Wallace Community College

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George C. Wallace State Community College
Wallace Community College
Wallace Community College.png
WCC logo
Established 1947
Type Community college
Officer in charge Linda C. Young
Students 3,958[1]
Location Dothan, Alabama
31°19′03″N 85°27′53″W / 31.31745°N 85.46460°W / 31.31745; -85.46460
Former names George C. Wallace State Technical Trade School; George C. Wallace State Vocational Trade School; George C. Wallace State Technical Junior College; Alabama Aviation and Technical College; Sparks State Technical School; Sparks State Technical College
Athletics Baseball (men), Softball (women)
Mascot The Governors
Website http://www.wallace.edu
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Wallace Community College (WCC), formally known as George C. Wallace State Community College, is a two-year institution of higher learning located in Dothan, Alabama. The college enrolls 3,958 students and has been accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1969.[2] As of 2009, the college has three campuses: the Wallace Campus in Dothan, the Sparks Campus in Eufaula, and the Fort Rucker Center.

History[edit]

Aerial view of the Wallace campus
Aerial view of the Sparks campus

Wallace Community College was established as the George C. Wallace State Technical Trade School under the Alabama Regional Trade School Act of 1947. Over the following years, the institution's name was changed first to George C. Wallace State Vocational Trade School and then to George C. Wallace State Technical Junior College, finally being reorganized in 1969 as George C. Wallace State Community College. It was the first comprehensive community college in Southern Alabama.[3]

In 1997, the Alabama Aviation and Technical College became part of WCC. However, in 2003, the Alabama Aviation and Technical College operations and the Mobile Aviation Center were transferred to Enterprise State Junior College to reflect that institution's growth as a community college. Sparks State Technical College had been founded in 1966 as Sparks State Technical School, being named after former Alabama Governor Chauncey Sparks; following a rename as Sparks State Technical Institute in 1968, it was accredited by the Council on Occupational Education until merging in 1999 with WCC.[4] WCC is also associated with two foundations that provide financial support for its operations: the Wallace Community College Foundation, founded in 1992, and the Wallace Community College Sparks Campus Foundation, founded in 1991.[5]

In his later years, former Attorney General Richmond Flowers, Sr., taught history at Wallace Community College. His attorney general service occurred during the first term of Governor George Wallace, but the two were intraparty political rivals. In 1966, Flowers lost the gubernatorial primary to Wallace's first wife and successor, Lurleen Burns Wallace, for whom the community college in Andalusia is named.

Athletics[edit]

WCC maintains a men's junior college baseball team affiliated with the Southern Conference and women's softball team. Even though known as a men's junior college baseball school, back in 2001, the Wallace Community College Men's Basketball team won the AJCCC State Championship under coach Eddie Barnes and Assistant Coaches Philip M. Cassis and Tom Helmeyer. The team also made it to the NJCAA final four and finished third in the Nation. The baseball team is currently coached by former Major League Baseball catcher Mackey Sasser.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "George C. Wallace Community College at Dothan". College Board. 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  2. ^ "Institution Details". Commission on Colleges. 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  3. ^ "The History of Wallace". Wallace Community College. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  4. ^ "College Catalog and Student Handbook". Wallace Community College. 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  5. ^ "College Foundation". Wallace Community College. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 

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