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Snead State Community College has positive news to share as enrollment for the Summer Semester continues to grow.

With a few days left during the registration period, Snead State has already seen a 38.07 percent increase in enrollment over the previous summer. The current headcount for this summer is 2,778, but registration for the Summer Mini II term doesn’t close until July 7.

“We’re excited to see so many students enrolling with Snead State this summer. According to the latest enrollment reports from the Alabama Community College System, Snead State currently ranks as the fifth largest college in terms of summer enrollment. We’ve strived to increase our enrollment by growing the opportunities we offer to students. We also set a goal to reach out to the community with news and information about the opportunities and successes we’ve had at Snead State. The College has come together and worked hard, and we are seeing the fruits of their labor. We have a great team among the Snead State family, and we have a tremendous support system with our community supporters. We could not have achieved this success without everyone’s support and effort,” said Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore.

As of June 22, Snead State’s enrollment is 2,778 students taking 17,831 credit hours. The final enrollment for the Summer 2021 semester was 2,012 students taking 13,182 credit hours. Credit hours are the value assigned to classes needed to earn certificates or degrees.

For more information on registering for the Summer 2022 Semester, students may visit the College’s website at www.snead.edu.

Snead State Community College congratulates the following students who received their degrees and/or certificates during the Spring 2022 term.

Acworth, GA
• Eric Blake Robinson, Associate in Science degree in General Education

Albertville
• Evelyn Jimenez Alarcon, Associate in Science degree in Business
• Jennifer Martinez Altamirano, Associate in Applied Science degree in Applied Business (cum laude)
• Mauren Arreaga, Associate in Science degree in Biomedical Sciences (summa cum laude)
• John Christian Baker, Associate in Science degree in General Education
• Haley Brooke Bell, Associate in Science degree in General Education
• Maddux Blaine Bopp, Associate in Science degree in Business (magna cum laude)
• Ebony Vae Borden, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing (cum laude)
• Rebecca Ailene Braden, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing
• Brenda Chavez Calderon, Short-term Certificate in Accounting Technology, Certificate in Accountancy, and Associate in Applied Science degree in Applied Business
• Miriam Chavez Ibarra, Associate in Science degree in Biomedical Sciences (cum laude)
• Cresha Nichole Chaviers, Associate in Science degree in Psychology
• Gabriel John Cruz, Associate in Science degree in Pre-Nursing (cum laude)
• Lizet Cruz Franco, Associate in Science degree in Psychology
• Amber Nichole Densmore, Associate in Science degree in Elementary Education
• Rosalinda Dominguez, Associate in Science degree in Telecommunication/Film/Broadcasting (magna cum laude)
• John David Eddings, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing
• Marckenson Etienne, Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Science Technology (summa cum laude) and Short-Term Certificates as a Computer Technician, in Enterprise Virtualization, in IT Systems Administration and in Web Technology (with distinction)
• Chloe Jade Farris, Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education
• Matthew Richard Fox, Associate in Applied Science (magna cum laude), a Certificate and Short-term Certificate (with distinction), all in Industrial Systems Technology
• Jessica Francisco, Short-term Certificate as a Nursing Assistant
• Grace Genora Galloway, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing (cum laude)
• Amy Nayrette Gonzalez Trejo, Associate in Science degree in General Education
• Anna Clare Grimes, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing
• Hunter Nicole Hannefield, Associate in Science degree in Pre-Nursing
• Kaylie JoAnn Hanrahan, Associate in Science degree in Horticulture
• Kyndra Riley Harraid, Associate in Science degree in Elementary Education (magna cum laude)
• Michael Chase Kitchens, Associate in Science degree in General Education (cum laude)
• Haley Madison Lemaster, Associate in Science degree in Biology
• Michelle R. Lemaster, Associate in Applied Science degree (magna cum laude), Certificate and Short-term Certificate (with distinction), all in Office Administration
• Madison Lynn Lewis, Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice (magna cum laude)
• Caleb Logue, Associate in Science degree in General Education
• Lesley Ann Lopez, Associate in Science degree in General Education
• Kristina Marie Lucero, Associate in Applied Science degree, Certificate and Short-term Certificate, all in Office Administration
• Rylee Faith McCullars, Associate in Science degree in Elementary Education (cum laude)
• Esly Mesadieu, Associate in Science degree in Biology (cum laude)
• Elaine N. Minor, Associate in Science degree in General Education (summa cum laude)
• Jonathan Francisco Osorio, Associate in Science degree in Computer Science (magna cum laude)
• Michelle Haresh Patel, Associate in Science degree in Computer Science (summa cum laude)
• Joshua Greg Roman, Associate in Science degree in General Education
• Salma Santiago, Associate in Science degree in General Education (summa cum laude)
• Andrew Trey Smith, Associate in Science degree in Business (cum laude)
• Jocelyn Corinth Smith, Associate in Science degree in General Education (cum laude)
• Samantha Carlee Smith, Associate in Science degree in Business
• Anna Claire Strange, Associate in Science degree in General Education (magna cum laude)
• Ashley Mae Swain, Associate in Science degree in General Education (cum laude)
• Ashlie Jenae Tidmore, Associate in Applied Science degree in Office Administration (cum laude)
• Sofia Valazquez Juarez, Short-term Certificate as Nursing Assistant (with distinction)
• Anthony Vazquez, Associate in Applied Science degree (magna cum laude) and Short-term Certificate (with distinction), both in Industrial Systems Technology, and Short-Term Certificates (with distinction) in Automation and Basic Electricity
• Holly Flynn Waid, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing
• Sarah Grace Williams, Associate in Science degree in General Education (cum laude)

Alexander City
• Mark Hartwell Spencer, Associate in Science degree in General Education (cum laude)

Alexandria
• Kameron Michelle Simpson, Associate in Science degree in General Education

Altoona
• Karleigh Blayke Dodd, Associate in Science degree in Business (magna cum laude)
• Jay Edward Evans, Associate in Science degree in General Education (summa cum laude)
• Jaqueline Galvan Nuñez, Short-term Certificate as a Nursing Assistant
• Stephanie Graham, Associate in Science degree in Psychology (cum laude)
• Tonya Kaye Patterson, Associate in Applied Science degree, Certificate, and Short-term Certificate, all in Office Administration
• Destiny LaKenya Wiley, Associate in Science degree in General Education (summa cum laude)

Anniston
• Allison Jade Arenth, Associate in Science degree in Business

Arab
• Billy Dalton Ray Atchley, Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice (magna cum laude)
• Christopher Isaac Bell, Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Science Technology (cum laude) and Short-Term Certificates (with distinction) as a Computer Technician, in Cybersecurity and in Web Technology
• Kenleigh Shea Blackmon, Associate in Science degree in English (magna cum laude)
• Ericka Peyton Creel, Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Associate in Applied Science degree in Child Development (summa cum laude)
• Ross Andrew Dyar, Associate in Science degree in Business
• Bryant Kirkwood, Associate in Science degree in Business
• Kathryn Farryn Langley, Associate in Science degree in General Education (cum laude)
• Kristi Lynn Parker, Certificate and Short-term Certificate (with distinction), both in Office Administration
• Gracie Elizabeth Ridgeway, Associate in Science degree in General Education
• Wesley Kent Tyler, Associate in Science degree in Business (magna cum laude)

Armuchee, GA
• Matthew Sebastian Williams, Associate in Science degree in General Education (cum laude)

Athens
• Alexandra Grace Patterson, Associate in Science degree in Mathematics (magna cum laude)

