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Wednesday, November 26, 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 Hosts 24th Annual UA Instructor Training Program

More than 2,000 members of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States, Canada and Australia [UA] are scheduled to arrive on the Washtenaw Community College [WCC] campus on Aug. 11 to participate in a week-long United Association Instructor Training Program [ITP].

WCC hosts Michigan House subcommittee roundtable May 20

WCC was selected to host the next meeting of the Michigan House of Representatives Community College Subcommittee on Appropriations. The subcommittee convenes on campus Monday, May 20, and a public roundtable begins at 12:30pm in Room 150 of the Morris Lawrence building.

WCC Hosts Transfer Fair Feb. 19

Fifty-five representatives from four-year colleges and universities will be on hand to talk to WCC students at the Winter Transfer Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The free event will be held from 10:00am to 3:00pm on the second floor of the Student Center building. If WCC cancels classes for Feb. 19, the fair will be held Thursday, Feb. 20.

MI-SBTDC offers counseling on export opportunities

For six years Ron Stevens has helped small business owners and entrepreneurs set up or fine-tune their companies. As they expand into other countries they are taking advantage of a new service Stevens provides through the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center—export capabilities counseling.

Raptor returns for WCC Earth Day April 11

One of the many popular exhibits at the WCC Earth Day celebration each year is the live presentation by the Leslie Science Center. At this year’s event on Thursday, April 11, guests will learn more about birds of prey up close and personal.

WCC students medal in state competition

WCC students majoring in automotive, welding, and culinary arts returned to campus victorious from the SkillsUSA state competition in April.

WCC president participates in Governor’s Education Summit

Dr. Rose B. Bellanca, president of WCC, was an invited participant as a key education leader and panelist for the Governor’s Education Summit on April 22 at Michigan State University. The Summit focused on collaboration between the education and business communities, and included discussions on the strengths of education in Michigan and the role that education will play in Michigan’s future economy. This was the second in a two-part summit series.

WCC programs align with top job opportunities

WCC is preparing graduates for jobs in top growth areas. The College has seen an increased demand for skilled workers and is responding with programs.

WCC students bridge community needs with classroom skills

Once again, students in the WCC construction technology program are putting the skills they learn in class to work in the community.

WCC names Michael Finney honorary degree recipient

The WCC Board of Trustees has selected Michael Finney, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, to receive the College’s highest honor, the 2013 Honorary Associate Degree in Community Service. The award will be given during commencement on Saturday, May 18, at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center.

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