Snead State Community College Ready to Work Program continues to see success among its students. According to its recent success report, the program has an 86.67 percent success in its participants finding employment, entering college and completing training.
The Snead State Alumni Association saluted the College’s history at the annual Alumni Homecoming on Friday, May 3. Inspired by the State of Alabama’s Bicentennial, the theme for this year’s Alumni Homecoming was “Snead Through Time,” a salute to the College’s legacy that began in 1898. Snead State History and Political Science Instructor Grover Kitchens presented a brief look at the College’s beginning as a Methodist seminary to its current place in history as a community college. With a nod to the college’s religious ties, the entertainment for the event was provided by gospel quartet Gold City. The evening concluded with the recognition of the 2019 Alumna of the Year award. Alumni Association President Cherri Barnard presented the honor to Rhonda Springfield, Snead State Class of 1980.
Snead State Community College recently entered an agreement with Gadsden State Community College and Northeast Alabama Community College to provide career technical opportunities for students at Marshall Technical School. The agreement is the first of its kind in each of the college’s history and is an example of the colleges’ commitment to serving students.
Congratulations to the following students for being named to the 2019-2020 cheer squad:
Snead State Community College inducted 57 students into the National Society of Leadership and Success on Monday, Dec. 3.
Twenty-two workers gathered in a small classroom in the Weathers Business Building at Snead State Community College, listening intently to the material presented. Many of the men traveled from various states to the Boaz campus for one purpose, but it was a purpose they all shared – to receive training that would equip them to better do their jobs.
Snead State anglers Eric Lampkin and Garrett Warren finished second at the AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open in October.
The board of directors of the Marshall County Economic Development Council and the Marshall County Manufacturers Association honored Senator Clay Scofield at its 22nd Annual Industry Appreciation Dinner on Oct. 11. The MCEDC presented its annual Hinton Mitchem Economic Development Award of Excellence to Sen. Scofield, who also serves on the Board of Directors for the Snead State Foundation.
Snead State Community College’s Public Relations/Marketing team was recognized during the annual Alabama Community College System Public Relations Association (ACCSPRA) Pyramid Awards brunch on Friday, Sept. 7.
A Snead State Community College Division Director made his way “across the pond” not once, but twice this summer for professional opportunities.
Snead State Community College started the fall semester not only with new programs of study, such as horticulture and aviation, but also with improvements to a career and technical program - Office Administration. The Office Administration program allows students to earn an Associate in Applied Science degree, which may be earned within two years, or to earn a certificate within a specific concentration. Feedback from local and regional businesses as well as medical professionals led to the revamping of one particular short-term certificate option within the Office Administration program.
Snead State Community College received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to expand the offerings of its new Aviation Program. After a visit from FAA representatives on Thursday, Aug. 8, the Aviation College was approved to add PowerPlant Technology to the aviation curriculum, which also includes Airframe Technology.
Registration for Snead State’s fall baseball league and baseball showcase is open.
A collaborative project between Snead State Community College and Jacksonville State University has received national recognition. The project, funded through an NSF cybersecurity project grant, is called “Capacity Building for Control System Security Collaborative Project.” Snead State’s portion of the project was the development of eight physical cyber labs for workshop participants to integrate into their classroom curriculum for penetration testing on Industrial Control Systems. The kit was awarded the winning spot in the Faculty Development category for the 2018 National CyberWatch Center Innovations in Cyber Security Education program.
Snead State anglers Justin Tingle and Daniel Shelton finished 15th in the nation at the 2018 Boat U.S. National Championship.
The following students received scholarships to attend Snead State Community College for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Snead State Community College received two Appalachian Regional Commission grants to provide job training opportunities for students in North Alabama. The grants totaled $226,459 and will benefit two programs – an Apple App Development Pilot Program and the new Aviation program.
Snead State Community College’s first cyber team competed in its first competition, the Cyber Cup Capture the Flag (CTF) Challenge sponsored by Deloitte LLC in Huntsville. Students Gabriel and Benjamin Anstandig, both of Arab, represented Snead State at the 2018 Cyber Cup Capture the Flag (CTF) Challenge in June. Both are enrolled in Snead’s Cybersecurity program. The team placed fourth among 12 teams in the competition.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) announced that 34 Snead State Community College student-athletes and five Snead State teams are recipients of NJCAA Academic Awards.
Snead State Community College congratulates students who received their degrees and/or certificates during the Spring 2018 term.
Long-time associate head baseball coach Casey Underwood has been named the new head coach of the Snead State baseball team. The announcement was made Tuesday by Snead State Athletic Director Mark Richard.
The annual Spring Commencement Ceremonies at Snead State Community College brought students, faculty and staff, family and special guests together to share in the successes and accomplishments of the 2018 graduating class. Of the approximate 277 graduates this spring, about 230 students participated in the ceremonies held Thursday, May 10, in the Plunkett Wallace Gymnasium.
The moment symbolized two years of hard work and sacrifice, but it was with mixed emotions that 53 Snead State Community College students crossed the stage in the Bevill Center to receive their pins as members of the 2018 class of Registered Nurses.
Snead State President Dr. Robert Exley has named Casey Underwood as the Acting Head Baseball Coach.
