Nothing but Open Doors

2023 President’s Report
Wallace State Community College

One Door. Wallace State - Hanceville, Oneonta

Year of the Lion.

Wallace State is more than just a college… it’s an open door to a world of game-changing innovations and sustained student success. Connect to the latest Wallace State news items, program profiles and success stories in the 2023 President’s Report.

7,000 students supported annually

$212.6 million driven to the local economy

2,000+ new jobs supported in essential industries

$11.50 in productivity for every dollar invested.

#3 dual enrollment college in Alabama

"Community college education pays for itself over and over again."
--Dr. Vicki Karolewics

Open the Door to Opportunity:
2023 President's Report


Mane Events

New Sights, New Sites @ WSCC in '23

Wallace State’s "300 acres of awesome" just keeps getting better. From the grand opening of high-tech career education centers to re-naming ceremonies for campus icons, we looked toward the future while honoring the past in 2023.

  • New: Welding Technology & Innovation Center debuts
  • Improved: Workforce Training Center levels up
  • Re-Named: Business Education Center tips cap to Dr. Jerry D. Galin
  • Remembered: Student Center portrait unveiling honors Dr. Gudger
Wallace State Centers for Welding and Innovation

A Hub for Hot Careers

It’s official: Wallace State Community College is the largest welding school in the southeast, thanks to the new, $8.8 million Center for Welding Technology and Innovation. The game-changing facility, which opened its doors in August, features dozens of welding stations, virtual welding simulators, robotic welding systems, and state-of-the-art technology for grinding, plasma CNC, and more. Share the spark!

Katie Simon, Sebastian Gamez and Lexi Luders were all recently named Athletes of the Week by the Alabama Community College Conference.

Pride of Champions

Wallace State’s winning tradition roared on, with seven ACCC titles, 80+ student-athletes on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, and nationally ranked teams in golf, tennis, cross country and softball. Go Lions!

Wallace State and Athens State University

Road to Athens

The ink is dry on a much-anticipated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), connecting Wallace State students more easily to programs at Athens State University. The agreement removes traditional transfer barriers by allowing students to apply prior learning to full-credit degrees at Athens State. One Door. Any Destiny.

Wallace State earns Beautification Award

300 acres of awesome.

Wallace State’s Hanceville Campus was honored to receive a Beautification Award in 2023 by Cullman County PALS.

"The employees... have dedicated countless hours to making our campus a beautiful and inviting place to learn and work."
--Jason Bynum, Agriculture/Horticulture Director

Dr. Vicki Karolewics

A message from Dr. Vicki Karolewics:

We’ve had another great year at Wallace State, and we owe it all to our amazing community. The 2023 President’s Report is an opportunity to reflect on our “Wallace wins” in the past year… and set a course for a successful 2024. Thanks for being part of the Lion Pride!



Wallace State Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Wallace State Community College also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Wallace State Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Wallace State Community College, a postsecondary institution under the control of the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees, that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, or sexual orientation be excluded from participation in, be denied benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program, activity or employment. The College will not retaliate against any person because they have engaged in a protected activity opposing the College or because they have made a complaint, testified, assisted, or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding or hearing alleging discrimination on a basis specified above.

Pride in our past.

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