Wharton County Junior College
Wharton County Junior College
Sugar Land campus
Officer in charge
|Betty A. McCrohan, President|
|Chairman||Danny P. Gertson III, Chairman of the Board of Trustees|
|Campus||Wharton, Richmond, Sugar Land, and Bay City, TX|
|Sports||Baseball, Volleyball, Rodeo|
|Website||Official Home Page|
Wharton County Junior College (abbreviated as WCJC) is a two-year college based in Wharton, Texas which is home to its main campus. The college also has campuses in Richmond, Sugar Land, and Bay City. WCJC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
WCJC is a comprehensive community college offering a wide range of postsecondary educational programs and services including associate degrees, certificates, continuing-education courses. WCJC prepares students for a broad understanding of the liberal arts in order for students transferring to baccalaureate degree-granting institutions.
The idea of starting Wharton County Junior College started in 1944; the first session of classes beginning in 1946 with approximately 200 students. In the fall 2007 semester, the college had a total enrollment of 5,892 students.
State Representative Phil Stephenson served on the Wharton County Junior College board of trustees from 1997 to 2012, when he was first elected to the legislature from District 85 in Fort Bend, Wharton, and Jackson counties.
Wharton also has volleyball, baseball, and rodeo teams. The athletic teams are nicknamed the Pioneers.
- all of Wharton County,
- the territory within the Kendleton, Lamar, and Needville school districts, and the territory within the incorporated area and extraterritorial jurisdiction of Sugar Land, all in Fort Bend County,
- the territory within the Wallis-Orchard Independent School District in Austin County,
- the territory within the Columbus, Rice Consolidated, and Weimer school districts in Colorado County,
- the territory within the Ganado Independent School District in Jackson County,
- the territory within the Bay City, Boling, Matagorda, Palacios, Tidehaven, and Van Vleck school districts in Matagorda County.
- "WCJC.edu - College Campuses". Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
- "SACSCOC.org - Institution Details". Retrieved 2008-07-10.
- "WCJC.edu - Accreditation". Archived from the original on 2008-07-20. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
- "WCJC.edu - College History". Archived from the original on 2008-07-06. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
- "Wharton County Junior College Enrollment Statistics for Fall 2007" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-07-10.[dead link]
- "Phil Stephenson's Biography". votesmart.org. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
- Texas Education Code, Section 130.211, "Wharton County Junior College District Service Area".
- The Kendleton district was closed by the Texas Education Agency in 2010 and its territory was annexed by the adjacent Lamar Consolidated district.
- Now known as Brazos Independent School District.
- A spelling error exists in the code; the actual name of the district is Weimar Independent School District.
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