Washtenaw Community College celebrated the accomplishments of 144 graduates of the Adult Transitions GED Plus Program on Thursday, Oct. 23.
Class schedules for winter semester are available on WCC’s website.
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.
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.
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.
For the past two years, WCC has received the highest percentage increase of all 28 Michigan community colleges in budget dollars from the state. In the 2015-2016 budget the state has allocated a 3.7 percent increase in WCC’s funding, meaning an additional $466,500. In the 2014- 2015 budget the state allocated a 2.3 percent increase in WCC’s funding.
At Washtenaw Community College, more students are choosing to take their classes online. In fact, Distance Learning at the college has grown 11 percent over the past three years.
Starting in Sept. 2015, Washtenaw Community College students will have more ways to connect real-world experiences to their academic curriculum.
Under the guidance of Washtenaw Community College faculty members Kathleen Weber, Kristina Sprague and Jodi Neuman, students in the college’s Dental Assisting program learn a broad array of skills to become certified dental assistants. The program also offers the chance to earn a certificate and an Associate in Applied Science degree.
Newly elected Foundation Board Chair Betsy Petoskey is looking forward to the new school year. She will play a key role in leading the Washtenaw Community College Foundation to raise money for tuition assistance and support services such as childcare and transportation.