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Friday, November 28, 2014

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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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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All-Female Welding Team Preparing for National Competition

When members of WCC’s welding and fabrication team arrive in Kansas City in late June to compete in the national SkillsUSA Championships, they’ll draw plenty of stares.

WCC Formalizes New Nursing Transfer Agreement With EMU

WCC nursing students who transfer to Eastern Michigan University will be able to apply more credits toward their EMU bachelor’s degrees starting this fall under a new articulation agreement signed by the two schools.

WCC Website is Finalist for National Awards

WCC’s redesigned website is a finalist for the two most important awards in a national contest for college and university websites. The awards are sponsored by eduStyle, a website for web design professionals in higher education.

Technology and Job Demands Lead to Program Changes at WCC

Because of changes in technology and the job market, Washtenaw Community College will add some degree and certificate programs and discontinue others starting this fall. The academic areas most affected are computers, computer-aided drafting, and architecture.

WCC Students Building Custom Car for Charity Raffle

Want a chance to win one of the most popular cars in movie history? Then get your tickets now for a charity raffle of a car that WCC’s Custom Cars & Concepts program is building.

WCC Honors Peg Talburtt With 2009 Award of Merit

The Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees has named Ann Arbor nonprofit executive Margaret (Peg) Talburtt as recipient of the College’s highest honor, the 2009 Award of Merit. Talburtt will receive her award at WCC’s Commencement on Saturday, May 16.

Annual Scholarship Luncheon Celebrates Infinite Opportunities

How often do you see the direct results of your donation? Or get a chance to shake the hand of the person whose life you changed? At the Annual Scholarship Luncheon hosted by the WCC Foundation on April 17, donors and scholarship recipients got a chance to do just that. With over 150 guests, the room was full of heartwarming stories, well-wishers, and a sense that WCC was the place that makes great things happen.

WCC Student Wins Winter Biking Contest

It was one of the coldest and snowiest winters in recent memory, but two of WCC’s own jumped on their bikes every morning and rode to school. Student Matt Yost took first place in the Winter Commuter Challenge sponsored by Ann Arbor’s Wheels in Motion bike shop. Dale Petty, an electronics instructor and environmental committee member, placed fifth.

WCC Wins Honor for Waste Reduction

WCC is a lean, mean machine when it comes to reducing waste. The College placed fourth out of 148 colleges that participated in the waste minimization division of the 2009 national Recyclemania competition. Simply put, WCC produced far less trash per capita than most other competing colleges. That includes both waste going into landfills and wastes such as bottles, paper, and cardboard that are recycled.

Artist Susan Skarsgard Finds Her Muse in the Alphabet

Many artists must work outside their passion to pay the bills, but there are those who reside contently at the crossroads. That’s Susan Skarsgard. She’s an esteemed graphic designer in the automotive industry who is respected worldwide for her original fine art and work in design and calligraphy.

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