Spotlight on Houston & Henry Counties: Higher Education

Troy University Dothan campus is home to R. Terry Everett Hall, which houses the campus library, the R. Terry Everett Congressional Library and the Wiregress Archives.

Wallace Community College
operates at two regional campuses — one in the Dale County portion of Dothan and one at the Sparks Campus in Eufaula. WCC also has an Alabama Technology Network Center on the Sparks Campus.

WCC has a total of 3,686 students, nearly 40% of whom are in one of its eight health science programs. The first class in its surgical technology program graduated in May. 

Wallace is in the second phase of the Rethink Adult Ed Challenge, sponsored
by the U.S. Department of Education.The project aims to expand adult education partnerships with workforce development to create skillsets for pre-apprenticeship programs. 

In recent developments, the campus has renamed the Science Building at WCC to honor the support of John and Gail Watson and their family over many years.

Both campuses have a writing center and a math lab to help students with these subjects, with trained staff and peer tutors. 

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Birmingham-Southern College and Wallace have signed an articulation agree-
ment that will allow students who have earned associate degrees at Wallace to seamlessly continue their education at BSC.

Wallace offers workforce development courses on both campuses, as well as dual enrollment for high school students, GED classes and adult education. There are 440 full-time and part-time faculty and staff.

WCC has received grants to support three workforce programs. 

A $176,135 ACCS Industry Certification Initiatives grant will support the new basic maintenance technician program. Focused on entry-level and intermediate level skills needed for employment in the manufacturing sector, the program was
the first pre-apprenticeship program to win approval from the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship. The program targets individuals in a Second Chance training program, as well as those who are unemployed or underemployed.

The basic MIG welding program won a $90,837 grant. The program was developed in partnership with Dothan City Utilities, the Alfred Saliba Family Service Center and Coleman Worldwide. Program graduates will earn an American Welding Society Welder Certification and other industry credentials upon completion.

Women in Welding received $10,000 in grant funds from Wiregrass RC&D for workshops to interest high school women in dual enrollment welding programs and to attract women affected by COVID-19 and looking for new or better jobs. The workshops will focus on safety, welding simulation and traditional hands-on welding.

In adult education, Wallace offers basic literacy, English as a second language,
GED prep and a variety of work readiness programs. WCC also connects individuals to local solutions within workforce, education and social services communities.

The High School Diploma Options program is designed for Alabama public school students who have dropped out of the traditional high school setting or for students who have completed all of the credits needed for graduation but were unsuccessful in completing one or more sections of the Alabama High School Graduation Examination. Completers receive their diploma from their high school in Dale, Houston, Henry and Barbour counties school systems.

In dual enrollment, WCC has seen marked growth in both career and
academic programs. 

Graduates of Wallace Community College’s Certified Nursing Assistant program.

Troy University Dothan campus has about 1,004 students. Dothan offers more than 47 graduate and undergraduate degree programs in arts and sciences, fine arts, business, education and health and human services.

The Dothan campus employs 93 full-time faculty and staff members and 54 part-time employees and adjunct faculty.

Located on 400 acres off U.S. Highway 231, the campus has three academic buildings plus 130 forested acres.

New at Troy is the Coleman Center for Early Learning and Family Enrichment that provides care and learning for children from six weeks through age 5. The center houses three state-funded First Class Pre-K classrooms.

Also, the School of Nursing now features simulators that mimic real patients, plus other new labs.

Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine is a comprehensive, four-year osteopathic medical school. It is the academic division of the Houston County Health Care Authority. The private, non-profit school was founded to help address the primary care physician shortage in the state. It is affiliated with Southeast Health in Dothan. Its first class of students graduated in 2017. 

Kingdom College in Henry County.

Kingdom College is a new four-year institute in Henry County that offers programs in Biblical studies, clinical mental health and psychology. Recently it received a donation of renovation of a historic building in Headland to house classrooms, office and library. It has applied for accreditation. 

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