Attalla
• Kyler Beshears, Associate in Science degree in General Education
• Bryson Lee Bone, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing
• Christopher Jordan Cannon, Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Science Technology (cum laude) and Short-Term Certificates (with distinction) as a Computer Technician, in Cybersecurity and in Web Technology
• Kenleigh Victoria Huff, Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education (summa cum laude)
• Kyle James Morgan, Associate in Science degree in General Education (magna cum laude)
• Serra Kathryn Noojin, Associate in Science degree in Elementary Education (cum laude)
• Roderick D. Porter, Associate in Applied Science degree (cum laude) and Short-term Certificate, both in Industrial Systems Technology, and a Short-term Certification in Automation
• Gabrielle Starr Rogers, Associate in Science degree in General Education (summa cum laude)
• Carl Braye Taylor, Short-Term Certificates (with distinction) as a Computer Technician, in Cybersecurity, and in Web Technology
• Donald H. Ward, Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Science Technology (magna cum laude), and Short-Term Certificates (with distinction) as a Computer Technician and in Web Technology

Auburn
• Ahcorya Keyonna Herrington, Associate in Science degree in Business

Bessemer
• Blakely Marie Burr, Associate in Science degree in General Education (summa cum laude)
• Logan Tucker Sims, Associate in Science degree in Business

Birmingham
• Katherine Michelle Gray, Associate in Science degree in Exercise Science and Wellness (magna cum laude)
• Alexa Lopez-Flores, Associate in Science degree in Social Work

Blountsville
• John Micah Fallin, Associate in Science degree in General Education (summa cum laude)

Boaz
• Preston Dean Adelman, Associate in Science degree in Business
• Marcy Ann Micahla Blitchington, Associate in Science degree in Art Education
• Noah William Brown, Associate in Science degree in Business
• Morgan Savannah Carter, Associate in Science degree in General Education
• Shayanna L. Colvin, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing
• Kevin Agustin Franco, Associate in Applied Science degree, a Certificate and Short-term Certificate, all in Industrial Systems Technology, and a Short-term Certificate in Automation.
• Taylor D. Freeman, Associate in Science degree in Pre-Nursing (cum laude)
• Fiena Tsamratul Fuadah, Associate in Science degree in Pre-Nursing (magna cum laude)
• Sebastian Gaspar-Martinez, Associate in Applied Science degree and Short-term Certificate, both in Industrial Systems Technology
• Emillie Marie Gleaton, Associate in Science degree in Pre-Nursing
• Lora Madison Breedwell Hanson, Associate in Science degree in General Education (magna cum laude)
• Ethan J. Johnson, Associate in Applied Science degree in Applied Business, a Certificate and a Short-term Certificate, both in General Business
• Hannah-Kate Kelley, Associate in Science degree in General Education (magna cum laude)
• Morgan Olivia Langley, Associate in Science degree in General Education
• Selena Hawkins Ledbetter, Associate in Science degree in Social Work
• Anthony Mateo Lopez, Associate in Science degree in Journalism
• Kendra Marlene Jade Lovell, Associate in Applied Science degree in Applied Business, Certificate and Short-term Certificate, both in General Business, and a Certificate and Short-term Certificate, both in Management
• Deyna Yuliana Maldonado, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing (magna cum laude)
• Coy Martin, Associate in Science degree in Athletic Training
• Ricki Martinez, Associate in Applied Science degree in Applied Business, and a Certificate and Short-term Certificate, both in Management
• Anna Carol Matthews, Associate in Science degree in Elementary Education
• Amanda Michelle McCormick, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing
• Yunuen Guadalupe Alferez Mendoza, Associate in Science degree in Art Studio
• Anayely Juan Morales, Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice
• Molly Ann Morris, Associate in Science degree in General Education (magna cum laude)
• Alexandra Nicole Nance, Associate in Science degree in General Education (cum laude)
• Ashley Nicole Norton, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing
• Rebecca Oden, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing (magna cum laude)
• Anna Clare Phillips, Associate in Science degree in General Education
• Kristin Brooke Ross, Associate in Applied Science degree, Certificate and Short-term Certificate, all in Office Administration
• Christopher Adam Self, Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Science Technology (summa cum laude) and Short-Term Certificates (with distinction) in Web Technology, in Cybersecurity, and as a Computer Technician
• Sakhawat H. Sheikh, Associate in Science degree in Business
• Kaylan Brooke Sims, Associate in Science degree in Elementary Education
• Caroline Paige Smith, Associate in Science degree in Speech Pathology (summa cum laude)
• Ashley Dianne Thomas, Associate in Applied Science degree in Applied Business, Certificates and Short-Term Certificates, in both General Business and Finance
• Triston Nathaniel Todorowski, Associate in Science degree in Health Education
• Logan Tyler Walls, Associate in Science degree in Electrical Engineering
• Chase Alexander Williams, Associate in Science degree in General Education (summa cum laude)

Centre
• Samuel Edward Cosby, Associate in Science degree in Math Education
• Daniel A. Holcomb, Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice (summa cum laude)
• Kayleigh Michelle Hunter, Associate in Science degree in Athletic Training
• Kimberley Brooke Pack, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing (cum laude)

Collinsville
• Courtney Reid Baine, Associate in Science degree in Athletic Training

Crossville
• Daniel Acosta-Rivera, Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Science Technology
• Angel Deann Campbell, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing
• Zuleyma Franco Figueroa, Associate in Science degree in Business (magna cum laude)
• Jerika Riley Gary, Associate in Science degree in General Education
• Angel Carter Keith, Associate in Applied Science degree in Computer Science Technology (magna cum laude) and Short-Term Certificates (with distinction) as a Computer Technician, in Enterprise Virtualization, in IT Systems Administration and in Web Technology
• Krimson Alexandria Kidd, Associate in Science degree in Special Education (summa cum laude)
• Elias Lopez Hernendez, Associate in Science degree in Electrical Engineering
• Kayla Danielle McCollum, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing
• Stephen Andrew Rogers, Short-Term Certificates (with distinction) in Automation and Basic Electricity
• Alyssa Danielle Stanley, Associate in Science degree in Biology Education (magna cum laude)

Cullman
• Kelsee Meghin Haynes, Associate in Science degree in Pre-Nursing
• Jacob Dal McCullough, Associate in Science degree in Computer Science

Dawson
• Davey Jarrett Graham, Associate in Science degree in General Education (cum laude)

Dothan
• Marquis Hardamon, Associate in Science degree in General Education

Drexel Hill, PA
• Derrell Jones Jr., Associate in Science degree in General Education

Eutaw
• Molisa M. Coleman, Associate in Science degree in General Education

Fayetteville, TN
• Abigail Michelle Hornbuckle, Associate in Science degree in Pre-Nursing (summa cum laude)

Fort Payne
• Barry D. Brown, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing
• Dylan Blake Evans, Associate in Science degree in General Education (cum laude)
• Brittany M. Hartmann, Associate in Science degree in Psychology (cum laude)
• Brady A. Moses, Associate in Science degree in General Education (magna cum laude)
• Samantha Thomas, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing

Fyffe
• Kaitlyn Hope Woodall, Associate in Science degree in Elementary Education

Gadsden
• Eric Andrew Edge, Associate in Science degree in General Education (summa cum laude)
• Becca Jean Edwards, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing
• Sharonna Nicole Russell, Associate in Science degree in General Education
• Austin Lee Young, Associate in Science degree in General Education

Gallant
• Ronald Adam Clark, Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice

Geraldine
• Rey Hernandez, Associate in Science degree in Special Education (cum laude)
• Jordan Naomi Strange, Associate in Science degree in General Education

Grant
• Chala Anderson Clemons, Associate in Science degree in Psychology
• Alayna Jo Rice, Associate in Science degree in Biology Education (magna cum laude)
• Tanner Douglas Sibley, Associate in Science degree in General Education

