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Thursday, May 24, 2018

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WCC Board approves new faculty contract

The Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Tuesday, May 22 to approve a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the Washtenaw Community College Education Association, the union representing its faculty.

The agreement will take effect on August 29, 2018 and continue through August 27, 2021.

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Local philanthropists to match 'Class of 2018' gifts to Student Emergency Fund

As the Washtenaw Community College class of 2018 heads out to make its mark on the world, WCC Foundation Board of Directors chairman Jamie Buhr asked the recent graduates to first consider making a difference for current and future students at the college.

During his address at WCC’s 2018 Commencement Ceremony on May 19, Buhr asked graduates to consider donating $20.18 to the WCC Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund and announced he’s pulled together a group of local philanthropists who will match every donation.

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WCC student speaker: From tragic childhood to limitless future

Community college students regularly overcome obstacles and adversity to achieve their goals. That’s true at Washtenaw Community College, where approximately 75-percent of students attend part-time while working, one-third receive some form of financial aid, 10 percent are first-generation college students, and five percent are single parents.

Paula Salazar, the student speaker at WCC’s 2018 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, takes the phrase “overcoming obstacles” to a higher level.

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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.”

OE Building Gets New Name, Look

After a year of classroom shuffling, construction dust, and curiosity about the facelift that the sterile hallways were destined to receive, WCC’s Occupational Education building opens for full operation this fall. Many things have changed. Some of them are obvious, while others are not.

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.

Enthusiasm for Learning Leads to Generous WCC Gift

Outside the west entrance to WCC’s Morris Lawrence building, shooting skyward like the fountain in the pond adjacent to it, is a brightly polished stainless steel sculpture. The artwork evokes the nature surrounding it and the music emanating from the building next to it, the unmistakable signature style of famed Mexican artist Leonardo Nierman.

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.

Collaboration Abounds as WCC’s Mardi Gras Celebrates 25 Years

WCC celebrates 25 years of one of the best parties in town at its annual Mardi Gras celebration on Saturday, Feb. 6, an event sponsored by the WCC Foundation to raise money for scholarships.

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day at WCC

This year, the annual Ann Arbor Earth Day celebration combines forces with WCC’s own Earth Day for a festival that combines education, entertainment, and fun in a location close to both Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. On Sunday, April 25, from noon to 4:00pm the Ann Arbor Area Earth Day Festival will fill WCC’s Morris Lawrence building and the surrounding campus green with Earth-focused exhibits and activities.

Dream Machine is a Hit at Dream Cruise

WCC’s Dream Machine, a “clone” of the 1967 Mustang GT nicknamed Eleanor from the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds,” was one of the most popular cars at the recent Woodward Dream Cruise. Students in the Custom Cars & Concepts (CCC) program are building the car for Detroit radio station WCSX as part of the Dream Machine charity raffle.

Culinary Students Swap Spatulas for Chain Saws

Don’t be alarmed if you see people on WCC’s campus wielding chain saws and flamethrowers. They’re just Advanced Culinary students.

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