Progress at Wor-Wic Community College
February 14, 2006

Serving the residents of Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties, Wor-Wic Community College enrolls about 10,000 local residents in credit and non-credit classes each year. The college continues to grow to meet local needs.

To provide campus-based food service to students and employees, the college opened a new Student Center in the fall of 2005. The $8 million building contains a kitchen, 240-seat dining area, an office for student clubs, study space, lounge space, meeting rooms, faculty and staff offices, storage, a cyber café, game room and expanded bookstore.

Construction of a new 6,600 square foot child development center is underway. The center, which is expected to open before the fall of 2006, will provide on-campus child care for students and employees of the college, as well as a hands-on learning environment for Wor-Wic’s early childhood education students.

Architects recently completed the design of a new 45,000 square foot workforce development center. This building, which is slated to open in the fall of 2007, will provide additional classrooms and office space for students and employees in the accounting, business, hotel-motel-restaurant management and office technology programs, as well as continuing education.

A new associate of arts in teaching degree in early childhood education was offered for the first time in the fall of 2005. This program enables students majoring in early childhood education to complete their first two years of a four-year degree at Wor-Wic and enter the four-year school at the junior level.

In the fall of 2006, Wor-Wic will begin offering two back-to-back eight-week sessions, in addition to the regular 14-week fall semester. Three-credit lecture classes will be offered one night a week, from 5:30 to 10:40 p.m., during the new eight-week sessions. Associate degrees in chemical dependency counseling, early childhood education and emergency medical services can be completed by taking a combination of the eight-week fall and spring sessions and the six-and-a-half-week summer sessions. Certificates of proficiency in general business and supervisory development can also be completed using the new format.

This spring, the office of community and continuing education is planning to launch new Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) motorcycle safety courses. Instructors teaching the courses will be MVA Motorcycle Safety Program certified. Three levels of training will be offered: basic rider, basic rider II and experienced rider. Courses are scheduled to begin in March at the college campus on the corner of Route 50 and Walston Switch Road in Salisbury.