November 1, 2023 – Shelton State Community College (SSCC) has received a $25,000 donation from Alabama Power. The gift will support the College’s Adult Education juvenile court transition program.
The Shelton State Community College Adult Education Program assists young people in the Tuscaloosa County Juvenile Detention Center. Through a partnership that began in 2021, SSCC provides mentorship and educational support to young people at the detention center. The College’s Adult Education staff works to help the residents transition back into society, encouraging them to receive their GED and enroll in college courses at SSCC.
“Adult Education has the ability and honor to guide students to new opportunities and options for a brighter future,” said Kristen Bobo, SSCC Director of Adult Education. “Through our program, we ensure all students know and see their dreams are possible through the power of education. You just have to know where to get the training and then put in the work. We love being a part of students’ journeys at Shelton State.”
Alabama Power’s donation provides last-dollar support services in SSCC efforts to better meet the needs of West Alabama youth. The funds will be used to assist with transportation, housing, and other needs that oftentimes present barriers to those reentering society and the workforce.
“The Alabama Power Foundation is committed to providing equitable opportunities for the communities we serve,” said Alabama Power Western Division Vice President Jill Stork. “Programs like this allow us to work with community partners to implement social justice initiatives and invest in people who are looking for a second chance to establish themselves as a productive member of their community. We are grateful to be a partner with Shelton State on this initiative.”
The SSCC Adult Education Program provides services to Bibb and Tuscaloosa counties. Classes are provided at no cost to the student on-site at the College campuses, local one-stop career centers, day reporting centers, partnerships with K-12 schools, and correctional facilities. For more information, contact Kristen Bobo, Director of Adult Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205.391.2638.