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Thursday, October 30, 2014

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 Board of Trustees extends contract of President Rose Bellanca, Ed.D.

Washtenaw Community College’s academic achievement, State of Michigan evaluation against metrics measuring community college performance, a historic fund-raising initiative and steady student enrollment were plenty of reasons for the College’s Board of Trustees to vote unanimously yesterday to extend the contract of President Rose Bellanca, Ed.D. through 2017.

“Dr. Bellanca’s leadership has been remarkable in helping to move forward Washtenaw Community College in a strategic and highly effective manner,” said Board Chair Stephen J.

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New beginnings for adult students

Encore means to bring back, and for many attendees of the inaugural Encore Career Open House, it was the first time they had been on a college campus in years.

The Sept. 4 open house was a success, drawing many members of the community to Washtenaw Community College’s campus. It was designed to appeal to adults who are considering new career options or need additional skills or credentials in their current careers.

A wide array of WCC’s academic departments and support services were represented at the event.

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WCC’s budget reflects growth, student needs

In June, the Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees approved the 2015 budget that reflects investments in new academic programs, student counseling, academic advising, campuswide technology improvements and student enrollment and retention efforts.

When presenting the new budget at the June Board meeting, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Bill Johnson described the challenges that many higher education institutions like WCC are facing, including enrollment declines, tightening budgets and increasing demands from the public.

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WCC Talent Show is High-Energy Event

An exuberant crowd filled Towsley Auditorium Nov. 11 for WCC’s Second Annual Student Talent Show. With 20 acts on the program, the evening showcased everything from hip hop to ballet to poetry to gospel drumming.

New Student IDs Issued at WCC

Students enrolling for the first time at WCC the Winter 2010 Semester are the first to take advantage of a new student ID card making its debut in January.

New Deadlines Affect Winter 2009 Registration

Anticipating another semester of high enrollment, WCC is taking steps to prevent a frantic, last-minute rush to complete paperwork and sign up for classes right before Winter Semester begins on Jan. 11, 2010. These steps include several new deadlines and procedure changes.

Registration Process Changes for Some LifeLong Learning Classes

To improve technical support for students, WCC’s LifeLong Learning department has changed the registration process for online classes offered by its partner, Education To Go.

WCC Classes Meet Continuing Education Needs of Professionals

The drafting table in Jack Donaldson’s office at Carlisle/Wortman Associates is covered with drawings and schematics for structures nearing the end of their planning cycle. But they won’t pass on to the next stage until he says so, a responsibility he takes very seriously.

If Only the Walls Could Teach…

On the first floor of the Crane Liberal Arts and Science building, a group of students is standing around, sketchpads in hand, studying a row of very large and colorful pictures of prehistoric animals. Geology students? Maybe. Biology class? Could be. But this particular group is an illustration class closely examining the styles of the various artists who contributed to this exhibit.

Mid-Life Students Transition to New Careers at WCC

Editor's note: This article is adapted from the Winter 2010 issue of WCC’s Career Focus magazine.

Study Groups Help Students Succeed

For generations, college students have benefited from informal study groups where classmates get together to compare notes. At WCC, Learning Support Services has made some groups even more helpful by providing a leader and a little structure. The goal is simple: to give students one more tool to help them succeed.

New Video Showcases School of Advanced Manufacturing Systems

Want a secure job in manufacturing? A new video about WCC’s School of Advanced Manufacturing Systems shows you how to get one.

Detroit Free Press Recognizes WCC as Top Workplace

The Detroit Free Press has named Washtenaw Community College one of the top employers in southeast Michigan. The paper announced its Top Workplaces for 2009 on Oct. 18, and WCC ranked 11th.

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Today’s Events

  1. All day The Clay Gallery: Expanding Edges
  2. 10:00am–1:30pm Spring Arbor University Visit
  3. 10:00am–1:00pm University of Michigan-Dearborn Visit
  4. noon–1:30pm Interview Skills Workshop
  5. noon–4:00pm Eastern Michigan University Visit
  6. 2:00pm–4:00pm Madonna University Visit
  7. 3:00pm–6:00pm Entrepreneurship Center Open House
  8. 4:00pm–5:00pm Book Club - Eat, Drink, Vote: an Illustrated Guide to Food Politics

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