Woodland Community College Foundation supports four WCC programs

Four Woodland Community College programs will benefit from the proceeds of the WCC Foundation’s
Fourth Annual Founders’ Day Dinner, Friday, March 11, 2016.

These programs include:

  • the Dorothy Minges Student Emergency Fund (up to $2,000),
  • the Cash for College annual event ($500),
  • WCC’s Student Research Symposium program ($500), and
  • textbook replacement for WCC’s Lake County Campus students who were victims of last fall’s raging fires ($3,000).

The Student Emergency Fund supports WCC students who face sudden financial hardships that threaten their academic pursuits.

Annually WCC’s Financial Aid Office hosts in cooperation with the Cash for College Coalition and other
partners an on-campus Saturday event assisting area high school seniors with completion of college financial
aid applications. Over 100 students and parents attend and receive assistance from about 50 volunteers.

Yolo County high seniors and parents participate in Cash for College Day at Woodland Community College, which
provides assistance in applying for financial aid for college. The Woodland Community College Foundation
supported this event.

The Foundation chose to support the Student Research Symposium after reviewing multiple campus-based requests
for Foundation funding. This new application process was created to broaden the Foundation’s ability to
understand and support the great variety of student success programs at WCC.

Immediately following the 2015 Lake County fires, it became apparent that scores of students were without
homes and, thus access to textbooks. The College administration and WCCF Directors acted quickly to
establish emergency relief accounts. One such account allowed Lake County Campus students to “purchase”
textbooks and school items using vouchers. Proceeds from this year’s Founder’s Day will pay off the voucher
debt for these needy students.

Each of these programs also have received support from individual and organizational donors.
Additionally, other WCC programs will benefit from donors or event sponsors who specify the WCC
program they wish their contribution to support.

The 2016 Founders’ Day Dinner, which annually honors some of those who have helped Woodland Community College grow,
will feature food prepared by Buckhorn Catering with beer, wine and soft beverages included, and background music
during the social hour. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the program following.

The 2015-16 honorees include original faculty members Jim Lawson and the late Lee Mitchell; WCC graduate and
preschool operator and community volunteer Tania Garcia-Cadena; retired administrative assistant Sunny Foster;
former Woodland Mayor Marlin “Skip” Davies, who after retiring from the Los Rios Community College District, served
four times as an interim dean for Woodland Community College; and First Five Yolo, a supporting Yolo County agency.

Gary Sandy, Yuba Community College Trustee representing Woodland and current Board President, will once again
emcee the program, which will celebrate each honoree’s contributions to the growth of Woodland Community College.

Tickets to the event are $50 per person. Reservations may be made online at wcc.yccd.edu/foundation, or by sending
a check payable to “WCC Foundation” to: Ana Villagrana, Secretary to the President, Woodland Community College
Foundation, 2300 E. Gibson Road, Woodland, CA 95776. For additional information, please call (530) 661-5711.