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Friday, January 30, 2015

WCC Foundation raises $8M

Community supports WCC more than ever before

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The Washtenaw Community College Foundation has raised over $8 million over the past 18 months in cash gifts and pledges to support students at Washtenaw Community College. This represents the largest amount of funds ever raised in a collective effort at the college.

Campaign chairs Tim and Laurie Wadhams made the announcement at a celebration ceremony on Oct. 27 at Washtenaw Community College. In attendance were WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca, campaign committee members, WCC Foundation Board of Directors, WCC Board of Trustees members, WCC faculty and staff, alumni and community members.

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Late start? Great start!

Although WCC’s Winter Semester started Jan.12, we still have plenty of classes available that begin later in January and also February and March.

Payment is due for these classes by 10:00pm on the day you register.

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Blackboard Mobile App Free for WCC Students

This semester, be sure to download the Blackboard Mobile App, available now for your smartphone and tablet.

The app sends push notifications when professors post grades and announcements. You can also post to discussion threads, respond to journal and blog posts and more.

It’s available for free to WCC students, faculty and staff. Simply download the app and type in “Washtenaw Community College” when prompted.

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Fall enrollment beats state average

On average, Michigan’s community colleges are experiencing a six percent decline in student enrollment in comparison to last year. That’s a sizable loss.

But at WCC, the story is different. WCC’s enrollment has stayed almost flat, with just a .2 percent decline in headcount.

“We’ve exceeded our budget goals for enrollment,” said Dr. Evan Montague, associate vice president of recruitment and student enrollment.

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New beginnings for adult students

Encore means to bring back, and for many attendees of the inaugural Encore Career Open House, it was the first time they had been on a college campus in years.

WCC’s budget reflects growth, student needs

In June, the Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees approved the 2015 budget that reflects investments in new academic programs, student counseling, academic advising, campuswide technology improvements and student enrollment and retention efforts.

Meeting state metrics increases WCC’s funding

For the past two years, WCC has received the highest percentage increase of all 28 Michigan community colleges in budget dollars from the state. In the 2015-2016 budget the state has allocated a 3.7 percent increase in WCC’s funding, meaning an additional $466,500. In the 2014- 2015 budget the state allocated a 2.3 percent increase in WCC’s funding.

WCC online enrollment continues to climb

At Washtenaw Community College, more students are choosing to take their classes online. In fact, Distance Learning at the college has grown 11 percent over the past three years.

Connecting students to campus life, the community and careers

Starting in Sept. 2015, Washtenaw Community College students will have more ways to connect real-world experiences to their academic curriculum.

Students sink their teeth into Dental Assisting program

Under the guidance of Washtenaw Community College faculty members Kathleen Weber, Kristina Sprague and Jodi Neuman, students in the college’s Dental Assisting program learn a broad array of skills to become certified dental assistants. The program also offers the chance to earn a certificate and an Associate in Applied Science degree.

Meet Betsy Petoskey, New WCC Foundation Chair

Newly elected Foundation Board Chair Betsy Petoskey is looking forward to the new school year. She will play a key role in leading the Washtenaw Community College Foundation to raise money for tuition assistance and support services such as childcare and transportation.

WCC Foundation raises $8M

The Washtenaw Community College Foundation has raised over $8 million over the past 18 months in cash gifts and pledges to support students at Washtenaw Community College. This represents the largest amount of funds ever raised in a collective effort at the college.

WCC’s charter high school among top ten in US

Nestled within the campus of Washtenaw Community College is Washtenaw Technical Middle College, a charter high school that provides unique learning opportunities and allows students to earn both a high school diploma and a college associate’s degree or technical certificate upon graduation.

WCC and Dr. Bellanca welcome students

Welcome Day featured student clubs, local businesses and restaurants, raffles, games, a photo booth, free food and goodies in Community Park on Sept. 9. Hundreds of students attended and got better acquainted with the college. President Dr. Rose Bellanca also joined in on the fun.

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