Student Life

The Office of Student Life offers students a wide range of co-curricular programs. It is the belief of the WCC Student Life Office that when students are afforded such opportunities they will graduate with a greater sense of self direction and a higher level of satisfaction with the institution.

All activities (clubs or special events) are advised by staff and faculty members who are committed to providing the kind of dedicated leadership which promotes successful achievement of organizational goals, but which also allows ample freedom for student innovation and decision making.

There are many student activities planned throughout each semester. Check this page frequently and follow us on Instagram for upcoming events and important information!

Please be advised that Wilkes Community College may take photographs at any school functions that may be posted on its website and/or social media web pages and may be used for publicity purposes.

Contact Information

A number of special student activity events are organized for students by the Student Life coordinator through the Student Services Office. The focus of the Student Life program is to provide a wide variety of activities to meet the social, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of the students. Some examples of events organized in the past include canoe trips, horseback riding trips, game shows, dances, health and wellness programs, and community service projects. Additional activities may be added as needs develop and funding and facilities permit. Students are encouraged to share their ideas and assist in the production of these events. Stop by Student Services to learn more.

Upcoming Events

Check the Student Life Moodle course for scheduled events.

Clubs and Organizations

The Animal Science Club allows students of the Animal Science program an opportunity to provide enrichment and encourage student interest in animal agriculture. The Animal Science Club strives to provide services to the animal science industry and community.


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Frank Blevins, BS
Lead Instructor - Animal Science
Phone: 336-838-6188

The purpose of the Architectural Technology Club is to promote interest in the architectural field along with additional education and training above and beyond the classroom. Members are provided the opportunity to meet with successful professionals in the community and to work on special projects and events. The club also coordinates field trips to nationally recognized monuments and buildings.


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Daniel Triplett, AAS
Instructor - Architectural
Phone: 336-838-6406

Assistant Advisor

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Stacie Taylor, BS
Chair of Applied Engineering Tech Area
Phone: 336-838-6551

The Auto Body Club is comprised of students enrolled in Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology.


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Jamie Reavis, AAS
Instructor - Collision Repair
Phone: 336-838-6192

The purpose of the Automotive Systems Technology Club is to allow students to become part of the bigger voice on campus. The club participates in fundraisers, community outreach, and many campus events and activities. Any student enrolled at least part-time in the Automotive Systems Technology program is eligible to join this club.


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John O'Connell, AAS
Instructor - Automotive
Phone: 336-838-6284

The purpose of the Building Construction Club is to promote interest in the building construction field along with provide additional education
and training above and beyond the classroom. The organization is open to students enrolled in the Building Construction Program and have a GPA of 2.0 or above.


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Shane Allen, AAS
Lead Instructor - Building Construction Technologies
Phone: 336-838-6409

Club Biz is a combination of business programs and is designed to bring together students and faculty of business and accounting and also members of the business community so that students may further their knowledge and interest in business and accounting professions. Club Biz will promote and foster the development of leadership and employability skills of business and accounting students.


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Matt Baldwin, MS
Lead Instructor - Business Administration
Phone: 336-838-6161

The WCC Club of the Arts strives to bring together students, faculty, and members of graphic and fine arts and photography so that students may further their knowledge and interest in the arts. The WCC Club of the Arts will serve as an avenue for creative persons to come together as a group to promote and foster the development of leadership and employability in the arts field.


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Amber Arnder, BS
Lead Instructor - Advertising & Graphic Design
Phone: 336-838-6410

Collegiate Future Farmers of America (CFFA) enhances the collegiate experience through service and engagement to create premier leaders, enable personal growth, and ensure career success. As the first North Carolina community college to establish a CFFA club, WCC joins the ranks of NCSU, NC A&T SU, and Mount Olive University as the only collegiate chapters in the state of North Carolina. Students from any program of study can join the CFFA club.


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Donna Riddle, MS
Instructor - Horticulture
Phone: 336-838-6435

The Culinary & Baking Club is comprised of students who are enrolled in the Culinary Technology program. The primary purpose of this club is to provide scholarships to members with monies earned through career enhancing experiences. The club offers opportunities for fellowship with other students and industry professionals in order to provide the members with network opportunities within their chosen professions.


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Celena Nilo, AAS
Lead Instructor - Culinary Arts
Phone: 336-838-6506

Assistant Advisor

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Chuck Wallace, BS
Lead Instructor - Baking and Pastry Arts
Phone: 336-838-6574

The WCC Dental Assisting Club offers dental assisting students accepted into the program an opportunity to participate in on-campus and community activities. Club members strive to inform their fellow students and the community of the importance of proper dental care. The club provides opportunities for students to attend local and state meetings to share ideas and information pertinent to their field. This club provides assistance in making local contacts for employment after graduation.


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Jennifer Hastings, MA,CDA
Lead Instructor - Dental Assisting
Phone: 336-838-6253

The purpose of the Diesel Club is to provide students with educational and networking opportunities in the academic and diesel transportation communities. Students that are registered in a diesel program at Wilkes Community College are eligible for membership.


