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Saturday, March 28, 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 Signs Five-Year Contract Extension with the Iron Workers

Washtenaw Community College and the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union signed a five-year contract extension today to continue to hold the renowned Iron Workers Instructor Training Program (ITP) on the WCC campus. The announcement was made by Dr. Rose B. Bellanca, WCC President and Lee Worley, Executive Director of Apprenticeship and Training, Ironworkers International.

This year marks the 31st year the annual program has been held – moving to WCC in 2010.

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WCC to Receive $4.4 Million in Skilled Trades Funding

Washtenaw Community College has been awarded $4.4 million in funding from the state's Community College Skilled Trades Equipment Program (CCSTEP). The awards were announced on Tuesday, Feb. 24 by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The funding will support the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for education and training related to its 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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Driven to Succeed

WCC student plans big for his future

Davon Shackleford knows exactly what he wants: to become a cardiovascular surgeon.

He also knows exactly how he’s going to get there: after Washtenaw Community College, he will study at the University of Michigan. He already has a plan to transfer his credits thanks to WCC’s relationship with U-M.

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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.

HLC Team Recommends 10-Year Accreditation Renewal for WCC

An eight-member consultant-evaluator team from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association is recommending that Washtenaw Community College be granted an unconditional 10-year accreditation renewal, the maximum allowed by the HLC. The team, consisting of community college administrators and faculty from the central United States, will now pass its recommendation on to the HLC for final approval, which is expected to occur in February 2010.

WCC DJs Passionate About Music and Orchard Radio

It’s 2:45 on a Wednesday afternoon and Stephanie Mae is reminding her 450 Facebook friends that she’ll be on the air at Orchard Radio in 15 minutes. Mike Pickett and his buddy, Matt Gilson, are on the mics behind her rehashing the Tigers’ heartbreaking loss the day before and the controversy surrounding star slugger Miguel Cabrera. They are surrounded by posters of Led Zeppelin, Rob Zombie, and Pillar of Autumn, among others, and are oblivious to the parade of students, faculty, and staff walking past the half-wall windows that give them a birds-eye view of the Student Center first floor.

Lecture Reflects on Berlin Wall 20 Years Later

On Nov. 9, 1989, the world watched as the Berlin Wall, that impenetrable symbol of the Cold War, fell when East Germans flooded through an opened checkpoint. WCC art history instructor Elisabeth Thoburn, who lived behind the Iron Curtain for 25 years, will give a lecture at WCC on that historical event and its impact on Dresden, the town where she grew up.

WCC’s Oldest Building Celebrates 40 Years of Learning

As you look down the pristine halls of WCC’s Technical & Industrial building and beyond the students walking briskly to class, you can almost feel the excitement that heralded its inaugural semester 40 years ago in January 1970. Today, TI is a thriving new environment for a diverse array of disciplines and non-traditional learning programs.

WCC Student Journalists Honored by Press Association

The Michigan Press Association honored WCC student journalists with 23 awards in this year’s collegiate newspaper contest. The Washtenaw Voice won firsts for general excellence and overall design and third place for headline writing, and 14 staff members won individual awards for writing, editing, design, and photography.

College Transfer Fair Set for Oct. 7

People interested in learning about their educational options beyond WCC are invited to attend the College’s Fall Transfer Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 10:00am to 3:00pm on the second floor of the Student Center building. The event is free and open to the public.

Making News: 16 Empty Pages and a Race Against the Clock

(Editor’s Note: The following article is by Addie Shrodes, editor of The Washtenaw Voice, WCC’s student newspaper).

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