College Consolidation

School Desk

Education officials at four Wiregrass area colleges are talking about mergers.

In Covington County, the process would combine Lurleen B. Wallace Junior College with Mac Arthur Technical College.

Also, Enterprise State Junior College would be joined with Ozark's campus of Wallace Community College-Dothan.

The process will begin Thursday when the Alabama State Board of Education will be asked to approve statements of intent to merge.

Current employees of the colleges could be transferred to another campus, but they will not lose seniority, retirement, tenure or any other benefits.

For students, the mergers would create a comprehensive community college offering academic, career and technical divisions.

Names have not been set in stone; so far proposed names are the Enterprise-Ozark Community College and the Lurleen B. Wallace Community College.

If the mergers are approved, the campuses may be combined by September 2003.