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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."

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Please join us for our 30th "Golden" Mardi Gras!
Feb 6 2016
Morris Lawrence Building
Our annual Mardi Gras raises vital funds that help students reach their academic goals and gives support to classroom initiatives. Join us for a golden opportunity to dine, dance, and delight in a wonderful evening of merriment. Read more on Please join us for our 30th "Golden" Mardi Gras!
22nd Annual WCC Foundation Jerry Jernigan Memorial "Drive for Education" Golf Outing
Aug 17 2015
Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center
Last year the golf outing drove a true hole-in-one for our WCC students, raising $92,000! This year we are determined to raise the score! Mark your calendars for August 17, 2015 to participate. Visit the golf outing page for more information.
Mark Your Calendars to Experience the Annual WCC Foundation Women's Council Luncheon
Apr 21 2015
Morris Lawrence Building
The 19th annual luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 11:30am. Plan to attend to experience the heartfelt and inspiring stories and hear keynote speaker, Mary Sue Coleman, tell the rest of the story! Visit here to learn more about the luncheon and the work for the Women's Council.

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