WCC News: On The Record

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New degree allows multi-disciplinary study across Digital Media Arts programs

Rich Rezler - June 19, 2023

A new associate degree program at Washtenaw Community College will allow students to receive training in multiple disciplines across its Digital Media Arts department.

View Post :   New degree allows multi-disciplinary study across Digital Media Arts programs

tags: Digital Media Arts, Audio Engineering, Digital Video Production, 3D Animation, Web Design, On The Record, Digital Photography, June 2023, Graphic Design

Skilled trades at WCC

WCC welcomes record 5,000+ union trainers to Ann Arbor

Fran LeFort - June 16, 2023

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) will host a record number of more than 5,000 members from five national trades organizations this summer for training to advance their skills. WCC’s partnerships with skilled trades groups have been growing for decades and upcoming visits will result in a projected $20 million economic impact to Washtenaw County and the City of Ann Arbor, according to Destination Ann Arbor.

View Post :   WCC welcomes record 5,000+ union trainers to Ann Arbor

tags: Cement Masons, Plumbers and Pipefitters, On The Record, Electrical Workers, June 2023, Roofers Union, United Association, Ironworkers, Workforce Training, Skilled Trades

Karl Owen

Graduate Profile: Karl Owen, Pre-Engineering Science

Rich Rezler - June 01, 2023

A native of San Jose, Karl Owen came to WCC to capitalize on its transfer relationship with the University of Michigan. And he has no plans to leave the state any time soon.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Karl Owen, Pre-Engineering Science

tags: June 2023, Graduation, STEM Scholars Program, Student Profile, Pre-Engineering, Class of 2023, On The Record

Saydatou Cisse

Graduate Profile: Saydatou Cisse, Sports and Entertainment Management

Rich Rezler - May 30, 2023

Sports have always played a major role in Saydatou Cisse's life. While she attended WCC, she realized sports could extend beyond recreation and entertainment to become a career.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Saydatou Cisse, Sports and Entertainment Management

tags: Student Profile, June 2023, On The Record, Class of 2023, General Studies, Graduation, Sports and Entertainment Management, Sports

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Graduate Profile: Adrian Barden, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Rich Rezler - May 25, 2023

Graduation doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve reached the end of your higher education pursuits. For Adrian Barden, joining the Washtenaw Community College Class of 2023 is just one stop along a much longer journey.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Adrian Barden, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

tags: Graduation, Class of 2023, Business Administration, On The Record, Student Profile, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, June 2023

Lauren Blackford

Graduate Profile: Lauren Blackford, Arts Management

Rich Rezler - May 23, 2023

Lauren Blackford played her first gig in September 2020, the same week she started classes at WCC. One week after completing her final WCC class in early May 2023, she was in a studio recording on her first EP.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Lauren Blackford, Arts Management

tags: liberal arts, Graduation, On The Record, Student Profile, June 2023, Arts Management

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Graduate Profile: Susan Hamady, Photography

Rich Rezler - May 23, 2023

Susan Hamady earned a bachelor’s degree in 1968 and a master’s degree in 1980. But the 76-year-old Ann Arbor resident had never walked in a graduation ceremony … until Sunday.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Susan Hamady, Photography

tags: Photography, Emeritus Program, Graduation, Digital Photography, Student Profile, On The Record, Class of 2023, June 2023

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Washtenaw HBCU Day expected to draw 400 high school, WCC students

Fran LeFort - May 22, 2023

Local high school students are invited to attend to learn more about WCC’s HBCU Pathway, a robust program with transfer agreements to five Historically Black Colleges & Universities.

View Post :   Washtenaw HBCU Day expected to draw 400 high school, WCC students

tags: On The Record, HBCU Day, Diversity, HBCU Pathway, June 2023

Brian Scott and Michelle Julet

Six entrepreneurs take home prize money from Pitch@WCC

Rich Rezler - May 17, 2023

Judges picked Brian Scott, owner of Broadcast Boot Camp, as the winner of the night's largest prize. He earned $7,500 for having the top pitch in the "Build" category.

View Post :   Six entrepreneurs take home prize money from Pitch@WCC

tags: June 2023, On The Record, Entrepreneurship Center, Entrepreneurship, Pitch@WCC

Exemplary Course Program Award Winner logo

Three more WCC online classes deemed 'exemplary'

Rich Rezler - May 17, 2023

Online versions of three WCC classes are among the 27 courses at colleges and universities around the world named 2023 Exemplary Course Program Award winners by Anthology.

View Post :   Three more WCC online classes deemed 'exemplary'

tags: Blackboard, Business and Computer Technologies, Awards, Online Learning, June 2023, On The Record

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Photography department adds two certificate programs for 2023-24

Rich Rezler - May 15, 2023

The new Traditional Photography and Portrait Photography certificates serve as building blocks through the Photography program that allow students to compile stackable credentials in specific techniques.

View Post :   Photography department adds two certificate programs for 2023-24

tags: On The Record, June 2023, Photography, Digital Photography

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ZOLLER donates nearly $250,000 in equipment to train future workforce at WCC

Fran LeFort - April 05, 2023

ZOLLER Inc. has donated nearly $250,000 in equipment to WCC to train students on state-of-the-art machinery that measures precision cutting tools along with an advanced tool management system.

