Mike Endy, Weatherford College vice president of academics and student affairs, provided several reports to the WC Board of Trustees during their Thursday afternoon meeting.
In his update on Guided Pathways, Endy spoke about WC’s culture of caring as the college moves forward with creating a series of pathways for students to explore as they proceed with their education.
“A culture of caring is not an initiative, it’s changing the institution from the inside,” he said. “It relies on people with a passion for the mission. It encourages us to welcome the risks inherent to change and to accept that failure is part of that process.”
To facilitate these changes, a series of task forces have been implemented to ensure the college is providing the best possible pathways for students. Unlike standing committees, the task forces are dissolved once their objected is complete.
The newest of the task forces are an eLearning task force and one that is examining the appropriate use of calculators in the classroom.
In the demand study update, the board was presented with data from a recent survey showing a high level of satisfaction by students who used services provided by the Academic Support Center.
In the Vet Tech Program update, the board was advised that the college is currently in the process of hiring a program instructor, and that the surgical unit currently under construction at the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter is scheduled to be completed in April. Classes for the new program will begin in the Fall 2020 semester.
In other business, the board:
- Approved the minutes from the Dec. 12 board meeting.
- Approved the financial reports ending Dec. 31.
- Approved the 2020-21 academic calendar.
- Approved budget amendment No. 1.
- Approved a sealed bid to Southwest International Truck in the amount of $67,950 for the purchase of a semi-tractor truck for the Workforce Education Truck Driving Academy.
- Approved Texas Government Code Section 2258.022(a), Subsection (2) as the option in determining the general prevailing wage rate of per diem wages on construction projects for the balance of the 2019-20 fiscal year.
During his president’s report, Dr. Tod Allen Farmer:
- Recognized WC’s Corporate College for earning the inaugural Exemplary Program Award from the National Council for Continuing Education and Training.
- Announced the Texas Higher Educating Coordinating Board has approved WC to begin offering bachelor’s degrees in the Fall 2020 semester. The first WC bachelor’s degree program will be the Bachelor’s in Nursing (BSN) Program, pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
- Recognized Kay Landrum, Shantee Siebuhr and Nick Pugh on their awards from the Employee Awards Dinner in December, as well as Rhonda Torres, who was recognized with a Presidential Core Value coin.
- Recognized Beverly Gibbs and her team for earning the College Reading and Learning Association’s International Tutor Training Program Certification for the Academic Support Center.
- Recognized WC athletics for their recent successes. The Lady Coyote basketball team is currently 15-2 and the Coyotes are 13-5. And seven of WC’s rodeo athletes completed the fall semester with a 4.0 grade point average.
- Announced the retirement of Barbara Baker-Morrison, radiology technology program director, and the retirement of Dr. Joyce Pages, alternative teacher certification director.
- Updated the board of enrollment for the spring semester. As of the second day of classes, there were 5,533 students, slightly down from recent record high enrollment numbers. This decrease is due, in part, to enrollment management techniques to slow enrollment growth until WC can catch up with parking and classroom availability.