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WCC Timeline

Washtenaw Community College has served the Washtenaw County area and Southeast Michigan for almost 50 years. Starting from small beginnings at its temporary Willow Run campus, WCC has grown and adapted to the needs of students, expanding its current Ann Arbor campus to accommodate new technologies and more educational offerings.

Go back in time and learn the history of our institution by clicking on a year in the timeline below.

  • 1959

    Preliminary Community Study conducted by the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce's Education Committee reveals need for a community college in Washtenaw County.

  • 1961

    Washtenaw County School Officials Association initiates study of community college needs and possibilities. Study's findings conclude that there is such a need.

  • 1964

    State Superintendent of Public Instruction authorizes establishment of a college in Washtenaw County. County-wide information program launched to inform public on the need for a community college in Washtenaw County. Community College Implementation Committee established.

  • 1965

    January

    Washtenaw County voters approve creation of a publicly supported countywide community college with 1.25 mills financial support and elects first Board of Trustees.

    February

    First Board of Trustees of Washtenaw Community College convenes: Ralph Wenrich, Samuel Harmon, Chairman, Edward Adams, Jr., Treasurer, Evart Ardis, Kenneth Yourd, and Richard Creal, Secretary.

    August

    Dr. David H. Ponitz becomes the first president of Washtenaw Community College.

    December

    Board of Trustees authorizes purchase of permanent campus in Ann Arbor and Superior Townships. Know as "Huron Farms", the land was used as an apple orchard by the Franzblau family.

  • 1966

    September

    Willow Run (WCC's temporary) campus opens. 1200 enrolled students in more than 30 occupational areas and general student transfer curriculum. 58 full time and 41 part time faculty are on board. The facilities chosen for the college include an elementary school (Foster School) constructed during the early years of World War II and vacant for a long time, a former fire station originally used to protect the frame barracks of assembly line workers who worked at the Willow Run B-24 bomber plant, and a bowling alley which had been originally used by the defense plant workers. The automotive shops are housed in a former dairy distribution center in Pittsfield Township. Paramedical training programs are located in a church basement in downtown Ann Arbor.

    December

    Debut performance of the Washtenaw Community College Band and Chorale, under the direction of Morris J. Lawrence.

    First edition of The Voice, WCC student newspaper published. It will continue publication through April 18, 1980.

    Fall

    Work begins on College's first Master Plan and with architect for permanent campus

  • 1967

    January

    Official school colors approved by the Board of Trustees on recommendation of the Student Senate. They are green, gold, and white.

    WCC Education Association, an affiliate of the Michigan Education Association wins recognition as the exclusive bargaining representative for the college's 41 full-time instructors.

    April

    Board of Trustees approves the name "Warriors" as the college's team name.

    July

    Student Center Building
    WCC Automotive Center on Carpenter Road is purchased by Board of Trustees

    September

    WCC's first graduating class of 12 students complete a one-year program in Inhalation Therapy.

    Fall

    Ann Arbor Review
    The Ann Arbor Review, "A Quarterly Magazine of Literature" begins publication at WCC. It is published through 1979.

    WCC Basketball Team
    WCC athletic program is established offering baseball, basketball, bowling, track and cross-country to students. The program runs through 1981-82.

  • 1968

    June 8

    WCC's first full commencement. Paul Malboeuf, Manager of Industrial Relations for the Ford Motor Company, delivers the commencement address.

    July

    Clerical staff at WCC become unionized as an affiliate of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. In 1998, the Office Professional/Technical staff choose the MEA as their official bargaining agent.

    September

    Children's Center opens putting WCC in the forefront of providing on-site childcare for students and staff well before that became popular among businesses and elementary schools.

  • 1969

    February - March

    A group of 15 Black students march into a Board of Trustees dinner meeting and demand the establishment of a Black Studies Program. After intensive discussion by the Board and Administration, most of the demands by Black students are approved.

    April

    The college is granted "Recognized Candidate Status" from the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

  • 1970

    January

    Technical and Industrial BuildingTechnical and Industrial Building
    The Technical and Industrial Building on the WCC permanent campus opens.

    June

    Board of Trustees in a unanimous vote approve the first tuition hike in the college's four year history. Per credit hour in county tuition increases to $10.00.

    Fall

    Liberal Arts & Sciences BuildingLiberal Arts & Sciences Building
    Exact Sciences Building (renamed Liberal Arts and Sciences Building) opens on the WCC permanent campus.

    Custodial staff at WCC become unionized as an affiliate of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.

    September

    Huron River Dr. campusHuron River Dr. campus featured several temporary buildings prior to completion of construction
    Willow Run campus closes. WCC moves operations to Huron River Drive campus.

    November

    New community college millage is approved by Washtenaw County voters.

  • 1971

    January

    Design of WCC campus wins an award of merit from the American Institute of Architects for the architectural firm of Tarapata-MacMahon-Paulsen.

  • 1972

    January

    Michigan State House Fiscal Agency rates Michigan community colleges for the state legislature. WCC is listed as having "exceptional vocational-technical programs...and much emphasis on programs for educationally disadvantaged and minority students."

    Board of Trustees lays off 21 full-time instructors effective September 1st in a budget balancing effort due to state aid cutbacks.

  • 1973

    January

    WCC receives final accreditation from the North Central Association of College and Secondary Schools.

    October

    Board of Trustees approves plans and construction costs for the Learning Materials Center which will include the college library.

    Fall

    WCC introduces innovative counseling program specifically geared towards Viet Nam era veterans.

  • 1974

    October

    President Ponitz announces his resignation.

    November

    Millage is renewed by Washtenaw County voters.

    December

    Technical & Industrial BuildingTechnical & Industrial Building (Dirt area is where circle drive is now located)
    David Pollack becomes Acting (Interim) President of Washtenaw Community College.

  • 1975

     

    Children's TheatreChildren's Theatre
    Children's Theatre debuts at WCC. Drama students perform original plays by drama instructor, Dr. William Devereaux, first at the college and then at local elementary schools. In the early 1980s, WCC's theatre program expanded to include copyrighted plays that were all performed on campus. The first generation of theatre at WCC ended in 1990 upon Dr. Devereaux's retirement.

    May

    WCC Alumni Association is established.

    June

    Construction of SC BuidlingConstruction of SC Building
    WCC's eastern regional (extension) center opens in Ypsilanti. It is the first of 4 regional centers to open.

    July

    Dr. Gunder A. MyranDr. Gunder A. Myran
    Dr. Gunder A. Myran becomes the second president of Washtenaw Community College.

    September

    WCC begins offering non-credit courses. That first fall semester 500 students enroll.

    December

    WCC's first "study-abroad" program to Mexico is offered to students and staff. Conducted by a foreign languages faculty member, the program has been offered for over 20 years.

  • 1976

    July

    President MyranPresident Myran
    Board of Trustees adopts the college's first non-smoking policy. A ban on smoking in classrooms and the library goes into effect leaving smokers to congregate in lobbies, lounge areas, and hallways.

