There is now more potential for local training in the health care field. This is just one of the improvements Wallace Community College is able to make thanks to a multi-million-dollar boost from community businesses and organizations.
For the first time ever in Wallace Community College's 57-year history, the school has launched a "Campaign for Excellence."
The state provides less than 49 percent of the college's operating budget, so this money will provide assistance in maintaining and improving the plant, programs and student services.
Sally Buchanan said, "We were very fortunate that the community and business leaders recognize the importance of this college for workforce development in our community. And they came together and donated and pledged just over $4.3 million, and the college will be good stewards of that money."
After studying the community's workforce needs, the college will now launch four initiatives for the funding. The first will address workforce development, which will strengthen existing programs and develop new ones.
The second initiative is health care and will increase the number of nurses and technicians trained at the college. Some of the funding will also be spent on endowment, which will be divided between campus maintenance, programs of study and scholarships.
The fourth initiative is humanities and will contribute to quality of life programs throughout the community.
The college is channeling much of the funding toward community and workforce development, since 90 percent of Wallace Community College graduates stay in the wiregrass.
The college's grads also fill 80 percent of the local healthcare workforce.