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Andalusia campus day care closing


State education budget woes and decreased funding are requiring all public education institutions in Alabama to seriously review decisions related to income and expenses as the new fiscal year approaches, and LBW Community College is no exception.

Due to lack of adequate financial support, College officials announced the necessity of closing the full-service day care option at the Child Development Center on the Andalusia campus.

“After careful review and with serious consideration, we felt it necessary to close the day care option,” said LBWCC President Dr. Herb Riedel.

“Although our staff operated a superb educational day care for children in the community, the income was never enough to cover the costs. We made several attempts through the years to correct the financial situation, but, unfortunately, it was not enough.”

Riedel said the decision was not easy, but necessary, and it was in the best interest of the College as a whole.

Even though the day care option will cease as of Aug. 31, the College’s short-term certificate and the Associate in Applied Science Degree Child Development programs will continue.

“I am happy that we will continue the Child Development Center in the format of a preschool open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings during the fall and spring semesters, staffed by students enrolled in the Child Development program under the direction of the program faculty member.”

The impending closure was communicated to College personnel earlier in the week.

“I am very appreciative of the dedication and commitment of our staff to the center and the children it has served so well.”

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Lurleen B. Wallace Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges or SACSCOC to award the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science degrees and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College.