    August

    Board of Trustees raises day care rates for the Children's Center from a per semester rate of $12.50 to an hourly rate of $.40-$1.25, based on a sliding scale according to income. About 25 students protest the rate hike at a Board meeting.

    September

    Learning Resource CenterLearning Resource Center
    Learning Materials Center (LMC) is dedicated after long construction delays. The largest building on campus, the LMC contains classrooms, office space, the library, bookstore, recreation space, and culinary facilities. The building's name will later change to the Student Center Building.

    October

    Women's enrollment at WCC has consistently increased since 1969 (23.4%) to 46% in Fall 1976. Even the technology-industrial areas have seen a rise in female students. The women's movement is cited as being a major catalyst in the enrollment increase.

  • 1977

     

    Board of Trustees adopts college's first Affirmative Action policy.

    February

    Program statement is submitted to the State of Michigan to build the Occupational Education Building on the WCC campus.

    March

    Hosting various programs and events, WCC begins a 4 month celebration of the college's 10th anniversary.

    May

    Learning Resource Center Study AreaLearning Resource Center Study Area
    Learning Resource Center Reference DeskLearning Resource Center Reference Desk
    Learning Resource Center officially opens on the third floor of the LMC, (Student Center Building) with library and instructional media services.

  • 1978

    September

    Students Studying 
    Adult Resources Center opens at WCC to provide services and programming for older students, women, minorities, handicapped as well as federally funded training programs for the umemployed.

    October

    For the first time in WCC's history, more women than men enroll at the college for fall semester 1978.

    November

    Millage renewed by Washtenaw County voters.

  • 1979

    April

    Bond resolution adopted to erect, furnish, and equip a family education center on campus.

    September

    Strike marchStrike march
    WCC instructors strike over unresolved contract. A tentative agreement is reached about 2 weeks later.

  • 1980

    May

    Temporary Children's CenterTemporary Children's Center
    Board of Trustees establishes the College Archives.

    August

    WCC Jazz Orchestra performs at Detroit Montreux Jazz FestivalWCC Jazz Orchestra performs at Detroit Montreux Jazz Festival
    WCC Jazz Orchestra makes its debut at the Detroit Montreaux International Jazz Festival and is invited to perform at the prestigious Montreaux International Jazz Festival in Montreaux, Switzerland.

    September

    Family Education BuildingFamily Education Building
    Family Education Building opens.

  • 1981

    August

    Students studying 
    Even while the "Open Door" at community colleges around the county closes, WCC remains firm in its commitment to that principle and advocates more remedial coursework for deficient students.

    October

    A Two-Plus-Two agreement between WCC and Eastern Michigan University is established, allowing students who complete a two-year associates degree in technical programs offered by the college to transfer and complete a four-year bachelors of science degree at EMU.

    November

    Board of Trustees establishes the Institute for Economic Development and Job Training.

  • 1982

    January

    Occupational Education Building opens

    May

    Open Door 
    "Open Door" sculpture, designed by WCC instructor, Paul Zenian is dedicated. It is "Dedicated to the citizens of Washtenaw County who in 1965 created an "open door" to learning for students from all walks of life." WCC's Open Door Policy admits anyone 18 years of age or older with or without a high school diploma.

    November

    Open Door 
    Washtenaw County voters renew WCC millage.

  • 1983

    March

    Training fair is held at WCC for more than 500 laid-off Ford workers. More than 70 of those workers subsequently enroll as WCC students.

    November

    WCC dedicates its newly completed community park. It will be available for group events and general public use.

  • 1984

    January

    First open-access microcomputer lab opens on campus in the Learning Resource Center.

    February

    The WCC Jazz Band under the direction of faculty member Morris J. Lawrence performs at the opening ceremonies of the World's Fair in New Orleans, LA.

    November

    Graduation at WCC's community parkGraduation at WCC's community park
    President Myran gives his first "State of the College" address.

    December

    Washtenaw Community College Foundation is established to provide individuals and companies an opportunity to give additional financial support to College programs. WCC is one of the first community colleges nationwide to establish a foundation.

  • 1985

    March

    WCC begins its long history as host to the Southeastern Michigan Science Fair, an organization established in 1958 to showcase middle school and high school students projects related to the broad concept of any branch of pure or applied science or mathematics.

    April

    WCC Jazz Orchestra concertWCC Jazz Orchestra concert
    The award winning WCC Jazz Band embarks on its first concert tour playing venues in New Jersey and New York with a recording stop in New York City.

    June

    WCC celebrates its 20th anniversary year with an 8K race and a 1 mile fun run. The first annual Miracle in the Apple Orchard run took place on the college's wooded campus.

    September

    WCC's north regional center in Brighton, Michigan opens to serve students in the northern Washtenaw and southeastern Livingston County areas.

    October

    WCC officials proclaims the week of October 13-20 as "WCC Week" in celebration of the college's 20th anniversary. During the week, WCC hosts several receptions for community leaders plus a public Open House.

    WCC's Job Training School (JTS) opens to help laid-off and underemployed county workers retrain for new careers. Over its 12+ year tenure at the college, the JTS averages retraining of 100 unemployed persons per year with a training completion rate 92-97% and an exceptional placement rate of 75-80%.

  • 1986

    February

    WCC has its first annual Mardi Gras celebration featuring New Orleans music, food, and even a "parade". Proceeds go to the WCC Foundation.

    June

    The Board of Trustees approves a new logo for the college: a four-tiered "W" under turned blocks.

    U.S. Representative William Ford (D-Taylor), ranking majority member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, holds a congressional hearing at WCC to show Congress how community colleges contribute to their communities. Rep. Ford is joined by two U.S. representatives from Pennsylvania and Illinois. It is the first hearing specifically designed to inform Congress about community colleges.

    Northern Spies, annual journal of writing and visual arts, begins publication at WCC. It is published through 1997.

    September

    WCC begins accepting applications from international students on F-1 student visas.

    Board of Trustees approves a no-smoking policy prohibiting smoking in all WCC buildings except in designated areas. Policy goes into effect October 1, 1986.

    November

    Washtenaw County voters approve both WCC millage and bond proposals.

  • 1987

    March

    A regional police academy opens its doors at WCC on the heels of the college's expanding police in-service training program.

    April

    The Washtenaw, Ann Arbor, Livingston Training Employment Center (WALTEC) join forces with WCC to provide free job training to qualified persons.

    October

    The Washtenaw Art Collection debuts on the second floor of the Student Center Building. Amidst several donated works of art are ten prints purchased thanks to a $5000 gift from the Towsley Foundation. Local artists and grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts continue to augment the collection.

  • 1988

    May

    WCC implements first computerized registration system. The package includes admissions and student file verification, course scheduling, financial aid and cashier functions and student ID generation.

    June

    Morris Lawrence Jr. at Spring Commencement CeremonyMorris Lawrence Jr. at Spring Commencement Ceremony
    WCC's Alma Mater, composed by faculty member, Morris J. Lawrence, Jr. is formally introduced at the college's spring commencement.

    November

    Washtenaw County voters renew WCC millage.

