Dr. Ray Hoy, President Wor-Wic Community College
October 18, 2005

Five years ago, Dr. Ray Hoy became the president of Wor-Wic Community College, a comprehensive two-year community college serving the three Lower Eastern Shore counties of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset.

Hoy is a community college graduate, who went on to earn a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, a law degree and a doctorate. Hoy brought to Wor-Wic 24 years of community college administrative experience in academics, finance and student development.

A staple of the Lower Shore for the last 30 years, Wor-Wic offers career and transfer academic degree and certificate programs and a variety of continuing education courses for local residents at a reasonable cost.

Since Hoy’s arrival, the college has added new programs, such as emergency medical services, and elementary and secondary education transfer programs. Other programs, such as nursing and radiologic technology, were expanded to meet community needs.

“We’ve also implemented new transfer programs in business, computer studies, electronics and manufacturing,” Hoy said. “We work closely with Salisbury University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to improve the transfer process for our students.”

Hoy has also been working with the boards of education in Worcester and Wicomico Counties to increase awareness about the benefits of dual enrollment for high school students, such as a tuition discount and getting an early start on college. Wor-Wic began offering classes in several Worcester County high schools this fall and Wicomico County will be including dual enrollment at part of their school improvement plan. This fall, the number of dual enrolled students more than doubled at Wor-Wic.

“Dual enrollment is a win-win situation for students and parents,” said Hoy. “Dual enrolled students earn college credit while still in high school and their parents save significantly on higher education costs.”

To keep up with a growing student body, the college has been expanding its physical facilities, including the completion of two new structures -- the student center and a larger maintenance building. An initiative to bring municipal water and sewer to the campus was completed this fall. Currently under construction is an on-campus child care center, which will provide child care services for Wor-Wic students and a hands-on learning environment for early childhood education majors. Architectural plans are being completed for a new workforce development building, with construction expected to begin this winter. This new building will add 45,000 square feet of office, classroom, meeting and laboratory space to the campus.