Dothan, Ala.—Wallace Community College is ranked among the nation’s top 50 fastest-growing public two-year colleges by Community College Week.
The ranking, announced in the December 1, 2008, edition of the national publication, lists Wallace as number 44 in increase by headcount, with 287 additional students, and a ranking of 38 by percentage, with an increase of 8.4 percent, in the category “Enrollments 2,500-4,999.”
Wallace enrolls approximately 3,700 per semester.
Wallace has consistently experienced enrollment increases for each of the past four consecutive semesters.
According to WCC President Linda C. Young, more students are seeking a postsecondary education to fill available jobs or to improve earning potential and opportunity for advancement.
The college has also seen an increase in the number of students enrolling directly out of high school thanks to the Wiregrass Foundation Graduating Scholarship, which allocates more than $285,000 in scholarship assistance to local high school graduates.
Last fall, approximately 100 graduating high school seniors used funds from the newly established program, and Young anticipates even more students enrolling with assistance from the fund this spring.