HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Community colleges go above and beyond helping people get a two-year degree by encouraging growth in the community.

On Monday, during the Houston County Administration Meeting, commissioners declared April, ‘Community College Month’ in the county. ‘Community College Month,’ acknowledging the importance of community colleges and their impact on the areas they serve.

Wallace Community College was specifically honored for the effort it makes in the Wiregrass. According to the college, 40% of all students enrolled at Wallace live in Houston County.

“The community college helps to drive the economic engine of Houston County and the Wiregrass,” Dr. Ashli Wilkins, Vice President and Dean of Institutional Services at Wallace Community College said. “We provide academic transfer, career technical education, we have a robust health scienced program and work force development training programs really help put the people of the Wiregrass to work.”

Dr. Wilkins said if you haven’t had the oppurtunity to visit the campus, the Wiregrass is encouraged to attend the Wizard of Oz’ from April 7-10, where they will be able to see the production and campus.