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WC Spotlight - Gary Winner

The Weatherford College Wise County Scholarship and the Roy and Jeannine Eaton Scholarship Recipient.

WC Spotlight - Gary WinnerName:  Gary W. Winner

Course of Study:  Associate of Arts

Hometown:  Rhome

Are you a scholarship recipient?  Yes, I have received two scholarships. The Weatherford College Wise County Scholarship and the Roy and Jeannine Eaton Scholarship.

What activities are you involved with on campus and why?  I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and I currently hold a GPA of 3.93.

What are your post-WC plans?  After graduation from Weatherford College, I intend to transfer to the University of North Texas to pursue a bachelor’s degree in rahabilitation. With these degrees I will work with the visually impaired and blind to seek and retain employment, educate companies and business leaders of the benefits in the employment of low vision and the blind, and work with social organizations on supporting the community.

What are your favorite things to do when you are not at school or studying?  I enjoy serving in my church and community, being with my family, fishing, camping and outdoor activities.

What is your dream job?  As a child, I thought the dream job would be a lighthouse keeper. That is still my dream job; however, I now realize the light beam that saves ships from wrecking on the rocks is knowledge. Knowledge is only truly valuable when shared. Therefore, any position to share, training, develop or mentor, is a dream job. The older I get the more I realize, what we have and what we earn is not nearly as important as what we leave behind.

Who has been your greatest hero?  My heros are Hazel Winner (my wife), Eleanor and John Winner (mother and father) and Jesus Christ. Hazel is my biggest hero. She shoulders more responsibilities than most people can imagine. She is mother to our children, homemaker, care giver and the love of my life. My Mother and Father were my earliest heros. They formed the early stages of my development and embedded my values. Jesus Christ, for being my saver and with His teachings that reveals strong leadership skills for religion, business and mangagement. By His example, I have learned the importance of service leadership.

What is your favorite book?  My favorite book is The Holy Bible. As I have studied and researched the Bible, I have come to realize that unlike other books, it has many layers. It addresses history, ethics, relationships, leadership, loyality, honor, scholarly discipline, integrity, social development, personal development, elements of science, and the list goes on and on. It reveals everything from the simplistic to the most complicated principles of faith.

What has been your favorite course, so far, at WC?  My favorite courses at WC have been American and Texas History. Dr. Catherine Johnson is an awesome instructor. I love history.

How important was affordability when choosing to attend WC?  Affordability has been a very important part of the decision to attend Weatherford College. With the constant rising cost of higher education, I believe it is critical for students to utilize community college before attending a four-year university.

How would you describe the quality of education you have received at WC?  The quality of education at WC is excellent. The instructors have presented the courses very professionally. They have been fair and challenging. I will recommend WC to other students and potential students.

How has Weatherford College changed your life?  After retiring from business as a Regional Training Manager, it has been refreshing to work with my fellow students and instructors. Far too often, society focuses only on the problems which springs up in our communities. It has been an honor to be among them and witness their growth and development. By being part of this practice, I have also witnessed my own continued growth and development.

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