WCC to Celebrate 55th Anniversary
Wytheville Community College is celebrating its 55th Anniversary during the 2018-19 academic year. The college opened its doors in 1963 as a branch campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (now Virginia Tech) and then transitioned to the newly formed Virginia Community College System in 1967.
“WCC has a strong history of serving the region,” said Dr. Dean E. Sprinkle, WCC President. “Almost everywhere I go in our service region, I meet someone who attended or graduated from WCC. I am proud to be a part of the college and look forward to celebrating WCC’s 55th Anniversary.”
As part of the celebration, WCC plans to highlight alumni from each of the WCC graduating classes, beginning with the Class of 1965.
“We know that WCC has helped educate and train literally thousands of individuals over the years. While it is impossible to know what has happened to every graduate, we want to share at least some of the stories of how WCC has made a difference in the lives of students and in the communities that we serve.”
The WCC Educational Foundation and Public Information staff have already begun working with faculty, staff, retirees, and Board members to identify alumni from various college programs and from all of the areas in the college’s service region. Throughout the coming months, alumni stories and profiles will be distributed via local and social media, as well as on the college’s website at www.wcc.vccs.edu/55-years. The first article will feature Grayson County natives Harry Sutherland who graduated from WCC in 1965 and his grandson, Cade Phillips, who graduated 50 years later in 2015.
In addition to highlighting alumni stories, several special events are being planned. The WCC Grayson County Alumni Picnic will be September 21 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Independence Volunteer Fire Department in Independence; and the WCC Alumni Picnic Beach Bash (featuring the Catalinas) and 5K Sprint for Scholarships will be held beginning at 6:00 p.m. on September 28 on the Wytheville campus. Additional events are being planned for spring 2019.