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WC Spotlight - Manny Palacios, Jr.

WC Spotlight - Manny PalaciosName: Manny Palacios, Jr.

Hometown: Weatherford

WC graduation year: 1997

What course of study did you follow?  During my years at Weatherford College, I completed my general education courses. I graduated with an Associate in Arts degree and decided to follow a civil engineering career path.

What was your post WC education?  After Weatherford College, I attended a couple of universities to continue my Civil Engineering studies. In the end, I decided to change course slightly and earn my B.S. in Technical Management from DeVry University with a concentration in Project Management.

What is your dream job?  Believe it or not, my current job is my dream job! I always wanted to have a career as a leader and be involved with the community. As the Director of Transportation and Public Works for the City of Weatherford, I am responsible for constructing, maintaining and improving our City’s infrastructure. I am proud to be a part of this growing community and excited to help Weatherford become one of the best places in the country to live.

How did your time at WC contribute to your success in reaching your goals?  Every moment I spent at Weatherford College, in some way, contributed to the success of my career. The WC faculty and staff provided the best education and guidance, which prepared me to continue toward my advanced studies and ultimately this career path. A big part of my job has to do with involvement in our community, and being a member of the WC Latin Club and leadership programs played a big role in my success today.

Would you suggest WC to others?  Yes, without any doubt. In fact, my daughter is ready to start her first semester next fall. WC continues to be a quality school and is growing with success. It is a great place for anyone who wants to pursue their college education, especially for those who live nearby. 

What is your favorite memory of your time at WC?  The Latin Club float project. About 10 to 12 students worked hard in constructing a float for the Christmas parade, which we worked on for days. On the day of the parade, club members and I were hauling the float to the parade when all the sudden a strong gust of wind completely blew our float off the trailer. The float was totally destroyed! At the same, time the remaining Latin Club members were waiting for us at the parade, wondering what happened to us – this was before cell phones. After everyone realized what happened, we all gathered with a hard, sad look but in the end, just laughed at the whole situation. We all realized how this project brought us together to accomplish a goal and bonded us in a way we never imagined.

How important was affordability when choosing to attend WC?  I feel very fortunate to have a college close to home that is both affordable and academically recognized. Being able to take my general education courses at WC helped me and my parents financially.

How would you describe the quality of education you received at WC?  The faculty and staff work hard to provide an excellent education and prepare the students to enter the workforce or transfer to a major university. The professors are always willing to help and dedicate their time for the success of each student.

How did WC change your life?  WC helped me progress in my career by providing a quality education and expanding my social life. College is the best time to make new friends and being involved in the social clubs available at WC helped tremendously.

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