SSCC, Demopolis Career Center partner for ‘Blitz’

Shelton State Community College and the Demopolis Career Center partnered together to host the second Shelton State Blitz on March 12, following up July 2018’s successful Blitz event.

This year the event was opened to five high schools that brought seniors over on buses and the general community. There were 120 participants at this event, doubling the number of attendees at last year’s Blitz.

SSCC-Demopolis Student Support Specialist Josie Cox and Demopolis Career Center Supervisor Scarlet Pearce.

“This time we really felt that it was important that we targeted the seniors since they need to know about the resources that are available at the career center in Demopolis,” said Josie Cox, the student support specialist at SSCC in Demopolis.

In all, 72 high school seniors from Demopolis, A.L. Johnson, Linden, Marengo and Sweet Water high schools attended the Blitz event to learn more about the Shelton State and the Demopolis Career Center.

Scarlet Pearce, a site supervisor at the Demopolis Career Center, said “We were very impressed with the huge turnout at Blitz. We are always excited to share workforce training and job opportunities with the community.”

Prospective students who were more interested in attending a technical program at SSCC worked more closely with the career center to check for funding from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA than those interested in other educational opportunities, who largely coordinated with Cox and other SSCC representatives to learn more about the enrollment process.

“The goal of the Shelton State Blitz was to provide students an efficient and effective strategy to apply for WIOA funding through the career center while also meeting the admission requirements for Shelton State,” Cox said.

The itinerary consisted of a variety of sessions that covered topics such as the technical and academic programs offered by the college, help with FAFSA and information about WIOA and the funding it provides for many of Shelton State’s technical programs.

(This article originally appeared in the Wednesday, April 3 issue of the Demopolis Times.)