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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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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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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Tim Skubick shares election insight at Washtenaw Economic Club

The Nov. 6 Washtenaw Economic Club Luncheon featured Tim Skubick, who led an in-depth discussion on the results of the Nov. 4 election to more than 200 guests in the Morris Lawrence building at Washtenaw Community College.

With 45 years on the beat, Skubick is the longest-serving member of the state capitol press corps. He covers the capitol for WJBK-TV-2 and WWJ NewsRadio 950 in Detroit. He anchors Off The Record on Michigan Public TV and writes a daily column for MLive.

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Entrepreneurship Center Open House full of positive energy

The Entrepreneurship Center Open House was well attended, to say the least.

More than 120 entrepreneurs, community members and Washtenaw Community College faculty, staff and students crowded into room 120 in the Plant Operations building on Oct. 30, eager to learn about the new Entrepreneurship Center.

The center, which opened this fall, is a space to help budding entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality. Students and community members can discuss business plans, meet potential clients and consult with experts, such as lawyers and designers.

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WCC hosts Walk to End Alzheimer’s

More than 800 community members participated in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 8:00am to 2:00pm.

Student Finds Success at WCC

Loren Townes was the featured speaker at the Washtenaw Community College Foundation Scholarship Luncheon on Oct. 9. Looking polished in his crisp shirt, he delivered a moving speech about his upbringing and thanked the Foundation for its support.

Surgical robot keeps WCC on cutting edge of technology

Washtenaw Community College is now the only community college in the country that has a state-of-theart medical robot.

WCC supports non-profits by hosting Give Camp

Local nonprofits and charities help a community’s most vulnerable members in their times of need. Sometimes, those organizations can use help too.

WCC's community involvement earns high marks from state

Washtenaw Community College’s impact extends beyond its 16,000 students. The college provides professional training for dozens of Southeast Michigan businesses, partners with K-12 schools and secondary institutions and offers hundreds of popular community enrichment classes each year.

Setting the record straight

As President of Washtenaw Community College, I am charged by our Board of Trustees to be a visionary leader committed to advocate on behalf of the College to a wide variety of constituencies.

Honors program accepting applicants Nov. 1

Have your sights set on a selective college or university? Start with Washtenaw Community College’s new Honors in the Liberal Arts Program.

An Affordable Education for You

It's a fact: An education costs a lot more than it used to. At many colleges and universities, tuition rates keep rising as much as five percent a year or more.

WCC Hosts IT Career Fair

Designed to help job seekers with information technology opportunities – the Wahstenaw Community College Career Services department is holding a career fair specific to the information technology industry in the Morris Lawrence building on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

WCC Hosts Transfer Fair Oct. 8

Over 50 representatives from four-year colleges and universities will be on hand to talk to WCC students at the Fall Transfer Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 8. The free event will be held from 10:00am to 3:00pm on the second floor of the Student Center building.

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