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Board approves creation of AA degree in Child Development

Members of the Weatherford College Board of Trustees approved the creation of an Associate of Arts degree in Child Development during their meeting Thursday.

Using courses currently offered at WC, students attaining this degree will graduate with their core completed and have the opportunity to transfer to universities in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies or a related field of study such as Education.

“We have had, in times past, an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree,” explained Dr. Richard Bowers, Vice President of Instruction and Student Services. “The problem with that is it’s a terminal degree. Not all of those hours would transfer to a four-year institution if they decided to go into some form of study that requires child development, child care, etc.

“But now, Tarleton State University is developing a new program that will allow a student to earn a bachelor’s degree in Child and Family studies. This is a very new development, and it’s giving us an opportunity to allow students to take hours at Weatherford College in that field of study that they will be able to transfer into their four-year baccalaureate degree.”

The next step is for the degree plan to receive approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
In other business the board approved:

  • To extend WC President Dr. Kevin Eaton’s contract by one year to Dec. 31, 2017, following a closed executive session.
  • The 2013-14 financial audit presented by Snow Garrett Williams.
  • The disposal of obsolete and surplus items through an online auction.
  • Bids totaling $88,951 for the purchase of sonography equipment.
  • The addition of two courses for varsity baseball and softball along with $24 fees for each course. These additional courses will allow athletes to receive transferable credit for each semester they participate.

WC President Dr. Kevin Eaton reported:

  • The 14th Annual Weatherford College Golf Tournament raised more than $50,000 thanks to the Title III matching grant.
  • More than 6,000 people attended the Safe Halloween program hosted by the WC Police Department, and more than 350 attended a similar event at the Education Center at Mineral Wells.
  • More than 700 fourth graders attended STEMania at WC Wise County organized by Dr. Lisa Welch and hundreds of volunteers. The day included numerous interactive activities enforcing the importance of science, technology, engineering and math.
  • About 1,500 people attended the WC Fine Arts Department’s production of “Young Frankenstein” over a four day period. Eaton praised the musical as one of the best yet produced at WC and congratulated Nancy McVean and Rob Laney for their work on the show.
  • More than 200 people attended the successful Veterans Day celebration organized by Ralph Willingham.
  • All board members are up-to-date on their required trainings.