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Monday, March 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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WCC Signs Five-Year Contract Extension with the Iron Workers

Washtenaw Community College and the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union signed a five-year contract extension today to continue to hold the renowned Iron Workers Instructor Training Program (ITP) on the WCC campus. The announcement was made by Dr. Rose B. Bellanca, WCC President and Lee Worley, Executive Director of Apprenticeship and Training, Ironworkers International.

This year marks the 31st year the annual program has been held – moving to WCC in 2010.

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WCC to Receive $4.4 Million in Skilled Trades Funding

Washtenaw Community College has been awarded $4.4 million in funding from the state's Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program (CCSTEP). The awards were announced on Tuesday, Feb. 24 by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The funding will support the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for education and training related to its planned Advanced Transportation Center, which will provide training for the rapidly growing industries of intelligent transportation systems, advanced manufacturing and automotive transportation servicing.

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Driven to Succeed

WCC student plans big for his future

Davon Shackleford knows exactly what he wants: to become a cardiovascular surgeon.

He also knows exactly how he’s going to get there: after Washtenaw Community College, he will study at the University of Michigan. He already has a plan to transfer his credits thanks to WCC’s relationship with U-M.

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The Health & Fitness Center achieves Medical Fitness Association Facility certif

The Health & Fitness Center at Washtenaw Community College is proud to announce it has recently become a certified Medical Fitness Facility.

College celebrates GED graduates

Washtenaw Community College celebrated the accomplishments of 144 graduates of the Adult Transitions GED Plus Program on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Winter semester registration is available now

Class schedules for winter semester are available on WCC’s website.

WCC Board of Trustees extends contract of President Rose Bellanca, Ed.D.

Washtenaw Community College’s academic achievement, State of Michigan evaluation against metrics measuring community college performance, a historic fund-raising initiative and steady student enrollment were plenty of reasons for the College’s Board of Trustees to vote unanimously yesterday to extend the contract of President Rose Bellanca, Ed.D. through 2017.

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.

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