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.
  • Central Office, once again, expanded and moved to 513 Sparkman Drive in Huntsville where it is currently located.

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