View Post :   ZOLLER donates nearly $250,000 in equipment to train future workforce at WCC

tags: March 2023, On The Record, Donation, Workforce Development, Advanced Manufacturing, Workforce Training

Ken Wilson and Julia Huttar-Bailey

Donation will support WCC single mom students

Rich Rezler - March 29, 2023

A recent $20,000 donation by Ken Wilson to the WCC Foundation created the Nancy C. Wilson Single Mom’s Relief Fund, an endowment that will provide at least one annual scholarship to a qualified WCC student in perpetuity, along with directing additional money into the college's Student Emergency Fund.

View Post :   Donation will support WCC single mom students

tags: On The Record, March 2023, Scholarships, Donation, WCC Foundation, Student Success, Student Emergency Fund

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Certificates align higher education with workforce needs

Rich Rezler - March 29, 2023

“Creating shorter certificates is crucial for working professionals returning to college, because it gives students quick and flexible options to re-skill themselves,” said Trinity Health Director of Digital Marketing and Websites Jason Karas, who transitioned into the industry thanks to a WCC credential.

View Post :   Certificates align higher education with workforce needs

tags: Web Design, Adult Education, Certificates, Alumni Profile, March 2023, On The Record

Esports Arena

New Esports Arena open for teams, student free play

Rich Rezler - March 29, 2023

A new, state-of-the-art Esports Arena has opened on the WCC campus to provide enrolled students opportunity for recreation, competition and exposure to the academic and career opportunities associated with the growing Esports industry.

View Post :   New Esports Arena open for teams, student free play

tags: On The Record, March 2023, Esports, Student Activities, Student Development

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WCC reaches gold-status in initiative to promote physical activity on campus

Rebecca Thomas - March 20, 2023

WCC is one of 73 colleges and universities nationwide – and one of just three community colleges – to be honored with gold-level status by Exercise is Medicine for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus.

View Post :   WCC reaches gold-status in initiative to promote physical activity on campus

tags: Marvin Boluyt, March 2023, Exercise, On The Record, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

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Hail to our Visitors: More than half of WCC summer guest students come from U-M

Rich Rezler - March 19, 2023

Washtenaw Community College welcomes thousands of guest students to its campus and online learning classes every year, with the Summer semester being the most popular time for such visitors.

View Post :   Hail to our Visitors: More than half of WCC summer guest students come from U-M

tags: On The Record, Guest Student, March 2023, Transfer

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Free College Week April 3-7 at Washtenaw Community College offers more than 140 class sessions

Fran LeFort - March 17, 2023

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) will open its virtual classroom doors to the public during Free College Week on Monday, April 3, through Friday, April 7.

View Post :   Free College Week April 3-7 at Washtenaw Community College offers more than 140 class sessions

tags: Free College Week, March 2023, On The Record, Community College Month

Washtenaw Economic Club luncheon

Economists to Washtenaw Economic Club: County outlook is generally positive

Rich Rezler - March 16, 2023

The Washtenaw Economic Club kicked off its 25th season of programming with its annual Washtenaw County Economic Outlook luncheon.

View Post :   Economists to Washtenaw Economic Club: County outlook is generally positive

tags: Washtenaw Economic Club, On The Record, Economic Outlook, March 2023

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Students save $10 million in textbook costs with OER program

Kayla Gahagan - March 02, 2023

Washtenaw Community College’s (WCC) program to help students earn degrees, certificates and general education credits with little or no textbook costs has recently surpassed the $10 million savings mark.

View Post :   Students save $10 million in textbook costs with OER program

tags: On The Record, Z-Degree, March 2023, OER, Open Education Resources, Affordability

WCC Automotive Cybersecurity Lab

$15 million renewal for connected and automated transportation Midwest hub

WCC Public Relations & U-M - February 21, 2023

A new $15 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation renews and expands the Center for Connected and Automated Transportation, a consortium of nine colleges and universities, including Washtenaw Community College.

View Post :   $15 million renewal for connected and automated transportation Midwest hub

tags: CCAT, March 2023, Mobility, On The Record, Automotive Cybersecurity

NSF Stem Scholars grant

$1.38 million NSF grant supports STEM students at Washtenaw Community College

Fran LeFort - January 31, 2023

A $1.38 million National Science Foundation grant renewal for Washtenaw Community College (WCC) will support STEM students and meet the national and state workforce need for well-educated scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technicians.

View Post :   $1.38 million NSF grant supports STEM students at Washtenaw Community College

tags: STEM, STEM Scholars Program, March 2023, STEAM Week, STEAM, On The Record

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Health Care Programs: Preparing students to help others

Kayla Gahagan - December 29, 2022

WCC offers an array of certificates and associate degrees allowing students to go directly into the workforce or transfer to a four-year school to continue their education.

View Post :   Health Care Programs: Preparing students to help others

tags: December 2022, Health Administration, Nursing, On The Record, Health Care, Physical Therapist Assistant, Cardiac Telemetry, Radiography, Launch, Launch Winter 2023, Sterile Processing, Surgical Technology

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Winter classes at WCC begin January 9

WCC Public Relations - December 23, 2022

Winter classes at Washtenaw Community College will begin January 9, with flexible scheduling options and more than 135 programs to prepare students for rewarding careers that meet local workforce needs or transfer to a university to earn a bachelor’s degree.

