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OZARK CITY SCHOOLS
Are you looking for a great city with a great school system to educate your children? Then you need to explore the possibilities in Ozark, Alabama. Most school systems will tell you about their state-of-the-art technology, award-winning programs, high student achievements, great teaching staff and a myriad of other things that separate them from the rest. Almost all school systems make this claim and Ozark City Schools can compete with the best on this level. However, ask yourself this question: What skills do my children need to learn to be successful in the 21st century? Next, ask the same question of the teachers at the schools you may want your children to attend. Most will quote the state-mandated standards and follow with how well their students do regarding those standards. This is very relevant information and it should be one of the first things you check. But that information is insufficient because state standards represent minimum standards—not 21st century learning goals.

Ozark City Schools competes favorably with all local districts regarding state tests and we continue to improve. However, we recently embraced a new vision that adds rigor and relevance to the state standards and it also embraces the concept of building strong relations among students, staff and the community. By increasing rigor and relevance and by improving relationships in our schools and in the community, we can provide a learning environment that not only meets the state minimum standards but also prepares students to enter the 21st century world equipped with skills that ensure success.

Twenty-first century learners not only need to use technology; they need to command it. The 21st century adult will need to work in collaborative, multicultural, multilingual, multinational problem-solving groups to resolve some of the Earth’s most significant issues. The 21st century adult will need to have strong negotiating skills and know how to access multiple sources of complex information and use it productively in a world where information will be the key to unlocking personal, organizational and national power sources.

If you want your child to receive an education that will truly empower him or her to compete and succeed in a world that’s becoming more and more attached through business and technology, then you want to move to Ozark. Our vision for what our students can and must become truly separates us from other districts. Come visit our schools, talk to our teachers and administrators and you’ll discover a school system that truly has more to offer than the others. You’ll also discover one of the South’s best-kept secrets—Ozark, Alabama.

Michael Lenhart
Superintendent, Ozark City Schools

Carroll High School
Carroll High School in Ozark is getting a major makeover. It is estimated to be finished around March 2013. The 5-A school consists of approximately 750 students in grades 9-12. The school’s curriculum is being revamped so that it will be like a magnet school, but open to all students. Carroll High School will be one of the first schools in Alabama to do that.

The new school will be organized into Academies, which will be housed in five separate wings. One wing will be home to the Freshmen Academy. All freshmen will spend their first year of high school together and, in addition to their core classes, will take classes focusing on their college/career interest. At the end of the year, this experience, combined with a test and teacher assessment, will be used to help determine which Academy to place them the following year. There will be four Academies they can be funneled into: the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Academy; the Human Services Academy; the Business Academy; and the Health Sciences Academy. For example, in the Human Service Academy there will be opportunities for those interested in Criminal Justice, Education, Hospitality, Hotel Management, Culinary Arts, Entrepreneurship and more. Each student will receive his or her required core curriculum but can also graduate with college/career experience. If they complete the necessary requirements, this will give the student an endorsement that will put them farther ahead on their chosen path.

Vivian B. Adams School
Vivian B. Adams School, a public nonprofit organization, offers services and opportunities to approximately 200 people with developmental disabilities/intellectual disabilites.

The mission of Vivian B. Adams School is to support people with mental retardation to develop self-determination skills sufficient to reach their personal goals. It is also to heighten community awareness of the support networks necessary to allow citizens with mental retardation to select a personally successful and independent life. Visit www.vivianbadams.org for more information.

Schools

Dale County Christian School
Dale County Christian School endeavors to prepare children spiritually by instilling in them a love for the Lord Jesus Christ and a personal sense of responsibility to be all God wants them to be. The school exists to train children to live successfully and to think clearly, logically and independently. It offers an instructional program (A-BEKA) that meets the academic needs of children while giving them an understanding of the world in which they live and the ability to appreciate and adjust to their environment. The school’s goal is for all students to achieve mastery in the tools of learning and communication and to develop a sense of responsibility toward citizenship as a Christian. Students must develop a moral, ethical and spiritual sense that will aid them in appreciation of their own personal worth and that of others. To sum up the school’s objectives in one statement: “We are working to teach our students how to live life.”

HIGHER EDUCATION

Enterprise-Ozark Community College
Enterprise-Ozark Community College (EOCC) is a two-year community college with seven locations offering day and evening classes in Ozark, Enterprise, Fort Rucker, Mobile, Andalusia, Headland and Albertville. We also offer a wide variety of our courses over the World Wide Web.

The college’s aviation program, taught at the Ozark Aviation Campus and other sites, is essential to Fort Rucker and the many companies that perform contracted services related to rotary wing aircraft maintenance. EOCC provides other state-of-the-art occupational programs and transfer programs with a tradition of excellence and guaranteed transferability in compliance with the Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System (STARTS) Program.

Relevance, quality and low cost are the reasons EOCC is an excellent choice for your post-secondary educational training. Additional information may be found at www.eocc.edu or by calling the Ozark Aviation Campus at (334) 774-5113.

The Ozark Aviation Campus
The Ozark Aviation Campus offers many aviation programs, including general aviation technology, aviation maintenance technology and avionics technology. The college works with community industries to offer associate degrees in simulator systems technology, preparing students for entry into the skilled work force. The college also offers transferable academic courses, adult education programs and accelerated courses for qualified high school students.

Wallace Community College
Wallace Community College (WCC) offers instruction in Dothan (Wallace Campus), Eufaula (Sparks Campus) and Fort Rucker, maintaining an average enrollment of nearly 4,000 students in credit courses and 2,000 students in non-credit programs and services.

Wallace is best-known for its excellent allied health and nursing programs, which include associate degrees and practical nursing, emergency medical services, medical assisting, physical therapy assistant, radiologic technology and respiratory therapy. The college also provides career and technical education in 14 fields: air conditioning and refrigeration, auto body repair, automotive technology, business and office information processing, cabinet making, carpentry, child development, computer information science, cosmetology, criminal justice, drafting and design technology, industrial automation technology, masonry and welding.

WCC also affords the opportunity for students to complete the first two years of a four-year degree without having to leave home. Attending Wallace not only saves money but it also offers a smoother transition from high school into college. Smaller classes allow for individual instruction and the opportunity for students to ask questions and hold meaningful discussions with their instructors and classmates. Students also enjoy the college’s distance learning program, which allows students to study at their convenience and in the comfort of their own homes.

The WCC Fort Rucker Center is conveniently located on base in Building 4502 on Kingsman Street. Instruction at this site includes practical nursing, cosmetology and nail technology. These are short-term training programs (2-3 semesters) leading to certification, licensure and employment in the chosen career field. All programs are open to soldiers, family members and civilians.

Wallace also offers a variety of short-term training opportunities at its Center for Economic and Workforce Development. These programs include adult education, WorkKeys testing services, continuing education and workforce development programs.

For more information, call (334) 983-3521 or toll free at (800) 543-2426. Please visit the college website at www.wallace.edu.

LIBRARY
Located at 416 James Street, the Ozark-Dale County Library provides free access to quality materials and information to all residents of the area. The library features 62,000 items, including multimedia, periodicals and reference materials. The facility is equipped with high-speed Internet service, genealogy assistance, a young adult section and a virtual library complete with various databases. The library also organizes a number of programs for its patrons, including children’s reading workshops, education classes and a range of educational entertainment. The library is open Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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