The Wilkes Community College Board of Trustees met on Thursday, January 9 at the John A. Walker Center.

The board approved to discontinue the Federal Aid Student Loan Program at WCC due to high default rates.

Wilkes Community College is one of 15 community colleges still offering federal direct student loans, which can be a viable way to finance college, but some students become burdened with unnecessary debt and are unable to pay back their loans.

The Cannon Foundation Board approved a grant to the Wilkes Community College Foundation that will be used for the Ashe Campus Expansion.

The board approved the two new programs: Agriculture Systems Technology and Construction Equipment Systems Technology. Both programs are in the NC Community College system’s Mobile Equipment Maintenance and Repair pathway. The programs will be submitted to the NC Community College system office and the State Board of Community Colleges for final approval.