Located on a wooded 155-acre campus in Waycross, the seat of Ware County, Waycross College serves as the center of higher education for rural southeast Georgia. A two-year college in the University System of Georgia, Waycross College provides higher education for the citizens of a ten-county area, with off-campus classes offered in neighboring Jesup.
The education building was completed in 1984, and a physics/electronics classroom and laboratory were added to that building in 1996. A state-of-the-art student services center, named after the college's first president, James M. Dye, and a $4.6 million addition to the physical education building were completed in the spring of 2000.
Four presidents have led the college: James M. Dye (1976-95), interim president Ted C. Harris (1995-96), Barbara P. Losty (1996-2006), and David A. Palmer (2006-2011). Mary Ellen Wilson was appointed interim president in 2011.
The college's mission is to provide accessible, affordable educational opportunities through a comprehensive range of programs and services that include associate degrees, which prepare students for careers and/or the opportunity to transfer to four-year colleges; partnerships and collaborative programs with other institutions; certificate and career preparation programs; educational support services; lifelong-learning educational programs; and public service.
Waycross College offers thirty associate degree programs in a variety of fields, including agricultural/environmental sciences, business education, child development, computer information systems, cosmetology, criminal justice, drafting, forest technology, health information management, history, medical technology, physical therapy, physics, pre-engineering technology, pre-nursing, psychology, respiratory therapy, and teacher education.
Waycross College is a nonresidential college. Enrollment in fall 2005 was 882 students; the average student age is 26.4 years, and 73.6 percent are female. African Americans comprise 20.4 percent of students, with other minorities accounting for an additional 3 to 3.5 percent of the student body. Nontraditional students can apply for the Adults Start College grants, which are offered by the Waycross College Foundation.
John Vanchella, Waycross College
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