The Pioneer

"Education to Follow"

e-Newsletter             July 2017
Renovations start at Wharton, Richmond
Wharton County Junior College will renovate and upgrade two of its four campuses this summer in order to provide more educational opportunities for area students. More than $8.2 million in new construction and improvements are planned at the Wharton and Richmond campuses, with the Richmond project expected to be completed by fall 2017 while the Wharton project has an estimated completion date of summer of 2018. The Richmond project - a groundbreaking ceremony was held June 30 - entails renovating 9,000 square feet of space and building a new 3,600 square foot wing in order to expand the Cosmetology and Process Technology programs. Project cost is $1.75 million, not including equipment and furnishings.
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WCJC Foundation awards 12 scholarships
This year marks the first time that the Wharton County Junior College Foundation is awarding scholarships to high school graduates so they can afford higher education. The foundation recently distributed a dozen $4,000 scholarships to six area school districts - Wharton, Boling, East Bernard, Needville, El Campo and Louise - with each school receiving two awards. Students selected for a scholarship will receive the funds over a two-year period, with $2,000 awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year and $2,000 for 2018-2019, provided they comply with the scholarship requirements. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students who might otherwise be unable to afford higher education, said WCJC Foundation Board of Directors President Larry Wadler.

Friends of College event honors donors

Wharton County Junior College officials recently expressed their gratitude to the donors and benefactors who have made it possible for countless students to pursue higher education. During the recent Friends of the College Appreciation Dinner - held on the Wharton campus - area businesses, foundations and individual patrons were recognized for providing scholarships, equipment and funding programs. Currently, there are around 67 scholarships available. "It is difficult to measure the positive impact these scholarships have made on our students," said WCJC President Betty McCrohan. "Without this financial assistance, many students would simply be unable to pursue higher education."


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Athletes recognized at annual banquet
Wharton County Junior College's student athletes received an official pat on the back for a job well done during the 53rd Annual Athletic Banquet, held recently at the Wharton campus. Athletes from the college's three sports programs - baseball, rodeo and volleyball - were introduced individually and lauded for their accomplishments both on and off the playing field. The students were reminded that their sporting careers, while important, would play second fiddle to their educational pursuits as time went by. "All of this (athletic competition) is short lived one way or another," said WCJC Rodeo Coach Sean Amestoy. "We're most proud of the education these students have received."
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  Academic ceremony honors top students
Wharton County Junior College students were recognized recently for their classroom achievements. At the college's annual Academic Recognition Awards ceremony, instructors and administrators presented students with awards for outstanding achievement in particular fields of study. Students were also recognized for achieving a high grade point average (GPA), with 71 students receiving Honors Certificates for earning a minimum GPA of 3.75 and 17 students receiving Highest Achievers of Academic Excellence Certificates for achieving a perfect GPA of 4.0.
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Both of John Ramirez's parents worked at WCJC while he was a student - and that created a unique, memorable experience. "It was always great to spend time with them, whether it was stopping in for an office visit or getting the chance to have lunch with them in between classes," John says.


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Wharton County Junior College recently held its 71st Annual Commencement Exercises for graduates receiving either an associate of arts degree, an associate of applied science degree or an associate of arts in teaching degree. 


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