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Inside Alamance Community College

January 26, 2014

By Isaac Groves, Times-News, Burlington, N.C.



Jan. 26--Alamance Community College had some changes this past fall, like a new president, but in a lot of ways it carried on providing affordable education to adults.

The 2012-13 President's Annual Report shows the college is taking in $36 million, the biggest piece from the state, and spending close to $35 million, the biggest piece on teaching.

The college's biotechnology program got $121,000 from the National Science Foundation for night classes for Alamance County high school students to learn about careers in stem cell research, sterile environments, managing cultures and biotechnology equipment.

The N.C. Community College System gave $9,500 to help nursing students who are in danger of dropping out stay in school.

Business administration classes expanded their online offerings and made schedules more flexible for working students.

The college had 360 students graduate from its GED program, the highest number in eight years. Starting this month, the tests become harder and more expensive.

The college started working with Workforce Solutions, once called the Employment Security Commission, to have weekly workshops to help students with rÉsumÉs and job interviews.

Eight students graduated from the Spanish Interpreter Certification Course.

At the Small Business Center in the Dillingham Center in Burlington, 500 took 44 workshops and classes. The most popular were How to Start and Finance a Small Business, How to Deal with Difficult People, the Art of Customer Service, and How to Build a Website Using Wordpress.

The ACC Foundation provided scholarships to 247 low-income students.

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