Guntersville
• Makayla Cheyenne Allen, Associate in Science degree in General Education
• Hannah Grace Ball, Associate in Science degree in General Education (magna cum laude)
• Mikayla Anne Black, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing
• Lauryn Elizabeth Caldwell, Associate in Science degree in General Education (summa cum laude)
• Madison Isabelle Cook, Associate in Science degree in General Education
• Laura Forsythe, Associate in Science degree in Exercise Science and Wellness (magna cum laude)
• Sherry Alexis Glines, Associate in Science degree in General Education (summa cum laude)
• Leighton Griep, Associate in Science degree in Business
• Joshua Lashay Gurley, Associate in Science degree in General Education
• Tiffany Rose Hammock, Associate in Science degree in Animal Sciences (magna cum laude)
• Esther Laguerre, Associate in Science degree in Political Science (summa cum laude)
• Mallory Rae Patterson, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing
• Leila Renee Speed, Associate in Science degree in General Education

Hanceville
• MaryGrace Fuller, Associate in Science degree in General Education (magna cum laude)

Hayden
• Brooklyn Mackenzie Allison, Short-Term Certificate as a Nursing Assistant
• Julie Marie Fuller, Short-Term Certificate as a Nursing Assistant (with distinction)
• Javan Bryce Garner, Short-Term Certificate as a Nursing Assistant

Helena
• Robert Luke Stamba, Associate in Science degree in General Education (cum laude)

Henager
• Lauren Olivia Womack, Associate in Science degree in Biology (magna cum laude)

Hoover
• Lawrence Edward Hammonds, Associate in Science degree in Business (summa cum laude)

Horton
• Salina Wills Beck, Associate in Science degree in Physical Education
• Rachel Cooper, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing
• Jesus Cruz, Associate in Applied Science (cum laude), Certificate, and Short-Term Certificate (with distinction), all in Industrial Systems Technology
• Abby MaKayla Floyd, Associate in Science degree in General Education (cum laude)
• Masen Coy Howard, Short-Term Certificate in Cybersecurity (with distinction)
• Kyle A. Johns, Associate in Science degree in General Education (magna cum laude)
• Patrick Royce Saint, Associate in Science degree in Mechanical Engineering
• Brianna Nicole Tarvin Brogdon, Associate in Science degree in Psychology

Huntsville
• William Randolph Conway, Associate in Science degree in General Education
• Madeleine Damas, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing

Jacksonville
• Bryce Walter Mohon, Associate in Science degree in Business
• Brandy Nicole Webb, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing
• Eric Wilcox, Associate in Science degree in General Education (summa cum laude)

Jemison
• Shawn C. Lipscomb, Associate in Science degree in General Education

Joppa
• Isaac Scott Galbreath, Associate in Applied Science degree in Applied Business, a Short-Term Certificate and Certificate, both in Management

Killen
• Matthew McCarl Brown, Short-Term Certificates in Enterprise Virtualization, IT Systems Administration, and Web Technology

Kingston, GA
• Brooke Renee Roberts, Associate in Science degree in General Education (summa cum laude)

Madison
• Braden Cobb, Associate in Science degree in General Education (magna cum laude)

Mobile
• Sharon Gunn Pate, Associate in Science degree in Early Childhood Education
• Twantella Guedell Randolph, Associate in Applied Science degree, Certificate, and Short-Term Certificate, all in Child Development

New Hope
• Stacey Annette Lightsey, Associate in Science degree in General Education

Niceville, FL
• Bryce Ryan Ingram, Associate in Science degree in Business (magna cum laude)

Ocean Springs, MS
• Andre Darnell Brunt, Associate in Science degree in General Education

Ohatchee
• Lacey Nicole Kay, Associate in Science degree in Pre-Nursing

Oneonta
• Taylor Rheadon Atkinson, Associate in Science degree in General Education (summa cum laude)
• Nazary Josephine Chavez, Short-Term Certificate as a Nursing Assistant
• Stephen Michael Dean, Associate in Science degree in General Education (summa cum laude)
• Erika Monza Duarte, Associate in Science degree in General Education (summa cum laude)
• Giovanna Sarahi Garcia, Short-Term Certificate as a Nursing Assistant
• Erika Jisselle Gonzalez, Associate in Science degree in Business
• Kristi Reid Hood, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing (magna cum laude)
• Joanna Grace Huie, Associate in Science degree in General Education
• William Montana Owens, Associate in Science degree in Music
• Aracely Chacon Ramos, Associate in Science degree in Speech Pathology
• Maria De Jesus Verdin, Associate in Applied Science degree in Applied Business
• Eleazar Verdin Rocha, Associate in Applied Science degree in Child Development

Phenix City
• Chenqua M. Daniels, Associate in Science degree in General Education (summa cum laude)
• Taquisha Nunnally, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing

Pisgah
• Heather Lynn Dobbins, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing

Rainbow City
• Anna Hutchison Bothwell, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing
• Stephen J. Hughes, Associate in Science degree in General Education (summa cum laude)

Rainsville
• Hayden Reid Slaton, Associate in Science degree in General Education (cum laude)

Remlap
• Letizia Espinoza, Short-Term Certificate as a Nursing Assistant

Selma
• David Boling Cothran, Associate in Science degree in Business
• Thomas Carter Morris, Associate in Science degree in Business

Snead
• Andrey A. Luis Aquino, Short-Term Certificate in Computer Software Fundamentals

Southside
• Maggie Lorene Bell, Associate in Science degree in General Education

Springville
• Briar Adrian Fowler, Associate in Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences

Statesboro, GA
• Pierles Tyvez Brown, Associate in Science degree in Business

Steele
• Courtney Marie Mashburn, Associate in Applied Science degree in Registered Nursing

Stevenson
• Sarah Beth Morgan, Associate in Science degree in Pre-Nursing (magna cum laude)

Toney
• Nikki Ann Dennis, Associate in Applied Science (magna cum laude), Certificate and Short-Term Certificate (with distinction), all in Office Administration

Union Grove
• Amanda Gosselin, Certificate and Short-Term Certificate (with distinction), both in Medical Billing and Coding
• Emma Leona James, Associate in Science degree in General Education
• Julia Paige Rainwater, Associate in Science degree in Mathematics (cum laude)
• Angelica Noel Tucker, Short-Term Certificate in Child Development (with distinction)
• Anna Elizabeth Williams, Associate in Science degree in Speech Pathology (summa cum laude)
• Baylee Madison Williams, Associate in Science degree in Elementary Education

Vinemont
• Molly Aris Pendley, Associate in Science degree in General Education (cum laude)

Warrior
• Kaylee Kole Ellison, Short-Term Certificate as a Nursing Assistant (with distinction)

Weaver
• McKenna Kaleuati Flynn, Associate in Science degree in Biology

Zaphyrhills, FL
• Valerie Rose Cole, Associate in Science degree in Business

The following high school graduates received scholarships to attend Snead State Community College for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Albertville High School
• Caroline Thomas received an athletic scholarship to play with the Snead State Tennis Team. The daughter of Jason and Jennifer Thomas, she plans to major in Early Childhood Education. While in high school, she played basketball, tennis, and volleyball and was a member of the National Honor Society. She also received the Family Security Credit Union Essay Scholarship.
• Sarah Rutledge received a scholarship to serve as a Snead State Ambassador. The daughter of Josh and Lindsey Rutledge, she plans to major in nursing. While in high school, she played volleyball and basketball, and she was a member of National Honor Society and a leader in FCA. She was selected to the All County Team for volleyball and basketball, and she was named FCA Athlete of the Month, Offensive MVP for volleyball, and County Offensive MVP for basketball. She made the A Honor Roll and was in the Top Ten Percent of her graduating class.
• Zoey Hawkins, the daughter of Joann Hawkins, received a General Scholarship and plans to major in nursing. She was a member of the band and the National Honor Society.
• Talia Kay, the daughter of Karen and Misael Cortes, received a General Scholarship and plans to major in Business.
• AnnaMarie Mann received an Athletic Scholarship to be a part of the Snead State Cheerleading Squad. The daughter of Jill Mann and the late Chris Mann, she plans to major in nursing. While in high school, she cheered and was a member of the Aggie Pals and National Honor Society.