The Snead State Alumni Association paid tribute to veterans and active military during the 2018 Alumni Homecoming held Friday, May 4, in the Plunkett-Wallace Gymnasium. The Salute to Veterans theme for the annual event honored the service and sacrifice of veterans and active military. About 85 alumni, students, employees and guests gathered enjoy a meal and entertainment provided by the Victory Belles and to honor the recipient of the 2018 Alumnus of the Year Award.
The end of an era has come to the baseball program at Snead State Community College with Gerry Ledbetter’s retirement after 26 seasons as head coach.
The Marshall County Legislative Delegation presented a donation to Snead State Community College to benefit the horticulture program.
Snead State Community College received a boost for the implementation of the second part of its new Aviation program – PowerPlant Technology. The Appalachian Regional Commission awarded the college a $199,621 grant to implement a PowerPlant program. The Aviation program currently has students in its Airframe Technology program, which trains the students on repair of all aspects of an aircraft with the exception of the engine.
Snead State welcomed 32 new members into its English honor society, Sigma Kappa Delta, at a ceremony held Thursday, April 19 in Fielder Auditorium. Sigma Kappa Delta Sponsor and English Instructor Terri Narrell addressed the inductees about the benefits of the program, including the lifetime membership in an honor organization and scholarship opportunities.
Snead State Community College highlighted the end of the Spring semester with special recognition of student achievements. Students were honored during the annual Awards Day ceremony at Snead State Community College on Thursday, April 12.
The Snead State Community College softball team will enter the ACCC/Region 22 tournament as the No. 3 seed from the Northern Division.
Snead State Community College recently held a special event to launch the newest addition to its programs of study – Aviation. Local officials, community members, Snead State administrators, faculty and staff and students gathered at the Aviation College near the Albertville Regional Airport to celebrate the much-anticipated addition.
For a second year in a row, the Snead State women’s golf team earned a bid to the NJCAA National Tournament by finishing second in the ACCC/NJCAA Region 22 Tournament.
The Snead State baseball team will host a free baseball camp on Sunday, April 29, from 2-4 p.m. at the Snead State baseball field.
Snead State Community College will welcome Brandon Elder back to campus Thursday night for a free concert.
The Snead State Community College Ready to Work Program continues to see success among its students with a steady increase in its completion rate.
A Snead State Community College instructor recently presented his paper on the college’s history to the Southern History of Education Society in Gainesville, Fla. History and Political Science Instructor Grover Kitchens presented a paper entitled “In the Heart of the Community: Snead State, from Methodist School to Junior College to Community College.”
The Snead State Community College men’s basketball team saw its historic season end Monday night after a 119-82 loss to the College of Southern Idaho in the opening round of the NJCAA Men’s Division I National Basketball Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Snead State Community College employees and students joined other colleges for the 2018 Alabama Community College System Day.
As of May 15, Snead State Community College will be closing the doors to a building that has secured a spot in the College’s long history. Snead State announced that the Student Union Building will be closed and awaiting demolition as the Alabama Community College System’s Board of Trustees formally approved this request at its monthly meeting in Montgomery on Wednesday, March 14.
The Snead State Parsons beat Coastal Alabama-North 90-73 Friday night to claim their program’s first conference title since 1990.
A former Snead State Community College student-athlete was recently voted to participate in the 2018 Reese’s Division III College All-Star Game. Ishimeal Nance of Muscle Shoals will play in the All-Star Game on Saturday, March 17, in Salem Virginia. Nance attended Snead State from 2014-2016,
Snead State Community College and Auburn University signed an articulation agreement for Agricultural Science on Friday, March 2. The agreement is the first between Auburn’s Agricultural Science program and a two-year community college.
Snead State Community College’s spring semester has been full of useful opportunities for students to learn.
The Snead State Community College men’s basketball team is the Alabama Community College Conference’s Northern Division Champion.
The Snead State Community College men’s basketball team defeated the nationally-ranked Shelton State Bucs Monday night.
Sophomores Lexie Blackstone of Albertville and Caleb Bailey of Crossville were recently elected as the 2018 Snead State Community College Homecoming Queen and King. Lexie and Caleb were crowned between the women’s and men’s basketball games on Monday, Feb. 12. The Parsons defeated Shelton State in the men’s game with a 96-91 win. The Lady Parsons lost to the Lady Bucs 98-72. A total of eight freshmen and 10 sophomores were selected to serve on Snead State’s Homecoming Court.
Snead State Community College congratulates students who received their degrees and/or certificates during the Fall 2017 term.
Snead State Community College is pleased to announce its President’s List for the Fall 2017 semester. To be eligible for the President’s List, a student must maintain a perfect grade point average of a 4.00 (all A’s) and be enrolled for 12 or more credit hours of regular college-level courses.
The Snead State baseball team opened up its 2018 season at home with two wins against Mineral Area College on Friday, Feb. 2.
Snead State Community College recently presented a one-year full tuition scholarship to the winners of the Alabama Youth Tour Competition, sponsored by Marshall-DeKalb Electric Cooperative.
Snead State Community College’s Nursing Program announces that its 2017 graduates achieved a high passing rate on the RN licensure exam. The Alabama Board of Nursing included the passing rate in its annual review of nursing education programs. According to the review, Snead State achieved a 97.6 percent passing rate among nursing students sitting for the NCLEX exam for the first time.