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Prsident Rose Bellanca

Dr. Rose B. Bellanca became the fourth President of Washtenaw Community College (WCC) in August 2011. She is the first woman to lead the institution since it was founded in 1965.

President Bellanca is an advocate for partnerships and innovative programs that provide education, enrichment, and economic development. Under her leadership, Washtenaw Community College received a $2.9 million grant in 2012 from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative. The grant gives WCC the seed money to develop exciting new online and blended classes for the IT industry, as well as a new dynamic and inter-connected learning environment.

She lends her expertise as a member of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, and as Chair of the Workforce/Talent subcommittee for Ann Arbor SPARK’s Business Development Committee. She has served as a board member of the Commission on Economic and Workforce Development and the Licensure Committee for the American Association of Community Colleges. She has held board positions with Henry Ford Health System; United States of America Selective Service; Mercy Hospital; Automation Alley; Economic Development Alliance; and the Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies Inc.

She has represented the college at Governor Rick Snyder’s Mackinac Policy Conference, the American Association of Community College’s Annual Convention, and at the historic signing of an agreement between the professional plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters of the United Association of the United States and Canada (UA) and the Plumbing Trades Employees Union of Australia (PTEU), which WCC hosted.

President Bellanca received an Associate of Applied Arts degree from Macomb Community College. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Life Education, a master’s degree in Education and Industrial Arts, an Educational Specialist certificate in Administration and Supervision, and a Doctorate of Education in Administration and Organizational Studies from Wayne State University.

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