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Sunday, December 21, 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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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.

WCC Moves Western Region Classes to Chelsea for Fall

Washtenaw Community College credit classes originally scheduled at Dexter High School for the Fall 2009 Semester will meet instead on the campus of Chelsea Community Services at 500 Washington St. in Chelsea. Construction at Dexter High School was a factor in the decision.

WCC and United Association Celebrate 20 Years of Training

A milestone will be celebrated when the United Association Instructor Training Program convenes at Washtenaw Community College August 8-14. This year marks the 20th anniversary of an educational partnership that has served almost 30,000 new and returning instructors-in-training for the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada.

IT Professionals Camp Out at WCC for Charity

Camping at a community college? Though classrooms and computer labs may not be a traditional camper’s idea of a fun summer weekend, they were the ideal place for 70 software developers, designers, and database administrators who donated their time to create custom software and websites for 14 non-profit organizations.

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