2022-2023 Catalog

President’s Message

Dr. Joel Welch

Dear Students,

You have probably been asked many times in your life what do you want to be when you grow up? When we are young, that question is usually easy, and we snap off an answer quickly, but then we grow up, and reality sets in, and we realize that we are not sure what we want to be. No one is born knowing what they want to do with their lives. We find our path forward through experiences that shape and define the work that we care about, and that will contribute to our community. If you already know what your career path is, the staff and faculty at Western Piedmont Community College stand ready to partner with you to give you your best opportunity to successfully meet your goals. However, you may be looking for assistance in choosing a career path, and that is ok because, at Western Piedmont Community College, we will help you find the best path to a successful career. It doesn't matter what level you are starting from because we offer experiences that range from pre-college basic skills classes to university preparation to technical programs designed to help you enter the 21st-century workforce; WPCC is the place to help you start an education pathway that leads to universities or gets you ready to start a career quickly. Our faculty and staff are excited and ready to partner with you to develop an educational plan that gives you your best opportunity for success.

For over fifty years, WPCC has welcomed students into our classes, and we have thousands of success stories to prove that what we do changes lives for the good. We have a deeply committed faculty and staff that will come alongside of you to explore, identify and achieve your educational goals. We offer classes in flexible formats providing classes to fit almost any schedule, including face-to-face classes, hybrid classes, and online classes in many of our programs. We have state-of-the-art labs, small classes, and the best instructors in higher education. All of our resources are aligned with students' success.

I am pleased that you are considering or have chosen to attend Western Piedmont Community College. I look forward to seeing you on campus, and I look forward to helping you achieve your goals.


Joel D. Welch, Ph.D.,PE