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WC moves forward with vet tech program

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Creation of a veterinary technician Associate of Applied Arts degree is moving forward at Weatherford College.

During the WC Board of Trustees meeting Thursday afternoon, Mike Endy, vice president of instruction and student services, reported the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools approved the program on June 17.

WC has submitted a revised draft interlocal agreement to the city of Weatherford and hopes to have the agreement finalized by the end of the summer which will create a partnership between the two entities to share new facilities at the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter.

Applicants for the program will be accepted starting in the Spring 2020 semester with courses for the program slated to begin in the Fall 2020 semester.

In other business the board:

  • Approved the minutes of the June 13 meeting.
  • Approved the financial reports ending June 30.
  • Approved the renewal of proposals for intercollegiate athletic insurance.
  • Approved for college administration to move forward with a final contract with Reyes Group Ltd. for the construction of a parking lot in place of the existing tennis courts.
  • Received a 2019-20 budget report from Dr. Andra Cantrell, executive vice president of financial and administrative affairs.
  • Received a demand study update from Mike Endy, vice president of instruction and student services.
  • Received a report on student profiles and projects centered on creating a culture of caring at WC by Adam Finley, dean of student services.

In his president’s report, Dr. Tod Allen Farmer:

  • Recognized Dr. Scott Tarnowieckyi on being named the 2019 Faculty Member of the Year.
  • Congratulated the Wise County campus on receiving a grant from the Priddy Foundation to the WC Foundation to begin a stringed instrument program.
  • Congratulated the 14 WC student-athletes who were recently named to NJCAA All-Academic teams.
  • Congratulated Hayden Harbold and Jerry Barrow on securing a $299,856 robotics grant from the National Science Foundation.
  • Announced that WC was proud to have hosted the inaugural Community College Association of Texas Trustees leadership seminar on June 10.
  • Announced the retirement of humanities instructor Marcelo Willcham and the resignation of humanities instructor William Black.
  • Provided an enrollment update for both summer semesters and the upcoming fall semesters. Summer I set a record with 1,755 students and Summer II also has a record enrolment with 1,162 student enrolled as of this past Monday. With 64 days remaining until the Fall 2019 census date, WC is on pace for record high enrollment with preliminary projections indicating an 8.7 percent year-to-date increase.

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