February 2022
Wharton County Junior College e-Newsletter
WCJC RECOGNIZES RETIREES
WCJC has accepted the retirements of seven employees so far in 2022. Retirees were presented awards of appreciation as well as resolutions adopted by the WCJC Board of Trustees.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
WCJC volleyball team players were recently honored for their academic achievement, named to the "3.0 Club" or "3.5 Club" based upon their Grade Point Average.

PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

Clifford Branch, a WCJC alumnus, will be inducted into the National Football League’s Pro Football Hall of Fame later this year. An announcement on the “NFL Honors” show on Feb. 10 indicated that Branch and several other former players will receive the prestigious honor. Branch, who passed away in 2019 at the age of 71, is expected to be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer. A Houston native, Branch arrived at WCJC in 1967 and took top honors in the sprints and the gridiron. After WCJC he attended the University of Colorado, leading the team to a No. 3 ranking before being drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1972. He was previously named to the WCJC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2021.
NISOD EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Nine WCJC instructors have been recognized for their dedication and commitment to their particular fields of study by the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). 
SENIOR PROGRAM SEMINAR
WCJC's Senior Citizens Program recently hosted a seminar on the dangers of heart disease and stroke. The virtual event, held at the LaDieu Technology Center on the Wharton campus, included a talk from Dr. Ellis Morrow of Texas Southern University and a demonstration from Executive Chef Shonah P. Jefferson.
AN ENHANCED EXPERIENCE
A state grant will enable WCJC's Emergency Medical Services program to expand its services at the Richmond campus and implement cutting edge simulation opportunities.