By Janet Miller
Nineteen vocational technology students from WCC were recognized for their efforts at the SkillsUSA 2011 state competition in April. SkillsUSA is the skill showcase for career and technical students.
WCC’s student newspaper, The Washtenaw Voice, won the General Excellence Award for best overall newspaper at the Michigan Community College Press Association conference in Mt. Pleasant in April. Student journalists from WCC also won 36 other awards, including 13 first-place honors.
When you’re in eighth grade, the last thing on your mind is college—or even finishing high school, for that matter. At that age extracurricular activities and friends often overshadow schoolwork. So getting eighth graders to refocus on learning can be a challenge.
WCC’s Conference Services, housed in the Morris Lawrence building, might be one of the most popular hosts in Washtenaw County. Each year more than 80,000 people visit the campus to attend activities that it plans and organizes.
Since 2002, WCC’s digital video production program has gone through a lot of changes: more students, new full-time faculty, upgraded facilities including an editing lab and a green screen, and new top-of-the-line cameras, light kits, and software. One thing that hasn’t changed is the end-of-the-year Digital Video and Animation Festival, where the best of the students’ work is judged before an audience.
How long is your commute to class? Two miles? Ten? Some WCC students from Livingston County drive up to 60 miles roundtrip to take a class on campus. However, others have shortened their commute by taking classes at one of two WCC extension centers in Livingston County.
For someone who enrolled in WCC’s digital video production program on an impulse, John Inwood is doing all right. He was nominated for an Emmy for one of his films, and his latest short film was recently shown at the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
WCC is saddened at the passing of its longest-serving trustee, Richard W. Bailey, on April 2.
By Janet Miller