Arab High School
• Kaitlyn Salinas, the daughter of Nicole Lampkin, received an Academic Achievement Scholarship and plans to major in Criminology. While in high school, she played varsity softball and was a member of the Beta Club, Spirit Club and FCCLA. She was also a first place FCCLA State Winner for Interpersonal Communications.
• Jordan Clark, the daughter of Alan and Tassy Clark, received a General Scholarship and plans to major in General Studies. While in high school, she ran cross country and track. She also volunteered with the children’s ministry at Gillam Springs.

Asbury High School
• Yaritsa Ramos, the daughter of Jesus Ramos and Julieta Juarez, received a full tuition scholarship and plans to major in Elementary Education. She was a member of FBLA and National Honor Society. She was recognized for being in the Top Ten of her class.
• Kayla Lindsay received a scholarship to cheer at Snead State. The daughter of Felicia Lindsay and Chris Lindsay, she plans to major in Nursing. While in high school, she played volleyball and softball and cheered. She was also a member of the National Honor Society.
• Sophia Andres, the daughter of Lorenza Andres and Miguel Gaspar, received a General Scholarship and plans to major in Business and Performing Arts. While in high school, she was a member of the cross country team, FBLA, the yearbook committee, the Good News Club, and the softball team. She was also a cheerleader and a peer helper. She placed 12th in a cross country race.
• Julianna Tidmore received a career and technical scholarship and plans to major in Industrial Systems Technology. She is the daughter of Randall Tidmore and Judy Tidmore.

Boaz High School
• Evan Bailey, the son of Chris and Amy Bailey, received an Academic Achievement Scholarship and plans to major in Soil Sciences. While in high school, he played football and baseball. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, FFA, FBLA and Interact Club. He was recognized for being in the Top Ten Percent of his class and for being in the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.
• Delaney Smith received a scholarship to serve as a Snead State Ambassador. The daughter of Ricky and Shelley Smith, she plans to major in General Education. She served as Dance Captain of the Show Choir and received the Outstanding Senior in Show Choir award. She was also a member of the Culinary competition team, of the National Honor Society, for which she served as secretary, of Mu Alpha Theta, and of FCCLA, for which she served as president. Her team placed second at the Alabama Prostart Culinary Competition, and she was recognized for being in the Top Ten Percent of her class.
• Laura Whitmire, the daughter of Kasey Whitmire and West Whitmire, received an Art Scholarship and plans to major in Art. While in high school, she was a member of the Marching and Concert Band, the Variety Swim Team, the Art Club and the National Honor Society.

Douglas High School
• Riley Sims, the daughter of Steven and Heather Sims, received a Dual Enrollment to First Time Freshman Scholarship. She plans to major in Education. While in high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and the Math Team. She was an Honor Graduate and was recognized for being in the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and in the Top 10 Percent of her graduating class.
• Kiran Norton, the daughter of Tracy and Alana Norton, received a scholarship to serve as an Ambassador and plans to major in Nursing or be a Physician’s Assistant. While in high school, she was a member of the tennis team, for which she served as captain, band, for which she served as Drum Major, Assistant Drum Major and Clarinet Section Leader, Interact Club, History Club and Math Team. She was recognized as Miss DHS 2022, Best in Class Drum Major at the Trussville Marching Invitational, A Honor Roll, Rotary Youth Leadership Award of Participation, and Marshall County Athletic Award. She was the Homecoming representative for the senior class and a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Student Government Association, for which she served as a representative, and FCA Leadership Team. She is ServSafe certified and has certifications in Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft and Excel. She was also a Junior Honor Marshall.

DAR High School
• Sy Stanfield, the son of Keith and Angie Stanfield, received an Academic Achievement Scholarship and plans to major in Mathematics. While in high school, he was a member of the football, basketball, baseball and track teams. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Government Association, for which he served as secretary, the Leo Club, FBLA, and National Historical Society. He was a volunteer for the 2021 Special Olympics.
• Mason Walker, the son of Jamie and April Walker, received a scholarship to cheer for Snead State and plans to major in Industrial Systems Technology. While in high school, he played football and was a member of the Varsity Competition Cheer Squad. He was a member of the Leo Club and the FCA.
• Carline Largen received a scholarship to cheer for Snead State. The daughter of Brian and Amy Largen, she plans to major in Business and Marketing. She was captain of the Competition Cheer Squad and was a member of the Leo Club, the National Honor Society, the Student Government Association and the Historical Society. She was secretary of the senior class. She was the Homecoming Queen, and she was recognized for the A Honor Roll and the Wendy’s Heisman.

Fyffe High School
• Lauren Webb received a General Scholarship. The daughter of Randy and Regina Webb, she plans to earn an Associate in Science degree. While in high school, she was a member of the basketball and softball teams, the Senior Beta Club, the FCCLA, the FCA and the YANA club.

Guntersville High School
• Abigail Parmer, the daughter of Haley Weatherman and Donny Parmer, received an Academic Achievement Scholarship. She plans to major in Secondary Education.
• Alexyss Chambers, the daughter of Stephanie Taylor and Scott Chambers, received a General Scholarship and plans to major in Nursing.
• Gabe Marsh received a scholarship and plans to major in Business. He is the son of Ann Marsh and Edward Marsh.
• John Kirkland received a scholarship to serve as an Ambassador. The son of Jackie and Lori Kirkland, he plans to major in Civil Engineering. He was a member of FFA, for which he served as president, 4-H, HOSA, for which he competed at the state level and placed first in State Pharmacy Science, and the Archery Team, for which he competed in the state championship. He was selected as Mr. GHS and Junior and Senior Class Favorite. He received first place in the FFA Marshall County Land Judging for 2020 and 2021 and the Marshall County FFA Tractor Driving Champion title in 2021.
• Ryan Oswalt received a General Scholarship and plans to major in Industrial Systems Technology. The son of Donny and Marsha Oswalt, he was a member of the soccer team.
• Brett Barwick received an athletic scholarship to play with the Golf Team and plans to major in Aviation Mechanics. The son of Tim Barwick and Amy Barwick, he was a member of the golf team.
• Lola Walk, the daughter of James and Emily Walk, received a scholarship to serve as an Ambassador. She plans to major in Nursing. While in high school, she was a member of Junior Civitans, for which she was president, soccer team, Spanish Club, FCA, ODK, Leo Club, National Honor Society, and National Spanish Honor Society.
• Kylie Niederbrach, the daughter of Ken Niederbrach and Nicole Niederbrach, received a General Scholarship and plans to major in Business Marketing.
• Chase Cornelius received a career and technical scholarship and plans to major in Industrial Systems Technology. The son of Phillip and Kim Cornelius, he played baseball and was a member of the Junior Civitans.
• Montana McWhorter, the daughter of Melody McWhorter and the last Marty McWhorter, received a General Scholarship and plans to major in Psychology. She was a member of the middle school choir and the church choir.
• Laura Claire Kirkland, the daughter of Lori and Jason Kirkland, received a scholarship to serve as an Ambassador. She plans to major in Exercise Science. While in high school, she was a member of the softball team, National Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Delta, FBLA, for which she served as secretary, Junior Civitans, FCA, and HOSA. She also received a Health Science internship.

