Western Iowa Tech Community College is celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Cherokee Campus with a reception and food and refreshments from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at 200 Victory Dr.
At the same time, local WITCC officials we will be officially introducing the new President of the College, Dr. Terry Murrell.
Wonderful refreshments will be served and the event is open to the community. This is a great opportunity for all members of the community to see the beautiful WITCC campus, visit with friends, and share input on what services and programs may be needed for the next 15 years.
"We are so very proud of the Cherokee WITCC Campus and pleased to be celebrating our 15th Anniversary," said Darla Struck, Director of the Cherokee WITCC Campus and Northern Service Area.
"To be able to introduce our new President Dr. Terry Murrell to the community during this significant milestone only enhances this special celebration."
In his final Advisory Board meeting in Cherokee in May, retired WITCC President Dr. Robert Dunker spoke of his fondness and admiration for Cherokee "WITCC Pioneers" Joe Lundsgaard and Joan Ballantyne, who teamed with Dunker to establish the WITCC facility in Cherokee 15 years ago.
Dunker makes no bones about the importance Joe and Joan played in partnering with him to make the "dream of a WITCC facility in Cherokee" come to fruition in 1996 through their dedication, labors, and persuasiveness for the cause.
In response, Ballantyne thanked Dunker for his faith in Cherokee and his expertise in guiding them through the process, with much of the cost of the facility raised locally during fund-raising and planning for more than three years. WITCC and then-available grant monies also combined with local fund-raising to pay for the facility.
Dunker said when he was hired as WITCC President in 1991, the major item on his plate was to reach out to rural communities to help grow the Sioux City-based college, and the Cherokee Campus soon became an integral part of that initiative.
"WITCC is now a big part of the fabric of this community," explained Dunker. "It would not have happened without the vision, fortitude, and tenacity of Joe and Joan. The Cherokee Campus now hosts a multiplicity of functions and without Joe and Joan, none of this would have taken place. The future is indeed bright for the Cherokee Campus in Darla's and Terry's (Dr. Murrell) hands."