As we begin a new year and a new semester, we are pleased to announce a number of new opportunities to enhance the student experience. Additional start dates have been added each semester, so that students have flexibility in when they begin college, whether they are interested in semester-long classes, mini-term options, or something in between. Online classes, weekend options, day, evening, and shorter-term classes are available for credit and non-credit. Year-round Pell grants and payment plans make pursuing higher education and training accessible and affordable.
Moreover, thanks to the outstanding support of our community, Wallace State and the Wallace State Future Foundation have been able to award thousands of scholarships to support tuition, education-related expenses and basic student needs. In late 2019, the Future Foundation celebrated the success of a more than $10 million major gifts campaign.
Wallace State has been selected to launch a bachelor’s degree Nursing program in partnership with UAB. This innovative program recognizes Wallace State’s outstanding reputation in nursing education and will serve as a model for the state. Other recently launched programs at WSCC include Dance, Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), Building Construction, Cardiovascular Sonography, Global Studies, Medical Laboratory Assistant, Small Farmer Training, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, enhanced Dual Enrollment opportunities and more. Through STARS, the statewide articulation system, the coursework students take at Wallace State is guaranteed to transfer seamlessly to bachelor’s degree programs, resulting in a cost savings to students and parents worth thousands of dollars.
New apprenticeships and other earn-and-learn programs, such as the FAME program for Industrial Maintenance students, a partnership with Toyota and other industries, a Mercedes Tech Co-op program with our Advanced Automotive Technology program, and a Kubota training partnership in our Diesel Mechanics program, allow Wallace State students to earn money and experience while completing credentials. A groundbreaking is expected to take place in 2020 for our new Welding and Entrepreneurship Center.
Wallace State has been named an Achieving the Dream Leader College, among the Top 150 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute for the third time, the first-choice community college by Alabama high school seniors taking the ACT, an All-Steinway School, and among the top colleges for health care and workforce development. Our completion agenda – focused on helping students Start Early, Start Right, Finish and Succeed – is receiving widespread acclaim as rates of student success, retention and graduation climb to among the highest in the nation. The College has once again been recognized as a Military Friendly institution, with resources dedicated to honoring and serving our veterans on campus.
We look forward to hosting the renowned Ailey II dance company on February 11, a theatre performance of Big Fish in March, museum exhibitions, athletic events, robotics competitions, films and more in the coming year.
If you’re just starting to plan for your future, or looking to make a career change, I encourage you to start by reviewing our spring semester offerings, and visit an advisor in Lion Central to determine the Pathways map for the program that’s right for you. Take advantage of the Student Resource Center on the 8th and 9th floors of the Bailey Center, which includes a Tutoring Lab, with study space and a computer lab accessible to all students, and a Job Placement Center, where students can search for apprenticeships, internships, and job opportunities. There’s still time to enroll for spring semester. Our staff is ready to assist.
To learn more about all Wallace State has to offer, visit the Wallace State website, download our app, or visit Lion Central.
Discover your story at Wallace State! We look forward to serving you in the new year.
Vicki P. Karolewics, Ed.D. is President of Wallace State Community College.