About WSCC

Since opening our doors in 1966, Wallace State has served hundreds of thousands of students. From the very beginning, Wallace State embraced a commitment to excellence that has become not only a tradition but our source of inspiration. Today Wallace State is one of the largest colleges in the Alabama Community College System, serving more than 7,000 students each semester. This college is a virtual powerhouse in educational programming, with more than 50 majors leading to degree, certificate and transfer opportunities.

Wallace State Community College is committed to learning that transforms lives and communities. In support of the mission, Wallace State Community College is committed to student success through a student centered, innovative, engaging, and supportive learning environment; teaching excellence; respect for uniqueness and diversity; strategic partnerships that advance community, workforce and economic development; cultural enrichment of our communities; and accountability and integrity.


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Wallace State’s Agricultural Production and Sustainable Agriculture programs are designed to prepare students for various jobs in local agriculture, business, and industry.

Students may find jobs in areas such as landscaping, forestry, aquaculture operations, conservation, and farming. Other potential opportunities include managing or owning a farm, greenhouse or nursery. Work in this field is largely seasonal with spring and summer being the busiest times of the year. Agriculture and forestry attract people who enjoy working outdoors and living an independent lifestyle. For many, the wide-open physical expanse and the variability of day-to-day work provide benefits that offset the sometimes hard labor and the risks associated with unseasonable or extreme weather.

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~$22,000 – $40,000



Wallace State’s Graphic Art & Design program is designed for students who seek to prepare for careers in the creative economy as highly skilled graphic designers or commercial artists. This program provides foundation level computer-based graphic design and commercial art training alongside traditional foundation level studio art production courses.

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Automotive Service


The work of automotive service technicians and mechanics has evolved from mechanical repair to a high technology job. As a result, these workers are now usually called “technicians” in automotive services. Today, integrated electronic systems and complex computers run vehicles and measure their performance while on the road. Technicians must have an increasingly broad base of knowledge about how vehicles’ complex components work and interact, as well as the ability to work with electronic diagnostic equipment and computer-based technical reference materials while maintaining their skills with traditional hand tools.

The ability to diagnose the source of a problem quickly and accurately requires good reasoning ability and a thorough knowledge of automobiles. Many technicians consider diagnosing hard-to-find troubles one of their most challenging and satisfying duties.

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Wallace State can help you begin an exciting and rewarding career as a commercial airplane or helicopter pilot. The Aviation/Flight Technology program provides training for professional or recreational pilots. Additional certificates and add-on ratings may also be obtained through the program.

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Building Construction

The Engineering Technology program at Wallace State Community College offers a Building Construction program, with options to earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Building Construction Technology or Short-Term Certificates in Building Construction Management, Building Construction, and Construction Science, all designed around helping students enter the workforce.

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The Business Administration Program is designed for students who wish to pursue a four-year degree in a business-related area such as Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, or Marketing. General Education Core courses and Professional Core courses are taken at WSCC and then transferred to a four-year institution. As students progress through the curriculum, contact must be made with the four-year (senior) institution to ensure that guidelines are met for transfer.

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Business Education

& Office Management

As the reliance on technology continues to expand in offices, the role of the office professional has greatly evolved. Office automation and organizational restructuring have led secretaries and administrative assistants to assume responsibilities once reserved for managerial and professional staff. Many secretaries and administrative assistants now provide training and orientation for new staff, conduct research on the Internet, and operate and troubleshoot new office technologies. In spite of these changes, however, the core responsibilities for secretaries and administrative assistants have remained much the same: Performing and coordinating an office’s administrative activities and storing, retrieving, and integrating information for dissemination to staff and clients.

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The management curriculum is designed to provide a sound familiarity with many intricate but practical business concepts. It exposes students to the challenges facing today’s managers in both business and industry.

The process of management is the pursuit of goals. Management consistently involves four basic functions—planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. Each addresses a particular set of problems and requires a particular set of skills. The importance of leadership, closeness with customers and employees, motivation, and communication are lessons that business persons must know well.

Managers can be found in a variety of fields, including sales, construction, food service, human resources and health services.

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Child Development

The Child Development program at Wallace State Community College works to instill in its students the skills and education they will need to play a vital role in a young person’s life. What children learn and experience during their early years can shape their views of themselves, the way they perceive the world and their later successes in school, work, and personal lives.

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Collision Repair

Auto body technicians, also often called collision repair technicians, straighten bent bodies, remove dents, and replace crumpled parts that cannot be fixed. They repair all types of vehicles, and although some work on large trucks, buses, or tractor-trailers, most work on cars and small trucks.

