The Weatherford College board of trustees Thursday approved the creation of an Associate of Arts degree in child development.
By taking courses already offered, students attaining this degree will graduate with their core completed and be able to transfer to universities to pursue a bachelor’s degree in child and family studies or a related field like education.
Dr. Richard Bowers, vice president of instruction and student services, said the new AA will better equip students for further study.
“Tarleton State University is developing a new program that will allow a student to earn a bachelor’s degree in child and family studies,” he said. “This is a new development, and it’s giving us an opportunity to allow students to take hours at Weatherford College in that field of study that they will be able to transfer into their four-year degree.”
The degree will be available as soon as the plan is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
In other business the board:
- extended WC President Dr. Kevin Eaton’s contract by one year to Dec. 31, 2017, following a closed executive session.
- approved the 2013-14 financial audit presented by Snow Garrett Williams.
- approved the disposal of obsolete and surplus items through an online auction.
- accepted bids totaling $88,951 for the purchase of sonography equipment.
- approved the addition of two courses for varsity baseball and softball, along with $24 fees for each course. The courses will allow athletes to receive transferable credit for each semester they participate.
- the 14th Annual Weatherford College Golf Tournament raised more than $50,000 thanks to the Title III matching grant.
- more than 6,000 people attended the Safe Halloween program hosted by the WC Police Department, and more than 350 attended a similar event at the Education Center at Mineral Wells.
- more than 700 fourth graders attended STEMania at WC Wise County organized by Dr. Lisa Welch and hundreds of volunteers. The day included numerous interactive activities enforcing the importance of science, technology, engineering and math.
- about 1,500 people attended the WC Fine Arts Department’s production of “Young Frankenstein” over a four-day period. Eaton praised the musical as one of the best yet produced at WC and congratulated Nancy McVean and Rob Laney for their work on the show.
- more than 200 people attended the successful Veterans Day celebration organized by Ralph Willingham.
- all board members are up-to-date on their required trainings.