    Board of Trustees grants first emeritus status to 16 former WCC employees who started their tenure in 1966-1967 and served the college in a quality way for 15 years or longer.

  • 1989

    January

    WCC's western regional center in Chelsea, Michigan opens to serve students in the Chelsea, Dexter and Manchester areas.

    February

    Student Center Building begins recycling pilot program resulting in campus wide recycling later in 1989.

    May

    Jazz band 
    Board of Trustees inaugurates first WCC Award of Merit. This award is the highest honor given by the college to an individual whose extraordinary contributions have advanced WCC and its mission.

    Under the direction of Dr. Morris J. Lawrence, Jr., the WCC Jazz Orchestra performs at Carnegie Hall. The orchestra boasts a long list of honors, including playing for President Ronald Reagan.

  • 1990

     

    Job Skills and Campus Events Building openingJob Skills and Campus Events Building opening
    Job Skills and Campus Events Building opens. Name changed in 1994 to the Morris J. Lawrence Building in honor of deceased WCC instructor.

    January

    Job Skills and Campus Events BuildingJob Skills and Campus Events Building
    After 23 years, WCC's Automotive Services department moves from its Carpenter Road location into its new quarters in the recently expanded Occupational Education Building.

    August

    United Association Instructors Training Program ParticipantsUnited Association Instructors Training Program Participants
    The annually held United Association Instructors Training Program chooses WCC as its new home. Plumbers and Pipefitters from across the United States and Canada representing their union locals will come to WCC for a one week intensive training course each summer.

    September

    WCC celebrates anniversaryWCC celebrates anniversary
    WCC schedules several events to kick off a celebration of its 25th anniversary. An 8 foot by 6 foot anniversary card is displayed at the Arborland Mall for collecting signatures on September 22; the card is on the WCC campus and regional centers throughout October.

    December

    WCC's south regional center in Saline, Michigan opens to serve students in the Saline, Milan, and northern Lenawee County areas.

  • 1991

    January

    Washtenaw Community College's campus on Huron River Drive.Washtenaw Community College's campus on Huron River Drive.
    WCC and the University of Michigan form an "Alliance for Minority Scholars" to encourage a greater number of qualified WCC minority students to continue their education at UM.

    September

    The Heritage Wall, a visual and oral historical presentation of WCC from its beginnings at the Willow Run campus to the Huron River Drive campus is dedicated.

    The Learning Resource Center (Library) makes the switch from a manual card catalog to an online electronic catalog providing students, faculty, and staff with quick, electronic access to library materials.

    WCC hosts the first of three public forums discussing and celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Bill of Rights.

    October

    Artist/Lithographer, Emil Weddige donates 19 prints of his original work to WCC to be displayed throughout the campus. Weddige's work is part of the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

    December

    WCC holds its first winter commencement exercise at the new Job Skills and Campus Events Building.

  • 1992

    April

    U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan) speaks to a WCC audience of students, faculty and staff seeking feedback on political issues facing him in Washington.

    June-July

    Geology instructor Dave Thomas at Mastodon excavationGeology instructor Dave Thomas at Mastodon excavation
    WCC geology students and their instructor assist with mastodon excavation and casting mastodon tracks near Saline, Michigan. The site is the longest trackway uncovered to date.

    August

    All campus buildings become smoke-free when new no smoking policy goes into effect on August 31st.

    November

    Washtenaw County voters turn down WCC's millage requests.

    December

    AIDS Memorial Quilt visits WCCAIDS Memorial Quilt visits WCC
    Panels of the nationally known NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt go on display at WCC. The Quilt was begun in 1987 and has grown to over 21,000 panels in 1992.

  • 1993

     

    WCC begins participation in a $20 million federally-funded grant program, CoNDUIT (Cooperative Network for Dual Use Information Technology) and will serve as a model for the successful transfer of information technology between developers, the community, and business sector for workforce development. The CoNDUIT grant brings Internet access to WCC through a T-1 line and results in training for staff and faculty on e-mail and Internet use.

    February

    WCC celebrates diversity with the first annual International Celebration sponsored by Student Activities. This celebration showcases the customs, rituals, dress, and more of WCC's international student body.

    WCC co-sponsors and hosts a town meeting entitled, "Creating the Vision of the New Economy" featuring county business, government, education, and religious leaders discussing changes in the automotive industry and the impact on the future of the area's economic base/development.

    Fall

    Northern Spies LIVE!, First WCC Theatre production of the new Arts and Events Series debuts. It is entirely student written and performed and is the staged adaptation of Northern Spies, Vol. 8, a literary magazine consisting of the writings of WCC students.

  • 1994

    April

    The Board of Trustees vote unanimously to buy a 35 acre parcel of prime forest east of Hogback Rd. The land is across Hogback Road from the Huron River and is adjacent to the west edge of the WCC campus.

    WCC is the first in the country to receive PPCT Violent Patient Management Seminar training. The course is based on medical research and is designed to teach medical personnel how to restrain a patient effectively, with little or no injury to the patient. PPCT Violent Patient Management is the newest addition to WCC's Public Service Training Courses.

    June

    Morris J. Lawrence Award established by Board of Trustees in honor of the late Chair of the WCC Music Department and Director of the award-winning WCC Jazz Orchestra. Award winners exemplify the traits which Dr. Lawrence himself personified: treatment of others with dignity and love, devotion to the community college and its open door philosophy, leadership in providing people with opportunities to enrich their lives, love of education and belief in its potential to change lives, and commitment to do one's very best.

    September

    The Student Voice, WCC student newspaper returns to active publication.

    November

    WCC Instructor represented by the ACLU files injunction against the college to stop invocations at WCC commencements. The college complies beginning with its December commencement.

    Fall

    The Institute for Workforce Development (IWD) is formed at WCC. It includes staff from the contract training arm of the former Business-Industry Center, the Job Training School, the Small Business Development Center and the Grants Office. IWD's main goals are to offer programs and services to enhance and develop businesses in Washtenaw County and to provide training and development of skilled employees. IWD becomes Business & Industry Services in August 2000.

    Winter

    Peace Tales, a one-act play of folk tales from around the world, is performed by WCC students takes the stage. This show as well as North Spies Live! which debuted Fall 1993 marks the beginning of the next generation of theatre at WCC.

  • 1995

    April

    The Alliance for Minority Scholars, a joint program between WCC and the University of Michigan, with the goal of helping minority students attain their educational goals is formed.

    Spring

    WCC acquires the last parcel of land from the original Franzblau property. Located west of campus, this parcel is approximately 80% wetlands and will remain in its natural state.

    May

    WCC and Eastern Michigan University sign a formal agreement to smooth students' transitions from programs at both institutions.

    June

    WCC's welding department assists in the building of the University of Michigan's solar car, "Solar Vision" which wins blue ribbons in races from Indiana to Colorado.

    September

    WCC is chosen over two other local community colleges by Ford Motor Co./UAW as a partner in distance learning for students in the Ford/UAW Apprenticeship Training Program. Students from as far afield as Georgia, New Jersey, and Minnesota participate.

