Wallace State hosts approximately 1,400 high school sophomores for 3rd annual college showcase

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Wallace State Collision Repair student Timothy Robinson demonstrates an aspect of his program to students during the 2017 Wallace State Showcase.

HANCEVILLE – Wallace State recently hosted its third annual college Showcase at Tom Drake Coliseum, allowing approximately 1,400 sophomores from the area a chance to preview the programs and opportunities available at the college.

Wallace State hosted high schools from Blount, Cullman and Winston Counties, all within the college’s service area.

Students initially arrived at the Wellness Center, where they were welcomed by the Wallace State Jazz Band and Cheerleaders and given instructions as to how to proceed. Students then visited Tom Drake Coliseum where Wallace State programs – ranging from academic, health, applied technologies and STEM majors to dual enrollment/Fast Track, success coaching, student activities, athletics and more – had informational displays and booths set up, highlighting their offerings.

“It is truly one of my favorite events here at Wallace State because it affords our service-area 10th-grade students the opportunity to view every meta-major at one time. The sophomore year in high school is a crucial time to begin thinking about careers and goals, and our Showcase allows these students the chance to engage in the programs first-hand, while meeting the faculty that teach them,” said Dr. Beth Bownes Johnson, Wallace State’s Dean of Academic Affairs. “All divisions of the college come together to sponsor the event, and a myriad of Wallace State students serve as guides and relay information concerning activities and clubs available during the college experience.”

High schools visiting the Showcase were Addison, Cold Springs, Cullman, Fairview, Good Hope, Hanceville, Hayden, Holly Pond, J.B. Pennington, Meek, Southeastern, Susan Moore, Vinemont and West Point.

Multiple schools shared their Showcase experience on social media, tagging Wallace State.

Wallace State’s Singers also provided entertainment for the high school students.

Along with Blount, Cullman and Winston Counties, Wallace State’s service area includes parts of Marshall and Morgan Counties.

For more information about Wallace State, visit www.wallacestate.edu.