Front row l-r: WCC Board member Hobie Davis, Allison Phillips, WCC Foundation executive director; Dr. Jeff Cox, WCC president; SkyLine President R.C. Mitchell, SkyLine/SkyBest CEO Kim Shepherd, SkyLine Board members Sharon Kasel, D.C. Smith and Jerry Roten. Back row l-r: Chris Robinson, WCC Ashe Campus director; SkyBest Board members Haskell McGuire and Dennis Gambill; SkyLine Board members Tommy Joe Ward, Kenneth McQueen, Bill Burleson, Joe McNeil, and Jim Shepherd

SkyLine Membership Corporation and its subsidiary SkyBest Communications, Inc. have committed to supporting Wilkes Community College’s capital campaign to expand the Ashe Campus through a four-year pledge totaling $50,000.

“Wilkes Community College continues to make a far-reaching impact in the areas of education, workforce training and economic development here in Ashe County,” said SkyLine/SkyBest CEO Kim Shepherd. “We value the partnerships between our organizations and recognize the ongoing efforts this college has either led or actively engaged in to support continued economic growth through business and industry development, innovative programs designed for greater student success and its readiness to create customized training solutions for local business and industry. We view the Ashe Campus of Wilkes Community College as one of our county’s greatest assets and gladly support its commitment toward this campus expansion which will serve our county and citizens for decades to come.”

“SkyLine has been a corporate leader in Ashe County since its inception in 1951, and their gift to our capital campaign continues that progressive tradition,” said Chris Robinson, Vice President of WDCE and the Ashe Campus. “We value our ongoing partnership with SkyLine/SkyBest over the years and are extremely grateful for their efforts to allow us to serve current and future generations of students. We are particularly appreciative of Kim’s leadership and the board of directors for supporting the continued growth of the Ashe Campus and Ashe County as a whole.”

The project includes two new buildings with over 37,000-square-foot combined, which will expand opportunities for students in Ashe County and the service area to include criminal justice, Associate in Science degree, horticulture, and HVAC. The expansion will include additional classroom space, expanded computer labs, state-of-the-art technology which will include a healthcare simulation lab and much more. The Ashe Campus Expansion is projected to cost $12 million and construction is expected to be completed in 2021.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Allison Phillips at 336-838-6491, visit us at, or send a check to Ashe Campus Campaign, PO BOX 504, Jefferson, N.C., 28640.