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Dothan, Ala. – Wallace Community College-Dothan President Linda C. Young recently announced the College’s receipt of a $1.6 million grant through the federal Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP), more commonly known as Title III. The grant, to be disbursed over a five-year period, will be used to help Wallace improve the success rate for students who are underprepared for college-level writing. 

The Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) provides funds to improve academic success, increase retention rates and move students into core courses and program completion.

Wallace was the only college in Alabama and one of only 32 in the nation to receive a Title III grant focusing on college completion and improving institutional productivity. 

“The expansion in infrastructure, training and personnel that this grant provides will greatly improve the success rate of students in every course they take in college,” said Dr. Young. 

The funds will enable the institution to implement a Center for Writing and Writing Instruction (CWWI) both on the Sparks Campus in Eufaula and on the Wallace Campus in Dothan. In addition to tutors, staff and infrastructure changes, the grant will allow the purchase of TuturTrac online management software for scheduling and measuring student progress.  The CWWI will provide collaborative, one-to-one consultation for students to develop and support their growth in writing. 

“This grant allows the College to focus on helping students develop strong writing skills, an aspect important to academic as well as career success,” said Mary Payne, WCC English instructor and interim Title III grant director. 

Title III funds will also be used for faculty development to enhance writing instruction in the Top Ten Freshman Courses.  

The CWWI on the Sparks Campus will include a renovated space that will house 25 new workstations equipped with All in One PCs. The CWWI on the Wallace Campus will use existing computers in the Center for Academic Success, which opened in fall 2012. 

The initiative addresses an increase in the number of students who place into developmental English based on the ACT-COMPASS English Writing Skills Placement Test. In fall 2012, 48% of students tested into developmental English, up from 38% in 2007. 


For More Information Contact:
Barbara Thompson
Director of Public Relations and Marketing,
Wallace Community College
(334) 556-2629

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