Because of its sound fiscal management , the College continued its pace forward by improving the infrastructure and expanding the facilities to create a learning environment to prepare for the demands of the 21st century; thus, transforming the College into a progressive and innovative institution of higher learning.
On October 1, 1973, the Alabama State Board of Education authorized the second change of the institution’s name to George Corley Wallace State Community College. Mr. Charles L. Byrd, who had been the Director of the Technical Institute, was appointed President. In 1990, under the administration of the first African American President Dr. Julius Brown the marketing name of the College became Wallace Community College Selma (WCCS). On August 1, 2000, Dr. James M. Mitchell became the third and most visionary president who led the College to its present role as a powerful influence on the upward mobility of citizens in Selma and surrounding areas. Responsive to the needs of the service area, Wallace Community College Selma expanded its educational thrust in the following areas: transfer programs, student services, community involvement, workforce development, and technology. Quality instruction, strong student support services, and access to opportunity became the clarion call of the Institution.
WCCS has enhanced the aesthetics value of each building by elevating with cooper roof designs. All existing structures have been renovated and several new state-of-the arts buildings opened, including the Hank Sanders Technology Center, the Health Sciences Building and a One Stop Student Center which houses the division of student services (Offices of financial aid, admission and records, student support services, talent search and student organizations). The building also includes a Barnes and Nobles Bookstore, a game room and TV room for entertainment, and quiet areas designed for study and relaxation. Plans are being developed for a new technical center which would provide training for all technical programs under one roof. The college has been able to accomplish these goals with no long-term indebtedness.
The College serves a seven-county region representing the western part of the state; it encompasses many of the most economically challenged counties in Alabama known as the “Black Belt Area”. Through various partnerships and externally funded grants, the College is impacting west Alabama through work force development, community service, and educational opportunities. In order to meet the demands of the college’s services area, the college sought to establish new initiatives that would increase the number of high school graduates, increase post-secondary success among students from underserved backgrounds and prepare students for the demands of the workforce.
- In 2007, the college partnered with SECME, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Selma City School System to house the first and only Early College Program in the State of Alabama. Over the past seven years the Early College program has produced impressive results. Many of the graduates have received full scholarships to four-year universities and colleges. Today, the college continues to house the Early College Program in partnership with Dallas County School System.
- In 2005, the college partnered with the Alabama State Department of Education to improve math and science knowledge and skills necessary for success in postsecondary studies and in the workforce. WCCS became the only community college to be named as an AMSTI site. WCCS, in conjunction with ASU, and JSU, received the honor of piloting a new AMSTI Lead Teacher program in schools hoping to become AMSTI schools during the summer of 2007, and conducting a Grades K-12 Leadership Academy for Math, Science, and Technology (LAMST) during the summer of 2006. Since that time, WCCS has provided professional development and training to thousands of teachers statewide.
- The implementation of the Advanced Visualization Center continues to have tremendous impact on the organizational structure of the College because of its far reaching effects on the instructional programs of the College as well as local public school systems and business and industry within the serviced area of the Institution. The Center is instrumental in developing and implementing innovative, engaging curricula for education and workforce development. The technologically-advanced center provides teaching and training opportunities and allows for educators and entrepreneurs to virtually transform the learning experience. The Center provides the following laboratories: Immersive floating model, Development, Broadcast and Studio, Telepresence, Visual Learning, Rapid Prototype, Experience and Discovery, and Interactive Use of Force.Through the Advanced Visualization Center, the College is also able to develop critical thinking skills in its students; create a learning institute, bridge the gap between education and the workforce, project based learning/collaborative, develop learning communities, improve quality workforce development and develop interactive learning experiences that are beneficial to students, the community and future growth.
In collaboration with community organizations the college has hosted national and international speakers such as: Senator Barak Obama, Eric Holder, Secretary of Education, Vice-President Joseph Biden, Winnie Mandela, South African activists/politician, and many others.
Wallace Community College Selma continues to expand its mission and goals to focus on meeting the needs of its students and the community. While celebrating its rich history, the College is constantly making strides toward excellence and building bridges to the future.
WCCS LOCATION: WCCS is located at 3000 Earl Goodwin Pkwy in Selma, Alabama. We are behind Wal-Mart and the Selma Mall, just off Singleton Rd. You can locate us on GoogleMaps. The official WCCS mailing address is:
Wallace Community College Selma 3000 Earl Goodwin Pkwy Selma, AL 36703-2867, US
“George Corley Wallace State Community College (Wallace Community College Selma) had its origin on May 3, 1963, as William Rufus King State Vocational Technical School in honor of a famous Alabamian that served 29 years as a United States Senator and Vice President of the United States in 1852 under President Franklin Pierce.” He was also responsible for giving Selma its name. Located on twenty acres inside the city limits of Selma, the home of historic events from the Civil War to Civil Rights, the College has also become a landmark in Selma’s history.
The College: Wallace Community College Selma is a member of the Alabama College Association, the largest system of higher education in Alabama. The Alabama College System is more than 30 years old and has served more than 1 million Alabamians with an enrollment of more than 100,000 today. WCCS is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) under the Commission on Colleges (COC).
WCCS nursing programs (LPN & ADN) are accredited by the Alabama State Board of Nursing, and the ADN program is accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN).
The Students: WCCS has 1,709 students from across Central Alabama. 59% female and 41% male.
Academics: WCCS offers programs under the following options – Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree and Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree & University Parallel Transfer Programs.
Technical: WCCS offers (16) technical programs – Auto Body Repair, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration, Auto Mechanics, Cosmetology, Drafting & Design Technology, Electrical Technology, Office Administration (Clerk Typist), Office Administration (Accounting), Information Processing (Secretarial), Information Technology, Medical Transcription, Practical Nursing, Nursing Assistant, Masonry/Building Trades, Machine Tool Technology & Welding.
WCCS also offers Technical Linkage Programs (Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) programs.
Athletics: WCCS participates in varsity competition in basketball and baseball. WCCS is a member of the Alabama Junior College Conference and the National Junior College Athletic Association.
ACCREDITATION: George Corley Wallace State Community College (Wallace Community College Selma) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science Degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the status of Wallace Community College Selma.