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Saturday, April 18, 2015

WCC Foundation raises $8M

Community supports WCC more than ever before

Honors Students

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 awarded $4.4 million from State of Michigan

WCC students to benefit from state-of-the-art equipment in skilled trades programs

The college has been awarded $4.4 million in funding from the state’s Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program (CCSTEP).

The funding will support the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for education and training related to the 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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WCC Foundation raises over $100K for WCC students

The 29th annual Mardi Gras fundraiser for the Washtenaw Community College Foundation was another smashing success, raising $111,000 in support of WCC students.

Over 300 people attended the event, which was organized by Board member Tom Lamb and Michelle McClintock as well as Board member Katherine Farrell and Damian Farrell.

The event’s lead sponsors were Tim and Laurie Wadhams. Top sponsors included Maurice and Stephanie Jones, Issac and Delphine Lockhart, Benjamin and Toni Rodgers, Levi and Maria Thompson as well as David and Lynn Wooten.

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Bond refinancing saves WCC $1.5 million

On March 11, Washtenaw Community College closed a deal to refinance its two outstanding bonds at a significant savings to the college.

“It’s outstanding news,” said Chief Financial Officer William Johnson, vice president of administration and finance. “We are going to save the college more than $1.5 million over the remaining maturity schedule on these two bonds.”

The bonds to which Johnson refers are a 2005 issue earmarked for general campus maintenance and improvements, and a 2006 issue that financed the construction of the college’s popular Health & Fitness Center, which opened in 2007.

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WCC Students Take Top Honors in State Competition

WCC students swept the awards in numerous categories at the state SkillsUSA competition in Lansing on April 16-18. All first-place winners will represent Michigan at the national competition in June in Kansas City. WCC’s winners include:

WCC Students Are Ready to Help

Helping others help themselves. Community service is all about extending a hand to benefit our community and the institutions that support it. That is what WCC students will be doing in droves this spring and summer as they spread out far and wide to raise money, awareness, and spirits.

New Bus Agreement Reached by WCC, AATA

WCC and the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority will extend a special program for bus travel departing from the College’s main campus through the Fall Semester. To participate, students and employees must have a new WCC ID card, which is free.

WCC Partners With Willow Run Schools for GED Prep Class

WCC and Willow Run Community Schools are collaborating to help adults who didn’t graduate from high school take steps toward attending college. WCC will offer a new 10-week GED preparation class at Willow Run Middle School May 25-Aug. 5.

Grant Expands WCC Parkridge Programming

The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation has awarded the WCC Foundation $13,350 to help address the unique needs of residents in Ypsilanti’s Parkridge Community Center neighborhood.

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.

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