Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC), established in 1970, is a two-year educational institution located in Youngwood, Pennsylvania, nearly six miles south of Greensburg. Westmoreland County Community Colleges enrollment is typically around 6,500 students per year. In 2009 it broke the 7,000 mark for the first time.
WCCC is accredited to award associates degrees in the arts, as well as associates degrees in applied science. In total, there are 54 associate degrees offered, along with 13 diplomas and 48 certificates. Students looking for a specific skill can complete a single course of study, while others looking to transfer to institutions where they can finish the 4-year degree can start at WCCC.
Westmoreland County Community College receives its accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and School Commission on Higher Education, a body recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. In addition, the American Culinary Federation accredits the Culinary Arts Program, the Baking and Pastry Program and the Food Service Management curriculum; the American Dietetic Association accredits the Dietetic Technician Program; the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the ADA has accredited the Dental Assisting Program; and the PA Board of Nursing has accredited the Nursing Program.
Students at WCCC can pursue associate degrees in the Arts, Accounting, Computer Technology, Criminal Justice, Casino and Gaming, Dental Hygiene, Electronics Engineering Technology, Early Childhood Education, Legal Assisting, Nursing and Web Design, among many other programs of study. Associate of Applied Science coursework may not always transfer to other schools.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Students looking to attend Westmoreland County Community College will be accepted upon completion of high school or upon receipt of a GED. Students under 18, or those who have yet to receive a high school diploma, may qualify to enter WCCC and petition for a diploma after completing 30 credits of coursework. All students must complete the application online and pay the $10 application fee. Once the application is accepted, students will be asked to register and take placement exams (transfer students can bypass exams if grades at previous school are C or better). All transcripts must be sent to the college in order to register and receive financial aid. Admission to Allied Health Programs usually requires further testing and the completion of certain courses. See the website for details on the application process for programs like Dental Assisting, Radiology and Medical Assisting.
Financial Aid — in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work study — is available to any student who qualifies. To apply, you must be a U.S. citizen, have successfully completed high school or a GED program, be enrolled in WCCC programs and maintain good academic standing. Students should complete the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) and also submit the documents required by the WCCC Financial Aid Office. The code for WCCC on the FAFSA form is 010176. Students who wish to apply for the fall semester need to have applications in before mid-April. Westmoreland County Community College has the main semesters of fall and spring, besides some programs which are offered during the summer and on winter break. Typically, students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better to keep their financial aid packages, as well as complete the large majority of classes in which they have enrolled.
Student Financial Aid Details
WCCC goes out of its way to help students to adjust to the rigors of college life. All students are encouraged to take advantage of counseling services available on campus in Youngwood. The Career Planning Center in Founders Hall offers students the opportunity to explore their potential in the workplace. In addition, tutoring and even childcare services are offered to busy parents. The Computer Resource Center in Founders Hall will be an important stop during term paper time for every student. The Grapevine, a newsletter distributed weekly during the spring and fall terms, keeps students informed on happenings around campus. In addition, the Campus Connections website serves as a student meeting place online, where paper topics and academic and social clubs are organized.
Student Enrollment Demographics
There are a number of opportunities for student athletes at Westmoreland County Community College. Mens sports include baseball (Division III NJCAA), basketball, bowling and golf. Womens sports include softball, golf, bowling, basketball and volleyball. The Wolfpack athletics website http://wccc.edu/athletics/index.html keeps students and friends up to date on all the teams.