Heather Hatfield - Phlebotomy
Written by AOD Staff
on 04 August 2017
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AOD is pleased to announce our newest life-changing, job-training scholarship recipient - Heather Hatfield.  Heather will be starting Phlebotomy (blood drawing) training at Calhoun Community College in August 2017.  She is the first high school graduate in her family and plans to become a nurse.  Heather is a mother to a 6-month old son and is motivated to give him a wonderful life.  Her future career goal is to become a Registered Nurse and work at Athens Hospital or Huntsville Hospital and help mothers deliver their babies.  Heather loves children, family, and her church.   Heather's scholarship covers tuition and the fee for drug screening and background check.  We are pleased to be helping Heather achieve her goals and appreciate our donors who make our scholarships possible!

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Tuneka Smith - Criminology
Written by AOD Staff
Category: Successes
on 02 June 2017
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Tuneka Smith graduated Mississippi State in May 2017 with a bachelors degree in Criminology.  She is the first college graduate in her family and the first college graduate from the cadet year group August 2012 – May 2015 of Aberdeen High School Air Force Junior ROTC (Aberdeen, MS). Tuneka was selected for an AOD scholarship while AOD board member Jeff Coggin served as the Senior Aerospace Instructor for the JROTC program.  Tuneka plans to serve in the U.S. Air Force with a goal to later join the FBI.

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Category: Successes
on 02 June 2017
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Monica graduated from Hazel Green High School with an Advanced Alabama High School Diploma in May 2005. She met her husband at church in 2004 and they married in November 2006. They now have 3 daughters, a 6-year old and 3-year old twins. She also has a few nieces and nephews who she has had a large hand in raising since they were born. Monica had never planned to go to college to further her education. She was happy working a retail job that she had for almost 10 years. In August 2013, one of her nieces was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML). Monica immediately went with her niece and her mom to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. She traveled back and forth from Huntsville and Memphis for the month she was there while still tending to her own children. The impact the nurses at St. Jude’s made on her made her decide to be one of them.

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Category: Successes
on 28 January 2017
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Kelli Hill graduated the pipe welding program at Global Tech Institute in Decatur, AL in November 2016 and is National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certified .  She won an AOD scholarship funded by a generous grant from Dynetics in June 2016 to complete her training.  Her work as a student was noticed by a union representative who got her a job with the Tennessee Valley Authority where she helps maintains its plants.  Kelli is now working full-time with great pay and benefits. Her goals are to master pipe welding in the field and eventually become a welding inspector.  Kelli is our first student and graduate at Global Tech Institute.  AOD hopes to award additional welding scholarships in 2017.
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AOD Goals for 2017
Written by AOD Staff
Category: News
on 29 December 2016
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The AOD Board of Directors met December 17th (thank you to Stephanie LeBlanc at Stellar Management Solutions for hosting us!) and approved ambitious goals for 2017 for the greater Huntsville, AL area and a new program in Tuskegee, AL. These include:
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on 12 August 2016
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Cody was awarded an AOD scholarship which was funded by a generous donation from the Trideum Corporation in Huntsville, AL.  Cody is enrolled in the drafting program at J.F. Drake State Technical and Community College.  Cody got interested in drafting after taking drafting classes in high school.  His goals include eventually becoming an electrical engineer.
 
 
on 12 August 2016
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AOD is pleased to announce its next two scholarship awards. Thanks to a generous donation from the Trideum Corporation, AOD selected Cody White for a tuition and book scholarship at Drake State. He starts classes in the mechanical drafting (engineering graphics) program later this month. We also selected Ciedah Moore for a book scholarship to continue her practical nursing program at Drake State. Congratulations to Cody and Ciedah!
Category: Successes
on 16 May 2016
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Ashley Battle is one of two scholarship recipients who completed Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training in May 2016 at J.F. Drake State Technical and Community College.  Each AOD scholarship covered the tuition, book, uniform patch, an allowance for scrubs, and the state exam fee.   AOD will also send Ashley to Financial Peace University after she is employed as a CNA.  Ashley's scholarship was made possible by a generous grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama.

Thank you, Dynetics!!!
Written by AOD Staff
Category: Grants Received
on 10 May 2016
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Thanks to a grant from Dynetics, AOD will be awarding a $2,000 grant for welding training to a low-income adult at Global Tech Institute LLC. Applications will be coming in soon. Stay tuned for more news.

