Attendance boost: Weatherford College sets enrollment record

By Brian Knox | Published Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Weatherford College has set a new enrollment record, helped in part by near-record enrollment at the Wise County campus.

Weatherford College’s fall enrollment is 6,406, up just more than 1 percent from last year.

Weatherford College Wise County’s official enrollment as of the 12th class day Sept. 7 was 579, up 0.35 percent from a year ago and up 5.46 percent from 2016.

WCWC’s highest enrollment was 584 in 2014.

WCWC Dean Daniel O’Meara said the campus has seen an uptick in numbers in the Hispanic population this year.

“We don’t know what to attribute that to,” O’Meara said. “We do have a new student orientation that I conduct along with Brenda Pacheco… It’s in Spanish.”

O’Meara said Spanish is his first language.

Enrollment growth is one of his goals for the campus, he said.

“Five years from now we hope to double enrollment. We hope to have 1,000 students running around here. That’s my vision… We need to build that momentum, we need to get that moving forward,” he said.

The current campus is designed to accommodate 1,200 to 1,500 students, but the building was also designed in a way that more classrooms can be built onto the east side of the facility.

For the college as a whole, the biggest increase was in the area of dual credit enrollment, which accounts for nearly one-third of the student population. Dual credit enrollment increased 13.4 percent to 2,074.

“I am very pleased that our college has set another all-time enrollment record,” said Weatherford College President Dr. Tod Allen Farmer. “Our people have worked very hard to balance strategic growth while continuing to emphasize student success, and I am proud of their efforts.”

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