View Post :   Winter classes at WCC begin January 9

tags: Scholarships, On The Record, December 2022, enroll, Winter 2023, Registration

STEM Scholar Kate Mink

WCC celebrates STEM Scholar transfers headed to the University of Michigan

WCC Public Relations - December 09, 2022

WCC celebrates STEM Scholars transfers twice a year, once in December and once in April. The six students honored during a reception Friday include Larry Blanchard, Sonja Francisco, Kate Mink, Safia Nur, Fatima Oudelf and David Perry.

View Post :   WCC celebrates STEM Scholar transfers headed to the University of Michigan

tags: December 2022, On The Record, Transfer, STEM Scholars Program, Student Success

2023 WCC Bridge Award

WCC Bridge Award goes to Napoleon High School counselor Edwin Payne

Jenelle Franklin - December 09, 2022

Napoleon High School counselor Edwin Payne is the winner of the fourth annual WCC Bridge Award, which honors staff members from local high schools who positively influence students and help then get to college.

View Post :   WCC Bridge Award goes to Napoleon High School counselor Edwin Payne

tags: high school counselors, High School Partners Breakfast, December 2022, WCC Bridge Award, On The Record, Awards

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Washtenaw Community College, Andersen Material Handling partner to provide forklift operator training

WCC Public Relations - December 06, 2022

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) is partnering with Andersen Material Handling to offer OSHA-compliant forklift operator training.

View Post :   Washtenaw Community College, Andersen Material Handling partner to provide forklift operator training

tags: December 2022, Workforce Training, On The Record, Workforce Development

Contract Signing

WCC, Sprinklers Fitters extend partnership to educate, train workforce

Fran LeFort - December 01, 2022

Washtenaw Community College and the Road Sprinkler Fitters of the United Association, Local 669, have extended their partnership to educate and train craftsmen to meet workforce needs.

View Post :   WCC, Sprinklers Fitters extend partnership to educate, train workforce

tags: Workforce Training, Skilled Trades, On The Record, United Association, Workforce Development, December 2022

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WCC joins Small Business Association of Michigan to strengthen workforce development throughout state

Fran LeFort - November 30, 2022

Washtenaw Community College has joined the Small Business Association of Michigan to strengthen workforce development training for small businesses across the state.

View Post :   WCC joins Small Business Association of Michigan to strengthen workforce development throughout state

tags: Workforce Development, December 2022, Entrepreneurship Center, On The Record

Rebekah Spencer

Lifelong mission to serve leads 20-year Army veteran to WCC

Kayla Gahagan - November 10, 2022

Rebekah Spencer experienced the worst of combat, including seeing fellow soldiers killed in action and spending two weeks in a coma herself. At WCC, she's working toward alleviating the harms that humans suffer.

View Post :   Lifelong mission to serve leads 20-year Army veteran to WCC

tags: December 2022, On The Record, Wadhams Veterans Center, Student Veterans, Student Profile

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WCC Corrections Academy celebrates Fall 2022 graduates

Rich Rezler - November 05, 2022

Family and friends gathered on the Washtenaw Community College campus Friday to celebrate the graduation of the 11-member WCC Corrections Academy Fall 2022 class.

View Post :   WCC Corrections Academy celebrates Fall 2022 graduates

tags: Correctons Academy, Graduation, On The Record, Public Service Training, December 2022

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Michigan Achievement Scholarship will save graduating seniors thousands

WCC Public Relations - November 02, 2022

The new Michigan Achievement Scholarship will save community college students up to $8,250 over three years.

View Post :   Michigan Achievement Scholarship will save graduating seniors thousands

tags: Affordability, Scholarship, On The Record, December 2022

Wadhams Veterans Center

WCC recognized for high standard of services for veterans

WCC Public Relations - October 31, 2022

Washtenaw Community College has again been named as a Gold-level Veteran-Friendly School by the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency.

View Post :   WCC recognized for high standard of services for veterans

tags: On The Record, Wadhams Veterans Center, December 2022, Veterans, Student Veterans

students in front of sculpture

Fall semester kicks off August 29 with new Automotive Cybersecurity Lab, zero-cost textbook degree, academic programs

Fran LeFort - August 26, 2022

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) is gearing up for a new academic year starting Monday, August 29, that features its first no-cost textbook associate degree, a brand new Automotive Cybersecurity Lab and frozen tuition for the fifth straight year.

View Post :   Fall semester kicks off August 29 with new Automotive Cybersecurity Lab, zero-cost textbook degree, academic programs

tags: On The Record, fall 2022, September 2022, OER, Certificates, Automotive Cybersecurity, Z-Degree, academic, Michigan Reconnect

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WCC selected as educational partner for Amazon Career Choice program

Fran LeFort - August 25, 2022

WCC has been selected as an education partner for Amazon’s Career Choice program, providing Amazon’s hourly employees access to academic degrees, professional development and personal enrichment courses.

View Post :   WCC selected as educational partner for Amazon Career Choice program

tags: September 2022, On The Record, Partnership, Workforce Training, Amazon Career Choice, Workforce Development

UA member receives diploma

WCC adds 47 new alumni to its ranks through United Association partnership

Fran LeFort - August 19, 2022

It’s been a couple decades coming, but Carlos Rivera’s winding path to college graduation makes his new achievement all the sweeter.

