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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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Approved by Board of Directors March 9, 2010
Next Annual WCC Foundation Jerry Jernigan Memorial "Drive for Education" Golf Outing
Aug 18 2014
Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center
Join us at this 21st annual golf outing as we again honor Jerry's passion to help many WCC students have a brighter future. Visit golf outing page for more information. Read more on Next Annual WCC Foundation Jerry Jernigan Memorial "Drive for Education" Golf Outing
Thank You for Visiting the Island With Us!
Feb 12 2014
Morris Lawrence Building
This year's Mardi Gras helped raise more than $100,000 for WCC students. Thanks to all who came out in the snow and slush to enjoy our island warmth. Stay tuned for photos which we will post soon!
Judith Hommel Emergency Fund
Feb 11 2014
The Foundation has received several inquiries about how to make a contribution to the Judith Hommel Emergency Fund. For online gifts, visit the Make a Gift link at the top left of this page. Be sure to note in the "gift designation" box that the gift should be applied to the Judith Hommel Emergency Fund. Read more on Judith Hommel Emergency Fund

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