Wharton County Junior College Breaks Ground to Expand their Richmond Campus
A large-scale construction project at Wharton County Junior College’s Richmond campus will provide better opportunities for Cosmetology and Process Technology students. Commissioner Beard was in attendance with the groundbreaking team as they ready for the renovation of existing space as well as create an additional wing at the Richmond facility.
Rosenberg-based Bass Construction Co. will oversee the project, which carries an estimated price tag of more than $1.75 million, not including equipment and furnishings. Work is expected to be completed by Aug. 18, with a ribbon cutting celebration announced later this fall.
The renovation portion of the project will include the upgrading of roughly 9,000 square feet formerly utilized by Texas State Technical College. TSTC relocated last year to a new facility off of U.S. 59 in Rosenberg. WCJC will utilize the space for the Cosmetology and Process Technology programs.
“Wharton County Junior College is committed to offering relevant programs that will allow students to achieve personal goals as well as obtain the skills needed for gainful employment,” said WCJC President Betty McCrohan. “We feel that the project at the Richmond campus will allow us to provide more opportunities for these students while providing the educational and training opportunities necessary to meet community needs.”
In addition to the renovation, a new 3,600 square foot wing will also be constructed as part of the overall design. Plans are to dedicate that space to the Cosmetology program. The additional space will provide new work stations and allow the college to accommodate an estimated 40 students for the coming fall semester.
The project will also benefit the Process Technology program by adding a computer lab, an open lab, additional classroom space, a turbine generator, and distillation and neutralization skids.
“Both Cosmetology and Process Technology are popular programs that offer students a variety of career options,” McCrohan said. “Wharton County Junior College is dedicated to providing our students with the educational opportunities they need to be successful.”