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Thursday, October 30, 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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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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Car and Motorcycle Show Roars Into WCC

Editor's Note: Congratulations to Tom Gents of Illinois, the new owner of the Dream Machine. The Dream Machine raffle raised about $25,000 each for two charities: the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and The Salvation Army's Staples Family Center.

Flu Season Advice

Editor's note (Nov. 17, 2009): Because of a national shortage of H1N1 vaccine, flu shots were not available by the dates listed in this article. Local information about the flu is available at ewashtenaw.org/flu.

WCC Students Conduct Real-World Research

This week WCC rolls out new pages on its award-winning website that highlight three non-traditional ways to take classes: online, in a blended format that combines online and classroom learning, and on weekends.

WCC Highlights World Cultures Oct. 10

WCC will celebrate the diversity of its students and the Ann Arbor area with a day of music, fashion, food, and dance on Saturday, Oct. 10. The “World Cultural Celebration” runs from 2:00pm to 8:00pm in the Morris Lawrence building.

Learn How to Eat Well, Live Well at WCC

Good eating and good health are just two of the topics covered in hundreds of non-credit classes available at WCC this fall. The personal enrichment and professional development classes are offered by the College’s LifeLong Learning department.

Record WCC Enrollment Means Record Parking Headache

This fall, roughly 14,000 students will cruise the Washtenaw Community College parking lots hoping to snag one of the 3,000 spots available. If you’re among the record number of students enrolled this semester, parking will be a big challenge. That is why students and College staff are urged to ride Ann Arbor Transportation Authority buses to school.

Registration Deadline Nears for Fall 2009 Semester

Students who haven’t registered yet for Fall Semester should do so as soon as possible to get the best selection of classes, according to Larry Aeilts, WCC’s registrar. Registering right away is especially important because WCC is experiencing a sharp increase in enrollment.

Dream Machine is a Hit at Dream Cruise

WCC’s Dream Machine, a “clone” of the 1967 Mustang GT nicknamed Eleanor from the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds,” was one of the most popular cars at the recent Woodward Dream Cruise. Students in the Custom Cars & Concepts (CCC) program are building the car for Detroit radio station WCSX as part of the Dream Machine charity raffle.

Some High-Growth Jobs Require Just Two Years of School

Editor's note: This article is adapted from the Fall 2009 issue of WCC’s CareerFocus magazine.

Animation Program Prepares Students for Jobs, More Education

Some students in WCC’s 3D animation program get work even before they graduate.

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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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