Auto body repair work has variety and challenges: each damaged vehicle presents a different problem. For example, “unibody” vehicles—designs built without frames—must be restored to precise factory specifications for the vehicle to operate correctly. Using their broad knowledge of automotive construction and repair techniques, repairers must develop appropriate methods for each job.

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Computer Science

The Computer Science Program is designed to prepare students for employment in industry or business, with emphasis on the small business computer environment. The program offers four options: Cyber Security/Computer Forensic Technology, Programming, Software Support (Help Desk), and Internet/Networking Technology.

Computer security specialists may plan, coordinate, and implement and organization’s information security. These workers may be called upon to educate users about computer security, install security software, monitor the network for security breaches, respond to cyber attacks, and in some cases, gather data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cyber crime. The responsibilities of computer security specialists has increased in recent years as there has been a large increase in the number of cyber attacks on data and networks.

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Criminal Justice

Police officers and detectives maintain law and order, collect evidence and information, and conduct investigations and surveillance. Wallace State provides law enforcement officers the necessary skills to conduct routine investigations. There is emphasis in forensic science and criminalistics, with special emphasis placed upon laboratory practices used to develop investigative evidence. Graduates go on to careers in such jobs as police officer, game warden, corrections officer or probation officer. Some jobs require a four-year degree, but a two-year associate’s degree is all that is required at many police departments..

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Culniary Arts

The Culinary Arts program at Wallace State provides the ingredients needed to build an exciting career in restaurants, food service, and the greater hospitality industry.

Chefs, cooks, and food preparation workers prepare, season, and cook a wide range of foods in a variety of restaurants and other food services establishments. Chefs and cooks create recipes and prepare meals, while food preparation workers peel and cut vegetables, trim meat, prepare poultry, and perform other duties such as keeping work areas clean and monitoring temperatures of ovens and stovetops.

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Dental Assisting

Wallace State’s programs boast a top-notch reputation with outstanding licensure and job placement rates, small class sizes and an award-winning faculty.  Choose Wallace State’s Dental Assisting certificate or degree for a career in a highly-rewarding, high-demand field at a fraction of the cost of attending a university.  And if you do choose to continue your education, you’ll be two years ahead on an advanced degree, with employment potential and cost savings to boot.

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Dental Hygiene

Wallace State’s programs boast a top-notch reputation with an outstanding 90 percent licensure rate and excellent job placement rates, small class sizes and an award-winning faculty.  Choose Wallace State’s Dental Hygiene degree for a career in a highly-rewarding, high-demand field at a fraction of the cost of attending a university.  And if you do choose to continue your education, you’ll be two years ahead on an advanced degree, with employment potential and cost savings to boot.

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Diagnostic Imaging


Wallace State’s programs boast a top-notch reputation with an outstanding 100 percent licensure rate and a 93 percent job placement rate, small class sizes and an award-winning faculty.  Choose Wallace State’s Diagnostic Imaging degree for a career in a highly-rewarding, high-demand field at a fraction of the cost of attending a university.  And if you do choose to continue your education, you’ll be two years ahead on an advanced degree, with employment potential and cost savings to boot.

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Diagnostic Medical



Sonography, or ultrasonography, is the use of sound waves to generate an image for the assessment and diagnosis of various medical conditions. Sonography is usually associated with obstetrics and the use of ultrasound imaging during pregnancy, but this technology has many other applications in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.

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Diesel Technology


The Diesel Technology program at Wallace State Community College provides the education and training needed to compete in the field of diesel mechanics. The program is popular with students and boasts outstanding job placement rates and numerous industry partnerships.

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Emergency Medical


People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics—EMTs with additional advanced training to perform more difficult pre-hospital medical procedures. EMTs and paramedics provide vital medical attention as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility.

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Wallace State Community College’s Engineering Technology program provides a pathway to give you opportunities to see exactly where you fit in the engineering world. There are many career options for those interested in a degree in engineering technology. There are careers where your office is the site of a new road, bridge, building, utility installation, or other major infrastructure projects. There are careers where you work in the comfort of an air-conditioned office.

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Health Information


The Health Information Technology Program prepares students to become health information professionals who play a vital role in making our healthcare system work. They perform the data collection and analysis that doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals need to do their jobs well and are a key part of quality patient care.

