Established in 1869, Weatherford College can still lay claim to be the oldest continuing educational institution west of the Mississippi River. Its District consists of five counties âÂÂ Parker, Palo Pinto, Hood, Jack and Wise. The mission of Weatherford College is to provide effective learning opportunities that enrich the lives of students and the communities it serves. Through its academic transfer and technical and career programs, Weatherford College has developed a national reputation for its academic standard and outstanding career programs. As a publicly-supported, comprehensive community college and a member of the system of higher education, Weatherford College primarily serves the needs of its five-county service area through teaching, research, public service and learning. Through the partnerships with institutions such as the University of Texas at Arlington and Tarleton State University, to name a few, students may also pursue bachelor, master and doctorate degrees. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and many other program-specific accrediting authorities. The programs of study include accounting, agriculture, business administration, computer information systems, education and child care, cosmetology, fine arts, health science, public safety and social science. Weatherford College of the Parker County Junior College District of Weatherford, Texas, has had a long and colourful history. Since its origin in 1869, the College has served tens of thousands in credit and non-credit courses and technical programs. It continues today, stronger than ever, with an even brighter future than any of its originators could have imagined. The building structure which started from 2 stories in 1869 has now expanded into a huge campus which has more than 5000 students studying in the campus. Weatherford College currently has Education Centers in Mineral Wells and Granbury, and the new campus between Decatur and Bridgeport which opened in the fall 2012.