Texas Community Colleges

WTC Foundation Selects First Recipients for INSPIRE Program


SNYDER—The Western Texas College Foundation (WTC Foundation) is excited to announce the first ever recipients of the newly established WTC Foundation INSPIRE Program.  

(l-r) WTC Employee recipients of the INSPIRE Grant: Dana Fahntrapp, Patrick Schneider,
Marina Gonzales, Lorenzo Sands, Jessica Colvin, and Kat Neilseon

The WTC Foundation Inspire Program provides a straightforward method for staff and faculty to directly request funds from the WTC Foundation for projects supporting education and cultural activities or campus improvements and development. As an institutionally-related foundation, all projects directly relate to Western Texas College and are administered by the College.

This year’s fall INSPIRE program recipients include four projects:

  • Classroom Whiteboard Upgrades for Building 6, spearheaded by Jessica Colvin, WTC Agriculture Instructor, replaces outdated chalk boards with new whiteboards
  • WTC Facebook Training, by Lorenzo Sands, Director of Marketing, provides in-depth training on social media, specifically using Facebook to its greatest advantage
  • Wind Energy Education Expansion by Marina Gonzales, Wind Energy Curriculum Development Specialist, will purchase needed software and additional model wind turbine kits
  • An Instructional 3D Printer, a joint effort between Patrick Schneider, Art Instructor, Marina Gonzales, Wind Energy Curriculum Development Specialist, and Dana Fahntrapp, Petroleum Technology Instructor.

Each project was fully funded. A total of over $11,600 was awarded.  The WTC Foundation plans for a second round of awarding in the spring of 2017.  


About Western Texas College Foundation: The Western Texas College Foundation provides financial assistance to activities and projects that enhance the quality of education at Western Texas College.  The Foundation enables student success through increased opportunities and community involvement. Established in 1977, the Western Texas College Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, has served Western Texas College and its students by soliciting, receiving, and administering gifts and grants for student scholarships, educational and cultural activities, and campus facility improvement and development.