Wallace Community College Selma Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Hank Sanders Technology Center

Posted on: September 19, 2006

Selma, Al. — WCCS held a groundbreaking ceremony today for its 36,000-square-foot Hank Sanders Technology Center at Wallace Community College Selma. This project will allow WCCS to consolidate all of its technology-focused curricula on campus and under one roof.

Dr. James M. Mitchell, president of Wallace Community College Selma, led the groundbreaking program by introducing program participants, elected officials, and other dignitaries. More than 300 guests attended the three-phase program which included presentations honoring Senator Sanders in the Earl Goodwin Fine Arts Theater, the actual groundbreaking ceremony on the site of the new building, and a reception in the gymnasium.

Elected officials and dignitaries in attendance to honor Senator Sanders included Senator Lowell Barron, President Pro Tem of the Alabama State Senate; Dr. Thomas E. Corts, Interim Chancellor of the Alabama College System; Mayor James Perkins, Jr., City of Selma; Dr. Charles A. Lett, Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church; and Dr. Fannie S. McKenzie, Superintendent of the Dallas County School System and sister of Senator Sanders.

Students from the Selma High School Band provided a musical prelude for the program, and the WCCS Renaissance Singers performed a special musical tribute.

Construction of the center is scheduled to begin in 4 weeks and is projected for completion in 18 to 24 months. The three-story technology center will be home to several programs including the Alabama Technology Network, Workforce Development, Business Education, Business Management, and Computer Information Systems. It will also contain classrooms, computer laboratories, conference facilities, and some administrative offices.

The technology center will help meet the critical workforce needs of Dallas and surrounding counties by serving as a training area for business and industry. Dr. Mitchell said, "Our goals with the design of this building are to provide access to state-of-the-art technology in an interdisciplinary setting, thereby better preparing workers for the high-tech workforce."

The Hank Sanders Technology Center, to be located behind the gymnasium on the 60-acre campus, will be WCCS's first new building in more than 16 years.

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