View Post :   WCC adds 47 new alumni to its ranks through United Association partnership

tags: September 2022, United Association, Graduation, Alumni, On The Record

Governor Whitmer at podium

Governor Whitmer joins United Association for Industry Day at WCC

Fran LeFort - August 18, 2022

Washtenaw Community College welcomed Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at the United Association’s Industry Day on Wednesday.

View Post :   Governor Whitmer joins United Association for Industry Day at WCC

tags: Industry, September 2022, Skilled Trades, On The Record, United Association

Alex Spencer in front of Mustang Mach-E

WCC grad Alex Spencer exemplifies next generation of transportation workforce

Fran LeFort - August 10, 2022

WCC is educating a nimble, highly skilled workforce for the next generation of automated transportation and mobility, and recent graduate Alex Spencer is poised to become one of those new leaders.

View Post :   WCC grad Alex Spencer exemplifies next generation of transportation workforce

tags: Launch, On The Record, December 2022, Automotive Services, Advanced Transportation, CCAT, ousearch_News_Launch Magazine, Alumni Profile, Automotive, Launch Fall 2022

Ajahnee and Amaria Harris

WCC STEM Scholars program fuels passions for Harris sisters

Fran LeFort - August 07, 2022

STEM Scholars was established at WCC in 2018 to encourage and facilitate success for students seeking science, technology, engineering and math careers. It supports underrepresented students through multiple grants.

View Post :   WCC STEM Scholars program fuels passions for Harris sisters

tags: Launch, On The Record, STEM, Transfer, Launch Fall 2022, ousearch_News_Launch Magazine, 3D Animation, STEM Scholars Program, September 2022, Student Profile

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WCC offers first 'Z-Degree,' associate degree program with zero textbook costs

Rich Rezler - July 29, 2022

Continuing its commitment to keep higher education affordable, WCC has made it possible for a student to earn an associate degree without ever purchasing a textbook.

View Post :   WCC offers first 'Z-Degree,' associate degree program with zero textbook costs

tags: On The Record, Affordability, Open Education Resources, Z-Degree, September 2022

Truck driving school

Washtenaw Community College and Trainco partner to fill truck driving talent pipeline

Fran LeFort - July 28, 2022

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) is partnering with Trainco Truck Driving Schools to offer a full-service CDL-A educational training program to help fill critical workforce needs.

View Post :   Washtenaw Community College and Trainco partner to fill truck driving talent pipeline

tags: Workforce Training, On The Record, Trucking, September 2022, Partnership, Industry, Workforce Development

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WCC Collegiate Recovery Program receives grant from Jamie Daniels Foundation

Rich Rezler - July 27, 2022

The Collegiate Recovery Program at WCC received a grant from the Jamie Daniels Foundation that will endow a scholarship for a student in the program and assist in its quest to provide all WCC students with recovery support, connection and community to improve their health and well-being.

View Post :   WCC Collegiate Recovery Program receives grant from Jamie Daniels Foundation

tags: Collegiate Recovery Program, On The Record, September 2022, Student Services, Grants, WCC Foundation

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Adult Transitions Pathways celebrates 141-member graduating class

Rich Rezler - July 15, 2022

“Before this program, I had zero hope for myself being successful. I dropped out my senior year of high school and that made me feel like I failed my family and I failed myself,” student speaker Jaden Dudley said. “But now we’re going to walk out of here with smiles wide and caps held high … because we’re graduates, baby!”

View Post :   Adult Transitions Pathways celebrates 141-member graduating class

tags: Adult Transitions Pathways, Graduation, Class of 2022, On The Record, September 2022

Reconnect press conference speakers

WCC hosts state's announcement of additional funding for Frontliners, Reconnect students

Fran LeFort - July 14, 2022

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II launched a statewide tour at WCC to spotlight Michigan's $6 million bipartisan investment in grant funding for Michigan Reconnect and Futures for Frontliners programs.

View Post :   WCC hosts state's announcement of additional funding for Frontliners, Reconnect students

tags: Press Release, September 2022, Dr. Rose B. Bellanca, Michigan Reconnect, On The Record, Futures For Frontliners

Morris Lawrence ribbon cutting

WCC cuts ribbon on renovated Morris Lawrence Building

Fran LeFort - July 09, 2022

The Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College has reopened after a year-long renovation project.

View Post :   WCC cuts ribbon on renovated Morris Lawrence Building

tags: September 2022, Campus News, On The Record, Campus Events, Dr. Rose B. Bellanca

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Nine WCC online courses recognized as 'exemplary'

Rich Rezler - July 02, 2022

Nine different WCC online classes earned Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Award status, making up roughly 17% percent of all awards granted to schools, colleges and universities around the world.

View Post :   Nine WCC online courses recognized as 'exemplary'

tags: Blackboard, Business, September 2022, Online Learning, Awards, Business and Computer Technologies, On The Record

Archaeology Field Experience

Washtenaw Community College hosts first archaeology fieldwork experience

Fran LeFort - June 13, 2022

A first-of-its-kind archaeological survey and dig on the WCC campus this summer hopes to reveal clues about previous activity in the area and serve as a teaching opportunity for enrolled students and community volunteers.