    December

    Culinary Arts students show off their Christmas ornamentsLearning Resource Center Study Area
    WCC culinary arts students' ornaments of confectionary delights are on display at the White House in Washington, D.C. on four 40 foot Christmas trees inside the Grand Foyer.

    Phi Theta Kappa, national honor society charters the WCC Chapter. Students with a 3.5 GPA or better are eligible after completing 12 hours toward an associates degree.

  • 1996

    January

    WCC's first Internet course, Automotive Technology (ASV 110) is debuts. Anyone with access to the Internet may enroll in this two-credit class, designed to teach students about the systems in their cars and how an automobile functions.

    April

    Job Skills Academy opens at WCC. Part of a proposed county-wide effort and partnership, the Job Skills Academy is one of the multiple sites within the county where individuals looking to learn or enhance their skills can go to enroll for classes or training.

    September

    Business Education Building opens.

    Executive teams from community colleges throughout Michigan attend a leadership and informational conference at WCC entitled, "Leading the Virtual Community College." Conference goals include educating leaders on the array of informational, Internet, and multimedia technologies that are available to meet the educational and workforce training needs of students, employers, and community groups.

    October

    WCC dedicates the EMU (Eastern Michigan University)/WCC Transfer Center bringing forth improved and expanded transfer agreements, two-plus-two programming, joint faculty forums, and more.

    November

    Washtenaw County voters approve college's millage request.

  • 1997

    April

    WCC student finishes first in the International Pretrial Welding Competition in California bringing home a gold medal and a $40,000 scholarship; he places 5th in July 1997 in the International Skills Olympics in Switzerland.

    September

    President MyranPresident Myran
    President Myran announces retirement.

    Washtenaw Technical Middle College (WTMC), chartered by the Board of Trustees in spring 1997, opens on WCC campus offering high school students the opportunity to earn their diploma while working on a college degree. WTMC is the only Michigan school to be chartered through a community college.

    WCC participates in President Clinton's "American Reads" challenge. Coordinated through the Workplace Learning Center, the college's efforts will be directed toward preschool children from the greater Ypsilanti area.

    October

    WCC's first official website www.washtenaw.cc.mi.us debuts.

    November

    Musical Theatre program presents EncoreMusical Theatre program presents "Encore"
    WCC Musical Theatre begins its first season with the play, Encore: A Labor of Love! This is a benefit program to raise money for the first full production, Finian's Rainbow which premieres in April 1998.

    December

    Musical Theatre program presents Finian's RainbowMusical Theatre program presents "Finian's Rainbow"
    WCC is awarded a national Americorps Education Award by the Corporation for National Service The $47,250 grant, provides educational funds for students who complete an agreed upon number of hours of community service.

  • 1998

     

    Adult Transitions program begins at the college. Along with support services and counseling, the program offers skill-building classes to prepare students to take the GED exam. By fall 2001, Adult Transitions will be the largest GED preparation program in Washtenaw County.

    January

    After more than 30 years of representation by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the Office Professional/Technical staff opt for new union representation with the Michigan Education Association (MEA).

    WCC is one of only four Michigan community colleges identified by the publishers of The Hispanic Outlook as a college that offers solid opportunities to Hispanic students.

    Two brothers, adopted as infants to separate families are reunited in a WCC Nursing Assistant course. Their story is picked up by the national media and the brothers are interviewed on The Today Show, Inside Edition, and featured in People Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Community College Times.

    March

    Board of Trustees approves the renaming of the proposed Technology Education Building as the Gunder A. Myran Building.

    April

    Touch-tone registration becomes available at WCC. Students registering for classes may do so using a touch-tone telephone seven days a week.

    August

    President WhitworthPresident Whitworth
    Dr. Larry L. Whitworth becomes the third president of Washtenaw Community College.

    September

    Club Sports program is established at WCC. Students may choose from soccer, golf, volleyball, baseball, softball, cross-country, basketball, and hockey.

    October

    WCC's Career Focus, a new magazine targeting career-minded adult learners is published.

    November

    Washtenaw County voters approve WCC millage renewal.

  • 1999

    January

    WCC Library begins participation in an experimental project to catalog the World Wide Web; it is the only community college library in the country to do so.

    October

    WCC Children's Center receives accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children becoming one of four accredited Michigan community colleges holding this accreditation.

  • 2000

    January

    WCC's student enrollment tops 10,000 making the college number one in enrollments of all Michigan community colleges.

    February

    Institute for Workforce Development staff.Institute for Workforce Development staff.
    Institute for Workforce Development (IWD) provides instruction to over 6200 employees at 45 businesses throughout the greater Washtenaw County area.

    April

    Orchard Radio begins Internet broadcasting at WCC.

    WCC and the University of Michigan begin a transfer program geared toward encouraging more minority scholars to finish their education at UM. The Michigan Transfer for Emerging Scholars (M-TIES) will support the Alliance for Minority Scholars already at the college. In 2007, the program was renamed Michigan-Pursuing Our Dreams (M-POD).

    May

    WCC's new Western Center opens to serve students from the western side of the college's service area. Chelsea and Saline classroom sites close.

    Board of Trustees approves a new academic structure for the college. WCC's new approach zeroes in on academic objectives that provide coherent bodies of knowledge. This new structure departs form the learning objective or competency model used previously, and at other two-year colleges across the country.

    June

    Safety and Security staff at the college choose the Police Officers Association of Michigan as their official union.

    August

    Construction begins on Gunder Myran Building.Construction begins on Gunder Myran Building.
    400 million year old boulder unearthed on campus weighing approximately 55 tons during site preparation for Gunder Myran Building.

    September

    U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Rivers visits WCC.U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Rivers visits WCC.
    Hon. Lynn Rivers (D-Michigan) and the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service sponsor citizenship ceremony at WCC. 200 new U.S. citizens take the oath of allegiance to the their new country.

    December

    Big Rock discovered during excavation of site for Gunder Myran Building."Big Rock" discovered during excavation of site for Gunder Myran Building.
    Harriet St. Center (WCC's eastern regional center) opens in Ypsilanti, MI with nearly 3,000 square feet of renovated space continuing the college's commitment to the Adult Transitions program, a WCC program that prepares students who haven't finished high school to take the GED and move into college level classes if they so choose.

    WCC December commencement program broadcasted live via Webcast on the Internet.

  • 2001

    January

    Washtenaw Technical Middle College, WCC's charter school is awarded the Governor's Excellence in Practice in Career Development Award. The award recognizes Michigan's best achievements in preparing students for careers. WTMC was one of only five programs statewide to receive this award.

    Michigan State Senator, John Schwartz (R) and Chair of Higher Education Subcommittee addresses WCC faculty and staff on funding and term limits.

    March

    The Royal Shakespeare Company visits Washtenaw Community College for a series of drama workshops.

    April

    WCC hosts a week of musical diversity when Global Voices brings an amazing assortment of musicians, dancers and performers to the college from all over the country.

    WCC hosts its first Earth Day Festival where local and national nature and environmental groups answer questions, pique interest, and educate the public on a variety of environmental topics.

    June

    WCC Radiography students travel to Peru to x-ray mummies and artifacts as participants in an archaeological study of ancient South American people and cultures.

