Folks in Parker County know how valuable Weatherford College is to the community. Now that message is going national.
In the past few months, WC has made several “best of” lists including SmartAsset’s 2015 list of the nation’s best community colleges. As reported by the Huffington Post, SmartAsset ranks WC 19th in the nation out of 565 public, two-year colleges.
Rankings were based on graduation and transfer rate, in-state tuition cost, the ratio of the average starting salary to the overall cost of education and the student-teacher ratio.
WC President Dr. Kevin Eaton said the ranking speaks volumes about the college.
“We have always taken pride in our college, but it is nice to see that others recognize the outstanding work that has been achieved by this storied institution,” Eaton said. “Our recent campus improvements have added one more layer of excellence to go along with our incredible faculty and staff. We are blessed to have a Board of Trustees that has allowed us to spend reserve dollars to improve our infrastructure. I would like to thank all of our employees for their dedication and our community for their continued support. Without these two groups, none of this would be possible.”
BestColleges.com ranks WC at 16th in the state of Texas for two-year colleges in 2015, and Schools.com places WC as the sixth best community college in the state using qualifiers such as graduation and transfer rate, financial aid support, affordability and accessibility.
“Weatherford College is known for its unique history and notable facilities, including a large, well-equipped fine arts center complete with a 500-plus seat theater,” writes Aimee Hosler in the Schools.com article. “What really sets Weatherford apart, however, is its student-centered philosophy. The college allows students to earn credit for life and professional experiences, and offers weekend and evening programs designed to make education more accessible to parents and full-time workers. Perhaps more notable though, is that it also offers on-campus housing, which can be a major perk for students seeking a more traditional college experience or hail from outside the region.”