View Post :   Washtenaw Community College hosts first archaeology fieldwork experience

tags: STEM, Community enrichment, On The Record, June 2022, Archaeology Field Experience, Campus

Bee Campus USA

WCC named Bee Campus USA for third year

Fran LeFort - June 02, 2022

Washtenaw Community College has been recognized as a Bee Campus USA affiliate for the third consecutive year for enhancing pollinator habitats and educating the community.

View Post :   WCC named Bee Campus USA for third year

tags: On The Record, Awards, wtmc, Bee Campus USA, Sustainability, June 2022, Campus

Emily Holiday

Cash prizes awarded to help local entrepreneurs start and build businesses

Fran LeFort - May 31, 2022

Local entrepreneurs pitched their business plans for cash prizes in a hybrid return to Pitch@WCC, the WCC Entrepreneurship Center's premier annual event.

View Post :   Cash prizes awarded to help local entrepreneurs start and build businesses

tags: Entrepreneurship Center, Community enrichment, June 2022, On The Record, Entrepreneurship, Pitch@WCC

Kimberly Schamberger

Graduate Profile: Kimberly Schamberger, Film Studies

Rich Rezler - May 25, 2022

Before she hits the stage at the Oscars or Emmys, Kimberly Schamberger already has one impressive award in her back pocket.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Kimberly Schamberger, Film Studies

tags: June 2022, On The Record, Graduation, Student Profile, Commencement, Class of 2022

Caleb Rogers in cap and gown

Graduate Profile: Caleb Rogers, Welding

Rich Rezler - May 25, 2022

Twenty college credits Caleb Rogers earned as a dual-enrolled high school student allowed him to finish WCC’s Welding Technology associate degree program in just one year.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Caleb Rogers, Welding

tags: June 2022, Commencement, On The Record, Student Profile, Class of 2022, Graduation

Austin Mudd with family

Graduate Profile: Austin Mudd, Mechatronics

Rich Rezler - May 24, 2022

Plenty of individuals hang their hat on the ability to do a job fast and do it right. Recent graduate Austin Mudd took that “fast and right” concept and upgraded it to “accelerated and exceptional.”

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Austin Mudd, Mechatronics

tags: Class of 2022, Commencement, June 2022, On The Record, Student Profile, Graduation

Ta'Varus Lumpkins holding cap

Graduate Profile: Ta'Varus Lumpkin, Dental Assisting

Rich Rezler - May 24, 2022

Extravagantly decorated caps are always a highlight at Commencement, but few have stood out quite like Ta'Varus Lumpkins' cap stood out.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Ta'Varus Lumpkin, Dental Assisting

tags: Student Profile, Commencement, June 2022, Graduation, Class of 2022, On The Record

Daria Skalitzky

Graduate Profile: Daria Skalitzky, WTMC

Rich Rezler - May 24, 2022

Darie Skalitzky ended her time on the WCC campus with a high school diploma, associate degree, 62 transferrable college credits and a $1,500 scholarship she'll use at the University of Michigan.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Daria Skalitzky, WTMC

tags: On The Record, Class of 2022, Graduation, Student Profile, Commencement, June 2022

Bianca Robinson

Graduate Profile: Bianca Robinson, Nursing

Rich Rezler - May 24, 2022

Many WCC students returned to college to make a career change. Bianca Robinson has cycled through an interesting series of career choices herself, all before completing her education.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Bianca Robinson, Nursing

tags: June 2022, Class of 2022, Graduation, Student Profile, Commencement, On The Record

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Faculty speaker: Adversity experienced at WCC will serve grads well in the future

Freeman Gregory - May 23, 2022

During her Commencement address, faculty speaker Susan Dentel reminded WCC graduates that they are already grizzled veterans when it comes to surmounting adversity.

View Post :   Faculty speaker: Adversity experienced at WCC will serve grads well in the future

tags: Commencement, On The Record, Graduation, STEM Scholars Program, Class of 2022, June 2022

Caelan Saunders

Student speaker encourages fellow grads to brighten lives

Freeman Gregory - May 23, 2022

“If there is any power we have as people, it is the power to change what is around us," Commencement student speaker Caelan Saunders said. “As educated people, we see the problems before us. We see that it can be better.”

View Post :   Student speaker encourages fellow grads to brighten lives

tags: Graduation, On The Record, June 2022, Commencement, Class of 2022

Paul Krutko receiving award

Commencement speaker urges new grads to stay local

Fran LeFort - May 23, 2022

Ann Arbor SPARK President & CEO Paul Krutko, this year's Honorary Associate Degree in Community Service recipient, commends WCC graduates for their perseverance.

View Post :   Commencement speaker urges new grads to stay local

tags: Commencement, Awards, June 2022, Graduation, On The Record, Class of 2022

Alex Milshteyn at Commencement

Help Class of 2022 'pay it forward' with donation to WCC Foundation

Rich Rezler - May 22, 2022

A $20.22 donation to the WCC Foundation Scholarship Fund "will help change lives," incoming chair Alex Milshteyn told graduates and their guests at Commencement.

