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CACC to begin classes January 10th; receives approval for new location from Autauga County Commission, Prattville City Council, and the Alabama Community College System
12/10/2021  

 For Immediate Release                                                                                                      12/8/21

Prattville,AL- Central Alabama Community College will be in their new location just in time for spring semester.  President Jeff Lynn made the purchase of the new campus location in Prattville official at the Prattville Chamber of Commerce. The initial approval was given by the Autauga County Commission and the Prattville City Council, both voting unanimously to approve a purchase/sale agreement of East Memorial Baptist Church located at 1320 Old Ridge Road in Prattville. At their November meeting, the ACCS Board of Trustees gave the final stamp of approval to CACC to move forward with the purchase.

The facility is approximately 50,000 square feet and sits on 124 acres. This facility will give CACC a permanent home in Autauga County and will provide the opportunity to expand programs and course offerings. CACC will be offering new programs, including weekend and evening offerings in Industrial Electronics, General Business, Computer Information Systems, Practical Nursing and Medical Assisting. They will also offer Medication Aide and Phlebotomy certification as well.

“We are beyond excited about our new location in Prattville and Autauga County,” Jeff Lynn, president of CACC stated.

“There has been a significant amount of work by a lot of people, from the state and local levels, to get to this point. We began meeting in June 2020 and looked at over a dozen possible sites. After all considerations, we felt that the East Memorial location had everything we were looking for and needed for continued growth and expansion.”

CACC has been in Autauga County since 2018. The current location is in the Pratt’s Mill Shopping Center. With an increased enrollment and limited space, there was an immediate need to find a new location.

The City of Prattville and Autauga County will provide a total of $4 million dollars to CACC for the purchase of the property. The City of Prattville will also provide a percentage of the 1 cent Education sales tax annually for 5 years and the County will provide a percentage of the internet sales tax annually.

“We have been fortunate to work with outstanding leaders such as Senator Clyde Chambliss,” Lynn stated.

“Senator Chambliss has worked tirelessly and assisted me in every phase and should be commended for his unwavering support for CACC. I am also very grateful to Mayor Bill Gillespie, the Prattville City Council, and the Autauga County Commission for all their support and assistance during this process. We are fortunate to have outstanding leadership in Autauga County.”

ACCS Chancellor Jimmy Baker and the Board of Trustees made the purchase official at the November 10th board meeting.

“I want tothank Chancellor Baker for his guidance and support from start to finish,” Lynn stated.“He wants make sure that all of the communities throughout the state have the opportunity for accessible higher education and workforce training. He is a true champion for education.”

“I would also like to thank our Board of Trustees and Chairman Milton Davis for their support and encouragement. We are fortunate to have strong leadership on our board who have the vision to take our system to new heights.”

Spring semester begins January 10th and CACC will move forward as quickly as possible with the transition. Classes will be held at the new location beginning in January.


AutaugaCounty Commission, City of Prattville and Central Alabama Community College (left to right): Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr., Commissioner Bill Tatum, Councilor Marcus Jackson ,Councilor Albert Striplin, Councilor Jerry Starnes, Commissioner Larry Stoudemire, Councilor John Chambers, State Senator Clyde Chambliss, Jeff Lynne, CACC President, Chairman Milton Davis, Board of Trustees ACCS, Councilor Lora Lee Boone, State Representative Van Smith, Commissioner Jay Thompson, Commissioner Rusty Jacksland, Commissioner John Thrailkill, Councilor Robert Strichik.

 

For additional information, please contact Brett Pritchard at 256-215-4254 orbpritchard@cacc.edu



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