Most commonly known for its prestigious campus paired with community involvement and outreach in Montgomery, Huntingdon College has a rich history as an outstanding institution of higher education in the state of Alabama.

The enthusiasm of this well established private liberal arts college for wisdom and service could not be contained to Montgomery’s city limits. A desire to reach people where they live to complete a four year degree is the spark that ignited a movement to extend across the state. A degree program for working adults in their own community with classes one night a week and one on one advising became the vision.

To fulfill this vision, in 2002, Huntingdon College created partnerships with the community colleges across the state to offer a program where working adults could continue to support their families and finish their college degree. The model allowed students to take class one night a week for five weeks, making it possible for students to begin classes anytime during a semester. The program has since grown to 13 locations throughout the state and recently found its place in Lee County in Fall of 2013 where The Huntingdon College W. James Samford, Jr. School of Business and Professional Studies has partnered with Southern Union State Community College in Opelika, AL.

Community involvement is at the heart of the program and is necessary because of its very nature. Students, faculty and administration are an integral part of not only the fabric of the program at Huntingdon, but also Opelika and the surrounding communities. They are relatives, neighbors and friends. They are citizens committed to making progress in the community in which they live and love. Because community involvement and a sense of home are so prominent in Opelika, the program is already a great success. As the program continues to grow, our students and alumni find new opportunities of professional and personal growth; whereas, Huntingdon’s roots of wisdom, faith and service reach beyond our doors into the surrounding community. Each year Huntingdon partners with agencies throughout the state to fulfill the Huntingdon mission, “Enter to grow in wisdom, go forth to apply wisdom in service”.

The Opelika Campus offers a Bachelors of Science in Business Management and provides for those in the Heath Care field with an optional Heath Care Management concentration; and the newest addition to the majors is a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice that also provides options such as a minor in Management or General Administration/Psychology.

Rebecca Masic is the Associate Director of the Adult Degree Completion Program and Site Coordinator for the Opelika campus at Southern Union State Community College. More information is available on line at www.huntingdon.edu/adcp or by calling 334-745-2940. Huntingdon College and all of its programs are accredited by Southern Association for Colleges and Schools (SACS). Financial Aid and Veteran’s benefits are available.

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