View Post :   Help Class of 2022 'pay it forward' with donation to WCC Foundation

tags: June 2022, Graduation, Commencement, On The Record, Class of 2022, WCC Foundation

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Tuition to remain frozen for fifth straight year for WCC in-district students

Fran LeFort - April 27, 2022

Tuition for in-district students at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) will remain frozen for the fifth consecutive year, the college announced following Board of Trustees approval Tuesday.

View Post :   Tuition to remain frozen for fifth straight year for WCC in-district students

tags: Tuition, Affordability, On The Record, June 2022, Board of Trustees, enrollment

Naloxone training

Collegiate Recovery Program students share their experiences during Naloxone training

Rich Rezler - April 21, 2022

Joshua Truchan and Matt Strang are recovering addicts and current officers in the WCC Collegiate Recovery Program. Both have also been on the giving and receiving ends of an emergency Naloxone treatment.

View Post :   Collegiate Recovery Program students share their experiences during Naloxone training

tags: Public Safety, June 2022, On The Record, Collegiate Recovery Program

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Building the advanced transportation workforce of the future

Fran LeFort - April 15, 2022

WCC's role in automated transportation and mobility was highlighted at the CCAT Global Symposium hosted by the University of Michigan

View Post :   Building the advanced transportation workforce of the future

tags: On The Record, Mobility, Advanced Transportation Center, CCAT, June 2022

Alexandra La Vallee

Police academy? Law school? WCC student has 'law & order' options

Rich Rezler - March 24, 2022

Alexandra La Vallee is supplementing her education with a prestigious internship, giving her plenty of options after graduation.

View Post :   Police academy? Law school? WCC student has 'law & order' options

tags: Criminal Justice, March 2022, On The Record, Internship, Student Profile

Kevin Ryan

WCC made a mid-career pivot possible for PA

Rich Rezler - March 24, 2022

Kevin Ryan was 35 when his employer announced it was closing its doors after more than 100 years in business. He could find another job in a dying industry or make a dramatic change. He chose change. And he chose Washtenaw Community College to help make it happen.

View Post :   WCC made a mid-career pivot possible for PA

tags: On The Record, March 2022, Alumni Profile

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WCC grad is one of cybersecurity's 'good guys'

Anita LeBlanc - March 24, 2022

WCC graduate and former White Hat Society member now serves as a 'force for good' in the growing cybersecurity field.

View Post :   WCC grad is one of cybersecurity's 'good guys'

tags: cybersecurity, On The Record, March 2022, Alumni Profile, Student Organizations

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Classes, activities return to WCC campus

Washtenaw Community College - March 23, 2022

Washtenaw Community College is preparing to welcome an influx of students back to campus in the upcoming school year.

View Post :   Classes, activities return to WCC campus

tags: March 2022, On The Record, Launch Summer 2022, Campus Events, Campus News

Daria Skalitzky and Rachel Rubanguka

Academic All-Stars: Two WCC students named to Coca-Cola Academic Team

Rich Rezler - March 21, 2022

Rachel Rubanguka is one of 50 students nationwide named a “Gold Scholar” and Daria Skalitzky is one of 50 on the “Silver Scholar” list of the 2022 Coca-Cola Foundation Academic Team.

View Post :   Academic All-Stars: Two WCC students named to Coca-Cola Academic Team

tags: Student Profile, On The Record, Student Activities, Awards, March 2022, Student Success, Phi Theta Kappa

Free College Week 2022 offers more than 60 unique classes.

Public invited to Free College Week at WCC

Fran LeFort - March 15, 2022

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) will open its virtual classroom doors to the public during Free College Week on Monday, April 4, through Friday, April 8.

View Post :   Public invited to Free College Week at WCC

tags: On The Record, Free College Week, March 2022, Community enrichment, Online Learning

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Washtenaw Economic Club returns to in-person events with annual outlook

Fran LeFort - March 10, 2022

A new season of the Washtenaw Economic Club kicks off Thursday, March 24, with the annual economic outlook presented by University of Michigan economists Gabriel Ehrlich and Michael McWilliams.

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tags: WEC, Washtenaw Economic Club, On The Record, Economic Outlook, March 2022

OER saves students millions

Free textbook program has saved WCC students nearly $9 million since 2017

Fran LeFort - March 07, 2022

Since Fall 2017 when Washtenaw Community College introduced its zero-cost textbook program, students have saved nearly $9 million thanks to 47 courses being taught with an open educational resource (OER).

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tags: March 2022, Affordability, Launch Summer 2022, On The Record, OER, Open Education Resources

Amanda MacDonald and Carmen Samaniego

Michigan Reconnect turns dreams into realities for students in program's first year

Fran LeFort - February 21, 2022

Amanda MacDonald and Carmen Samaniego are two of the nearly 1,300 students enrolled at WCC using the Michigan Reconnect tuition program. "Without Reconnect, I’m not sure I would have come back. I would have made excuses and seen too many obstacles,” MacDonald said.

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tags: Medical Billing and Coding, Health Administration, Computer Science, Student Profile, Michigan Reconnect, Launch Summer 2022, On The Record, Reconnect, March 2022

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Get to know an Olympian: WCC fitness center member Donald Scott II

Rich Rezler - February 02, 2022

While the world turns its attention to TV broadcasts of the Winter Olympic Games this week, members of the WCC Health and Fitness Center haven’t needed to wait to watch an Olympian perform. Meet Donald Scott II.