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~$20,000 – $30,000

Heating, Ventilation,

Air Conditioning, &


Wallace State helps up-and-coming heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) installers and service technicians gain the knowledge and skills they need to pass certification and licensing procedures in order to gain employment in this high-demand field.  And gain employment they do.  Wallace State’s program has an outstanding repulation.

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Liberal Arts/

General Studies

Wallace State offers an education that prepares students for seamless transfer to any number of public and private colleges and universities.

The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a senior institution and pursue a course of study in a liberal arts area.

The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a senior institution and pursue a career of study in a general field or specialized professional field.

A General Studies Short-Term Certificate is also available. This certificate includes courses required for the A.A. and/or A.S., and may be obtained enroute to one of those degrees. Students who plan to transfer to a university before completing an associate degree may choose to take advantage of the General Studies Certificate. This credential may also be used to enhance employability in the workforce.

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~$30,000 – $45,000

after transfer to complete four year degree

Machine Tool


Wallace State’s Machine Tool Technology is accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and has outstanding relationships with area employers. Students are often have jobs waiting for them upon graduation.

Machinists use machine tools such as lathes, milling machines, and machining centers to produce precision metal parts. Although they may produce large quantities of one part, precision machinists often produce small batches or one-of-a-kind items. They use their knowledge of the working properties of metals and their skill with machine tools to plan and carry out the operations needed to make machined products that meet precise specifications.

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Electronics, Technology,

& Robotics

The Electronics Technology program at Wallace State is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in diverse areas in the field of electronics with a solid foundation for early advancement and promotion. Teaching is accomplished by traditional lecture and demonstration in the classroom as well as using a hybrid format of computer based and web based instruction. Hands-on laboratory exercises reinforce concepts covered in the courses and strengthen the concepts by adding real world troubleshooting, maintenance and repair experiences.

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Medical Assistant


The Medical Assistant curriculum covers administrative duties including scheduling and receiving patients, preparing and maintaining medical records, performing secretarial skills, handling telephone calls and writing correspondence, serving as a liaison between the physician and other individuals, and managing practice finances. Clinical duties include preparing the patient for examination, taking patient histories and vital signs, performing first-aid and CPR, assisting the physician with examinations and treatments, performing routine laboratory procedures and diagnostic tests, preparing and administering medications as directed by the physician, and performing electrocardiograms and basic radiography.

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Medical Coding


Wallace State’s programs boast a top-notch reputation with outstanding licensure and job placement rates, small class sizes and an award-winning faculty.  Choose Wallace State’s Medical Coding certificate for a career in a highly-rewarding, high-demand field at a fraction of the cost of attending a university.  And if you do choose to continue your education, you’ll be two years ahead on an advanced degree, with employment potential and cost savings to boot.

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Medical Laboratory


Clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.

Using sophisticated lab equipment, clinical laboratory personnel examine and analyze body fluids and cells. They look for bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; match blood for transfusions; and test for drug levels in the blood to show how a patient is responding to treatment. They also prepare specimens for examination, count cells, and look for abnormal cells in blood and body fluids. They perform analyses in the areas of microbiology, hematology, immunology, biochemistry, and immunohematology, which is relayed from the lab to physicians.

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Music Education

The Music Education program is designed for students who wish to prepare for a career in music with options in Music Education (elementary or secondary), Professional.

Performance, Music Industry, Jazz Education, Church Music and Music Therapy. This program also prepares students interested in teaching music for transfer to a university, where they may earn a bachelor’s degree and state certification to teach music in public elementary and secondary schools, or continue on to an advanced degree and teach on the college or university level. Graduates may also choose to teach in private schools and recreation associations or instruct individual students in private sessions.

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Wallace State’s programs boast a top-notch reputation with outstanding licensure and job placement rates, small class sizes and an award-winning faculty.  Choose Wallace State’s Nursing certificate or degree for a career in a highly-rewarding, high-demand field at a fraction of the cost of ​a attending a university.  And if you do choose to continue your education and transfer to a four-year university, you’ll be two years ahead on an advanced degree, with employment potential and cost savings to boot.



Therapy Assistant

Occupational therapy assistants work under the direction of occupational therapists to provide rehabilitative services to persons with mental, physical, emotional, or developmental impairments. The ultimate goal is to improve clients’ quality of life and ability to perform daily activities. For example, occupational therapy assistants help injured workers re-enter the labor force by teaching them how to compensate for lost motor skills or help individuals with learning disabilities increase their independence.



Paralegals—also called legal assistants—are assuming a growing range of tasks in the nation’s legal offices.