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Mike Murphy, AAS
Instructor - Diesel & Heavy Equipment
Phone: 336-838-6243

Assistant Advisors

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Spencer Dagenhardt, AAS
Instructor - Diesel & Heavy Equipment
Phone: 336-838-6468
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Jonah Severt, AAS
Instructor - Diesel & Heavy Equipment
Phone: 336-838-6239


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Bryan Hartzog, BS
Lead Instructor - CNC Machining
Phone: 336-838-6228

Assistant Advisors

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Keith Casey, AAS
Lead Instructor - Computer Engineering and Robotics
Phone: 336-838-6486
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Jason Hodge, AAS
Lead Instructor-Industrial Systems
Phone: 336-838-6227
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Stacie Taylor, BS
Chair of Applied Engineering Tech Area
Phone: 336-838-6551

The mission of the GPS Club is to provide opportunities for campus community members to expand their perspectives regarding global issues, world cultures, and ease in interacting with people from cultures outside their familiar communities. The club will serve as a vehicle for coordinating and funding globally centered events and activities for those earning the Global Perspectives Scholar distinction as well as for the campus community in general.

Wilkes Campus Advisor

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Dayna Brower, MA
Instructor - Spanish
Phone: 336-838-6154

Ashe Campus Advisor

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Rickey Laws, MDiv
Instructor - History
Phone: 336-903-3120

The mission of the HELP Club is to engage students within the community to make a difference in families with young children within the Wilkes Community College service area. The club takes part in a variety of on campus and off campus activities.


The Horticulture Club is open to students enrolled in classes in the Horticulture program. The club takes part in community outreach by sponsoring wreath/roping sales and plant sales. Members are active in volunteer activities on campus through student activities and events.


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Donna Riddle, MS
Instructor - Horticulture
Phone: 336-838-6435

Assistant Advisor

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Frank Blevins, BS
Lead Instructor - Animal Science
Phone: 336-838-6188

The purpose of the Human Services Club is to provide for the personal and professional development of students in preparation as human service workers. The club focuses on personal values, motivation, orientation towards human service work, interpersonal relationships, and communication skills. It also seeks to provide mentors for students entering human services. Membership requirements include enrollment in the Human Services Technology program, interest in development of self and community, and motivation to set a professional example in the helping field.


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Director-Medical Assisting and Human Services Technology
Phone: 336-838-6523

The purpose of the Medical Assisting Club is to promote interest in the medical assisting field and to assist with professional development. The club networks with the local chapter of medical assistants that is affiliated with the state and national levels of the American Association of Medical Assistants. The club identifies special needs within the community, and members try to gear their projects toward assisting with those needs. Membership is open to students who are enrolled in the Medical Assisting program.


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Whitney Golding, CMA (AAMA)
Instructor - Medical Assisting
Phone: 336-838-6526

The National Technical Honor Society is America’s foremost scholastic honor for excellence in workforce education. Members represent the top 5% of students enrolled in vocational and technical programs. The WCC chapter encourages students to set goals and challenges them to give their best. Members are students who have earned an excellent scholastic record and demonstrate critical workplace values – honesty, responsibility, technical skill, teamwork, initiative, leadership, and good citizenship.

Membership is by invitation and is extended to students who:

  1. are enrolled in a technical or vocational degree program at Wilkes Community College;
  2. have accumulated 24 semester hours; and
  3. have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or greater.

Freshmen who have been previously enrolled in a high school chapter will be accepted into the WCC chapter upon meeting the WCC criteria outlined above.


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Kristy Caldwell, AAS
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 336-838-6218
Fax: 336-903-3203

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the international honor society for two-year college students. The purpose of PTK is to recognize and encourage scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and service among two-year college students. Its members enter into an intellectual and cultural fellowship that extends beyond a particular campus to regional and national networks. Through the achievement of these goals, Phi Theta Kappans continue to enrich themselves, their communities, and society.

Membership is extended by invitation. To be considered for membership, a student must:

  1. be enrolled at Wilkes Community College;
  2. have accumulated 20 credit hours that can be applied to an associate degree;
  3. have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or greater; and
  4. enjoy full rights of citizenship of one’s country.

To maintain membership, a minimum GPA of 3.40 is required.

Phi Theta Kappa members in good standing are eligible to wear the gold honors stole and tassel during the commencement ceremony.


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Nolan Belk, PhD
Lead Instructor - English/Director of Honors
Phone: 336-838-6507

The Radiography Club is comprised of students enrolled in the Radiography program.


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Courtney Lackey, BSRT (R) (M) (VS)
Clinical Coordinator of Radiography Program
Phone: 336-838-6438

Assistant Advisor

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Linda Wilkes, MSRS RRA RT (R) (CT)
Director of Radiography
Phone: 336-838-6490

The purpose of Relationship Not Religion (RNR) is to promote a spiritual and Christian atmosphere on campus. Membership is open to all currently enrolled students. Activities include weekly Bible study meetings, mission activities, community outreach, and retreats with students who attend other colleges and universities in North Carolina. The club is sponsored by the Baptist State Convention of N.C., Brushy Mountain Baptist Association, Stone Mountain Baptist Association, First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro, Wilkesboro Baptist Church, and friends of the RNR.

