Since 1971, students across the region have been coming to Snyder for one reason, Western Texas College.
"We've grown tremendously. When I came here a little over three years ago, we had about 1,200 students. This semester we're trying to break 2,000." Dr. Greg Williams is President of Western Texas College, a small community college that is growing in not only size but education. "We provide an education for those 18, 19-year-olds right out of school who are not ready to go to Texas Tech or San Angelo or other places. They start here then they transfer."
Before they transfer, they can get a quality education with hands on experience. "We have the vocational programs, so if you want to come out and learn certain skills, like to weld or a skill to take and apply in the workforce."
Dr. Williams says the goal is to create an educated workforce that will put money back into the Snyder economy. "We bring students in from other areas of the country and those students spend dollars in Scurry County. So we think we're a wonderful entity to the community and we're trying to make it better."
Come this fall, athletes will have even more options. "We're starting a volleyball team next year. We have a cross country and track program and we have cheer leading." The college has a nine-hole golf course that is something to cheer about. The Sammy Baugh Golf course is ranked number fourteen in the state by the Dallas Morning News. "We have a golf landscape technology program where you see students come in and work on our golf course in planning designs and things like that. Those people come in from all over the world."
Western Texas College is also known as a stepping stone for the pro-rodeo circuit. Its rodeo program has produced 13 national champions. For more information on the college, ( click here ).