Wor-Wic Announces $2.5 Million Campaign
June 04, 2004

Dr. Ray Hoy, president of Wor-Wic Community College, and Marty Neat, president and CEO of the First Shore Federal Savings and Loan Association and chairman of the campaign steering committee, announced the public phase of a $2.5 million fund-raising campaign at formal kick off ceremonies at the college Tuesday afternoon, attended by key donors, campaign workers, and members of the board of trustees and the college foundation.

Neat announced that gifts and pledges to the Three-Way Challenge Campaign already total almost $1.5 million, not including a matching pledge of $500,000 from the Richard A. Henson Foundation. The Henson pledge is dependent on the college raising an additional $500,000 in new gifts. A significant matching gift could qualify the donor for special recognition, since some rooms and a building have not yet been named.

Hoy explained that the campaign is designed to raise funds in three areas critical to the community: 1) the training of more nurses for area health care facilities; 2) the maintenance of state-of-the art technology; and 3) the provision of on-campus child care services to increase access to higher education for area parents.

In order to address the shortage of nurses on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore, the college recently increased its total number of nursing slots to admit 32 additional students, at a cost of $225,000 per year. Private funds are being sought to maintain the increased size.

More than 10,000 local citizens enroll in credit and non-credit classes at Wor-Wic each year, and rapid changes in technology make it difficult to keep technology current in all of the classrooms and labs. Hoy pointed out that “through a state matching program, we will be able to match, dollar-for-dollar, contributions designated for technology up to $300,000.”

The importance of technology in education was brought to light by the story told by Dana Cody of Snow Hill. A surgical technology student at Chesapeake College, Cody attends class on Wor-Wic’s campus and avoids the 135-mile commute, thanks to a two-way audio-video interactive classroom donated by Verizon Maryland.

The lack of available, affordable and appropriate child care hinders the ability of many local residents to access higher education. An on-campus child care center is planned to help address the problem. The facility will also serve as a high quality lab setting for students enrolled in Wor-Wic’s early childhood education program.

Libby Weisner of Salisbury, a nursing student and the mother of two young children, said she wouldn’t be able to finish the program if her child care needs were not being met. She said she knows of others who have had to drop out of the school due to the lack of child care.

Wor-Wic’s expansion in these areas moves forward at the same time as growth in other areas, including a 38,000 square foot addition to the Student Center, a new Maintenance Building and a new entrance road, all currently under way, and the planned construction of a new Workforce Development Center.

CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCED. Wor-Wic Community College announced the public phase of a $2.5 million Three-Way Challenge Campaign designed to raise money for 1) nursing; 2) technology; and 3) child care. Speaking at formal kick off ceremonies Tuesday at Wor-Wic are, from left, Dr. Ray Hoy, president of Wor-Wic Community College, Dana Cody of Snow Hill, a surgical technology student, Marty Neat, president and CEO of the First Shore Federal Savings and Loan Association, and Libby Weisner of Salisbury, a nursing student at the college.