Window World’s MerleFest Sponsorship to Aid College

April 18th, 2017 by Editor

Window World’s sponsorship of the 2017 MerleFest music festival, scheduled for April 27-30 in Wilkesboro, N.C., will help raise funds for Wilkes Community College’s satellite campuses in nearby Ashe County.

The Ashe Campus expansion will bring a 30,000-square-feet addition to the building currently in use. Included in the new plans are a vast increase in general classroom space, a state-of-the-art healthcare simulation lab, a chemistry and physics lab, a cosmetology lab and potentially an Early College High School.

With healthcare programs at the campus in increasing demand, the new healthcare simulation lab will give students the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in a simulated hospital environment. The chemistry and physics lab will allow the WCC Ashe Campus to offer a full Associate in Science degree for the first time in its history, and the Early College High School will be a fully operational high school where students can obtain their high school diploma and associate degree in only five years with no additional cost included.

“We are excited about these new opportunities for our community and look forward to welcoming many more students to their local college in Ashe for postsecondary education,” said Allison Phillips, executive director of the Wilkes Community College Foundation.

This year’s MerleFest marks the 30th celebration of the annual event, and it will take place April 27-30. With its roots in traditional, bluegrass and Americana music, MerleFest has expanded in recent years to include musical artists from multiple genres including blues, country and rock. The festival expects to see over 80,000 guests this year from around the world. Highlights from this year’s scheduled performers include the Zac Brown Band, The Transatlantic Sessions hosted by Jerry Douglas and Aly Bain featuring James Taylor, and the Avett Brothers.

Window World has been the festival’s highest-level sponsor since 2015 and is committed to supporting MerleFest in that capacity through 2021.

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