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Thursday, May 24, 2018

WCC Announces Seven New Certificates and Degrees

The WCC Board of Trustees has approved seven new certificate and degree programs for the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year. Fall classes will begin Aug. 24, and registration starts in mid July.


Supply Chain Operations: Supply chain managers coordinate suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to ensure that products and services are available to consumers in a timely, quality, and cost-effective fashion. Students may choose to continue their studies toward an associate degree in retail and supply chain management.

Mammography: The State of Michigan requires successful completion of a formal mammography training program by anyone other than a physician who operates a mammographic X-ray unit. The curriculum for this new certificate is based on the recommended American Society of Radiologic Technology (ASRT) mammography guidelines, and includes both didactic and clinical education.

Accelerated Welder Training: Gas tungsten arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, and oxy-fuel cutting processes for the pipefitting industry are featured in this new certificate program. The class will be taught from Local Union training centers and mobile training trailers to allow the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) the opportunity to offer it where the demand is high for these unique skills. Students who successfully complete the class will be eligible to enter an apprenticeship program at a second-year level.

Sustainable Building Practices: Students will be introduced to the theory of sustainability as it applies to building construction. The history of the green movement will be reviewed. Clean energy practices and the Building Performance Institute’s requirements for procedures used in building weatherization will be presented. In-lab and off-site projects are included.

Associate Degree

Health Program Preparation Associate in Science: This transfer program addresses the needs of students who are preparing to enter health care programs and require the prerequisite mathematics and science foundations needed for admission.

Automotive Services Technology Associate in Applied Science: This program readies students for a technical position in automotive service. Students will diagnose and repair malfunctions in automobile engines, suspension and steering systems, brakes, electrical and electronic systems, and engine drivability issues. Upon successful completion, students will be prepared to take the State of Michigan Mechanic Certification tests as well as the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification Exams.

Post-Associate Degree Certificate

Computed Tomography: The State of Michigan requires that unregistered computed tomography (CT) technologists complete 20 hours of training and experience in operating CT equipment, radiation physics, and radiation protection, or obtain the advanced certificate in computed tomography from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). This new program prepares students for the ARRT post-primary registry certification examination in computed tomography, as well as entry-level computed tomography employment.

Programs Discontinued

The Board of Trustees also approved the discontinuation of one degree and one certificate program beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year. However, all classes that are part of the programs will continue to be offered.

Internet Professional Associate of Art (AAINP): This associate degree program is being discontinued and the Internet Professional Associate of Applied Science program (APINPD) is being reactivated. This change reduces the general education requirements and adds classes that target skills that will make students employable.

Web User Experience Advanced Certificate (CVWUE): The Internet Professional Advisory Committee has identified these skills as fundamental and not advanced. Therefore, the three classes in this certificate program are being incorporated into the existing Web Technology Certificate (CTWBTC).

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