News about Weatherford College
Clarin Gniffke, Miss Weatherford College
When the new 2011 Miss Texas is crowned Saturday night, it could very well be a Weatherford College student taking that victory walk down the ramp. Clarin Gniffke, Miss Weatherford College, is among the 37 young women competing in the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant.
Contestants are judged in talent, interview, evening gown, fitness and an on-stage question. At 18, Gniffke is one of the youngest contestants but brings a combination of intelligence, poise, beauty and talent certain to place her among the favorites in all categories.
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) recently approved Weatherford College as a qualified provider for its Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program. Upon successful completion of the program students qualify as a TDLR Certified Technician.
“Our program offers classroom theory combined with hands-on experience for the students to gain skills for employment in the field,” said Athena Russell, Workforce and Continuing Education Coordinator.
The College has a 21-month-long evening program and a fast-track day program that completes in approximately eight months. Both programs begin anew in August.
Cystic Fibrosis Walk: Pictured, left to right, are students Kristen Box, Santo; Sara Aaron, Saginaw; Penny Firmin, Springtown; Kaitlyn Dygert, Weatherford; Shirin Rezai, Weatherford; Nick Duncan, Santo; Mariana Correa, Fort Worth; Danna Carter, Burleson; Angela Sanborn, Springtown; and Tonya Decker, Weatherford. Also participating but not pictured: WC instructors Tonya Edwards, department chair for Allied Health programs at WC, and Christel Brenner, respiratory clinical coordinator.
Wise County Groundbreaking
Tech Prep Awards: Brian Harlan, VLK Architects, Elizabeth Farris, Cassie Neal, Sgt. Edward Hererra, Army National Guard. Kathryn Witschorke, not pictured.
Tech Prep Awards: Jill Hatcher, Victoria Aguilar, Mark Jackson of Compass Bank
The Weatherford College Tech Prep Consortium recently awarded $15,000 in WC scholarships to area students as a result of the annual Tech Prep Scholarship Golf Tournament. The scholarships were awarded to nine area high school students and five current WC students.
Kelsey Moore was named the 2010-2011 Joe Tison Outstanding Speech Student at the Weatherford College Fine Arts and Communication Department Fifth Annual Outstanding Public Speaking Competition. Named in honor of Joe Tison, former Weatherford ISD educator and superintendent, former Weatherford mayor and interim president of WC, students nominated by their speech instructors competed for the award. Contestants, in addition to Moore, who participated were Katie Aleshire, Shavona Barrett, Lucas Lothamer, Jaclyn Thayer and Maria Woods. The competition was judged by a three-member panel made up of volunteers from various departments of the College.
39 Steps Crew: The cast and crew of WC’s spring production of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller spoof The 39 Steps show off their Superior plaque, earned at the recent Texas Community College Theatre Festival. Pictured center (white shirt) is Matthew Myers, who garnered the most prestigious of recognitions at the festival, having been awarded Best Overall Actor.
Following a long-standing precedent, the Weatherford College drama department once again has returned from the recent annual Texas Community College Theatre Festivalwith a truck-load of awards and honors.
1st Place Team - Gold Division: 1st Place Team – Poolville High School (Vince Rodriguez, Kayla Brooks, Natalie Darden, Andrew Sies)2nd Place - Gold Division: 2nd Place Team – Stephenville High School (Jamie Carson, Chris Marble, Kyle Bullard, Zachary Rojas)3rd Place Team - Gold Division: 3rd Place Team – Weatherford High School (Laila Abdeljalil, Zack Christianson, Rebecca Harlow, Bailey Hulsey)[img_assist|nid=1678|title=1st Place Team - Black Division|desc=1st Place Team – Stephenville High School (Elijah Martin, Justin Tucker, Siyu Lei, Kaylee Davis)|link=none|align=top|wi
By Linda Bagwell
Special to The Community News
Weatherford College is inviting the public to submit nominations for two of WC’s highest honors - Alumnus of the Year and Distinguished Alumni. The individuals selected will be recognized at Homecoming festivities on April 2.
Anyone can submit a nomination. All nominations must be submitted on an official nomination form available in the WC Institutional Advancement Office in the Mince Administration Building on the Weatherford campus, 225 College Park Drive. Forms also are accessible on the Alumni Association Web site at www.wc.edu/alumni.
Deadline for submission is 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1.
Each nominee must:
Weatherford College officials are celebrating a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Title III grant, worth $2 million, is designated to strengthen institutions by providing funding for new programs that the College otherwise would not be able to provide.
Projected to be funded over a period of five years through the “Strengthening Postsecondary Institutions” program, will fund three new initiatives at WC’s Educations Center at Mineral Wells-an occupational therapy assistant program, a physical therapy assistant program, and a health professions academic support center.
It will also give $250,000 to the WC Foundation’s scholarship endowment.