    July

    The University of Michigan-Dearborn and Washtenaw Community College enter into educational partnership to offer a new program for students seeking undergraduate degrees in mechanical, electrical, software, and manufacturing engineering as well as computer and information science.

    August

    Groundbreaking for the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Regional Training Center addition to the Occupational Education Building on the WCC campus.

    October

    Lester Jordan and his auto body students created a patriotic tribute.Lester Jordan and his auto body students created a patriotic tribute.
    Auto Body instructor Lester Jordan and his students create a patriotic tribute to the events of September 11, 2002. The white 1997 Chevy Malibu featured two waving American flags, a proud looking eagle, the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline--as it looked prior to September 11th.

    October-November

    WCC lowered flags in remembrance of victims of Sept. 11, 2001.Learning Resource Center Study Area
    WCC holds discussion forums for faculty/students/staff and community in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

    November

    Washtenaw Community College's campusWashtenaw Community College's campus
    WCC purchases 6 acres of land bordering the college's existing property. This purchase makes WCC's land holdings contiguous to U.S. 23. Unlike much college owned land adjacent to campus that is wetlands, this new acquisition is suitable for building and roadways.

  • 2002

    January

    WCC celebrates year-long student transition partnership with Ann Arbor's Stone School.

    Winter 2002 hits a record mark with 11,562 credit students, an 8.1 percent increase from the 2001 Winter semester.

    February

    Federico Garcia Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba takes center stage at WCC.

    The artistry of the late William H. Johnson featured at WCC's GalleryOne through April 5.

    WCC students Thomas Boulan, Linda Haywood, and Monamie Bhadra are winners in a statewide writing contest sponsored by the Liberal Arts Network and Development group.

    The American Red Cross of Southeast Michigan selects four promotional concepts for the 2002 campaign year designed by WCC students Hossam Abouzahr; Sharren Morgan, Stacie Elliott and Rebecca Borst; Mikyung Kim; and Cindy Harwood, Erik Epskamp and Brian Truskowski.

    March

    WCC athletic program is established offering baseball, basketball, bowling, track and cross-country to students. The program runs through 1981-82.

    Huron River ReviewThe Huron River Review
    The Huron River Review debuted. The literary journal contained contributions from WCC students and staff.

    Science takes center stage at WCC in March with two regional secondary school events: the Southeast Michigan Science Fair and Regional 9 Science Olympiad.

    April

    WCC faculty and students in CubaWCC faculty and students traveled to Cuba
    Global Voices showcased entertainment and cultures from around the globe during week-long celebration

    WCC celebrated Earth Day 2002 with special presentations and workshops.

    WCC geology instructor Dave Thomas realized his goal of making the mastodon Michigan's state fossil. Thomas had conducted a statewide letter writing and speaking campaign to raise support for the state fossil legislation. On April 8, 2002 Governor John Engler signed it into law.

    Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart, and Stephen Sondheim's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" makes its debut at WCC.

    A group of Washtenaw Community College students and faculty take an unprecedented trip to Cuba through WCC's International Study program.

    The debut issue of WCC's new student literary journal, The Huron River Review, is published.

    French Harpest Isabelle Moretti performs performs for appreciative audience as part of the WCC Global Voices series.

    WCC hosts Michigan Community College Press Association conference.

    Through May, WCC's GalleryOne features the work of Marianetta Porter, professor of art at the University of Michigan and Beverly Buchanan, an Athens, Georgia-based artist, both African American artists who grew up in the South and were influenced by the Southern post-slave traditions.

    May

    Nancy Margolis received WCC's highest honor, the Award of Merit.

    Commencement honors the achievements of over WCC degree and certificate candidates.

    June

    WCC Jazz OrchestraWCC Jazz Orchestra performed at Towsley Auditorium during "Global Voices"
    WCC Dental Assisting Program receives $150,000 grant from the Michigan Dental Association and Delta Dental Fund.

    Musical Theatre program presented "Carousel" at the Michigan Theatre.

    July

    Gunder Myran Building LandscapingLandscaping transformed area around Gunder Myran Building
    Library moved from Student Center Building to new location in the Gunder Myran Building. Landscaping around the Gunder Myran Building also began.

    August

    Library MovedLibrary moved from Student Center Building to Gunder Myran Building
    For the 13th straight year, WCC welcomes over 1,800 United Association professionals back for specialized instructor training.

    The Montreal World Film Festival is once again the destination for WCC Humanities students.

  • 2003

    January

    The 2003 Winter Semester reaches an all time high enrollment of 11,729 students, an increase of 4.8 percent over the previous record-setting year.

    The Board of Trustees updates its non-smoking policy to better align with measures passed by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners in November 2002.

    WCC receives a $25,000 SBC Ameritech accelerator competitive grant to provide under- and unemployed residents of Washtenaw County with greater access to MSWord training.

    April

    Extensive renovations and upgrades begin in the Liberal Arts and Science building to the college's astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and science classrooms and labs. Construction is completed in mid-September; classes in these disciplines meet on a 12-week schedule that semester to accommodate the work.

    WCC hosts a presentation on April 30 with celebrated Tuskegee Airmen including Lieutenant Colonel Charles "A-Train" Dryden, Captain Richard Macon, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Jefferson, 1st Lieutenant John A. Clark, Major General Richard Bodycomb. Fighter Pilot Marie Mountain Clark, a member of the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP), also is present. The event commemorates 100 years of aviation. On display are artifacts from the Tuskegee and Willow Run Yankee Air Museums. They include a small model of the Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hill, site of the historic first flight; aviation flight suits from WWI, WWII, and present day military; and vintage posters depicting the evolution of flight.

    May

    WCC students travel to Spain as part of a Spanish Language Adventure program. Barcelona's Sagrada Familia and Miró Museum as well as Madrid's National Palace and Prado Museum were visited. Stops also included Segovia, medieval Toledo, and Costa Brava.

    Photography students travel to Florence, Italy for a unique international study opportunity in collaboration with the Santa Reparata International School of Art.

    Radiography Instructor Jerry Baker and seven WCC students travel to Peru to assist archaeologists in the excavation of burial sites for the Chiribaya and Moche tribes, which date back roughly 1,000 years. WCC students provide x-ray assistance for mummies and artifacts in the Ilo Valley. They return in mid-June. This is Baker's third trip to the region. WCC is the only community college in the nation invited to participate.

    June

    Legendary singer Mavis Staples kicks off the college's Living Legends performance and lecture series on June 6.

    Welding student Miles Tilley is the first student from WCC to bring home a medal in international competition. Tilley won a bronze medal in the 2003 WorldSkills Welding Competition sponsored by SkillsUSA in St. Gallen Switzerland.

    Welding student Shawn Powers brings home the gold in the SkillsUSA national competition held in Kansas City, MO. He competed against 38 post-secondary state champions from across the country.

    July

    WCC hosts a presentation by Adobe® Photoshop® creator Thomas Knoll on July 18. Knoll introduces participates to Adobe's latest plug-in, Camera Raw®. WCC Photography Instructor Terry Abrams also demonstrates the latest techniques in digital photo printing.

