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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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WCC faculty member presenting her experience growing up behind the Iron Curtain

When the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989, signaling the end of the Cold War, East German-born Elisabeth Thoburn was living in Michigan. She met an American exchange student a decade earlier, fell in love, was married and moved to the United States in 1985.

“That was a very difficult thing. I literally had to watch something on television that I wish I had been in the middle of,” says the 25-year Washtenaw Community College faculty member.

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With Business Enterprise program, students build education around their careers

Washtenaw Community College is turning business education upside down with the introduction of its new Business Enterprise program that can lead to a certificate, an advanced certificate, an associate degree and transfer opportunities to a four-year institution.

But, first and foremost, it’s focused on helping students advance in their career. The focus is on skill building for entry-level employment. From there, the student can build their education around what they experience on-the-job and choose to pursue.

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WCC's Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts programs receive ACF accreditation

Two of Washtenaw Community College’s culinary programs recently received accreditation from the American Culinary Federation.

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WCC trustees extend contract of President Bellanca

The Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees voted to extend the contract of President and CEO Dr. Rose B. Bellanca to June 30, 2022.

WCC adds nine new 3+1 articulation agreements

The Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees approved nine new 3+1 articulation agreements at its July meeting on Tuesday. The agreements allow students to use up to 90 credits completed at WCC toward a 120-credit bachelor's degree program.

WCC online learning team wins Blackboard professional development award

A three-member team from the Online Learning department at Washtenaw Community College will be honored for its innovation and excellence with a 2019 Blackboard Catalyst Award from Blackboard Inc., a leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement.

Two WCC photography students in 'new artist' program at Ann Arbor Art Fair

Two Washtenaw Community College photography students are among seven artists participating in the New Art, New Artists College Student Mentoring Program at this year’s Ann Arbor Street Art Fair.

WCC receives grant from TargetX to fund student success initiatives

TargetX awarded Washtenaw Community College with a ‘Power of X Grant’ worth $11,376 to fund student success initiatives. The award was accepted by Student Services director Laura Crane at the 2019 TargetX Summit in New Orleans on Tuesday.

Ironworkers celebrating 10th anniversary at WCC

For the 10th consecutive summer, the Ironworkers are back in Washtenaw County for their annual Instructor Training Program, bringing nearly 800 people to use the facilities at Washtenaw Community College and leave significant economic impact on the surrounding area.

Coin flip, inquisitiveness led WCC business student to astronomy conference

How does a community college student studying business end up at the largest conference of astronomers in the world? Well, it starts with a coin flip.

WCC's 2019-20 faculty department chair appointments

The Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees approved the college's 2019-20 faculty department chair appointments at its June monthly meeting.

Navy veteran sets sail for Yale with fond memories of his time at WCC

Matthew Burtell was floating in the Sea of Japan when he first contacted Washtenaw Community College. Or maybe he was 2,000 miles south, somewhere in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy isn’t too keen on sharing the whereabouts of its aircraft carriers, so sometimes even an Information Systems Technician aboard the USS Ronald Reagan isn’t sure exactly where he’s located.

Cody Gray uses lessons learned on-the-job and in WCC classes at SkillsUSA

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Cody Gray came prepared for the competition at this week's 55th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

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