Dothan, Ala. – Every semester, the Science Building at Wallace Community College – Dothan (WCCD) is an essential destination for many students. During their time at the College, the majority of students will, in fact, pass through its halls, classrooms, and labs as a part of their academic programs. Following approval earlier this month by the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees, this integral building has a new name—the Watson Family Science Building. The building was renamed in honor of the service and support the Watson family has given to the College over many years.
John and Gail Watson are natives of the Wiregrass, and they have two children, six grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Over the last 60 years, they built a thriving business, raised a family, and have been active, supportive members of the community. Nowhere has their support been more evident than in the family’s commitment to providing educational opportunities for others.
Watson family members have been long-time supporters of the College. Their generosity has allowed many deserving students to receive scholarship assistance and pursue their educational goals. John stated, “As a family, we continue to support Wallace Community College’s Career Technical programs that combine with academics to teach students a usable, technical skill and prepare them for a sustainable career. Wallace provides this outlet to students for a smooth transition from school to a job.”
In addition to the generous monetary support, the Watsons invest in Wallace students following graduation. The family’s company, Smith’s Inc., has been a key employer of career and technical program graduates. Ron Watson also serves on the Wallace Community College Foundation Board, which has the primary focus of raising funds for scholarships and instructional support.
“The Watson family’s commitment to education is evident in their own pursuit of academic achievements and in their support for the achievements of others,” said Dr. Linda C. Young, Wallace Community College president. “This family is dedicated to the community in which they live, and we are so grateful for their support of Wallace and our students. The difference they have made for the College cannot truly be calculated.”
The Science Building is a two-story, state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory facility with approximately 39,500 square feet of instructional and office space. In September 2004, the Science Building re-opened following an extensive renovation that added a grand foyer and ten classrooms and laboratories. The building is centrally located on campus and is home to the College’s science department.
While spring semester began on January 11, the College will welcome additional students for Late Start beginning February 1 and a 2nd Mini-Term beginning March 8.