    September

    Radiography students outdo their competitors at the 48th annual education meeting of the Michigan Society of Radiologic Technologists in Midland, MI. WCC students placed first, second, and third in the Scientific Project Competition for the fourth straight year. Two honorable mentions also were awarded.

    October

    Columbia University's Scholastic Press Association ranks The Huron River Review in the top category of student literary magazines. The 2003 issue receives a Gold Medalist rating (956 out of 1,000 points) in the 2003 Student Magazine Critique sponsored by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, a program of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University (New York).

  • 2004

    January

    Motown's Four Tops perform on January 21at the WCC Towlsey Auditorium as part of the college's Living Legends series. Performing members include: Renaldo "Obie" Benson, Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Theo Peoples, and Ronnie McNair.

    February

    Trustee Mary Branch steps down from the Board due to retirement. Her six-year term began in January 1999; it expires in December 2004. While on the Board she served as Treasurer in 2001-2002 and Secretary from 2003-2004. Branch also served as the Midwest district representative to the Minority Affairs Committee of the Association of Community College Trustees.

    WCC's entry into the 52nd Annual Detroit Autorama (February 27-29), a customized 1999 Honda Civic, won First Place in the Sport Tuner Class.

    April

    The Board of Trustees unanimously approve the appointment of Ann Arbor resident Roger Lane to serve out the term of Board Secretary Mary Branch, who retired and moved out of state earlier this year. The appointment is effective April 27 and expires December 31, 2004. Lane is manager of Contracted Labor and Services for DTE Energy Supply Chain Management.

    The Board approves six new academic programs for Fall 2004: Computer Forensics Advanced Certificate, Computer Systems Security Associate in Applied Science, Associate of Arts-Journalism, Paraprofessional Portfolio Preparation Certificate, Surveying Assistant Certificate, and E-Business Advanced Certificate.

    Democratic front-runner Massachusetts Senator John Kerry makes Washtenaw Community College his final destination on April 28 in a whirlwind three-day, 427-mile bus trip referred to as his "Jobs First Express" tour.

    May

    Nursing student Jeremy Lapham interns with the National Institute of Mental Health, a segment of the National Institutes of Health and component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He will be helping a core team of international scientists in their study of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. He begins his program in Bethesda, MD in early May and returns to campus in time to begin his fall classes.

    June

    Architecture student Ambreen Musani is one of 25 college students from across Michigan invited to participate in Governor Jennifer Granholm's College Student Leadership Forum at Ferris State University June 22-25. Musani, who graduates with a 4.0 GPA, is a member of the Michigan All Academic Team and recipient of the WCC Student Leadership Award.

    Student Melissa Burwell is recognized with a Phi Theta Kappa Hallmark Award (Gold Medal) as one of 25 George O. Bierkeo Distinguished Member Award recipients nationwide. She is the only student from Michigan's 28 community colleges to receive the honor.

    WCC's Beta Gamma Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa received nine awards at both the state and international level. They included: Milestone Award, Pinnacle Scholarship Award, Michigan 'n Motion Award, Five Star Award, Distinguished President, Distinguished Officer, Distinguished, Horizon Award, and Coordinator Award.

    July

    Michigan Economic Development Corporation awards the college a $100,000 Economic Development Job Training grant to train Washtenaw County workers in CNC machine operations. The training, which begins in September, includes classes in CNC machine operation, CAD/CAM programming, blueprint reading, metrology and advanced tooling methods.

    September

    "A Fierce Commitment: The First 10 Years of Washtenaw Community College" is published. The author is Cynthia Furlong Reynolds.

    The culinary arts dining room is renamed Garrett’s in honor of the late Don Garrett, who taught at WCC for many years. A dedication reception is held on September 21.

    October

    The college's new H.S. Landau Residential Construction Center at 1150 James L. Hart Parkway in Ypsilanti is dedicated in a ceremony on October 13. The program relocates to renovated facilities on campus in September 2012.

    The Automotive Services department hosts its first WCC Car Show on Sunday, October 3. About 190 cars and trucks are featured at the event.

  • 2005

    January

    First-year radiography students receive a $1,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation as part of the corporation’s community grant program. The money is used to help them keep in touch with patients, talk with high school students about Radiography careers, and attend conferences and competitions.

    The International Student Center hosts its first annual International Concert January 22. The concert features music from Japan, Korea, the Sudan, Spain, Iran, Senegal, Colombia, Peru, Mexico and China. All performers used traditional instruments. Proceeds from donations received assisted with international student scholarships and relief efforts for the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia.

    Husband and wife singing and writing duo Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson perform at the Towsley Auditorium on January 25, the third group featured in the college's Living Legends performance and lecture series. Their names are enshrined on the WCC Wall of Musical Fame, and video tapes of their visit assist instructors in teaching the principles of music.

    March

    Students, under the direction of a master mason, begin work on an English-style semi-circle stone wall that will stand approximately 30 inches high and shelter benches overlooking the Jan Fish Memorial Garden next to the Morris Lawrence building retention pond.

    Students and faculty from the WCC Industrial Technology department join with students from the Washtenaw Technical Middle College and area high schools to field a team for the FIRST Robotics 2005 regional games at the Eastern Michigan University March 10-12. This is their first entry in the international completion.

    Four culinary students and their instructor travel to Weston College in Weston-super Mare, England as part of a WCC student travel/study experience. WCC reciprocates in August 2005 when Chef Instructor Mark Miller from Weston College visits campus. Students and faculty introduce him to regional hotels and restaurants as well as points of interest.

    The WCC Contemporary Jazz Ensemble performs at the 39th Annual Michigan Municipal League Legislative Conference in Lansing, Michigan at the request of Governor Jennifer Granholm on March 23.

    April

    WCC’s literary magazine The Huron River Review receives top honorees from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The Review received a Gold Crown in the magazine category, the highest honor that CSPA bestows. The three other honorees in that category are the University of Oregon, Iowa State University, and Harvard University.

    After two years of planning, installation begins for new building and directional signage designed around a wayfinding model. Features include large, visible lettering on each building that is lit at night, new signs at each entrance, and the installation of a primary marker at the intersection of Clark Road and Huron River Drive informally referred to as ‘the President’s Corner.’

    Photography instructor Terry Abrams is awarded a 2005 Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad grant through the University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies. He travels to Morocco and southern Spain June 22-July 19 and later coordinates a return trip to Morocco for photography students under a student travel/study experience program.

    May

    Photography students and their instructor travel to Florence, Italy May 11-June 3 as part of the college’s student travel/study experience. The trip included course work and photo lab time at the Santa Reparata International School of Art.

    Twelve culinary students and their instructor travel to Ecole des Trois Ponts in Roanne, France for a student travel/study experience. Students spent days cooking four-course meals and eating in five star restaurants. They also visited a chocolatier and a vineyard, saw how olive oil and hazelnut oil are traditionally pressed, spent part of each day tasting and learning about French wines and cheeses.