Category: Successes
on 03 December 2014
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Mirlande graduated J.F. Drake State's Licensed Practical Nursing program in May 2016.  Mirlande and her husband are involved in respite foster care of kids.  Mirlande is active in her church and loves music.  Soon after graduation, she passed her state licensing test. She now works full-time as a charge nurse at a local nursing home. One of the benefits offered by her new employer (Diversicare) is tuition assistance which she will use toward earning her RN degree.

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Category: Grants Received
on 15 April 2016
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Thanks to a grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, AOD will be awarding a $2,000 scholarship for Certified Nursing Assistants. Applications will be coming in soon. Stay tuned for more news.

 

Category: Successes
on 21 August 2015
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Martha Collins completed the Licensed Practical Nursing program at  J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College in December 2015.   Martha worked two part-time jobs as a caregiver to pay the bills while she attended classes and raised her 17-year old daughter.  Martha has lived in the Huntsville area for seven years after moving here from Selma, Alabama.  She loves to help the elderly, especially those who don't have family able to visit often.  Martha passed her state license exam on January 27, 2016 and was hired February 19, 2016 as a full-time Licensed Practical Nurse at Millennium Nursing and Rehabilitation.  AOD thanks Amy Devers of Devers Consulting Group who helped Martha with her resume.  AOD will also be sending Martha to Financial Peace University.  Martha plans to eventually become a Registered Nurse.  She recently married Mr. Myron Johnson.  God is good!

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Category: Successes
on 21 August 2015
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Destiny Echandie is a new mom who completed the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training at J.F. Drake State in December 2015 on her 21st birthday.  Destiny was inspired to begin her nursing career while in high school. She left public high school to be home schooled so she could better help her mother care for her father who was ill with kidney cancer, which eventually took his life.  Destiny was one of five children adopted by her parents. Her biological parents were on drugs. Before her training, Destiny worked various retail and health aide positions.  Destiny completed her CNA training in December, 2015 and got her state CNA license in March 2016.  She now works full-time as a CNA at Millenium Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  She accomplished her short-term goal of buying a decent car and is exploring a health career in orthodontics.

 

Category: Grants Received
on 17 April 2015
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We are very grateful to the Trideum Foundation (funded and operated by Trideum Corporation)! The Trideum Foundation awarded AOD a grant for $3,984 on April 10, 2015. 100% of these funds will be used to fund tuition and book expenses of AOD scholarship recipients. Thank you Trideum!

 

 

 

 

 

Category: Career Fair
on 23 March 2015
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The 4th Annual Community Career Fair, held March 16th, 2016, is in the books. We appreciate all who helped plan, conduct, and spread the word about the event.  Volunteers included Valerie Curtis of Valerie Curtis Enterprises, Amy Devers of Devers Consulting Group, Mary Gladden of Quantech Services, Robert Holt of ZLA Solutions, AOD board member Tony Russell, and AOD board member Jeff Dennison.  Thank you!

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Category: Successes
on 03 December 2014
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Our first success story is Anita Williams. 

