The Weatherford College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a motion for the continued pursuit of proposed new Bachelor’s Degree Nursing and Veterinary Technician programs during their Thursday meeting.
Approval by the board is the first step in the process for college administrators to seek approval for these programs by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The vote does not obligate WC to ultimately offer these programs, but action was required during this semester in order to potentially have the programs in place as early as Fall 2019.
The proposed Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing would be the first four-year degree offered by Weatherford College in its modern era, making WC one of only a few community colleges in the state with this unique program, explained Mike Endy, Vice President of Instruction and Student Services.
As this program is for those who have completed their Associate Degree Nursing certification, completion of the BSN could take as little as one year depending on where a student stands in their general education coursework.
“WC would be one of three institutions in the greater metroplex area offering a baccalaureate degree in nursing at a community college,” Endy said. “Statewide there are only about a dozen. The reason this has been allowed is it fulfills a documented need in the state of Texas and nationally for nurses. You won’t find a lot of other community colleges offering baccalaureate degrees anywhere.”
The creation of a Vet Tech associate degree program is possible due to a proposed partnership between WC and the City of Weatherford. The two entities will share new facilities at the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter to educate students in another high-demand career.
“The cost of a vet tech program offered by a community college by itself is pretty high. We probably couldn’t do it without the cooperation of these fine folks,” Endy said referring to city employees present at the meeting.
The board also approved a proposal to rename the Business Building the “I.B. Hand Building.” Hand (1918-2003) was a WC graduate and a prominent Weatherford attorney. He was the principal person responsible for the gifting of the Carter property, nearly 300 acres south of Interstate 20, the largest gift in the history of WC. The college will celebrate the renaming during an event in 2019, WC’s sesquicentennial year.
In other business the board:
- Approved the minutes from the Sept. 13 meeting.
- Approved the financial reports ending Sept. 30.
- Received the annual report on access and affordability.
- Received an updated on Guided Pathways.
- Received a report on GASB 75 and how it will affect accounting entries in the college’s upcoming audit.
- Received an update on a demand study at the Wise County campus.
- Authorized general counsel to list/sell mineral interests in Reagan County.
- Authorized general counsel to extend a cell tower lease agreement with American Tower Company.
In his President’s Report, Dr. Tod Allen Farmer:
- Recognized Vice President Brent Baker and his staff for their work on the annual WC Foundation Golf Tournament.
- Recognized Dr. Mike White for his recent receipt of the Carlos Hartnett Award.
- Recognized Katie Edwards for her work as the chair of WC’s 150th anniversary planning committee.
- Announced the retirement of Vicki Traweek and Dr. Kevin Eaton.
- Announced the resignation of LaDawna Raper and Laura Wolfe.