Wiregrass residents are returning to school at an increasingly rapid rate. Both Wallace Community College and Troy University are expanding their facilities to make room for the increase in students.
John Fergus of Wallace Community College said, "We're growing and demand for education is growing. Dothan is [also] growing, causing our course offerings to grow."
Troy University is seeing the majority of its growth in the masters program as more high paying jobs in the Wiregrass area require specialized training.
Inga Oberst with Troy University said, "We're seeing Wiregrass grow and so more people want to further [their] education and advance themselves."
Troy University-Dothan is also adding to its available parking spaces. Starting in the fall, students will have an additional 244 spaces to choose from in a well lit area installed with security cameras.
Wallace Community College is also making changes to accommodate its growing student population.
Fergus said, "We do have a plan to expand. We're concentrating on renovating existing buildings, roofs and [the] admin building."
Wallace College has already seen a three percent increase in this fall's enrollment numbers.
Troy University’s new parking lot is expected to be finished the first of August and Wallace College’s newly-renovated administration building should be completed in December of this year.