WC celebrates fundraising success

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, October 12, 2013

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Weatherford College trustees Thursday broke ground for a new science building and celebrated the success of the WC Foundation’s capital campaign, “The Time is Now for Your College.”

The campaign raised more than $2.4 million, well over its goal of $2 million.

The day’s festivities actually kicked off with the groundbreaking for the new Don Allen Health Science Building. Already well under construction, the new 31,000-square-foot building will house WC’s allied health programs, including nursing, respiratory therapy, radiologic technology, sonography and phlebotomy. The building is expected to open in May of 2014.

After all that, the board held its regular monthly meeting.

Frank Martin, board chairman, announced the resignation of Trey Cobb, Place 5 trustee. Cobb, who has served on the board since 2009, has taken a new job put of town and will be leaving the area.

The board will appoint a replacement trustee who will serve out the term until May 2015.

College President Kevin Eaton brought a report on the school’s Access and Affordability program and recognized several employees for their accomplishments and contributions.

The board also heard a construction update and awarded bids for food service products and supplies and took care of several other routine items.

Eaton presented the Strategic Plan and Facilities Plan, highlighting progress made toward the goals it contains, including facilities upgrades like new rooflines, the Stuart Field softball stadium, new parking lots, the Academic Building and the Don Allen Health Science Building. He also discussed potential projects for future consideration.

Upcoming events include the College Foundation golf tournament, Oct. 17; fall children’s drama, “Confidential Cinderella” Oct. 18-20; fall student photography show Oct. 18-30; fall jazz concert Nov. 5; and the annual Scholarship Donor Appreciation dinner Nov. 14.

The board’s next scheduled meeting is Thursday, Nov. 14.

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