Hoover High School
• Luke McNeill received an Academic Achievement Scholarship and plans to major in Business. He is the son of Charlene McNeill. He played baseball and was named Student Athlete of the Month in 2021.

J.B. Pennington High School
• Emma Kate Whitehead received a General Tuition Scholarship and plans to major in psychology. She is the daughter of Terry and Courtney Whitehead. While in High School, she played basketball and was a PHS Ambassador, Yearbook Editor and Girls State Representative. She was recognized as fourth in her class and was a member in National Honor Society.

Jefferson Christian Academy
• Hannah Hurst, the daughter of Gary and Tracie Hurst, received a scholarship for Business, which is her major. While in high school, she played softball and volleyball. She was the Media Department Leader at Leeds Worship Center, president of the Excel National Exchange Club, president of the senior class, member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club, and an Ambassador. She was the Excel Exchange Club Youth of the Year, was voted “Best Christian Attitude,” “Best All Around,” and “Most Studious” for Who’s Who, and was Valedictorian.

Marshall Christian Academy
• Kamdon Engle, the son of Heather Engle, received a General Scholarship and plans to major in Childhood Education. While in high school, he was part of the basketball, baseball and fishing teams. He plays guitar and is a Youth Worship Leader/Singer. He received the Best Batting Average award in baseball and the Best Offensive Player Award, All Tournament Team and All Star Team recognitions for basketball.

Pathways Academy
• Rylee Beth Smith, the daughter of Lee and Kristy Smith, received an Academic Achievement Scholarship and plans to major in Veterinary Services. While in high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society, a volunteer for the Humane Society, and a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Sardis High School
• Zachary Nickerson received a scholarship to serve as an Ambassador. His guardians are Stephanie Nance and Jeremy Nance. He plans to major in Nursing. While in high school, he was a member of FBLA, for which he served as vice president, Junior Civitans, FCCLA, and Spanish Club.

St. Clair Virtual Prep Academy
• Jaci Cash, the daughter of Joey and Tracy Cash, received an Academic Scholarship and plans to major in Business.

Susan Moore High School
• Julianna Hutchens received a General Scholarship and plans to major in Rehabilitation/Disability Studies. The daughter of Jeremy and Jessica Hutchens, she was a cheerleader and a member of the Youth Leadership Development Program, FCCLA, and yearbook and prom committees. She was a youth cheerleading coach and was named an All-American cheerleader for three years.
• Ashlyn Collier, the daughter of Lisa and Brandon Collier, received a General Scholarship and plans to major in Business. She was a member of the Beta Club.
• Madeline Emery, the daughter of Randall and Angie Emery, received a Cheerleading Scholarship. In high school, she was a cheerleader, a member of the Track and Field Team and Senior Beta Club, and an Ambassador. She was a member of the local Winter Guard Team, Southern Roots. She was an All American Cheerleader and a Pin-It-Forward recipient. She attended Girls State and was voted Ambassador of the Year.

Wetumpka High School

• Trevor Lewis received a scholarship to be an Ambassador and plans to major in Cybersecurity. The son of Fawn Lewis and Allen Lewis, he was a member of the Deca Club, the Beta Club, and the Journalism Club.

Snead State Community College Industrial Systems Technology students (from left) Anthony Vasquez, Logan Wilson, Kevin Franco, Jake Knighten, and Jesus Cruz used one of the new robotic trainers recently added to the program’s training lab.

Snead State Community College added new equipment for its Industrial Systems Technology program to provide students with real-world learning experiences.

Three new robotic trainers were added to the program’s training lab thanks to funding from an Industrial Systems Expansion and Enhancement grant. The units are six-axis, industrial grade robots that provide hands-on learning opportunities with fully-functional work cells. Students also receive training using a virtual robot, using RobotStudio software.

“These are the exact same robots that are being used in industry today,” said Industrial Systems Technology Instructor Todd Freshwater. “The skills students are learning by using these robots can be applied immediately in the workplace.”

The Industrial Systems Technology program requires two semesters of robot instruction. Beginning in the Fall 2022, students who successfully complete the classes will be certified in basic ABB robot programming and operation.

For more information, contact Mr. Freshwater at todd.freshwater@snead.edu.

Snead State Community College recently celebrated two students (seated, from left), Jake Knighten and Maria Felix for participating in the Registered Apprenticeship Program with Snead State’s industry partner Atrion Medical. On hand to congratulate the students were (standing, from left) Snead State Instructor Karter Krueger, Director of Workforce Development Teresa Walker, Alabama Office of Apprenticeship Region 1 Project Manager Michael Bridier, Instructor Todd Freshwater, John Naughton and Stanley Alldredge, both of Atrion, Snead State Executive Project Director of Workforce Enhancement Dr. Greg Randall, Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore, and Alabama Community College System Regional External Affairs Liaison Zach Lee.

Snead State Community College’s Registered Apprenticeship Program continues to grow. The College recognized several students recently for signing apprenticeship agreements with local industries.

Snead State’s Registered Apprenticeship Program is business driven, combining on-the-job learning with related technical instruction through the classes offered at the College. The program also includes a national occupational credential from the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship.

“This is a critical program. It’s very important, and we’re proud to see our students represent the College and the program well with our business and industry partners,” said Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore. “We’re working hard to grow our career and technical programs because we know our workforce is critical for our community.”

Since the Registered Apprenticeship Program began, Snead State has placed 11 apprenticeships within four industry partners.

“We appreciate the support from our industry partnerships,” said Snead State Director of Workforce Development Teresa Walker. “They help us with letters of support and with anything we ask to grow our programs and provide opportunities for our students. The apprenticeships are a good way for the students to earn while they learn and a great way for them to pay for their college education. We are happy to provide these connections for them while pairing our industries with quality employees.”

Snead State students recently signed agreements with the College’s Registered Apprenticeship Program to work with industry partner Mueller. The students were (seated, from left) Seth Odom, Chris Gillilan, Josh Smith, Chris Caudill, and Anthony Helton. On hand to congratulate the students were (standing, from left) Alabama Office of Apprenticeship Region 1 Project Manager Michael Bridier, Snead State Executive Project Director of Workforce Enhancement Dr. Greg Randall, Instructor Todd Freshwater, Mueller representatives Russell Madson, Stephen Myrick, and Pat Shaw, and Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore.

Two students have been working with Atrion Medical, building on the knowledge and experience they gained through the College’s Industrial Systems Technology Program. Maria Felix of Albertville and Jake Knighten of Boaz were congratulated by Snead State administrators and faculty as well as representatives with Atrion Medical.

Gavin Scroggins of Boaz signed an Apprenticeship agreement with Tyson Foods in Albertville.

Snead State’s industry partner Mueller employs five apprentices, Seth Odom of Boaz, Chris Gillilan of Albertville, Josh Smith of Attalla, Chris Caudill of Albertville, and Anthony Helton of Albertville.

“It’s very important to us and to our community to have great business partners and great students. We appreciate the faculty who work with the students to prepare them,” said Snead State Executive Project Director of Workforce Enhancement Dr. Greg Randall. “We are paving the way for future students to come here and change their lives through employment that allows them to find a better way of life.”

For more information about the Registered Apprenticeship Program, contact Dr. Randall at grandall@snead.edu or (256) 840-4166 or Ms. Walker at twalker@snead.edu or (256) 840-4211.

