ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — While Enterprise State Community College students have another week before they return to classes, Tuesday morning faculty and staff gathered together to prepare for the upcoming semester.
“We’re a family here at Enterprise State and the Alabama Aviation College, and we get very busy at times,” said Enterprise State Community College President Matt Rodgers. “So, this is just a good time of the year, a great day to get back together and to kind of recharge our batteries a little bit, and to prepare to get off to a great start on Monday.”
The college also welcomed attorney and advocate for early childhood education and sexual abuse prevention, Liz Huntley, who travels around the country speaking about these matters and sharing her own story.
“My parents were drug dealers,” Liz Huntley said. “I lived in the housing projects and in and out of foster homes, was sexually abused and went through quite a traumatic childhood, and through all of that, I’m standing here today as an attorney. To be here is not just a testament to what God can do, but it’s a testament of what God does through the power of education.”
Huntley also co-founded the Hope Institute at Samford University, which helps bring together schools that want to develop a culture of character.
“We’re constantly looking for solutions on how to make lives better for our children, for our state, for our country, and to do so we’ve got to not just raise smart kids but good kids,” Huntley said. “We’ve got to build kids of character, and we’ve got to realize that no matter where kids come from they have that opportunity to be productive citizens.”
For those who want to know more about Huntley, she has a book called ‘More Than a Bird’ that’s about what she went through, and why education is important to her.