The 2014-2015 academic year marks the Wenatchee Valley College's 75th anniversary. What started as a private institution in Wenatchee in 1939 as the result of donations from 51 local citizens soon grew to become part of the state's public higher education system. Originally, classes were held on the third floor of the Wenatchee High School building on the corner of King and Idaho streets until the donation of the A. Z. Wells home in 1949.
Today, the Wenatchee Valley College district boasts two campuses that serve an area the size of Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined, covering more than 10,000 square miles of Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties.
Together, the Wenatchee and Omak campuses serve nearly 7,500 students, 462 full- and part-time employees and feature 692 associate degree graduates. The result is a $19.7 million annual contribution to the regional economy.
As part of the anniversary celebration, we'll be hosting a series of events throughout the academic year to celebrate the history, heritage and evolution of Wenatchee Valley College.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 11 from 1-4 p.m. for a community celebration and open house on the Wenatchee campus. You're invited to join us for a BBQ, live music and campus tours designed to showcase the successes of Wenatchee Valley College.
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Save the Date
Friday, Sept.12, 9 a.m.
WVC Athletic Booster Club Golf Tournament
Highlander Golf Course
Saturday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m.
Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra event: A Musical Evening with Nikolas Caoile and Jeff Brooks. Tickets: $40, 509.663.2787 or numericapac.org or at the door. Questions and information: 509.667.2640.
WVC Valentine's Concert and Dance with the WVC Chamber Singers and Wenatchee Swingin' Big Band. Enjoy music, dancing, radio show comedy skits, heavy hors d'oeuvres and dessert treats. Admission: $25 adults, $12 students (WVC and K-12), $180/table of 8. Proceeds benefit the Knights of Music club. Reservations required for this event-purchase tickets here.
Wells Hall Campus Theater
Friday, Feb. 13
WVC Knight at the Wenatchee Wild. Sponsored by Associated Students of WVC and WVC Alumni Association. Wenatchee Wild vs Topeka Roadrunners. Tickets for alumni, students and staff: $2 with minimum two item canned/non-perishable food donation, $5 without. Tickets may be purchased through the Student Programs office in Van Tassell Center starting Jan. 1.
Town Toyota Center
Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m.
WVC Almost Spring Friends and Family Concert with the WVC Chamber Singers. Admission: $5/person, $10/family. Proceeds to benefit Choir Assistance Fund.
The Grove Recital Hall, MAC
Saturday, Mar. 21, 6 p.m.
Winetasia, "Puttin' on the Glitz." $100/person, $1,000 sponsored table. Proceeds benefit the WVC Foundation Area of Greatest Needs and Scholarship Fund. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, call 509.682.6410.
Wenatchee Golf & Country Club
Friday, May 1, Time TBD
Grand opening and dedication of the new Hazel Allen Burnett Hall.
WVC at Omak campus
Sunday, June 7, 4 p.m.
75th Anniversary Music Series Season Finale: Volta Piano Trio. Sponsored by the James Pauly Family and Earl and Barbara Tilly. Concert features the premiere performance of Terry Hunt's "Wendell Berry Songs" for piano trio, alto flute, guitar and voice. Volta is accompanied by composer Hunt (guitar), Jennifer Rhyne (flute), Steve Stefanides (voice) and Derek Sheffield (speaker). Reservations required for this free event.
The Juse Music Project CD release party, featuring live performances of songs written by second-year WVC music students. Admission: $10 adults, $5 students. The CD will be available for purchase, with proceeds going toward the Knights of Music program.