In an effort to increase efficiency and respond to the needs of students, Weatherford College administrators have announced several changes to its offerings in Mineral Wells. WC’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) and Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) programs currently housed at the Education Center at Mineral Wells will move to the Weatherford campus in time for the Fall 2019 semester. The college has also begun negotiations to offer academic courses at Mineral Wells High School, primarily at night, beginning in the fall.
“These adjustments are part of an ongoing, system-wide effort to better utilize our resources and continue to focus on the needs of our students,” said Dr. Tod Allen Farmer, Weatherford College president. “Less than four percent of our OTA and PTA students come from Palo Pinto County. Conversely, Palo Pinto County leaders have asked for more general education courses, so this move will be more beneficial to the students of the Mineral Wells area.”
For the time being, the OTA and PTA programs will move to the Liberal Arts Building and the E. W. Mince Administration Building, both on the Weatherford campus. College officials said they hope to expand the capacity of both programs pending approval from their respective accrediting agencies.
The college is negotiating to offer academic courses the likes of mathematics, speech, education, psychology and sociology at MWHS. The college proposes to offer classes in a hybrid format, whereby each course would meet in person at the high school one evening per week with the remaining instruction online.
“This partnership and our innovative course scheduling will allow WC to offer courses in a comfortable environment for students in the Mineral Wells area,” said Mike Endy, vice president of instruction and student services. “The format should benefit our students while also being financially sustainable for the college.”
Farmer said he is particularly excited to work more closely with the Mineral Wells ISD.
“We appreciate the cooperation and enthusiasm of MWISD Superintendent Dr. John Kuhn,” said Farmer. “When I called him about offering additional college courses at the high school, he was very positive and said that he would forward the proposed idea to the MWISD board for their consideration. We feel like this will be a win-win for the ISD and the college in an effort to increase academic offerings in Mineral Wells.”