The IMPACT Learning Center is an important component of the Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce and originally designed to help provide opportunities for local people to help themselves.
This credo is apparent in its acronym, IMPACT, or Individually Managing Personal Achievement and Career Training.
The center’s momentum started with the Jackson County Twenty First Century Council which was conceived in 1993 when the Scottsboro Rotary Club realized that 42% of Jackson County citizens did not have a high school diploma or GED, while 17% were functionally illiterate. Rotarians refused to accept the statistics and organized the council.
Recognizing that a well-educated and well-trained workforce are key elements in economic and community development, the center’s goal is to build solid training for a solid workforce. Its mission is to provide basic education, jobs skills training and higher educational opportunities for all Jackson County citizens in need of the service.
The facility operates under the supervision of Executive Director Cathy Mitchell, and is located in Scottsboro off John T. Reid Parkway.
IMPACT provides education for all generations and provides workforce development for adults, which includes:
- IMPACT opened and ran three Pre-K classrooms, one in each of Scottsboro’s elementary schools, for four and five year old’s through grants provided by the Alabama Office of School Readiness. (After ten years under IMPACT’S care, this program is now administered through the school system.)
- An interactive, decision-making workshop called CHOICES is taught by business leaders and role-models to encourage 6th graders to achieve academic success in pursuit of their life ambitions by staying in school and staying out of trouble.
- IMPACT organizes a yearly career fair called the CEO Expo where all 9th graders participate in “hands-on” activities that create awareness of career options among students and educators as well as help give businesses and industries the skilled workforce needed to sustain and grow.
- IMPACT organizes practice job interviewing sessions by local business leaders for local high school students.
- Free, instructor-led computer classes for any Jackson County resident who is looking for a job.
- Help with resume writing and interviewing skills.
- Partners with Northeast Alabama Community College to provide adult education for GED and English-as-second-language (ESL) classes.
- Custom designed workshops for local business.
- State of the art computer lab for workforce development, general classes, and one on one instruction.
- Recipient of USDA Rural Development Grant for Skills on Wheels mobile computer lab.
- Job Fairs & Complete Jackson in partnerships with Jackson County Economic Development Authority, Northeast Alabama Community College, Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Jackson County Schools, Scottsboro City School System and local business/industry to provide local job opportunities for seniors and individuals seeking employment or career change.
The Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce is a major financial contributor of the program, resulting in over $1M dollars donated as of 2020 and will gladly continue to contribute as long as there is a need for adult education assistance, throughout Jackson County.
Jackson County Twenty First Century Council
IMPACT Learning Center
23123 John T. Reid Parkway
Scottsboro, AL 35768