November 9, 2022 – Shelton State Community College students were recently part of the Alabama Office of Minority Affairs’ event, HBCU Connection: Strengthening Alabama’s Diverse Workforce. At the October event, the Office of Minority Affairs spotlighted its co-op program by featuring former students who benefitted from their experiences.
Shelton State alum Brittany Barner joined virtually as a panelist. Currently studying forestry at Mississippi State University, Barner participated in the co-op program in 2022 through her work at the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. In addition to hearing from former students, a panel of HBCU presidents, leaders, and corporate executives shared the importance of the co-op program in boosting diversity in the workforce. Dr. Ruth Jones, a NASA physicist, was the keynote speaker.
Also representing Shelton State as a conference attendee was current student Jordyn Stewart. Stewart plans to transfer to the University of West Alabama in 2023 where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in English. Her goals include a career as a technical writer.
“This was a tremendous event in several ways,” stated Dr. Anika Lodree, Dean of the C.A. Fredd Campus. “I was delighted to see our College’s tradition of excellence represented by Brittany Barner, and the next generation of that excellence in Jordyn. Our students are doing big things!”
Visit sheltonstate.edu to learn more about available co-op opportunities and to apply.