For the first time, Weatherford College’s Executive Cabinet held their regular bimonthly meeting at the WC Wise County campus on Tuesday looking at plans for the upcoming year and celebrating recent WCWC successes.
Dual credit enrollment in Wise County is among those successes, increasing 75 percent from Fall 2018 to the Fall 2019 semester. Students are earning simultaneous high school and college credit at schools across Wise County including Alvord, Boyd, Bridgeport, Chico, Decatur, Paradise and Slidell high schools as well as at Victory Christian Academy and online.
Workforce courses are also on the rise in Wise County, in both student headcount and contact hours, and customized training for area businesses and industry through WC’s Corporate College is now available.
The Cabinet discussed strategies to increase face-to-face headcount numbers at the WCWC campus, which have decreased since a high of 590 students in the Fall 2018 semester.
“I am extremely pleased with the success of our dual credit partnerships and our workforce programs at our beautiful Wise County campus,” said Dr. Tod Allen Farmer, WC president. “We are going to build on those successes, help Wise County get the WCWC facility refinanced and expand educational opportunities for Wise County students. The year 2020 is going to be the year of Wise County!”
The college will place a special emphasis on Wise County in 2020, which is the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the first standalone WC facility in the county, the Education Center at Decatur, in 2000. The state-of-the-art, 100,000 square-foot WC Wise County campus located on Highway 380 between Decatur and Bridgeport opened in 2012.