From the President

Welcome to summer semester!
Wallace State provides a rich selection of courses to
students and lifelong learners during its summer session.
From mid-May to early August, thousands of students enroll in more
than 600 courses across all disciplines. Classes are
offered online, on campus
during the day and in the
evening, during two fiveweek
Mini-terms and an
interim term so that you
can find time to rejuvenate
while still participating in
college coursework and
other activities.
Summer semester is
important to our students who want to carry a more
manageable course load during the regular academic
year, those who want to get an early start, catch up, or
earn their degrees at an accelerated pace. The atmosphere
during summertime is a bit more relaxed, even
for those loading up on courses. We welcome visiting
students from other colleges and universities who want
to take advantage of Wallace State’s offerings during
the summer.
Students are invited to visit Lion Central, our One Stop
Center for enrollment, advising and financial aid services,
located on the ground floor of the Bailey Center.
Online tutorials for completing the FAFSA and a Financial
Aid TV service provide additional answers for
students seeking information on Pell grants and student
loans. Please also stop by our new School of Nursing
and Center for Science to take advantage of the collaborative
learning and study spaces you will find there.
Many other programs and activities are offered during
summer, including summer camps, art exhibitions, and
a variety of activities sponsored by our Alumni Association
and Continuing Education department.
Nationally ranked by the Aspen Institute and Community
College Week, and recognized among a prestigious
group of Achieving the Dream colleges, Wallace State is
always an engaging place to be. Be one of us this summer,
and get inspired by the Wallace State of Mind!
Welcome to Wallace State Community College!

Welcome to fall semester at Wallace State Community College! The beginning of a new academic year is always an exciting time, and never more than this year as we begin our 50th anniversary celebration. Since Wallace State began serving students half a century ago, we have grown to become one of the top ranked community colleges in America, according to the Aspen Institute, Community College Week and others. We are the first-choice for Alabama high school seniors taking the ACT, in no small part because we place students first in everything we do. As a result, we have the best record of successful student completion in the Alabama Community College System, our graduates perform as well or better upon transfer to universities, and our workforce training has been touted by industry leaders and recognized repeatedly in publications such as Southern Business and Development Magazine and Business Alabama.

This fall we are pleased to introduce several new opportunities for students. The REHAU Academy, the first of its kind in the United States for this multi-billion dollar international corporation, will allow students to participate in a paid German model apprenticeship program leading to employment as a polymer specialist while earning a college certificate in injection molding. A new Fast Track for Industry partnership with Cullman County Schools expands our existing Fast Track dual and enrollment opportunities to focus on high school career technical students. And a new Freshman Seminar, called “GPS”, is designed for students to set academic and career goals, begin their capstone and eportfolio projects, and chart a plan to achieve academic completion and career success.

Other new and recently added program offerings include Sustainable Agriculture, Patient Care Specialist and Transportation Management. Additionally, we are placing an intent focus on enrolling students in the following programs, many of which have seen a surge in employment opportunities and not enough job applicants to meet the current demand: Agriculture, Business, Child Development, Clinical Lab, Collision Repair, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Culinary, Emergency Medical Services, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Horticulture, Human Services, Medical Assisting, Paralegal, Pharmacy Technology, Polysomnography, Poultry Science, and Visual Communications. If you would like to learn more about these or other programs, be sure talk to an advisor in Lion Central.

Please take advantage of the many student services, activities, and events we offer to enhance your college experience. We look forward to serving you this semester!

Vicki Hawsey Karolewics