Anita moved to Huntsville from Saint Louis to take care of her sister who had cancer. She traveled with her four kids in a van with one bag of personal belongings each. She had some drafting training in Saint Louis but her credentials were not recognized in Alabama. She enrolled in J.F. Drake State and was on honor roll three times. In her second year, she applied for and received an AOD scholarship in 2012. Her son, then 17, supported the family as the breadwinner and AOD helped her obtain a car to get to school. Anita was able to go straight through all six semesters and she graduated in August 2013.
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Category: Successes
on 03 December 2014
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Sharee graduated high school in 2004 and went to Tennessee State University but had to drop out after getting pregnant. She struggled through working a variety of jobs and later got married.  They later had two more children.  Sharee decided to start her nursing career as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). She was awarded an AOD scholarship in August 2014 to attend a two-week intensive CNA course at J.F. Drake State.  The scholarship funded the tuition, scrubs/uniforms, and the fee for the state licensing exam which she passed.  Sharee was immediately employed as a caregiver after obtaining her
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Category: Successes
on 03 December 2014
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Tralushus had her first child as a young teen in Mississippi and another child at age 16. She had strong family support and graduated high school.    It was during high school she decided she wanted to be a nurse. She started on her journey by first becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) a year after she graduated high school.  As a CNA, she worked with elderly patients.  Her patients often requested her by name to care for them and she appreciated their many compliments. As a CNA, she worked under the supervision of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).  Tralushus later heard about the LPN program at J.F. Drake State. She applied in 2013, was accepted, and then moved to Alabama to start classes in January 2014.  In 2013, she also married her husband.
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Bach Ngoc "Stephanie" Truong
Written by AOD Staff
Category: Successes
on 03 December 2014
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Stephanie says she was a rebellious teen when living with her mom in California.  She got pregnant as a young teen. She did not tell her mom she was pregnant because her mom was a single mom and her dad was on drugs but Stephanie’s mother found out when she was six months pregnant. Her mother wanted her to have an abortion but Stephanie was determined to keep her child.  She did not care what anyone said, she had always wanted a baby. There were other girls pregnant at the same time she was, but she was the youngest. Her son’s dad was sent to a maximum security prison for stabbing someone when her son was just a year old. He got out of prison when her son was 9 but they never developed a relationship.  Stephanie’s mom
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on 03 December 2014
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Jaron is a returning student in the Licensed Practical Nursing program at J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College.   Jaron has experience working as a Certified Nursing Assistant and wants to eventually become a Registered Nurse and/or Physical Therapist.  Jaron enjoys participating in community cleanup work, particpating in his church's praise band, and volunteering with Vacation Bible School.  Jaron's scholarship support will start in 2015.

AOD Sends Daija to Sci-Quest
Written by AOD Staff
Category: Youth Camps
on 15 July 2014
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Daija recently finished a week at Sci-Quest's Mobile App Design summer day camp held July 7 - July 11, 2014.  Students at the camp found out what it takes to become a registered developer and design apps for mobile devices.  They also learned what makes mobile apps uniquely portable, used different coding languages, and invented their own app.

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Category: Miscellaneous
on 30 June 2014
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AOD helped five Aberdeen High School (Aberdeen, Mississippi) cadets in the Air Force Junior ROTC unit attend a Leadership FTX (Field Training Exercise) camp at Lavinia National Guard Training Center in Lavinia, Tennessee June 23-27, 2014. The five cadets (Cameron Cockerham, Shamyia Fair, Jose Gonzalez, Malaysia King, and Santianna Rogers-McMillian) competitively selected by their instructors for this camp and AOD paid their registration deposits ($100 each).

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Category: Miscellaneous
on 30 May 2014
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Devonta "Petey" Walker and Tavarus Eckford play football for Aberdeen High School (Aberdeen, Mississippi).  AOD Vice President Jeff Coggin is their line coach (as well as the school's Air Force Junior ROTC instructor). 

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Category: Grants Received
on 31 March 2014
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AOD is grateful to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama (TMMAL) in Huntsville for its continued support of the Learn and Earn scholarship program.  TMMAL recently provided AOD a grant of $5,000 in March 2014 which will be used to award scholarships for the Fall 2014 semester at J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College.  This is Toyota's fourth grant to AOD.  Thank you Toyota!

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Category: Ways to Donate
on 14 February 2014
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If you shop at Kroger grocery store or on-line with Amazon.com, both companies will donate to AOD without adding anything to your purchase.

Amazon.com

Visit: http://smile.amazon.com/ref=smi_ge_rl_rd_gw?_encoding=UTF8&ein=45-4064932 

 

Kroger

Kroger donates to the registered charity of your choice when you use your Kroger Plus card when checking out.  AOD is now a charity you can designate for your Kroger Plus card.  No additional charges are added to your purchase, Kroger makes a contribution on top of your purchase.  If you don’t already have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the Customer Service desk.  More details:

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Category: Grants Received
on 31 January 2014
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Thank you to the Spiritus Employee Charitable Foundation of Spiritus, Inc. for awarding AOD a $5,000 grant for Learn and Earn scholarships!  Spiritus presented the grant to AOD at their office in downtown Huntsville on January 28th.  We enjoyed meeting several members of their team and are grateful for this opportunity to partner with them to serve the local community.

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Category: Youth Camps
on 05 August 2013
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Robots Rule!  AOD provided day camp scholarships for Almontraez and Sakura to attend the Robots Rule summer day camp at Sci-Quest as part of its Imagination and Aspiration program.

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Category: Youth Camps
on 31 August 2011
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In August 2011, AOD founders teamed with the Lincoln Village Ministry to send Jaylen and Raul to Aviation Day Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. 

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