Located in Salisbury, on Maryland’s beautiful eastern shore, and serving Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties, is Wor-Wic Community College. Wor-Wic Community College was founded in June of 1975, when the State Board for Community Colleges gave the thumbs-up to creating a postsecondary vocational and technical community college for Worcester and Wicomico county residents. This two-year community college has grown considerably over the years and currently enrolls over 11,000 students annually in an average of 2,000 different classes. Wor-Wic students may choose to study at the over 200-acre main campus in Salisbury, or in various locations scattered throughout the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Main campus highlights include Henson Hall home of the nursing and radiologic technology programs, Guerrieri Hall home of the criminal justice department and Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy, the Student Center, the Jordan Center with child care facilities and classroom space for human services students, and the Workforce Development Center home to the continuing education and workforce development division, business department and the hotel-motel-restaurant management department.
Both credit and continuing education/workforce development courses are offered at Wor-Wic Community College, and associate’s degrees are awarded to students completing a minimum of 60 credit hours with a “C” (2.00) or better grade point average. Students may earn associate of applied science, associate of science, associate of arts, and associate of arts in teaching degrees in areas like Chemical Dependency Counseling, Business, Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical Services, Education, Radiologic Technology, Electronics, and Nursing. By working closely with business and industry representatives to formulate relevant programs of study and curricula, Wor-Wic faculty members ensure that students receive practical, real-world training in their chosen field. Non-credit continuing education and training programs are offered in areas like Real Estate Sales & Appraisal, Hospitality & Tourism, Computers, and Floristry & Landscaping. Wor-Wic is also the home of the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy (E.S.C.J.A.), as certified by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions.
A great deal of academic flexibility is awarded to War-Wic students, such as self-paced courses where students work at their own pace to gain valuable field experience at work sites, in the laboratory, or in the classroom. Credit-awarding proficiency examinations are also offered for some courses, as are non-credit course audits, and course substitutions allowable by submitting a “Request for Course Substitution/Waiver” form to an advisor. Technology is applied to give students the freedom of participating in distance learning, with options like hybrid courses which mix classroom and web-based instruction, interactive television courses broadcast to Wor-Wic from other sites around Maryland, and online courses.
At Wor-Wic Community College academic performance is taken very seriously. Although the college operates on an open admission basis, any student who fails to meet academic progress standards may be subject to academic probation, suspension, or dismissal from the institution. Likewise, students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance may qualify for the Honors Program, which provides students perks like smaller classroom sizes, and special elective courses. Honors students also automatically fulfill course requirements for nearby four-year universities Salisbury University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
A variety of scholarship and financial aid options are available to students via the Wor-Wic Financial Aid Office. All students should complete the FAFSA online at the time of their initial application or soon thereafter. Federal financial aid programs include loans, grants, and work-study programs. Additionally students may qualify for a variety of Maryland state scholarships and grants, local merit scholarships, local need-based scholarships, veterans’ benefits and more.
A powerful Wor-Wic financial aid program is the student-to-student scholarship contribution. By voluntarily donating just $1, Wor-Wic students have the potential to raise over $10,000 to award to students with financial need. All contributions are tax deductible.
Students at Wor-Wic are provided many helpful campus services by way of the Student Services Team. Key areas are Career Services, the Child Development Center, Student Activities, Services for Students with Disabilities, and Transfer Resources. Study resources like Learning Assistance Labs are available to help students learn to study and test more efficiently and effectively. The best, most up-to-date information about Student Services can be found in the Student Services “Scoop” newsletter.
On the social side of things, Wor-Wic students gather in the Student Center to grab a bite at the CrossRoads Café, or to learn about campus clubs and organizations. Some examples of campus clubs and organizations are the Alpha Nu Omicron national honor society for two-year college students, the Arts Club, the Gay-Straight Alliance, the Martial Arts Club, the Nursing Student Organization and the Wor-Wic Christian Community. As a commuter campus, students find it important to stay connected and interact with their peers both in and out of the classroom.
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Although Wor-Wic Students wear their teal and blue proudly, the College does not field any inter-collegiate athletic teams at this time. There is, however, a campus fitness center available to students during designated hours. The facility features gym and weight equipment, a gymnasium, and basketball court. Wor-Wic also features outdoor facilities with a quarter-mile mulch track, outdoor exercise equipment, a soccer field, and a volleyball court.
By anonymous donation, Wor-Wic Community College of Salisbury is also the proud owner of the Ocean Resorts WWCC Golf Club. This par-72 course is located off of Route 589 to the west of Ocean City, MD. Interested parties must call ahead, or go online to inquire about tee-time availability.