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tags: On The Record, Health and Fitness, March 2022

Malia Ellis

Student Profile: Let's all join Malia's Movement

Rich Rezler - January 22, 2022

Malia Ellis fought through the burdens of embarrassment and isolation that a physical disability can crudely place upon a young girl. So the 19-year-old WCC student is on a mission to erase those burdens for future generations.

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tags: On The Record, Student Profile, Disabilities, January 2022

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WCC alumna now fluent in 4 languages: Spanish, English, Law and Tech

Rich Rezler - January 22, 2022

Alejandra Hornak came to WCC to pursue a career in law enforcement, but is now part of an international cybersecurity firm that travels the globe protecting organizations from cyber threats.

View Post :   WCC alumna now fluent in 4 languages: Spanish, English, Law and Tech

tags: January 2022, On The Record, Criminal Justice, Alumni Profile, English as a Second Language, cybersecurity

MLK Day Celebration

MLK Day Celebration: Building a 'beloved community'

Fran LeFort - January 14, 2022

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of a nonviolent approach to equality for all was honored by WCC in a virtual celebration that united people from all walks of life, including a representative of Congress and a county prosecutor.

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tags: Diversity, On The Record, MLK Day, January 2022

Agnes and Stephen Reading

$1 million gift from Agnes and Stephen Reading creates 10 annual nursing scholarships

Fran LeFort - December 16, 2021

A $1 million gift to the Washtenaw Community College Foundation by Agnes and Stephen Reading will fund 10 annual full-ride scholarships for WCC nursing students. The Ann Arbor philanthropists are longtime supporters of WCC.

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tags: Reading Scholars, On The Record, January 2022, WCC Foundation, Nursing, Donation, Scholarships

Trevor Clayton

Student Trevor Clayton represents WCC on national transportation panel

Fran LeFort - December 15, 2021

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) student Trevor Clayton was selected as a panelist for the National Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) webinar discussion held December 3. Clayton joined peers from four other community colleges throughout the nation to discuss the many transportation fields of study and potential career paths and to impart advice to interested high school students.

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tags: Intelligent Transportation Systems, Advanced Transportation Center, CCAT, On The Record, Automotive, Transportation Technologies, January 2022

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New SERVE program boosts entrepreneurs with a social impact focus

Fran LeFort - November 18, 2021

A new program through Washtenaw Community College’s (WCC) Entrepreneurship Center supports social impact-minded businesses.

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tags: Entrepreneurship Center, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, December 2021, On The Record, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship

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Marching on: WCC students participate in EMU band

Rich Rezler - November 17, 2021

Jamis Coates and Katie Loy perform alongside their fellow EMU Marching Band members this season, the continuation of an agreement by the band to welcome WCC students into the mix.

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tags: Eastern Michigan University, Transfer, December 2021, On The Record, Student Activities

Christopher Shepherd

Former WCC student says studying liberal arts 'prepares you for the long run rather than for a particular job'

Rich Rezler - October 21, 2021

Christopher Shepherd, who attended WCC as a dual-enrolled high school student, is a keynote speaker during the college's upcoming Liberal Arts Week events.

View Post :   Former WCC student says studying liberal arts 'prepares you for the long run rather than for a particular job'

tags: Liberal Arts Week, Liberal Arts Innovation Group, On The Record, December 2021, Dual-Enrollment, liberal arts

Miles Butler on Harvard campus

After 'finding his path' at WCC, Miles Butler is pursuing a master's degree at Harvard

Rich Rezler - October 13, 2021

Miles Butler's educational journey started at Washtenaw Community College and continued at two of the elite academic institutions in the nation — the University of Michigan and Harvard University.

View Post :   After 'finding his path' at WCC, Miles Butler is pursuing a master's degree at Harvard

tags: On The Record, Transfer, Alumni Profile, December 2021, Student Success, University Transfer Center, Center for Career Success

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WCC opens HBCU Pathway, a new pipeline to student success

Fran LeFort - October 12, 2021

WCC has established the first comprehensive transfer agreement between a Michigan community college and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Benefits include guaranteed admission, access to in-state tuition and student support.

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tags: On The Record, December 2021, Transfer, HBCU Pathway, University Transfer Center, Student Success, Diversity

Shelby Beaty

Student profile: Photography major Shelby Beaty also working on her business plan

Rich Rezler - October 09, 2021

It’s estimated that 75 percent of American college students start their higher education as undecided about their field of study or change their major at least once. Shelby Beaty is not most students.

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tags: Photography, ousearch_Programs_Entrepreneurship and Innovation, ousearch_Programs_Photographic Imaging, Entrepreneurship, Student Profile, Digital Photography, December 2021, On The Record

Demetrius Jenkins in WCC nursing lab

Student profile: Passion for patients led former EMT Demetrius Jenkins to nursing

Kathryn Wagner - October 04, 2021

For the past eight years, Demetrius Jenkins has served Washtenaw County as an emergency medical technician while contemplating and researching possible next career steps. His decision? Nursing.

