Artist renderings of the new Weatherford College Wise County campus
set for construction next year with classes beginning in Fall 2012.
Weatherford College and Wise County officials met Dec. 7 and ironed out the final details for the construction of Weatherford College Wise County, paving the way for construction to begin early next year with an expected completion date June 2012.
Frank Martin, WC Board of Trustees chairman, and Wise County Judge Bill McIlhaney signed the agreement, cementing the partnership between the two entities that will bring educational opportunities for thousands of students. WC will lease the property and facility from Wise County and will staff and operate the campus, developing and implementing the educational programming to be offered there.
“This is a big step toward providing a premier educational facility for Weatherford College and Wise County,” said Martin. “Many people in Wise County and at the College have worked very hard to get here, and the end result will be the availability of life improvement for thousands of students.”
The main classroom building, approximately 86,000-square-feet, will house the Licensed Vocational Nursing-Registered Nursing Transition program; the Associate Degree Nursing program; general education classrooms; computer classrooms; two-way interactive video classrooms; the library; tutorial center; testing center; food services; bookstore; game room; student services and business services offices and other administrative offices. The space also incorporates several student lounge and study areas.
Photos courtesy of VLK Architects
An existing 22,000-square-foot building on the more than 50-acre site will be renovated to house vocational and technical courses, including the cosmetology program, Emergency Management Technician program, Law Enforcement Academy and Truck Driving Academy.
VLK Architects has been selected to design the campus, which is located at the northeast corner of Highway 380 and FM 1655. Project budget is around $29 million.
“We are encouraged about the future educational opportunities that will exist because of this partnership,” said Dr. Kevin Eaton, WC president. “The citizens of Wise County will be greatly rewarded because they had the foresight to make this dream a reality.”