Community College Prepares For 1,200 Displaced Enterprise High School Students

Dr. Judy Miller is about to step back in time.

"Way back in time for me," she said.

A former high school teacher who is now the Dean of Instruction at Ozark Community College in Enterprise, Miller says the college is more than ready to say 'welcome' to 1,200 displaced Enterprise High School students.

So far, so good. Rearranging the schedules for college students hasn't been that difficult of an assignment.

"Our students have given up their 45 minute morning break. They felt that was the least they could do to accommodate the high school students," Miller said.

As a second year student at the community college, Brittney Etheridge remembers all too well how intimidating it can be going from high school to college. Brittney will do her best to make the transition easy for the younger people from Enterprise High.

"It may be a little chaotic at the start but I think this will be a good experience for them. They'll learn new things, learn the campus," said Etheridge.

When the high school students arrive on campus next Wednesday, they'll go to the gym first to pick up their class schedules and learn the do's and don'ts.

"The students will be fine. They'll adapt. I worry more about the teachers because they had a routine and had their own classroom. There will be no bell to signal class change and there won't be an intercom system," Miller said.

Beginning next Wednesday Ozark Community College in Enterprise will become their new temporary home away from home, and college officials expect it to be this way for this semester, next fall and possibly all the way to next spring.

Enterprise High School officials have already started moving things in like weights, copying machines and band equipment. Classes begin next Wednesday at 12:30 P.M.

There is a push in the Alabama legislature to build a new Enterprise High School but so far lawmakers haven't voted on it.