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tags: Nursing, December 2021, On The Record, Student Profile, Men in Nursing

Tony Procassini

In memoriam: Tony Procassini, long-time trustee and college supporter

Rich Rezler - September 23, 2021

“Since Washtenaw Community College was only an idea, Tony Procassini has been woven into the fabric of this institution. He was a driving force behind its formation, served on its Board of Trustees for more than a quarter century, helped establish the WCC Foundation, and was a constant supporter and valued contributor to the WCC mission,” said WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca.

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tags: On The Record, Memoriam, Board of Trustees, Tony Procassini, December 2021

Kevin Van Kannel

WCC Foundation board member Kevin Van Kannel focused on relationships, service and giving back

Anita LeBlanc - August 21, 2021

Kevin Van Kannel believes his Ann Arbor-based business, UTEC, continues to thrive in part because of investments in relationships like the one his company has with WCC and over 25 Washtenaw County nonprofit organizations.

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tags: WCC Foundation, On The Record, August 2021

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New program supports WCC HVAC/R students and local industry

Rich Rezler - August 19, 2021

A new program operated by the Entrepreneurship Center at WCC aims to prepare students in the college’s HVAC/R program for future business ownership while also supporting local small business owners operating in the industry.

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tags: August 2021, Entrepreneurship Center, HVAC, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, On The Record

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Medical researcher got debt-free start at WCC

WCC Communications - August 19, 2021

With WCC’s affordable tuition and an academic scholarship to boot, Dan Tyrrell started his educational journey without the burden of student debt. The money he saved went toward a Ph.D. program at Wake Forest University.

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tags: Affordability, August 2021, Alumni Profile, Transfer, STEAM, On The Record, Student Success

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WCC leads next-generation workforce preparation with new Ford Mustang Mach-E

Fran LeFort - July 22, 2021

WCC has added an all-electric 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV to its bank of cutting-edge technology, solidifying its leadership in preparing the workforce of the future

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tags: Transportation Technologies, Advanced Transportation Center, August 2021, On The Record, Workforce Development, CCAT

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WCC grad Aisha Bowe honored with 2021 MCCA Outstanding Alumnus Award

Rich Rezler - July 21, 2021

A self-described “unmotivated and unfocused” student in high school, Bowe found her passion and purpose while attending WCC from 2003 to 2006. The former NASA aerospace engineer is the founder and CEO of STEMBoard, an engineering solutions company.

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tags: Outstanding Alumnus Award, On The Record, STEM, Aisha Bowe, Alumni Profile, August 2021

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Summer skilled trades training returns to WCC

Fran LeFort - July 16, 2021

More than 600 skilled trades union workers will participate in national training programs on the WCC campus over the next two weeks as hands-on instruction resumes following the pandemic.

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tags: Skilled Trades, August 2021, On The Record, Roofers Union, Union

Doug Waters

WCC faculty member honored for development of engaging, innovative online course

Rich Rezler - July 13, 2021

For the second consecutive year, WCC faculty member Doug Waters has been honored for developing an engaging and innovative online course that represents the best in technology and learning.

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tags: Online Learning, Awards, Business, August 2021, On The Record, Business and Computer Technologies, Faculty Profile

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$1.4M grant to WCC supports student success through new Alpha Scholars program

Fran LeFort - July 13, 2021

WCC has received a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support incoming freshmen in completing their associate degrees and reaching their academic and career goals. The new Alpha Scholars program offers opportunities to connect students with the college's rich support services and exceptional teaching, as well as with peers who share career goals and common interests.

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tags: Alpha Scholars, Grants, On The Record, Student Success, August 2021

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Exercise is Medicine: WCC honored for promoting physical activity

Rich Rezler - July 12, 2021

WCC is one of 153 colleges and universities around the world recently honored by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise is Medicine initiative for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus.

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tags: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), On The Record, Marvin Boluyt, August 2021, Exercise

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Radiography program earns 8-year continuing accreditation

Rich Rezler - July 02, 2021

The Radiography program at WCC has earned full continuing accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) ensuring it meets or exceeds national quality standards.

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tags: On The Record, August 2021, Accreditation, Radiography

Alicia Dusseau

WCC graduate on way to becoming 'Dr. D: Forensic Pathologist'

Rich Rezler - June 30, 2021

Alicia Dusseau's career path was established when she was a middle school student hooked on the reality television show "Dr. G: Medical Examiner."

View Post :   WCC graduate on way to becoming 'Dr. D: Forensic Pathologist'

tags: Student Success, On The Record, Class of 2021, ousearch_News_2021, August 2021

Max Mercer

WCC's new accelerated business degree provides a quick career boost

Rich Rezler - June 25, 2021

Max Mercer loves his current job as a commissioning engineer, but believes WCC's new Accelerated Associate in Business Degree will help him advance in the industry.

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tags: Accelerated Programs, Accelerated Business, Business and Computer Technologies, August 2021, On The Record, ousearch_News_2021

wind and solar

WCC furthers sustainability goals with DTE Energy's MIGreenPower program

Fran LeFort - June 23, 2021

The first community college to enroll in the voluntary renewable energy program, WCC has committed to sourcing 100% of its electric power needs through clean energy by 2029.

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tags: DTE Energy, Sustainability, ousearch_News_2021, August 2021, On The Record, MIGreenPower