McCall & Associates, Inc. was privileged to be a part of an innovative project initiated by Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) at Valdosta State University.  This project, the first of its kind conducted by any American SIFE team, provided a low-income housing development with a multipurpose learning facility that will address the social, economic and educational needs of children and families living there.  We were able to help SIFE make the project a reality by providing design services for the facility.


New SIFE Skills Success Center

(reproduced with permission from the Valdosta State University Langdale College of Business’ Business Report)

The new VSU’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Skills Success Center officially opened in 2011 at Ora Lee West Homes in Valdosta, GA.

The new Skills Success Center is a multipurpose learning facility that addresses the social, economic, and educational needs of children and families living in the Ora Lee West housing area.  The Center has four specifically-designed learning centers.  Students rotate through each room in a given afternoon.  Children that have school homework go to the math, science and reading room for one-on-one tutoring.  Children that have scheduled music lessons head to the music room for a private lesson, something that most of these children have never dreamed of having.  Other children may go to the art room for a project or work with a SIFE student in the computer lab on internet research or basic computer skills. 

 This project was made possible through the generous gifts of First Federal Savings and Loan, Southeastern Federal Credit Union, McCall & Associates, Inc., Pinnacle Prime, Ace Electric, Harley Langdale, Jr. Foundation, Coleman Talley LLP, Sherwin Williams, Second Harvest of South Georgia, Sam’s Club of Valdosta, Lowes Charitable Foundation, and the Valdosta Housing Authority.

“The SIFE Skills Success Center is a prime example of how this community takes responsibility for the welfare of its citizens,” said Dr. Wayne Plumly, SIFE’s faculty advisor and dean of the Harley Langdale College of Business. “The Children of Ora Lee West are our children and they need the same opportunities to learn the skills necessary to succeed and lead a meaningful and fruitful life.”

For more information on Valdosta State University’s Langdale College of Business, click here.

For more information on Students in Free Enterprise, please click here.

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