Gavin Scroggins (seated) signed an agreement through Snead State’s Registered Apprenticeship Program to work with the College’s partner Tyson Foods. On hand to congratulate Gavin were (standing, from left) Snead State Director of Workforce Development Teresa Walker, Instructor Karter Krueger, Tyson representatives Nilda Chacon, Jenny Ramirez, Tony Holland, and Jorge Sosa, Snead State Executive Project Director of Workforce Enhancement Dr. Greg Randall, and Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore.

The moment symbolized two years of hard work and sacrifice, but it was with mixed emotions that 28 Snead State Community College students crossed the stage in the Bevill Center to receive their pins as members of the 2022 class of Registered Nurses.

The special pinning ceremony for the RNs was held Tuesday, May 10, as friends, family, and Snead State faculty and administration attended to celebrate the students’ accomplishments.

Members of the Snead State RN Class of 2022 are:

Albertville
Ebony Borden, Rebecca Braden, John Eddings, Grace Galloway, Anna Grimes, Deyna Yuliana Maldonado, and Holly Waid.

Attalla
Ashley Norton.

Boaz
Shay Colvin, Amanda McCormick and Rebecca Oden.

Centre
Brooke Pack.

Crossville
Angel Campbell and Kayla McCollum.

Fort Payne
Barry Brown and Samantha Thomas.

Gadsden
Bryson Bone and Becca Edwards.

Guntersville
Mikayla Black and Mallory Patterson.

Horton
Rachel Cooper.

Huntsville
Madeleine Damas.

Jacksonville
Brandy Webb.

Oneonta
Kristi Hood.

Phenix City
Taquisha Nunnally.

Pisgah
Heather Dobbins.

Rainbow City
Anna Bothwell.

Steele
Courtney Mashburn.

Governor Kay Ivey was joined by Senate Majority Leader Clay Scofield, Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker, Marshall County Superintendent Dr. Cindy Wigley, and Snead State Community College President Dr. Joe Whitmore on Friday, May 6, to announce an exciting new project.

Governor Ivey stood at the podium in Snead State’s historic Fielder Auditorium to announce the construction of a new Career and Technical Training Center that will facilitate business and industry’s training needs within the Northeast region.

“As Governor, it has been one of my biggest priorities to put our economy in a position to thrive. I want every Alabamian who wants a job to have one, and given the fact that we are experiencing our historic lowest unemployment ever, I say we’re doing a pretty good job. The economy is as strong as our workers are, and it is imperative that we continue to develop our workforce to meet the needs of the companies that call Alabama home,” said Governor Ivey.

“The development of the workforce center perfectly aligns itself with my ‘Strong Start, Strong Finish’ education initiative to ensure that Alabamians have the opportunity to obtain skills and credentials necessary to obtain high-wage, in-demand jobs that are available in this region and to increase Alabama’s labor force participation rate. I want to commend Snead State Community College and the Alabama Community College System for today’s announcement. I appreciate the important role that Alabama’s community colleges play in workforce development efforts around the State.

“Congratulations to the leadership of Marshall County for making this happen. This project is a model of what is possible when everyone works together. Snead State, the Marshall County Board of Education, and the Alabama Community College System all came together to make this possible. I look forward to breaking ground on this facility later in the year and to the thousands of future students who will be served once it’s completed.”

Snead State’s Career and Technical Training Center will be an approximately 45,000-square-foot project that is expected to initially house four Career and Technical Education programs – Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration; Welding Technology; Machine Tool Technology; and Industrial Systems Technology with Additive Manufacturing. In addition, the center will have adaptable and flexible space to interchange programs as needed by the local workforce. A conference area, engineering design and 3D fabrication laboratory is also expected.

“Our local business and industry have indicated through meetings that a center dedicated to training for high-demand, high-wage jobs within our community is needed, and Snead State is proud to provide what this center will be in order to accommodate those training needs,” stated Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore.

“One of my favorite Bible verses is Proverbs 27:17, and it says, ‘As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.’ That has struck me about what we’re doing here today because it’s the perfect description of the impact this new Career and Technical Training Center is going to have on our community. When we’re talking about how iron sharpens iron, it means being accountable to one another. It’s talking about helping each other get better, helping us to sharpen who we are, so that we can perform better and be better. Because of this announcement, we are going to work together to continue to sharpen our students to have meaningful employment and to be able to contribute to the quality of life we have in our county,” said Dr. Whitmore.

The Training Center is to be located on the campus of Marshall Technical School in Guntersville, and Snead State has worked with Superintendent Dr. Cindy Wigley and the Marshall County Board of Education to secure the property along U.S. Highway 431 for the construction of the Center.

“We have wanted this day for many years because we are passionate about our students making the full circle and having a direct connection to the workforce. The faculty and staff of Marshall Technical School, the Marshall County Board of Education and I could not be more excited about this project. We value our partnerships with Snead State Community College and postsecondary education. Some of the most important things we do as leaders for our students are to remove barriers, provide resources and services, and set clear pathways for success. This project does exactly that. It makes the full circle for our students,” said Dr. Wigley.

The Training Center is among various infrastructure projects to receive funding through the Public School and College Authority (PSCA) for capital improvements across Alabama’s community colleges. Governor Ivey earmarked $4 million for the construction of the Center, and Senator Clay Scofield played a critical role in keeping the plans for the Training Center at the forefront of the Governor’s mind and in securing additional funding for the project.

“I’ve always said that the best projects and the most successful projects are all team efforts. This has been the best example of any team effort I’ve ever seen in my 12 years of service,” said Senator Scofield. “I truly believe this is a game changer, not just for Marshall County, but for all of our area.”

The vision for the Training Center began with Snead State’s work on the Alabama Community College System’s ASPIRE (Achieving Systemwide Potential through Increased Resources and Engagement) Initiative. ASPIRE 2030 was launched by Chancellor Baker in May 2020 to inspire community-focused strategic planning for capital improvement projects that will advance the System’s goals of improving college transfer, increasing student completion, supporting the needs of local business and industry, and achieving equity in student participation and success.

“We are going to move forward in the Community College System. We already are. I’ve had to stop occasionally and remind some of our folks in the college system, that word ‘community’ is in the name of every school. Some folks have forgotten that, and unless we focus on that and carry the communities along with us, we aren’t doing our job. I knew this community was the kind of community that would support doing everything we can to touch everybody and to do what we should be doing to provide opportunities.

“I enjoy talking about Snead. I enjoy telling the story, and as we move forward, we aren’t through. We’re just beginning. We have a lot to do. We are in the business of serving communities where we are located and in doing everything we can to find a way to help every citizen in that community who wants or needs us to help them. That’s our commitment. That’s our mission,” said ACCS Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker.

All 24 of the state’s community colleges engaged local public officials, community members, workforce partners, faculty, staff, and students during the ASPIRE 2030’s planning process. Completing the ASPIRE 2030 initiative allowed Snead State campus officials to pinpoint specific needs and priority jobs in the local workforce. In addition to the use of PSCA funds, ASPIRE 2030 projects will be funded through a $100 million ACCS bond issue and other ACCS and college funds.

Local business and industry officials praised the new Training Center’s development.

John Pittard, President of AlaTrade Foods, said, “As systems become more technical, we continue to be challenged to find skilled technicians to operate and maintain equipment. We are encouraged by this opportunity and support the effort to advance current and future labor needs.”

“This centralized training center would not only benefit our industry but most industries in Marshall County, in addition to the Marshall County residents,” said Mark Drummer, Vice President of Operations for Atrion Medical Products, Inc.

Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood (GMC) has been selected as the architect on the project.
Due to recent legislative changes to the management of construction and facilities oversight for the ACCS, a time savings of as much as six months is expected, with groundbreaking of this project occurring as early as the fall.

