Wallace State PTK Honor Society plans 5K to aid student food pantry

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Wallace State (Photo from Facebook)   HANCEVILLE, Ala. — More than 30 graduates of the Wallace State Community College Adult Education program walked across the stage Thursday, June 3, to mark their success of receiving their GED. There were around 80 students who earned their GED or high school diploma through the Adult Education program at Wallace State during the 2020-2021 academic year.   While most commonly known for helping students obtain their GED, the Adult Education program also helps students earn their high school diploma and provides classes that offer credentials which can be used for employment.   “The Adult Education program is not only for those without their high school diploma, but also serves adults who need to improve their skills and abilities to be successful in the completion of their chosen program,” said Suzanne Harbin, vice president for advancement and innovation.   The GED is offered to students who dropped out of school before completing required credits needed to graduate. Classes are offered in person, online and at community sites. Vouchers are offered to students completing classes that will pay for the GED exam. Upon receiving their GED, the students receive a 3-credit-hour scholarship to Wallace State.   The high school diploma credential is for students who completed credits needed to graduate but did not pass the high school exit exam. The Adult Education program helps them prepare for and administers the necessary assessments to receive their high school diploma.   The Adult Education program also offers classes that let students earn credentials they can use in the workforce. The program is currently partnering with the Medical Laboratory Technician program to offer the Medical Lab Assistant certificate in two semesters. Medical lab assistants often work in doctors’ offices and urgent care facilities and are responsible for completing waived testing. Waived testing includes pregnancy tests and tests for flu, strep, etc.   The Adult Education program also offers classes in Manufacturing Skill Standards Council, Phlebotomy, OSHA, WorkKeys Certification, Ready to Work and more. Plans are in the works to offer classes for Certified Nursing Assistant.   Skylar Bolton earned her GED and CNA certification last year after years of starting and stopping her efforts. “I’m so thankful for the Wallace State Adult Education program,” she said at the time. “They’ve encouraged me every step of the way, even when I wasn’t receptive. The teachers and staff are top-notch, and they do all they can to help you succeed.”    Adult Education’s efforts to assist students like Bolton fall in line with Gov. Kay Ivey’s Success Plus Initiative. The Success Plus Initiative addresses Alabama’s increasing need for workers with certificates, credentials or degrees in addition to a high school diploma. By 2025, Alabama will need to add 500,000 high-skilled employees to the workforce in order to fill existing industry’s labor needs and compete for new businesses, according to a report produced by the Alabama Workforce Council’s Statewide Educational Attainment Committee.   For more information about Wallace State’s Adult Education program visit www.wallacestate.edu/adulted, call 256-352-8078 or email adulteducation@wallacestate.edu.

HANCEVILLE, Ala. — The Wallace State Community College Alpha Chi Tau chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will host a 5K Miles for Meal Run, Walk, Give event on Sunday, Sept. 19, on the main campus in Hanceville. The event will benefit the Lions’ Pride food pantry that is available to all Wallace State students.  

  

The 5K Miles for Meals event is this year’s Distinguished College Project for PTK. The club received a national Hallmark Award in 2020 for hosting a middle school math tournament for students across north Alabama.  

  

“This year’s college project is especially meaningful as it will help our Wallace State students,” said Stacey Sivley, PTK sponsor. “With the recent increases in the price of everyday items, dollars aren’t stretching as far as they did before. We’re glad to be able to give to the Lions’ Kitchen, so that students who may need a little help can find it here at Wallace State.” 

  

There is no entry fee for the event. PTK is asking for donations of non-perishable food items that can be most useful to college students, especially those who may be living in dorms.  

  

“While canned goods will be accepted, most needed are things peanut butter, cereal, granola bars, microwavable mac and cheese and things like that,” Sivley said.   

  

Registration will be from 2-2:45 p.m. outside of Tom Drake Coliseum, with the event beginning at 3 p.m. Each participant will receive a T-shirt. Register in advance at https://forms.office.com/r/XZ9cHesKxe

Wallace State’s PTK Honor Society inducts new student members with an evening reception during each fall and spring semester. Wallace State students are eligible for consideration if they maintain a 3.5 GPA for 12 or more credit hours the previous semester.  

  

For more information about Wallace State, visit https://www.wallacestate.edu/ or call 256-352-8000.