Four years ago, after Rachelle Rose gave birth to her child, she decided that she wanted
to pursue a career in the nursing field and in Labor and Delivery in particular. But her
decision was sealed when her father, who had been on dialysis for years, passed away in 2002.
"Because I was in the Nursing program here my family looked to me to answer questions about
my father's health," says Rose. "I realized that I had to know what all these terms meant."
For the last three semesters Rose has been assisted with scholarships from the Foundation.
This semester Rose received the Lloyd H. Haas scholarship established by Jake and Anne Haas
in memory of Jake's father. Jake realizes that funding scholarships through the Foundation
is a good idea because it plays a unique role in the community. "I look at WCC as a golden
egg for the community, a tremendous resource. I've watched the College evolve since 1965 to
become a dominant force in educating our workforce," says Haas.
"I want to give back to the community that was so good to me and my family," says Rose.
The Nursing program at WCC is one of the toughest in the state and Rose is working hard to prepare
herself for the state certifying exam. Without the support from the Foundation she would never
be so close to her educational goal.
"I recently met a man in his 30s who thought it was too late to start his career. I told him
that it is never too late and that WCC can help. WCC helps financially and offers classes that
can fit into a busy schedule. I told him there's no excuses."