Seven years ago Dave Pepper owned a moving and storage company and thought his life was going
along just fine. But one evening a disgruntled former employee barged in and shot Pepper and
two other employees in the head as they lay face down. Pepper was the only one to survive. He
has had to re-learn to walk, talk, eat, and dress himself. Today he focuses his life on his
spirituality and on his education, which has begun again at WCC.
"I use my mind now instead of my body," says Pepper. "Thank God for the WCC Foundation. They
pick up where the Pell Grants leave off."
Because Pepper ran his own business, he didn't think he needed an education. But now he is working
hard to pursue his dreams of helping others by getting his degree in counseling.
He participates in the M-TIES program, now renamed M-POD, that smoothes the transition from WCC to the University of
Michigan. In the meantime he has become a minister.
"I don't take life for granted anymore. I love learning but I have to study twice as hard because
I have memory problems," says Pepper. "The College and the WCC Foundation have literally taken me
by the hand and made my new beginning possible. God, in his glory, directed my path to WCC and
to the Foundation."
We are thrilled to welcome the following sharp and engaging community members to the WCC Foundation board: Stefanie Carter, Kris Good, Jeff Patton, John Petz, and Laurie Wadhams. We are also sad to bid farewell to the following outgoing board members (and we're forever indebted to their service!): Mike Galea, Rene Greff, Carey Jernigan, Soni Mithani, and Maria Thompson.
Thanks for a Great Outing!
Aug 19 2013
204 golfers came out to support the students of WCC by playing golf. (The most golfers ever at this event!) Thanks to the players, the sponsors, and those that purchased items from the silent auction, the Jerry Jernigan Memorial Golf Outing raised just shy of $100,000. Read more on Thanks for a Great Outing!
A cadre of great women take the stage at WCC.
May 15 2013
Morris Lawrence Building
Sign-up: begins Mar 15, 2013, 12:00
From a student who was told by her family that there is no need for women to get an education to the daughter of one of our country's most famous scientists, the message from the WCC stage was clear: women can achieve their dreams. Read more on A cadre of great women take the stage at WCC.
Meet a scholarship recipient and hear more about what a critical difference receiving support makes.