(From left) Snead State Community College honored alumni and donors to the College Dr. Joe (left) and Mrs. Susan Nolen Story (second from left) during a celebration help in Monday, May 16. The Storys were welcomed by Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore (right) and the First Lady of Snead Mrs. Janet Whitmore.

“Give back to people who just need a chance.”

The words were spoken as a challenge to those attending a day of celebration on Monday, May 16, at Snead State Community College. Though they were inspiration to the friends, family, community supporters, and college employees in attendance, they were also the motive behind the generosity of Snead State alumni Dr. Joe and Susan Nolen Story of Florida.

The celebration honored a recent contribution by the couple in the amount of $2 million – funds that will be used in many ways, including the development of a Career and Technical Training Center located on the campus of Marshall Technical School in Guntersville.

Dr. and Mrs. Story attributed their success to the foundation they received at Snead State. Both came from families who couldn’t afford to pay for their children to go to college, but through Snead, the Storys received what they needed to earn their education and achieve very successful careers.

Dr. Story spent two years at Snead State before moving on to the University of Alabama and graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and then earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Anesthesia from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He eventually earned his medical doctorate (M.D.) and served as chief resident in his final year of residency with UAB.

Dr. Story is a highly accomplished physician, medical innovator, and serial entrepreneur. He practiced medicine for more than 30 years before he retired in 2003. The current CEO of Story Enterprises, he has participated in the development of over $3 billion in healthcare, biologics, and medical ventures. He designed and developed the internationally recognized Andrews Institute for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine with world-renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews and Baptist Health Care System, serving as its founding President of Research and Education as well as Chairman of the Surgery Center. He was a partner in the development of “The Blake” award-winning assisted living and memory care facilities across the Southeast and was a founding board member in MiMedx, the largest public biologics company in the U.S. He also developed Tri-care Rehabilitation Centers, the Portofino Medical Spa (created and led the Executive Physical Program) and the Columbiana Clinical Research Company, which was recognized for national and international drug trials.

Mrs. Story spent 15 months at Snead and achieved two years of college credits before transferring to Auburn University and earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Mathematics – something she did in just over two years.

Mrs. Story is a highly accomplished and successful leader in business, policy insights and strategy. She served as CEO and CFO of American Water Works, Inc., the largest water utility in the U.S., headquartered in New Jersey, before retiring in 2020. She was one of only 23 female CEOs of S&P 500 companies during her six-year CEO tenure. Prior to American Water, she worked for Southern Company for 31 years, starting as a nuclear power engineer for Alabama Power Company and serving in her last two jobs as President and CEO of Gulf Power Company in Pensacola and then as President and CEO of Southern Company Services in Atlanta. She currently serves on the corporate boards of Fortune 500 companies Raymond James Financial, Dominion Energy, and Newmont Corporation, and is a founding board member and current advisor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Board Advisory Council. She serves on the Moffitt Cancer Center Board of Advisors in Tampa, FL, and remains involved in Auburn University education efforts. She is a member of the Florida Council of 100 CEOs and Pensacola Bay Area Impact 100.

Through their Story Family Charitable Fund, the Storys are also co-funding partners with the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation and the American Water Foundation on the roll-out of Joyner-Kersee’s “Winning in Life” program to children in five underserved communities throughout the U.S., as well as co-funding their local community’s First Responder Emergency Fund and other charitable efforts.

“Snead gave us a chance to realize our dreams and our hopes and what could be possible. As my wife and I give a little bit, we want to, in turn, give back to people who just need a chance. We also want to make Snead a bigger, greater place.

“I had to work to help my single mother pay the bills. The reason I got to come to college is because (Snead) gave me a scholarship. I ran the biology lab in the (Science) building, so I had some extra spending money. They gave me a chance. I went from here to Alabama and went on to medical school, but I’ll tell you a secret. If Snead College had a medical school, I would have done medical school here. I would have done my residency here. I would have stayed here,” said Dr. Story.

Mrs. Story stressed the significance of the role that an education at Snead State has in helping students achieve their American dream.

“We all have them. Everyone of us is where we are because of the people and the experiences that made us who we are. God has a plan for every one of our lives, and He accomplishes that plan, first of all, if we are willing to go along with that plan, but also by putting amazing people, places, and experiences in our lives that help us to get to that plan. This is all part of a plan, and Snead is such a big part of that,” said Mrs. Story.

The Storys told of the vital role Snead State played in their success, but the couple also shared the influence an education from Snead had on their families. Several members of Dr. Story’s family attended Snead, including his mother. Margaret Story began her college education after earning a GED. Eventually, she earned a Master’s Degree in Library Science and was named Marshall County “Teacher of the Year” on three different occasions.

Mrs. Story shared her story of her family growing up in poverty. Her father was in the military, and her mother was a waitress when they met. Her father, Tom Nolen, attended Snead State on the G.I. Bill after receiving his GED. He worked for a little more than minimum wage while taking classes and eventually earned certificates for technical training that prepared him for employment as a skilled craftsman.

“As we look back at those people, events, and institutions that helped make our American dream possible, we both think about Snead and how thankful we are for the opportunities the College gave us,” said Dr. Story.

“I want to thank all of you who are part of this great college. Sometimes we look at what we do every day, and we forget the significance of it. This college was established in 1898, and for 124 years, people’s lives have been changed because of you and the people who came before you. What you do is not just provide an education. You help lift people up. You help make people’s worlds bigger.”

The Storys’ generosity will make future Snead State students’ worlds bigger. For this, the College’s Administration Building bears the name Dr. Joe and Susan Story Administration Building. To honor the examples set by their parents of how a foundation for success can be built with a community college education, the College named the library in the Administration Building the Margaret Story Library, and when the new Career and Technical Training Center is completed, a training lab will bear the name of Tom Nolen.

“The pride we have to name the Administration Building after the Storys is well-founded. Their stories are two that became one story that we all can be proud of. We appreciate their generosity, but more than anything, we appreciate their example and their humble nature they have in recognizing the impact community colleges can have on lives today,” said Snead State President Dr. Joe Whitmore.

The College unveiled renderings of the Administration Building that showed the addition of the Storys’ names to the front and back of the building, as well as portraits of the Storys, Margaret Story and Tom Nolen, along with proclamations honoring their achievements and generosity. The College revealed the portrait of the Storys and Margaret Story and the new lettering identifying the Margaret Story Library that will remain in the Administration Building.

The recognitions did not stop there. Boaz Mayor David Dyar presented Dr. and Mrs. Story with a key to the city and offered his appreciation to the couple for their support of the College.

The Snead State Alumni Association presented Dr. Joe and Susan Nolen Story with the 2022 Alumnus and Alumna of the Year awards.

The Snead State Alumni Association presented Dr. and Mrs. Story with the Alumnus and Alumna of the Year awards for 2022.

“I hope that, as our students walk across our campus, as they see the Story name on the Administration Building, they will be reminded of the value of their education. As they hear your story and learn of how much you have given back to your community and to those who helped you along the way, I hope they are inspired. I hope your example shows them that the sky’s the limit when it comes to their future,” said Alumni Association President Cherri Barnard, who also serves in Snead State’s Workforce Development Department.

College representatives were not the only ones expressing their gratitude to the Storys for their generosity. Guests attending Monday’s celebration offered their own words of appreciation.

“We cannot thank you enough,” said Senate Majority Leader Clay Scofield. “I am particularly grateful and admire the fact that you chose to remember where you came from and your roots and what a special place (Snead State) is.”

Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees Member Dus Rogers said, “I want to thank you, on behalf of Chancellor Jimmy Baker and the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees. Thank you very much for your extremely generous donation to Snead State Community College. Your gift will serve as a fitting memorial to your family, and it’ll help secure the dreams and education of countless people in our area.”

