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Thursday, November 27, 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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Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day at WCC

This year, the annual Ann Arbor Earth Day celebration combines forces with WCC’s own Earth Day for a festival that combines education, entertainment, and fun in a location close to both Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. On Sunday, April 25, from noon to 4:00pm the Ann Arbor Area Earth Day Festival will fill WCC’s Morris Lawrence building and the surrounding campus green with Earth-focused exhibits and activities.

Springtime Means Game Time for WCC Athletes

“Batterrrrr UP!” That undeniable cry of summer, absent from the grounds of WCC since 2006, returns to campus this spring when a restored and expanded fresh air sports venue opens for students.

Get Help With FAFSA Applications at WCC

Spring—that time of year when financially strapped college students apply for scholarships and government grants for the upcoming semesters. For most, filling out the required paperwork is a stressful ordeal. Smart students get help from WCC’s financial aid experts on “FAFSA Fridays,” special days set aside for one-on-one assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online form—the first step in qualifying for most financial assistance programs.

Face-to-Face Time is Key for Blended Classes

Online classes are popular at WCC because they offer the ability to study anytime, anywhere. But many students are being drawn to blended classes because they combine that flexibility with invaluable classroom time with instructors and fellow students.

Job Opportunities Showcased at WCC Event March 25

Despite the news about companies downsizing, there are still lots of employment opportunities for Washtenaw County residents. On Thursday, March 25, WCC brings employers and job seekers together to discuss job opportunities at its 14th Annual Spring Job Fair and Nonprofit Showcase.

Registration Starts March 17 for Spring/Summer 2010 Semester

Registration for WCC’s Spring/Summer Semester starts Wednesday, March 17, for current and readmitted students. Registration for new students starts one week later on Wednesday, March 24.

Regional Science Fair Returns to WCC March 12-13

For the twenty-third consecutive year, the Southeastern Michigan Science Fair returns to WCC March 12-13. The University of Michigan is cosponsoring the event.

Digital Video Student Aims for Top Movie Job

Editor’s note: This article is an exclusive web preview for the Spring/Summer 2010 issue of WCC’s Career Focus magazine.

New Concert Band Results From Collaboration

This fall, the Ypsilanti Community Band will partner with WCC to provide a new opportunity for College students who are passionate about musical performance in the new Washtenaw Community Concert Band.

Teens Learn to Build a Better Robot at WCC

In a WCC building off the beaten path are several large classrooms with cement floors and makeshift workbenches pushed up against the walls. In one space, boxes and bits of metal resembling an erector set are strewn across a 10-foot-by-10-foot mat. One by one, lanky teenagers in sweatshirts and jeans walk into the room to pick up where they left off before breaking for a noontime snack of pizza and pop.

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