    The Liberal Arts and Science building is renamed the Crane Liberal Arts and Science building in honor of Dr. H. Richard Crane, a pioneer in nuclear physics and biophysics. A formal dedication is held in June 2005. Dr. Crane receives the college’s highest community honor the WCC Award of Merit at commencement May 21.

    The Board of Trustees approves five new certificate and degree programs for fall. They include: Automation Technology certificate, Custom Cars and Concept certificate, 3D Animation Associate in Applied Science degree, Physical Therapist Assistant Associate in Applied Science degree, and the Industrial Training Associate in Applied Science degree for United Association members. Discontinued programs include: Auto Restoration and Hot Rod Fabrication Certificate, Web Programming Tools Certificate, and Illustration Associate in Applied Science degree.

    June

    Students travel to Mexico City June 4-11 to discuss the technical and working procedures of the contemporary sculptor with world-renowned sculptor Leonardo Nierman; a tour of his studio followed. The interdisciplinary course included lectures, discussions and trips to museums and archaeological sites.

    The college cosponsors and hosts Photoshop Soup2Nuts 2.0 with Photoshop® creator Thomas Knoll, Photoshop® experts Bruce Fraser, Scott Kelby, Jeff Schewe, and photography legends Jerry Uelsmann, Maggie Taylor, Dan Burkholder, Michael Grecco, and Richard Newman June 24-25.

    The Board of Trustees establishes a new policy that mandates campus as a smoke-free zone effective January 1, 2006. The policy takes effect September 1 and will be implemented in three phases. The first phase focuses on education and building awareness for the policy among students, staff and visitors. Phase two provides information on cessation programs. Both informational campaigns take place September 1 through Dec. 31. The third and final phase, policy compliance, begins January 1.

    September

    For the sixth year in a row Radiography students took first, second and third place honors at the 50th annual meeting of the Michigan Society of Radiologic Technologists, September 14 in Midland, Michigan.

    After a year hiatus to redesign WCC's e-Learning approach, online classes return for the 2004 Fall Semester. Now called College On Demand (COD), the new format combines WCC faculty video lectures with enriching material from professional sources. Four new online courses are offered that semester. The following fall the number of offerings triples.

    October

    The second annual WCC Car Show takes place October 2. This year an automotive swap meet is added that allows people to rent space to display auto-related materials to swap or sell.

    The WCC library is renamed to honor long-serving Trustee Dr. Richard W. Bailey in a ceremony on October 30.

    Reporters and photographers for the WCC student newspaper The Voice received eight awards from the Michigan Press Association. They include: Division III first place, General Excellence Award, News Photo, Display Advertising Campaign, and Display Advertising Promotion; second place, Non-Deadline Story, Feature Story, Feature Photo; third place Sports Photo.

    November

    Nine Custom Car and Concepts students won big at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show Nov. 1- 4. The students worked on three cars that won big awards in a pool of over 2,000 cars. Students painted the first place car in the Car and Driver Magazine in the Acura RSX challenge and the Ford Mustang that won the Ford Design Award. The 1970 Chevelle that WCC students completely modified in 90 days for GM and the Rides program on The Learning Channel won one of the Top Five Cars at SEMA.

    The Learning Channel’s show Rides devotes an entire episode to Washtenaw Community College’s automotive program as students customize a 1970 Chevelle convertible. Titled “Summer School,” the episode follows 10 WCC Custom Car and Concepts students as they transform the already cool car in 90 days into a one-of-a-kind mean street rod.

    WCC and Merit Network host a demonstration of the Internet 2 on November 30. Organizations showcasing the real-time capabilities that this new platform provides include: the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Michigan, and Central Michigan University.

  • 2006

    January

    WCC is named the administering agent for a $104,000 Incumbent Worker Training grant through the federal Workforce Investment Act. The funds enable seven Washtenaw County-based companies to send employees for advanced training to the Michigan Manufacturing Technical Center in Plymouth, Mich.

    WCC joins other Michigan colleges and universities in a recycling competition called Recycle Mania. For 10 weeks they compete to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables, create the least amount of trash and recycle materials at the highest rate.

    February

    WCC culinary students assist celebrity chefs with prep work, food plating and display breakdown at the Taste of the NFL, a National Football League fundraiser in Detroit February 4 during Super Bowl weekend.

    WCC culinary student Jake Robinson takes top honors at the Michigan Taste of Elegance competition. The event, sponsored by the Michigan Pork Producers Association, encourages innovative and exciting ways to serve pork.

    March

    The WCC’s Business and Industry Services department is awarded a $224,500 Michigan Economic Development Job Training Grant (EDJT) to provide advanced manufacturing training to 11 area companies.

    The WCC Custom Cars and Concepts students and instructors combine the Ford Five Hundred and the Ford GT into one car—the Ford Five Hundred GT-R. It is unveiled at the 2006 Detroit Autorama March 3-5 and is awarded two first place prizes, one for Best Match Race and Exhibition and the other for Best Design. On April 20, staff of Car and Driver magazine take it for a test drive at the Michigan Proving Grounds in Romeo, Mich. Shortly afterward the car goes on display at the Ford Motor Company world headquarters in Dearborn, Mich.

    Eight WCC students travel to the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL for the first Midwest regional cyber defense competition co-hosted by the Information Trust Institute and the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance March 24-26.

    April

    The Board of Trustees approves five new degree and certificate programs for the 2006 Fall Semester. They include: Advanced Residential Construction Technology Advanced Certificate, Broadcast Arts Associate in Arts degree, Digital Video Production Associate in Arts degree, XML Data Analysis Certificate and XML Programming Advanced Certificate. The Automotive Technician and Collision Repair Technician advanced certificate programs are discontinued.

    The Huron River Review receives a Silver Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. This is award number 18 for the WCC student and staff literary magazine, now in its fourth year of publication.

    May

    WCC photography students and their instructor travel to The Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Hikone, Japan for a two-week student travel/study experience.

    WCC’s Computer Information Systems department and the Ann Arbor IT Zone team up to offer local businesses advice from the experts.

    WCC honors local banker and financier Calla Fette with its highest honor, the 2006 Award of Merit. Fette receives the award at commencement on May 20.

    June

    WCC Trustees break ground June 13 on the new 70,000 square foot health and fitness center.

    Grammy winning guitarist Earl Klugh performs in the Towsley Auditorium on June 21 and becomes the fourth professional musician to be honored in the college’s Living Legends series.

    Welding student Moe Farhat takes the gold medal at the national SkillsUSA in Kansas City on June 23. This is the third year in a row that a WCC student has won at the national level.

    The WCC Foundation begins a capital campaign to fund improvements for the WCC Children’s Center. The goal of $360,000 will help update the facility and make it more child-size friendly, among other improvements. The campaign exceeds its goal by $100,000.

    July

    The college mourns the sudden death of WCC Trustee Jerry Jernigan on July 18. On August 8, the Board of Trustees appoints educator and non-profit executive Margaret ‘Peg’ Talburtt as interim trustee through December 31, 2006. The WCC Foundation golf outing on August 21 is renamed in his honor.

