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Monday, March 30, 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 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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Photography Class Travels to Morocco

(Note: WCC photography instructor Terry Abrams led a trip to Morocco by his Digital Photography Abroad class from May 15-25, 2009. The following is a first-person account of the trip by Mike Wilkinson, a student).

WCC Art Gallery Showcases Student Designs

WCC shines the spotlight on commercial art May 3-28 when the vision and creativity of WCC graphic design students goes on display in the College’s Gallery One. An artist reception will be held Wednesday, May 12, at 5:30pm in the Gallery, which is located on the first floor of the Student Center building.

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.

Instructor’s Passions Range From Bikes to Bees

If there is a true Renaissance man on WCC’s campus it may well be motorcycle instructor and department chair Shawn Deron, 36. He is a self-described carpenter, plumber, mechanic, electrician, computer geek, philosopher, avid reader and learner, tool connoisseur, farmer, botanist, etymologist, photographer, entrepreneur, and teacher. But most of all he loves anything to do with speed and bees.

Pellston Trip Features Lots of Water—Some Unwanted

Editor’s note: The following story about a trip sponsored by Student Activities to the University of Michigan Biological Station in Pellston is by Mike Wilkinson, a WCC staff member.

Art Exhibit Examines the Human Figure

When you step across the threshold of WCC’s Gallery One now through Feb. 24, you are struck with the unsettling feeling that a subtle layer of humanity has been deftly peeled away. That feeling draws you farther into a labyrinth of three-quarter walls and oddly shaped spaces, as you pause thoughtfully at the striking pieces of artwork on display.

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.

Ceramics Show Features Works Created in New Studio

Works created by students and faculty members in WCC’s new ceramics studio will be exhibited at the College’s Gallery One from June 15 through July 17. The show is titled “New Beginning: Ceramics at Washtenaw Community College.”

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.

WCC Offers Wide Range of Student Activities

For some WCC students, Welcome Day in September is their first introduction to life on campus. Usually held shortly after classes begin, Welcome Day showcases a host of activities on campus that are open to everyone. A Welcome Day for Winter Semester will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27.

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