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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The new board over Alabama’s community college system has voted to merge seven colleges into two regional campuses.

The Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees approved the merger Thursday, beginning a consolidation process that is expected to take up to a year.

Jefferson Davis Community College in Brewton, Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville and Reid State Technical College in Evergreen will be consolidated with Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette.

Southern Union State Community College in Wadley and Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City will merge with Central Alabama Community in Alexander City.

Janet Kincherlow-Martin, a spokeswoman for the college system, said all of the campuses will remain open, but administrative functions will be consolidated.