According to the U.S Dept. of Labor, 80% of today's jobs require some career or technical training.
Along with that emphasis and because of tough economic times Wallace Community College has seen an increase of more than 8% in enrollment and classes taken this year.
"I think that is because students realize that they need to retrain or improve their opportunities for greater earning," says Wallace Community College Marketing and PR Director Sally Buchanan.
But for those that are still having trouble paying for college the Wiregrass Foundation may have an opportunity for you. They are offering more than $285,000 in scholarship help to 2008 high school grads in Houston County.
Here is what you need to know:
-The application deadline has been extended until Monday, November 4th until the close of the business day for spring semester applications.
-You must be a class of 2008 Dothan City of Houston County Schools graduate with a standard diploma and a minimum 2.5 GPA. Applicants must complete the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA), and register for at least 12 semester hours at Wallace.
-98 graduates from the seven high schools available have already used the scholarships for spring, and the opportunity is there for many more students to receive up to $800 dollars per semester to go toward unmet needs. The money comes after all other financial aid is applied.
Education Director for the Wiregrass Foundation Thomas Harrison says the program is valuable for the student and community.
"Not only is it benefiting the student but that student is likely to live in our community, and they will be a better educated employee. And at the same time their education level increases the education level of the community."