“Thank you for the way you’ve challenged people, and that is part of what this is really all about,” said Snead State Foundation President Frank McDaniel. “I’ve been involved with Snead for some 30 years now, and I’ve seen some things develop along the way. When we’ve had an issue in the community, I’ve seen how Snead came to the forefront to help people and give them a hand up. Now we’re just moving another step forward with the generosity of what you’ve given.”

The ACCS Board of Trustees Chairman Blake McAnaly said, “What a great story you have, having come through this institution, being a part of the community, and coming back and giving. The greatest job in the world is to be a vessel that the Lord will fill up, that you can pour out, and He will fill you up again to pour out for His Glory. Thank you both so much for what you do and for what you’ve done for this institution.”

Jack Hancock, the Chairman of the Snead State Foundation Investment Committee, said, “Your contribution will greatly affect the students of the present and future.”

Student achievement was the focus of the 2022 Commencement Ceremony at Snead State Community College on Thursday, May 12, in the Plunkett Wallace Gymnasium.

The ceremony began with approximately 185 out of 273 graduates walking in a processional into the gym as family, friends, guests, and Snead State faculty, staff and administrators looked on. After music performed by the Snead State Jazz Ensemble and the Commencement Choir and an invocation given by graduate and Student Government Association President Salma Santiago of Albertville, the ceremony’s focus turned to honoring the achievements of the graduates.

Destiny Wiley of Altoona received the Civitan Best All-Around Student Award. The Civitan Award is presented annually to the Best All-Around Student of the graduating class. To be eligible for this award, the student must have attended Snead State Community College for at least three semesters and attained a minimum cumulative academic average of 3.0 on a four-point scale. In addition, the student should have participated in extracurricular and community activities. The student is elected by a vote of the faculty from a list of eligible graduates who are participating in the graduation ceremonies.

Wiley was also awarded the James B. Allen Award. The award is presented annually to the Outstanding Student of the graduating class, but this year both students were chosen. This award is a gift of the late James B. Allen, United States Senator from Alabama. To be eligible for this award, the student must have exhibited outstanding qualities of leadership and service, attained a minimum cumulative academic average of 3.5, and attended Snead State Community College for at least three semesters. Recipients are elected by a vote of the faculty from a list of eligible graduates participating in the Spring ceremony. She is the first student to receive both awards.

Stephen Dean
Chase Williams

Chase Williams of Sardis City and Stephen Dean of Cleveland were recognized as this year’s members of the All-Alabama Academic Team. The All-Alabama Scholarship program is a complement to the All-USA National Academic Team Program, which is sponsored by USA Today, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Salma Santiago
Adam Self

The President’s Award is presented annually to the full-time sophomore student in both the Academic and Technical Divisions with the highest-grade point average on the greatest number of credit hours completed at Snead State. For the technical division, the 2022 President’s Award was presented to Christopher Adam Self of Boaz. For the academic division, the 2022 President’s Award is Salma Santiago of Albertville.

Snead State Community College President Dr. Joe Whitmore offered a few remarks, reminding the graduates of the questions they will face in life – from what job would they want, what college they would attend or what are the answers to the exam. The one question Dr. Whitmore spoke to was the one often asked young people – what do you want to be when you grow up?

“I think we’ve been asking the wrong question. Or we have been asking the right question in the wrong way. Instead of asking, ‘what do you want to be when you grow up’, I think the question should be, ‘what do you want to do when you grow up’. Do is an action verb that signifies…a process. It signifies an activity, and it signifies being engaged in what you are doing. It’s not that you want to be a teacher. It’s that you want to teach. You don’t just want to be a nurse. You want to nurse your patients and take care of them. You don’t just want to a coach. You want to have a team so that you can impart your wisdom and your knowledge. When you say ‘what do you want to be’, that’s a consciousness that defines your character. So no matter what you want to do when you grow up, there are certain things we should all strive to be.”

Dr. Whitmore continued, “Be humble. Being humble minimizes arrogance and reduces pride. Being humble will enable us to continue to be teachable throughout life. It allows us to acknowledge our sin and our shortcomings in our life and base it on the life that (Jesus) Christ modeled for us. True humility is remaining teachable no matter what you think you already know.

“So what do you think you want to be when you grow up? Be dependable. Being dependable is being constantly reliable and trustworthy. Do what you say you’re going to do and see it through. Continue in your commitments even if it means personal sacrifice. Be grateful. You didn’t get here by yourself. Gratitude is an attitude of being thankful, even when you don’t see all the things you have. It’s an aspect of worship, expressing to God what others have invested in your life. Never hesitate to say you’re thankful. What do you want to be when you grow up? Be honest. Honesty is the fastest way to keep a mistake from turning into a failure. Honesty and integrity are by far the most important traits and assets that you’re going to take into your chosen field. Be kind. Kindness begins in understanding that everyone is suffering at some point, and kindness doesn’t cost anything but means everything. Be happy. Hanging on to negative thoughts and feelings will do nothing but quickly drain what energy you have. You have to focus on the good that’s in your life and not let the pitfalls and failures steal your joy. You’re going to face storms, you’re going to face failures, you’re going to face grief. Find that happiness in your life.

“Find your passion and give it all you’ve got, but focus more on what you want to be when you grow up because it will define who you are,” Dr. Whitmore said.

Student recognitions continued when Snead State Executive Project Director of Workforce Enhancement Dr. Greg Randall recognized the first student in the Registered Apprenticeship Program to graduate.

The program was developed the program in 2019 for students pursuing an Industrial Systems Technology pathway to earn experience in a competitive field at a competitive wage while attending college. Kevin Franco of Boaz is the first graduate in the Registered Apprenticeship Program to graduate in the history of Snead State, and he earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Industrial Systems Technology. He served as an apprentice with AlaTrade Foods, one of the important industry partners that help to make the apprenticeship program possible. AlaTrade was the first industry partner to join the apprenticeship program.

SGA Vice President Erika Duarte of Oneonta gave a benediction before the graduates exited the gym in a recessional, ending this year’s Commencement Ceremony.

Members of the Lady Parsons Softball Team as well as members of the Parson Baseball Team were presented their diplomas on Tuesday, May 10, at a special Commencement ceremony held at Snead’s ball fields. The baseball and softball graduates were unable to attend the traditional Commencement ceremony because they were traveling to compete in the NJCAA District Tournaments.

Snead State Community College inducted 21 students into the National Society of Leadership and Success, and 17 of the 21 participated in an induction ceremony on Thursday, April 28.

The Society is an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals. The Society offers life-changing lectures from the nation’s leading presenters and a community where like-minded, success-oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed. The Society also serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world.

To be inducted in the leadership program, students have to complete requirements such as attending a two-hour orientation meeting, attending a four-hour leadership training day, attending at least three speaker broadcasts, meeting regularly with peer groups throughout the semester, and submitting at least three essays detailing goals and their progress.

Inductees into the National Society of Leadership and Success at Snead State Community College include:
Albertville
Hannah Duran, Diego Gomez, McKenna Ponder, Ruby Reyes and Marishell Vega.

Altoona
Destiny Wiley.

Arab
Jennifer Hardin and Laura Parker.

Ashville
Annaleisha Hardrick.

Attalla
Amanda Nichols.

Blountsville
Montserrat Robles Herrera.

Boaz
Alexandra Nance.

Crossville
Vanessa Cortez.

Gadsden
Belinda Jackson and Juliana Roland.

Guntersville
Tiffany Hammock.

Horton
Erika Aragon Cruz, Amber Lopez, and Araceli Soriano.

Oneonta
Dana Austin.

Springville
Briar Fowler.