All WCC students, regardless of denomination, are invited to join in on the fun and fellowship of the WCC RNR.


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Melonie Kilby, MBA
Chair of Business and Technologies
Phone: 336-838-6163

The purpose of the Respiratory Therapy Association is to promote interest in respiratory therapy, assist with professional development, and encourage community involvement. Membership is open to all students who are enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy program.


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Clinical Education Coordinator - Respiratory Therapy
Phone: 336-838-6512

Rotaract is a worldwide organization of college men and women who believe they can make a difference. Through community and international service projects, Rotaractors help improve the lives of others. In so doing, they develop leadership and professional skills and establish a network of friends. Rotaract is friendship in action. Club activities include Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup; Make A Difference Day; walkathons to raise awareness and money for projects; volunteering at the county fair, MerleFest, and other college functions; assisting with foster care Christmas Party; supporting local food pantries; and a variety of social events.

Advisors – Wilkes Campus

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Beth Foster, BS
Director of Work Based Learning
Phone: 336-838-6173
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Annie Woodford, MA
Instructor - English
Phone: 336-838-6133

Alleghany Center

Advisor TBA. For more information, contact:

Student Ambassadors will represent a group of positive, enthusiastic, and well-informed representatives of the student body who are interested in working with faculty, staff and students to promote the colleges programs and services. Ambassadors assist with campus tours, official college/foundation events, and other recruitment activities.


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Morgan Staley, BS
Coordinator of Recruiting
Phone: 336-838-6509

Assistant Advisor

SOBiE strives to connect all students with resources and build a network of support. The club does this by offering yearly disability awareness events and monthly meetings. The club strives to replace the walls of misunderstanding, discrimination, and judgment with long-lasting friendships. This club hopes to provide a means of social interaction for students who may feel different from many of their peers, in addition to raising awareness on campus of the needs of the students with disabilities.


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April Teague, AA
Assistant, Office of Disability, Inclusion, and Diversity
Phone: 336-838-6434
Fax: 336-903-3154

Assistant Advisor

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Renee Macemore, MS
Director of Disability, Inclusion, & Diversity
Phone: 336-838-6560
Fax: 336-903-3209

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the official representative of the student body at Wilkes Community College. Officers and representatives are elected each year and work with the students in organizing a variety of activities throughout the year. In addition, SGA approves charters for organizations and allocates funds for student events. It also provides leadership in student affairs and assists in the development of programs for the betterment of the college. The SGA president serves as an ex-officio member of the college’s Board of Trustees and participates in the review of policies that will affect student life at Wilkes Community College.

The SGA is a member of the North Carolina Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association (N4CSGA). Each year, students are given the opportunity to attend conferences sponsored by this organization, which allows them to learn more about student activities/student government. It is not necessary to hold an elected position to attend SGA meetings. SGA meetings are held on the first and third Thursday of each month during fall and spring semesters.


For more information, contact:

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Kendra Perkins, MA
Director of Curriculum and Student Services
Phone: 336-903-3116
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Loretta Johnson, AAS
Office Manager
Phone: 336-903-3113
Fax: 336-903-3163

The purpose of the Student Nurses Association is to promote interest in and knowledge of nursing in the college community and to act as “a big brother or big sister” to entering nursing students. Membership is open to all students enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing program.

1st Year Advisor

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Jayne Phipps-Boger, MSN, RN
Instructor - Nursing
Phone: 336-838-6411

1st Year Assistant Advisor

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Billie Shumate, MSN, RN
Phone: 336-838-6254

2nd Year Advisor

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Valerie Bailey, MSN, RN
Instructor - Nursing
Phone: 336-838-6257

2nd Year Assistant Advisors

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Emily Orr, MSN, RN
Director of Nursing
Phone: 336-838-6573
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Dawn Hendren, MSN, RN
Instructor - Nursing
Phone: 336-838-6250

WCC SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA serves the students who are enrolled in programs, preparing them for technical, skilled, and service careers. SkillsUSA complements students’ technical training by teaching them leadership skills, teamwork, citizenship, and character development, all things that help shape responsible, reliable employees who will one day become leaders in our workplaces.


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Hardin Kennedy, BOE
Chair of Transportation Technologies
Phone: 336-838-6219
Fax: 336-903-3204

The purpose of the Welding Club is to provide an organization within which its members are enabled to freely assemble and further the social contact and educational process of its members, as well as provide a civic service for Wilkes Community College and the entire surrounding community.


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Jayden Gantt, AGE
Lead Instructor - Welding
Phone: 336-838-6208

Gilreath Wellness Center

The Gilreath Wellness Center is named in honor of former Student Services Staff Member, Reverend Coot Gilreath. It is located on the first floor of Alumni Hall. It contains several types of fitness equipment and is traditionally open during regular college operating hours for current Wilkes Community College faculty, staff and curriculum students. All users must first attend a 10 minute certification session which is offered the first few weeks of each semester. Sessions are posted outside the door of the center and emailed to students at the start of the new semester. A valid student id is required for use of this wellness center.

For more information, contact:

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Michael Roope, EdS, LCMHC
Coordinator, Career Services
Phone: 336-838-6147