One of a paralegal’s most important tasks is helping lawyers prepare for closings, hearings, trials, and corporate meetings. Paralegals may investigate the facts of cases and ensure that all relevant information is considered. They may also identify appropriate laws, judicial decisions, legal articles, and other materials that are relevant to assigned cases. Paralegals may prepare written reports, draft pleadings and motions to be filed with the court, obtain affidavits, and assist attorneys during trials. Paralegals also organize and track files of all important case documents and make them available and easily accessible to attorneys.

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~$32,900 – $49,500



The Pharmacy Technology curriculum prepares students to function as healthcare professionals in both retail and institutional pharmacies.  Students may be employed in chain drug stores, independent pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, hospital pharmacies and medical clinics.  Other career opportunities may include employment with state healthcare agencies and prescription benefit management companies.

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Physical Therapist


The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a skilled technical health care worker who assists the physical therapist in providing services that help improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Patients include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as low-back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral palsy.

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Polysomnography is a study of sleep cycles and behavior, usually done overnight in a sleep center. This study involves observing a person at sleep while continuously charting brain waves, muscle activity, breathing, eye movements, and heart rhythms. This study allows doctors to track the different stages of sleep, called nonrapid eye movement (NREM) sleep and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is associated with dreaming. The test can track other characteristics of sleep, such as the number of times the patient awakens. It can also evaluate any abnormal sleeping behaviors, such as sleepwalking or nightmares. In addition, the study can evaluate sleeping disorders. A sleep study may also be done to help set up treatment for sleep-related breathing disorders or to show why a treatment is not working.

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Poultry Science

Alabama’s most profitable agricultural industry is the focus of a new partnership between Auburn University and Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. The partnership is designed to open more career doors in a part of the state where much of the poultry industry is concentrated.

Students in the program will complete their freshman and sophomore years at Wallace State and their junior and senior years at Auburn, completing a bachelor’s degree in poultry science.

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Respiratory Therapy

A respiratory therapist is responsible for administering, under physician’s prescription, many types of breathing therapeutics, and utilizing specialized breathing, aerosol and humidification equipment. These include the use of oxygen or oxygen mixtures, chest physiotherapy, mechanical ventilation, and aerosol medications.

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~$64,400 – $67,800

Salon and Spa


Wallace State’s state-of-the-art facilities provide students with training in the full salon-spa experience.

Successful cosmetologists, barbers and other personal appearance workers should have an understanding of fashion, art, and technical design. They should enjoy working with the public and be willing and able to follow clients’ instructions. Communication, image, and attitude play an important role in career success. Some cosmetology schools consider “people skills” to be such an integral part of the job that they require coursework in that area. Business skills are important for those who plan to operate their own salons.

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Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage is an ancient healing art, recognized as an important modality in the holistic treatment of the body.  As a growing profession, therapeutic massage provides ongoing wellness and stress reduction for healthy individuals and enhances the healing of individuals with neuromuscular dysfunction.  Massage therapists employ more than 80 different types of massage, including Swedish, deep tissue, neuromuscular, sports massage, reflexology, acupressure, and myofascial.  This hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body is enhanced through the use of aromatherapy, heat and cold therapies, stretching, stones, and other modalities.

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Tool and Die


Wallace State Tool and Die Technologists will be trained in a comprehensive program including design, setup, maintenance and repair as well as covering topics on tig welding and metallurgy.

Tool and Die Makers are among the most highly skilled workers in manufacturing and are knowledgeable in machining operations, mathematics, and blueprint reading. They must also be familiar with machining properties, such as hardness and heat tolerance, of a wide variety of metals, alloys, plastics, ceramics and other composite materials. Tool and Die Makers plan and execute the entire sequence of tool and die construction from design to final machined product.

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Welding, the most common way of permanently joining metal parts, is used to construct and repair parts of ships, automobiles, spacecraft and thousands of other manufactured products. Heat is applied to the pieces to be joined, melting and fusing them to form a permanent bond.

In recent years, welding has evolved into a highly sophisticated field filled with computer programming and robotics, and it is becoming more advanced every year. This evolution is evident in the welding department at Wallace State, which is equipped with state-of-the-art robotic welders.

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~$28,000 – $47,800

Wallace State Community College – Hanceville

801 Main Street NW • P.O. Box 2000
Hanceville AL, 35077-2000



Wallace State Community College – Oneonta

101 1st Ave West • P.O. Box 200
Oneonta, AL, 35121




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