The Pioneer

"Education to Follow"

e-Newsletter             February 2017
Pioneers open 2017 baseball season
The Wharton County Junior College Pioneers baseball team hopes to build upon the momentum it generated last year as it opens a new season and sets its sights on the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series this coming June. The Pioneers just missed a trip to the NJCAA World Series in 2016, coming up short in the championship game against San Jacinto. WCJC Baseball Coach Keith Case, now in his fourth year, plans to better that result this season and guide his players all the way to the big game. But to accomplish that goal, he will have to overcome some daunting challenges - namely, a tough schedule and an inexperienced team.
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Actors portray actors in drama production
Wharton County Junior College drama students will portray characters that hit pretty close to home when they present their first production of the 2017 season, Circle Mirror Transformation. Opening on Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Horton Foote Theatre in the Duson-Hansen Fine Arts Building on the Wharton campus, Circle Mirror Transformation tackles universal themes of failed relationships, childhood scars and new romance -- set against a community theater backdrop. WCJC Instructor of Drama Jami Hughes says such a production is a fascinating exercise for students as they get to play characters remarkably similar to themselves.
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Tornado damages main campus buildings
Wharton County Junior College's main campus was recently affected by a tornado that powered its way through the Wharton area. The Feb. 14 storm caused roughly $17,000 worth of damage at the campus, uprooting a gigantic oak tree at the Johnson Health Occupations Center, damaging the baseball batting cages and practice field fence, knocking over 46 feet of fence at the LaDieu Technology Center, and knocking out a glass partition and collapsing a portion of the decorative brick fa├žade at the Reynolds Building. Maintenance crews quickly responded to the incident, erecting makeshift coverings to protect building interiors, clearing debris from roadways and sidewalks and picking up broken limbs from 21 damaged trees. 

Bush edits historical baseball books
Wharton County Junior College English instructor Rick Bush has a fascination with America's favorite pastime, and he's sharing his interest with readers everywhere. When not engaged in the classroom, Bush spends his free time researching various topics and writing numerous articles for The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) publications. Bush's work - which includes articles on the business side of baseball, baseball in the arts and historical accounts of past teams - has appeared in several volumes, including Nuclear Powered Baseball, From the Braves to the Brewers, The 1986 Boston Red Sox and Au Jeu, Play Ball
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Hoelscher honored for years of service

Wharton County Junior College employee Susan Hoelscher was honored at the January 17 meeting of the WCJC Board of Trustees for 18 years of service to the college. A resolution adopted by the board noted that Hoelscher had "distinguished herself as an effective and caring staff member, a professional role model, and a congenial colleague" while working in the Admissions Office and in Student Services. Hoelscher had recently announced her retirement. During the board meeting, she was presented with a plaque and copy of the resolution by Vice-President of Student Services Dave Leenhouts. 


REACH Spotlight



During his time as Executive Director of the Wharton Economic Development Corporation, David Schroeder's highest goal was promoting Wharton and attracting new businesses to the area. He has always been a firm believer that WCJC is a sure selling point for the local community. "I would recommend WCJC to everyone," says David, who recently retired from the WEDC. "WCJC can start anyone on their own path to attain certifications or degrees that businesses require for top-paying jobs."


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