• Wiregrass Foundation’s education emphasis is on K-12 student success, with a primary focus on Dothan City Schools. We also work to improve education beyond the K-12 spectrum by strengthening area pre-K opportunities, enhancing college access and achievement, and assisting with innovative pilot projects.

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  • Bright Key

    Bright Key is a partnership between Wiregrass Foundation and Dothan City Schools to pilot an innovative, grassroots community school initiative in two area schools:  Highlands Elementary and Selma Street Elementary. Bright Key involves school-community stakeholders (teachers, parents, students, and neighborhood residents) in the identification and implementation of programs and services to maximize the academic potential of every child. Each school’s program is uniquely tailored to positively impact the children, schools, families and communities of the individual school. Programs and services are invited into the schools through a self-sustaining partner model that continually engage the active participation of and assessment by the adults focused on improving student success.

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  • Wallace Community College (WCC) – Wiregrass Foundation Dual Enrollment Scholarships

    Since 2012, Wiregrass Foundation (WF) has awarded Wallace Community College (WCC) two 3-year grant awards to fund the WF academic transfer dual enrollment scholarship program providing tuition assistance for economically disadvantaged high school students. The program provides each student tuition and fees for three 3-hour classes per year – one in fall, spring, and summer semesters of their senior year.

    In academic year 2012-13, WCC reported an enrollment of 55 students; 59 in the second year, and 88 in the third year. While it was impossible to track all students once they left the program, WCC was able to report that over 95% of the students tracked successfully enrolled in a postsecondary education. As of Spring, 2016 term, WCC reports an enrollment of 59 students. (Enrollment numbers reported above represent totals for WF funded program only.)

    In their 2015 grant application, WCC stated that in Alabama, only 82% of economically disadvantaged students graduate high school, and less than 65% of graduates attempt college (academic or technical programs), and less than 52% return for their second college year. The dual enrollment program serves as an “on ramp” to postsecondary education for students otherwise unlikely to attend college. Nationally, over 70% of students participating in dual enrollment continue a course of study to attain a higher degree, compared to 40% of students choosing not to enroll in dual enrollment classes

    Students are eligible if they have a 3.0 or higher GPA, receive a free or reduced lunch, and attend Dothan City Schools or Houston County Schools. Eligible students should contact their high school counselor or the WCC dual enrollment coordinator.

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  • Wallace Community College (WCC) – Simulated Clinic

    Wallace Community College (WCC) is the leading producer of employees in area healthcare facilities. The Alabama Department of Labor projects a 23.65% increase by 2022 in Region 10 Health Care and Social Assistance workers. WCC currently is constructing a 98,371 sq. ft. Health Sciences Building to support its current and near-term future nursing and allied health education programs. WF recently granted an award to WCC to assist in funding the creation of a simulated health science clinic to expand workforce training and create a real-time healthcare environ

    ment to educate students, practicing healthcare workers, and the community.

    The addition of the Simulated Clinic will provide realistic health environment training for WCC nursing and allied health students; enable collaborative training opportunities; extend professional development opportunities for current area healthcare workers; and, offer developmentally appropriate experiences to area first grade students to allow future practitioners to learn to administer care while lessening child anxiety, and minimize the natural fear that children have when visiting doctors and hospitals for care.

    The lab will simulate and integrate: an Emergency Room, diagnostic rooms, ambulance bays, x-ray labs, therapy and rehabilitation facilities, intake, medical offices, and more. The lab will host its first Simulation Clinic in Fall 2017, continue develop programming and acquire equipment, and be fully operational by Spring 2019.

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