The Pioneer "Education to Follow"

e-NewsletterJuly 2014
In This Issue
Alumni Feature
Faculty Feature
Tenaris and WCJC
Presidential Scholars
Rodeo Team
Senior Citizens
Teacher Effect

Alumni Feature


To WCJC graduate and professional stylist Heather Hutson, working with hair means a whole lot more than simply shearing off lengthy locks. "I used to love the feeling I got right after having my hair fixed," the 24-year-old said. "I want to help people feel their prettiest and be more confident." A graduate of the WCJC Cosmetology Program, Hutson is currently working for  the Albert Luiz Salon in Sugar Land.


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Faculty Feature


WCJC Welding Instructor Aaron Dittmar has always loved working with metal. He just never saw himself teaching others how to do it. "I'm not big on being in the spotlight," the Wharton native explains. With his reserved nature and strong work ethic, Dittmar could easily have found fulfillment honing his craft for a manufacturing company or a machine shop. In fact, after graduating from Wharton High School in 2002, he put his skills to the test for several area businesses, working primarily as a fabrication and maintenance welder.


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Bay City Campus to Offer Manufacturing Tech
Tenaris will donate $575,000 for new program

An agreement between WCJC, Tenaris and the Bay City Community Development Corp. will soon provide students with the skills necessary to find gainful employment in a wide range of industries. The agreement - signed June 5 at WCJC's Bay City Campus - will enable the college to add a Mechanical Technician Certificate and a Manufacturing Technology AAS degree curriculum.

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Presidential Scholars Get 'Royal' Experience
WCJC students will take educational tours

From one-on-one meetings with the college president to educational trips out of state, the WCJC Presidential Scholars Program is sure to be an opportunity unlike any other. WCJC Academic Advisor Catherine Shoppa, coordinator of the new program, is hoping to reach students in a whole new way. "They're going to do things hardly anybody gets to do," Shoppa said.  

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WCJC Rodeo Team at Top of NIRA Pack
Goodman takes top CNFR honors in steer wrestling

Photo Courtesy

Dan Hubbell

For the fourth time in nine years, a WCJC cowboy has claimed a national rodeo title. Cade Goodman of Waelder was recently named the 2014 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) National Champion in steer wrestling. A freshman at WCJC, Goodman earned the coveted title after an impressive showing at the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR), held June 15-21 in Casper, Wyo.

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Senior Citizen Program Provides Meals
'5K Stride & Stroll' Event Aimed at Raising Funding

By delivering hot meals to the area's elderly and homebound, the WCJC Senior Citizen Program provides both nourishment and independence to those who otherwise might be unable to make it on their own. "If they can get a hot meal once a day delivered to them, they can stay in their own home and not have to move to a long-term care facility," said Caroline Osborne, Director of the WCJC Senior Citizen Program.

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Teacher Effect Honors Instructors
Students Nominate Most Memorable Teachers
Teacher Effect: Episode 4
Teacher Effect: Episode 4

A recent program singled out several WCJC teachers for their dedication to their jobs. Deemed "The Teacher Effect," the campaign allowed students to nominate an instructor who had a particularly special impact on their lives. Those chosen were surprised with balloons, a collectible glass apple and were recorded by a camera crew for future marketing purposes. The program was the idea of WCJC Internet Marketing Coordinator Amanda Heard. 


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