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Monday, April 27, 2015

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 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’s Biz Resource Center is a Model for Other Libraries

(Editor’s note: The following article is by Bethany Kennedy, director of access services at WCC’s Richard W. Bailey Library).

New Engines Spark Auto Services Program

Automotive Service 1 students hover around new Ford Zetec 2.0-litre engines mounted on specially designed portable engine stands. They know that they’re being trained on the latest equipment, but they might not know exactly how lucky they are.

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.

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