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WC adding new programs in Wise County to boost enrollment

Mike Endy, vice president of instruction and student services, presented a demand study update to the Weatherford College Board of Trustees at their October meeting Thursday afternoon including the addition of Computer Assistant Design courses at the Wise County campus.

The computer systems needed for this program will also allow the college to reinvigorate the business and basic computer skills classes, Endy said.

“We have found that we have interest from the criminal justice, public safety market and correctional system employees who can advance and promote with some basic computer skills,” he said “And displaced workers – this is an area of greatest concern to us – displaced workers need to enhance their job skills in order to be marketable in the workforce.”

Both programs will begin in Spring 2020 and help increase the face-to-face student population at WC Wise County.

The student headcount at WCWC has decreased from 588 to 514 students over the past five years while enrollment in technical programs has remained flat. During that same time period dual credit enrollment in Wise County has increased by 70 percent.

“Over 30 percent of those students who attend college after high school graduation attended Weatherford College, but a majority of them come to the Weatherford campus or take classes online rather than attending WCWC,” Endy said.

To find out why, the college is implementing a study to talk with students at both the Wise County and Weatherford campuses as well as online students to find out what influences their preference.

“We want to understand what’s drawing them there and what might draw them to attend a location closer to their homes,” Endy said.

In other business the board:

  • Approved the minutes from the Sept. 12 meeting.
  • Approved a resolution to adopt the HART Verity voting system.
  • Approved the BuyBoard Cooperative contract proposals for the Betty Jo Crumm Graber Athletic Center reserved seating replacement project.
  • Approved a policy update to add a waiver of compulsory fees for WC employees and their dependents who attend WC classes.
  • Received the annual Weatherford College Foundation report from Brent Baker, vice president of institutional advancement.
  • Received a Guided Pathways update from Endy.
  • Received an update on the Veterinary Technician program from Endy.
  • Received a report on access and affordability from Adam Finley, executive dean of student services.

In his President’s Report, Dr. Farmer:

  • Congratulated the Weatherford College Board of Trustees, the Weatherford College Foundation Board, faculty, staff, students and all community stakeholders for WC’s 2019 Large Business of the Year Award from the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce.  
  • Congratulated WC Foundation board member Lonna Leach on receiving the James H. Doss Award at the recent Weatherford Chamber of Commerce banquet.
  • Congratulated Myrlan Coleman on being awarded the 2019 Presidential Service Award at the recent Presidential Luncheon.  
  • Recognized WC rodeo student Kodey Hoss for setting a college record in goat tying at the Vernon College Rodeo.
  • Recognized Coyote baseball players Hunter Rosson, Brandon Uhse, John Breaux and Bryce Hackett on their selection to the All-Star baseball weekend games.
  • Recognized WC Foundation President Bob Glenn, Executive Director Brent Baker and the entire foundation board on the success of the 2019 WC Foundation Golf Tournament.
  • Recognized the Bell Ringers’ Ball planning committee – Donna Dickinson, Lonna Leach, Judy McAnally, Charlotte LaGrone, Tammy Gazzola, Katie Edwards, Evelyn Payne, Stephenie Fields and Brent Baker – who have planned the Nov. 9 gala celebrating the college’s sesquicentennial at Ridglea Country Club.
  • Announced the retirement of Danis Masters from the Enrollment Management Department.