With a commitment towards excellence and a dedication towards helping students reach their full potential, Western Texas College ensures that its mission resonates through all departments and activities on campus. Strong working relationships and a deeply committed faculty and staff provide key elements to students’ success.
As Snyder’s own community college, Western Texas College (WTC) provides opportunities for education not only in Snyder and the surrounding communities, but also in Texas, the United States, and nations across the globe. Built in 1971 with strong support and by sheer force of will from the community, multiple generations of students from Scurry County and beyond have received a quality education. Students at Western Texas College enjoy a small-town, friendly atmosphere with a caring and approachable faculty and staff.
Strong working relationships and a deeply committed faculty and staff provide key elements to student success at WTC. From its inception, students have been the focus of the faculty and staff at WTC. The College concentrates on programs that reflect the needs of the youth and employers in the community and the surrounding area. With over thirty majors and additional electives of study, students can earn an Associates of Arts, an Associate of Arts in Teaching, an Associates of Science, or an Associates of Applied Science degree. WTC also offers many certificate programs to quickly train students to enter the workforce within one or two years.
WTC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees and certificates. The College is also approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. WTC is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges, Texas Association of Community Colleges, and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
Some of the Most Successful Stories of Western Texas College
After earning an Associates of Arts degree from WTC in 1993, Deborah Pruitt Boyd continued her education at Lubbock Christian University and served as Scurry County Justice of the Peace from 2000 to 2014. Ms. Boyd is a member of WTC’s Foundation Board and currently serves the community as Snyder Municipal Judge.
In addition to being named campus favorite, Jason Tyler also earned an Associate of Arts degree at WTC. He continued his education at Texas Tech University and now serves the community as EMS Director for Scurry County. Both of these graduates have earned the honor of WTC “Distinguished Alumni.”
A Campus that Motivates Students to be All-Rounders
WTC boasts a soccer field, baseball and softball fields, and a 3890-seat Coliseum for basketball, rodeo and other events. A beautiful 9-hole golf course sits on the north side of the campus, and the College maintains a farm close by for agricultural studies and rodeo practice. Next to the Soccer field sits Cavender Energy Lab, an outdoor laboratory for energy technology training, study and experimentation. Unlike many community colleges in Texas, WTC has three dormitories for on-campus housing with two dorms built within the last ten years. The Scurry County Museum also resides on campus.
The College has recently undergone renovations across campus including utility upgrades and replacements, extensive walkway repairs, renovation of the Fine Arts building and theater, renovation and expansion of the cafeteria and the gym (HPE), including a new state-of-the-art fitness room.
Due to WTC’s rural location, Student Activities and clubs make up a large part of many students’ lives at WTC. Student Activities and the Student Government Association work hard to create events that are timely, interesting, thought-provoking and entertaining for students. Numerous students residing on campus play for one of the fifteen men’s and women’s sports teams. Sports teams at WTC include Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Rodeo, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, and Volleyball. Along with various sports activities, WTC hosts many events over the course of the school year to enrich, enlighten, and serve its students and the community.
About the President
The WTC Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Barb Beebe as President in 2012. The Board recently extended her contract through the 2019-2020 academic years.
“She’s a really good president,” says Stephanie Stephens, WTC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter president. “It means a lot that she cares for the students, the faculty, and the College. She has a big heart.”
During Beebe’s tenure, she has overseen major campus renovations and an On-Site Accreditation visit, on-boarded innovative teaching styles, and continually champions student success by creating opportunities for student empowerment and leadership through diverse programming and support across the campus.
Promoting Lifelong Learning
WTC promotes lifelong learning that encourages critical thinking, skill development, communication proficiency, art and cultural appreciation and civic responsibility for all ages on the campus and in the community. To establish this effectively, the College has created two entities, namely, the College on the Square and the Opportunity Center. College on the Square offers workforce training and community learning opportunities, while the Opportunity Center offers Correctional Officer Training.
Words of Trust
“I’ve had a really positive experience with my major, especially being a non-traditional student with a child. I’ve had understanding professors who’ve worked with me the entire time I’ve been here.”
-Ashley Jones, Mass Communications Major Student
“It’s rather easy to get around the campus. If you have questions, everyone is here to help. Everybody, students and faculty, are easy to get along with. The faculty are always willing to work with you. If they can’t help, they will direct you to someone who can.”
-Michael Campos, Pre-Med Major Student