WCC Takes Steps to Improve Student Success
WCC is joining more than 130 community colleges in 24 states to improve completion rates for students limited by socio-economic barriers. The initiative, “Achieving the Dream,” provides consultants and coaches to select two-year colleges across the country to expand data collection, conduct program evaluations, and share best practices. Until now, participation in the initiative has been by invitation only.
With funding from the New Economy Initiative, a philanthropic effort to transform southeast Michigan into an innovation-based economy, WCC will have access to experts to create new opportunities for institutional research and program evaluations to ensure that the College is doing all it can to help at-risk students achieve their academic goals.
“Washtenaw Community College is proud to be a new member of the Achieving the Dream initiative,” said President Larry Whitworth. “This partnership is the capstone to outreach efforts WCC has already put in place to serve at-risk students.”
One of WCC’s most successful outreach programs is the Harriet Street Center in Ypsilanti, which introduces children as young as five to the College through youth enrichment classes. That programming will expand this summer to include the Parkridge Community Center. The Harriet Street Center is also the place where middle and high school students benefit from special mentoring opportunities. And in another popular program, middle school students from Ypsilanti visit campus for a unique introduction to higher learning called “College is My Future.”
Nine other community colleges in Michigan will participate in the Achieving the Dream initiative. They include Delta College and Glen Oaks, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Montcalm, Mott, Muskegon, Oakland, and St. Clair community colleges.