    September

    WCC radiography students receive first and fourth place awards in the student quiz competition and second place in the scientific display competition at the Michigan Society of Radiologic Technologists' 51st annual meeting.

    Work begins to expand the instructional capabilities of the Technical and Industrial building. A second floor is built over the ‘big shop’ to house 16 new classrooms on the first and second floors. The new space includes a ceramics classroom, a demonstration lab for the Washtenaw Technical Middle College, and new space for the digital video production program.

    October

    Twenty awards in total are given to 10 WCC student journalists and photojournalists at the Michigan Press Association College Newspaper Contest on October 1. Four first place, nine second place, five third place, and two honorable mention honors are awarded.

    President Larry Whitworth is named District III Pacesetter of the Year by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. He is formally recognized at the District III annual meeting in Grand Rapids on October 16.

    November

    The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) visits campus on November 6 for workshops on movement, directing and text interpretation. During the company’s three-week Michigan residency, the Bailey Library hosts a RSC display, culinary students prepare a meal to coincide with the RSC’s opening night performance of The Tempest, and industrial technology students and faculty build a mechanical Shakespeare with a voice recorded by a WCC drama student.

    WCC's Gallery One sponsors a special exhibition by artist Josef Albers November 6 through December 21 in honor of the release of the book, Josef Albers: To Open Eyes, The Bauhaus, Black Mountain College and Yale, written by WCC instructor Frederick A. Horowitz and his associate Brenda Danilowitz. Horowitz studied under Albers while a student at Yale.

    December

    WCC is part of a consortium of nine southeast Michigan community colleges that receives a $2.15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The money is used to boost new and existing programs in advanced manufacturing and alternative energy.

  • 2007

    January

    Three WCC photography students are named winners in the College/University single image category of the PIEA (Photography International Education Association) International Photography Contest on January 6. A lab assistant receives first prize in the faculty single image category.

    February

    WCC's new Motorcycle Service Technology course convenes this month in a new 5,000 square foot classroom that features two water lines, 14 air lines, eight motorcycle lifts, three new motorcycles.

    The WCC cyber defense team places third in the first Michigan/Ohio Collegiate Cyber Defense competition held at Eastern Michigan University February 16-18.

    April

    WCC’s International Student Center hosts its second annual International Concert on April 14. Music from Japan, the Ukraine, India, Iraq, Niger, Ecuador, Argentina and China is featured and played on traditional instruments.

    WCC culinary students and their instructor tour Italy April 25 to May 6 as part of a student travel/study experience. Stops include Rome, the Apicius Culinary Institute of Florence, and regional excursions to several vineyards, museums and market places.

    On April 2, Governor Jennifer Granholm announces that WCC will receive up to $177,297 in Economic Development Job Training funds for advanced manufacturing training through March 2008. Courses in Lean manufacturing, Six Sigma Black Belt and Green Belt, ISO, CNC machine tool, blueprint reading, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and metrology are given to 513 employees and 53 new hires at nine Washtenaw, Livingston and Wayne County companies.

    May

    The WCC Physical Therapist Assistant program achieves Candidate for Accreditation Status, a critical first step in the lengthy process of becoming fully accredited by the Commission for Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.

    August

    Civic Ventures, a California-based think tank and program incubator, choses WCC as one of 10 community colleges in the U.S. to receive a $25,000 grant to provide support and training for people over 50 who want to transition into teaching jobs, work in gerontology, become nursing instructors or work in nonprofits after a career in the for-profit sector.

    September

    WCC radiography students take first, second and fourth place honors at the 52nd annual meeting of the Michigan Society of Radiologic Technologists in Midland, Mich.

    October

    Washtenaw Voice editor Chan Park is named Division III Journalist of the Year at the Michigan Press Association’s annual college newspaper contest. He also receives two first-place awards in the advertisement category and second place honors in the review category. Honors by other Voice staff include first place in the feature story category, first place in page design, and third place in the review and black and white ad categories. The newspaper also takes second place honors in the Division III general excellence category.

    President Larry Whitworth is named 2007 Distinguished Citizen for Washtenaw County by the Great Sauk Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America. A dinner in his honor is held December 6.

    December

    WCC, in partnership with Tinnerman, Chrysler, SKF, Steelcase, Delphi, PTC, Innolab and the Institute for Lean Innovation, presents a two-day summit on innovation December 10-11.

    The Temptations perform on December 14 for the fifth installment of the WCC Living Legends performance series.

    Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox delivers the keynote address at the Washtenaw Community College Police Academy commencement on December 21.

    On December 4, Community College Week identifies WCC as 23rd on a list of the 50 fastest growing public two‐year colleges in the country with 10,000 or more students.

    Ann Arbor News readers select the Health and Fitness Center at WCC as one of their top three sports and recreation facilities in the area. It receives third place honors.

  • 2008

    April

    WCC receives an Aegis Video & Film Production Winner Award for its School of Music and Performing Arts promotional video. The video is the first in a series of program overviews that provide an introduction to the different career and educational offerings available through WCC’s academic divisions. In October it receives a silver award from the International Academy of the Visual Arts W3 division.

    May

    WCCAnn Arbor developer and commercial contractor William ‘Bill’ Kinley is honored at commencement May 17 as the 2008 WCC Award of Merit recipient.

    June

    A sculpture by world-renowned Mexican artist Leonardo Nierman is unveiled and dedicated June 12 at the west entrance of the Morris Lawrence building. Nierman is present to answer questions about the sculpture and his other works

    WCC student Phil Davie wins a gold medal in the Collision Repair Technology category and welding student Joseph Young receives a silver medal at the SkillsUSA competition held in Kansas City, MO June 22-28.

    July

    The Canon Corporation selects WCC as one of 12 programs nationwide to receive Canon high-end cameras, flashes and a mix of wide angle, macro and telephoto lenses valued at roughly $37,000.

    WCC hosts the first Give Camp in the Great Lakes region July 11-13. About 100 professional software developers worked for 48 hours straight to create custom software for non‐profit organizations.

    August

    The US Election Assistance Commission awards WCC a $30,767 grant to train students for service on Election Day in November. WCC works in partnership with the Washtenaw County Municipal & Township Clerks Association to train college students to serve as poll workers in the upcoming election.

    The Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration program at WCC is one of only four programs in the country and the only school in Michigan to receive a full six-year accreditation from HVAC Excellence, a not-for-profit organization offering technical certification, program accreditation and professional development.

    September

    A one-third mile spur of the Huron River Greenway Border to Border Trail opens on the WCC campus September 13 to bicyclists, joggers, runners and nature lovers.

    Three WCC radiography students receive first place in the scientific display category at the Michigan Society of Radiologic Technologists annual meeting September 17‐19 in Midland, Mich. Instructor William Nelson receives first place in the technologist scientific display competition.

    October

    WCC is ranked tenth of the 15 large companies recognized by the Detroit Free Press in its annual Top Place to Work survey on October 19. The college is formally recognized at a ceremony November 5.

    December

    The WCC Jazz Orchestra performs at the National Christmas Tree Evening Music program at the White House in Washington, D.C. on December 21.

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