Two Major Employers Involved in the Construction of the New Atlanta Braves Stadium
Two of Monroe County's major employers, Gate Precast and Billy Barnes Enterprises, are very involved in the construction of the new Atlanta Braves stadium. Gate provides all of the architectural precast and Barnes provides all the hauling service. Now you can watch these two companies at work! Click the links below to live webcam views of Gate and Billy Barnes in action.
Alabama Southern Among the Top 100 Community Colleges in the Nation
MONROEVILLE, AL - A recent study found that Alabama Southern Community College ranks among the best community colleges in the nation. ASCC was the only community college in the state of Alabama to be ranked in the top 100.
WalletHub, an online financial site, examined 670 schools nationwide in the key areas of Cost and Financing, Classroom Experience, Education Outcomes, and Career Outcomes. The study examined data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Center for Community College and Student Engagement, the Council for Community and Economic Research and the American Institutes for Research and Optimity Advisors.
Alabama Southern, with an overall ranking of 74th, ranked 305th in Cost and Financing, 16th in Classroom Experience, 212th in Education Outcomes, and 387th in Career Outcomes. Additionally, the College was listed as the top school for lowest student-loan default rate.
Methodology used to measure Classroom Experience included the following:
- Active & Collaborative Learning - students’ level of involvement in their own education and participation in team activities/projects
- Student Effort - students’ initiative to apply themselves to the learning process
- Academic Challenge - complexity of courses and amount of work involved
- Student-Faculty Interaction - strength of communication and personal relationships between instructors and their students
- Support for Learners - measures the availability and effectiveness of school-provided support services for students’ academic success
- Student-to-Faculty Ratio
“The recognition of 16th in the nation for Classroom Experience is a direct result of the hard work from faculty and staff,” said Dr. Reginald Sykes, ASCC President. “We have high expectations for our students and ensure that services are in place to support their academic success.”
According to the study’s author, “community colleges are slowly stacking up against their traditional four-year counterparts. Schedule flexibility, rigorous coursework and smaller class sizes supply the majority of their appeal to first-time college entrants as well as to university students choosing to transfer to community colleges- an emerging trend that goes against the usual grain of transitioning from a two-year to a four-year institution”.
Alabama Southern provides students with a flexible schedule by offering courses on-campus, online, in the evening, in mini-terms, and through dual enrollment for area high school students. ASCC also offers smaller class sizes with a 17-1 student to faculty ratio.
Article Originally Posted on ASCC.edu