North Alabama Center for Educational Excellence Timeline 1974 – Present
- Established as one of the first eight Educational Opportunity Centers in the United States of America (pre-college program for adults age 19 and older)
- Established the North Alabama Consortium consisting of seven area postsecondary institutions: Alabama A&M University, University of Alabama-Huntsville, Calhoun Community College, J. F. Drake State Technical College, Alverson-Drounghn Business College, North Alabama College of Commerce and Oakwood College. Official board members were selected from the stated institutions.
- First annual Career Fair held.
- Dr. Harold G. Dickerson was hired as the Executive Director. Central Office was located at 2205 University Drive Suite G, Huntsville, Alabama 35816.
1983 – 1991
- Upward Bound Program funded to serve S.R. Butler High School (56 participants). It is a pre-college program to serve 9th through 12th grades. Central Office moved to 1515 Sparkman Drive, Huntsville, Alabama 35816.
- Educational Talent Search Program funded to serve 1500 students in Madison and Jackson County. Pre-college program established to serve middle and high school students.
- First Academic Day held.
1992 – 1995
- Upward Bound Math and Science Program funded to serve J.O. Johnson High School and S.R. Butler High School (50 participants). Pre-college program to serve students who are interested in mathematics, science and engineering careers.
1996 – 1999
- First Summer Olympics Competition held.
- Tri-County Inter-Agency reorganized to establish a coordinated effort between agencies by establishing rapport and expanding the community network.
2000 – 2002
- Educational Talent Search Program funded to serve Limestone County (250 participants) pre-college program for middle and high school students.
2003 – 2004
- NACEE Organizational Restructuring approved by U.S. Department of Education.Dr. Army Daniel is elected to serve as Interim Executive Director; new board members assigned to oversee the organization. Central Office is moved to 4900 Century Street Suite B, Huntsville, Alabama 35816.
2004 – 2009
- Dr. Earnest L. Davis is hired as the Executive Director/President.
- ACT Testing Center and ACT prep classes and workshops are established for improving student’s college admission requirements.
- 30th Anniversary Celebration Dinner – Larry Oxendine, Federal TRiO and Title III Director in Washington, DC.
- Veterans Upward Bound Program funded to serve veterans who return from serving our country in war. Pre-college program for veterans.
- NACEE partners with Oakwood University to host the Educational Talent Search Program Summer Enrichment Program.
- GED Prep and ASVAB Computer Assisted Training Center opens to serve high school dropouts, unemployed, transits and pre-military students.
- NACEE Scholarship Endowment established to award TRiO high school graduates books and fees scholarships. Twenty participants selected and a total of $10,000 awarded to date.
- New and improved computerized database for tracking and reporting the Department of Education requirements and mandatory objectives.
- Provided educational support assistance in the implementation of Still Serving Veterans organization.
- Partnership with the Alabama/Madison County Food Service Program for summer feeding at Oakwood University.
2010 – Present
- Online Computer Learning Center for academic assistance, financial aid assistance, financial literacy and test prep assessment.
- Established and implemented Madison County Operation Stand-Down Initiative to help homeless veterans.
- Received membership in the College Board National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
- Established and implemented College Goal Sunday (financial aid awareness workshop and presentation to low-income, first generation potential college students)
- Established partnership with Junior League of Huntsville/Madison County Alabama.
- Established partnership with National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)
- Adopted Davis Hills Middle School for student tutoring and mentoring initiatives.