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Alabama’s HBCCs announce groundbreaking research on workforce development

by FOX10 News WALA | February 9, 2024

The case studies are among the first to address and remedy the needs of historically black community colleges and predominantly black community colleges.

Alabama’s Black community colleges join forces to increase education access

by Public News Service | January 25, 2024 | Article

Black community colleges across Alabama are teaming up to expand their reach in the state.

Chandra Scott is executive director of nonprofit organization Alabama Possible, a group that aims to bridge gaps in poverty and higher education.

She highlighted the historical oversight of these schools, which often receive inadequate funding and support.


Alabama Possible guides students on loan options

by WSFA | October 9, 2023 | Article

Whether students are planning to get a college degree in or out of state, they have to find a way to pay for it.

Before applying for a loan or scholarships, Chandra Scott, the executive director of Alabama Possible, says to consider FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Nonprofit, state leaders address education’s role in workforce preparation

by WSFA | October 3, 2023 | Article

Gov. Kay Ivey has set a goal to get 500,000 Alabamians employed by 2025. A nonprofit and politicians are working with Alabama community colleges to help make that possible.

College presidents from across the state joined Alabama Possible Tuesday to hear about the future of education.

$500K in grants to help students reach career goals

by WBRC | June 26, 2023 | Article

Los Angeles based ECMC Foundation is investing $500,000 to help make sure students in underserved communities reach their career goals. The money will go to grants for eight Historically Black or Predominantly Black Community Colleges, known now as the great eight.


Historically Black Community Colleges (HBCC) and Predominately Black Community Colleges (PBCC) Leaders Convene to Focus on Investing in Student-Success-Based Attainment and Data-Driven Decision Making

by Alabama Possible | April 28, 2023 | Press Release

The Alabama HBCC/PBCC Network, convened by Alabama Possible, held a two-day convening on Wednesday and Thursday at the Alabama Community College System office focused on investing in student-success-based attainment and data-driven decision making. The convening brought together leaders from HBCC and PBCC institutions from across the state of Alabama to share best practices and explore innovative solution to improve student outcomes.


Perry County one of seven Alabama counties with a quarter of its citizens living in poverty

by the Selma Sun | June 20, 2022 | Article

Perry County is one of seven counties in the state in which more than a quarter of its citizens live in poverty. That’s the finding of a report released by Alabama Possible, a statewide nonprofit organization that works to break down barriers to prosperity through advocacy, education and collaboration.



by Alabama Possible | June 9, 2022 | Press Release

ALABAMA (June 9, 2022) — Alabama Possible, a statewide nonprofit organization that breaks down barriers to prosperity, today released its 2022 Barriers to Prosperity Data Sheet. This year’s findings show that more than 714,000 Alabamians, including 222,000 children, live below the federal poverty threshold, which is $26,496 for a family of four.


Alabama Possible Celebrates High School FAFSA Gains with Cash for College Awards

by Alabama Possible | June 1, 2022 | Press Release

ALABAMA (June 1, 2022) –Today close to 150 attendees celebrated high school educators for their commitment to supporting students on their journey to postsecondary pathways at the Virtual Alabama Goes to College Celebration Day from 10:00 – 11:45 a.m.


Alabama high school seniors improve completion rate for form tied to federal college aid

by Alabama News Center | May 31, 2022 | Article

Alabama’s 2021 high school graduating seniors left a decent Powerball’s worth of money – an estimated $67.8 million in federal financial aid – on the table.


Improving education in Alabama: An issue guide for voters

by Reckon | May 16, 2022 | Article

In April of 2022, Reckon and partners including Essential Partners, Cortico, and Bridge Alliance, hosted conversations with Alabamians under 40 about the future of their state for a project called Bridge Alabama. This guide focuses on an issue raised in those conversations.


The Power of State Networks

by Lumina Foundation, Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Talent | April 26, 2022 | Podcast

Aligning the work of state agencies, colleges, universities, community organizations, and philanthropy towards common goals takes trust, a neutral intermediary, and a focus on what is best for students. State-level networks across the country are leading efforts to make their state’s education and workforce systems better. Ryan Fewins-Bliss of the Michigan College Access Network, Chandra Scott of Alabama Possible, and Laura Winter of the Missouri College and Career Attainment Network discuss the ways their networks build trust, advance postsecondary policy and practice, and improve equitable outcomes for students in their home states.


Alabama achieves highest FAFSA ranking in history

by Sylacauga News | March 29, 2022 | Article

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the first time, the state of Alabama is ranked nineteenth in the nation for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion and second in year-over-year change.