George C. Wallace State Community College (WCC) considers itself a leader in the Alabama system of education and in the nation. According to a report in the Community College Week, Wallace was ranked number 10 in the nation among schools that offered two-year degrees. The college has a high large graduation rate for the state of Alabama—and in fact, their graduation rate exceeds the state and national average.
WCC offers an array of disciplines for students to choose from. It offers classes in the health field, such as dental hygienist and practical nurse training; to courses in the technical field such as automotive manufacturing; to classes in the culinary arts.
The technical division is designed to enhance the skills and talents that the student already posses. The courses offered are intended to prepare the student for the workforce in their particular field right after graduation.
The health division prepares students for dedication of service to others. If national credentials are required in a particular field of study, the health division prepares the student for it.
Some courses are offered online. These include some certificate programs. Computer science, business, health, and information technology are a few of the online courses offered.
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The open door policy means that any student who has a high school diploma or GED is accepted by the college. The student must apply online, by US mail, or in person. The student must submit official transcripts or an official copy of GED scores. If the student is a transfer student and is transferring to Wallace from another college, the student must submit official transcripts from each college attended along with an application for admission. In addition, transfer students must also complete and submit an application for admission and provide a letter from their home school that specifically states the classes they will need to take.
George C. Wallace State has several programs to assist students in meeting their financial obligation when financing their school. These sources include the Pell Grant, Direct loans, work study and scholarships. All students are encouraged to complete the Federal Application for Student Aid online during the admissions process. Timely completion will ensure that enough funds will be disbursed on time to pay the students’ tuition fees.
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Making the choice to live on campus offers numerous benefits to the student. Living on campus provides the student with the convenience of being near their classes, libraries, and other school facilities. It also promotes student involvement and provides an opportunity for the student to connect with their school and fellow classmates. Moreover, living in on campus housing provides an environment rich in academia and allows the student to build lasting relationships that have the potential to last a lifetime.
The college provides dormitories for both men and women. The dorms are built for double occupancy, while a few allow for single occupancy. A nominal refundable deposit is required at the time an application for residency is submitted.
On the campus, there are several organizations available for students to choose from such as campus ministries, concert choir, Circle K Club and the international language club, just to name a few. All campus activities, with the exception of sports, are governed by the Director of Student Affairs.
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WCC believes in its athletic department. The college holds several championships and is known throughout the southeast region. The widely acclaimed team boasts of several Olympic medalists, many national championships, numerous conference titles and much more.
This college takes its academic performance very serious with its students, and that does not stop with the athletic department. Wallace athletes receive special study sessions and tutoring to ensure all around success not only on the field but in the classroom as well. The teams here have been recognized by the NJCAA for their academic and scholastic achievements. Some of the sports include volleyball, men and womens basketball, softball and racquetball.
The athletic facility, the Tom Drake Coliseum, is one of the largest facilities in the nation offered by a community college. The Drake Coliseum provides seating for up to 5,000 people. The coliseum is home to George C. Wallaces basketball and volleyball teams.
The athletes train at a state of the art center, known as the GCW Wellness Center. Housed in the wellness center are treadmills, cardiovascular machines, weight rooms, cheerleading rooms and much more.
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The library is a six-story building that provides a variety of resources for its students. The resources include computers, periodicals, projection screens, CDs, and much more. The third floor of the library houses the Cullman County Library. The Cullman Library was designed especially for the paralegal students.
Carrie Petersen earned her Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of School leadership at Northern Illinois University. Carrie likes to travel with her husband and two sons.