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Central Alabama Community College
Despite the wide and varied circumstances under which students enter Central Alamaba Community College (CACC), the core team’s vision for all students is meeting their personal educational goal – completing high school dual enrollment coursework, completing a handful of courses as a transient student, or earning a short-term certificate, long-term certificate, or Associate Degree in academic transfer, career technical, and health science programs of study.
Participation in Achieving the Dream would expand the college’s ability to provide equity on campus through partnerships with Leader Colleges, focused training and mentorship, and the opportunity to access Achieving the Dream's vast network of resources. CACC is planning to:
- Put an infrastructure in place that will allow greater access to data and therefore improved decision making as a result of that access
- Increase student success by gaining a broad base of support services from both instructional and student services areas
- See a 2% annual increase in the graduation rate
CACC, with campus locations in Alexander City, Childersburg, and Talladega, Alabama, serves a population diverse in age, gender, ethnicity, physical or mental disability, level of academic preparedness, goals for pursuing higher education, time commitment to college, and program of study. CACC recognizes that students arrive from a wide expanse of preparedness levels, experiences, and socioeconomic circumstances. These students are therefore not going to be served effectively with the exact same services, as their need to access help and services will vary based on their circumstances.
In the fall of 2010, Central Alabama Community College’s total student population was 2,450, with approximately 65% of those students attending full-time. Another 65% of students that term were female; 29% of students were black. Almost 100% of all students enrolled at CACC come from in-state and 54% of those students received Pell grants in Fall 2010. Though 70% of students are white, only 20% of students who graduated within the normal time of completion for their program were white.
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