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Global food company signs agreement with ESCC for worker scholarships | News

ESCC and Pilgrim’s Pride signed an agreement on Feb. 2 that would provide educational and training opportunities to Pilgrim’s employees. Pictured, from left, are Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker, ESCC President Matt Rodgers, Pilgrim’s Enterprise Complex Manager David Massey, Better Futures Program Manager Corey Friend and Pilgrim’s Enterprise HR Manager Mathew Parkinson.



Enterprise State Community College has entered into agreement with Pilgrim’s, a subsidiary of leading global food company JBS, to train its employees for associate degrees and technical certifications in their respective regions.

ESCC signed the agreement on Wednesday, Feb. 2, to participate in the JBS/Pilgrim’s Better Futures program that offers free college tuition to Pilgrim’s team members and their child dependents. Pilgrim’s offers to pay the remaining tuition balance – often called a last dollar tuition scholarship – for its workers to train in technical programs that help them succeed. The scholarship is effective after all other aid, including aid granted after the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), is applied.

“It is common for Alabama’s business and industry to look to Alabama’s community colleges to train their workers, and it’s rewarding to reach agreements with companies and universities all over the state that delivers the whole-student approach in advising and student experiences, right alongside its workforce development,” said Jimmy H. Baker, Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System. “This agreement is among many that confirm our colleges’ dedication to the communities they serve. We welcome Pilgrim’s workers who choose our colleges and benefit from this agreement.”



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