Wytheville Community College is a two-year college located in Wytheville, Virginia. One of the 23 schools in the Virginia Community College System, the college opened in 1963 as a two-year branch of Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. WCC joined the VCCS when it was formed in 1967. The college serves the citizens of Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth (Marion and eastward), and Wythe counties, and the City of Galax. WCC offers nearly thirty academic programs, which include university parallel programs (transfer), occupational-technical programs, and health professions programs. The college awards the associates degree, diplomas, and certificates. The current president is Dr. Dean Sprinkle.
The first building on the permanent site, Fincastle Hall, was occupied in September of 1968. Bland Hall, which now houses primarily the colleges administrative offices, and an occupational-technical classroom building, Carroll Hall, were occupied during the 1970-71 academic year. A nursing and allied health building, Galax Hall, was completed in the spring of 1973. An occupational-technical building, Grayson Hall, was dedicated in the spring of 1985. Smyth Hall, the colleges learning resource center, was completed and dedicated in the spring of 1998.
In June of 1998, the President of WCC officially declared the school colors to be maroon and white. The official school mascot is the wildcat. The school colors and mascot are used in a variety of settings, including extramural sports and other activities.
Wytheville Community College (WCC) evaluates success with respect to student achievement consistent with its mission of “providing access to lifelong learning within an environment of academic excellence.”
The College evaluates student achievement by means of external and internal reviews for each program area. The evaluation criteria support the College mission and include enrollment, retention, graduation, transfer, and employment data as well as national and state certification and licensing examination results.
As one of 23 colleges within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), WCC receives benchmark data from the VCCS annually for each of the criteria used for evaluating student achievement. The State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) also publishes data via the SCHEV website that is specific to WCC and other Virginia educational institutions. WCC expects to exceed a threshold of achievement that is greater than national or state averages that are consistent with current trends in education.