News & EventsTuesday, March 3, 2015
Filed under: donors
This fall, the Ypsilanti Community Band will partner with WCC to provide a new opportunity for College students who are passionate about musical performance in the new Washtenaw Community Concert Band.
In a WCC building off the beaten path are several large classrooms with cement floors and makeshift workbenches pushed up against the walls. In one space, boxes and bits of metal resembling an erector set are strewn across a 10-foot-by-10-foot mat. One by one, lanky teenagers in sweatshirts and jeans walk into the room to pick up where they left off before breaking for a noontime snack of pizza and pop.
Finding and landing a job in today’s economy takes savvy and attention to detail. To give students and alumni every possible advantage, the Employment Services Center at WCC hosts a series of free how-to workshops on resume dos and don’ts, proper interviewing practices, and job search techniques.
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.
The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers has announced it will relocate its annual Instructor Training Program to WCC. Joseph Hunt, general president of the IABSORIW, announced the organization’s National Training Fund Trustees voted unanimously to move the program to the College.
On a freezing January day, a large, comfortable shuttle bus pulls up the circle drive in front of the Student Center building every 15 minutes. Students and staff get on and off, some wearing little stickers announcing that they are part of “The Solution.”
Last winter, for the first time the WCC Foundation couldn’t offer scholarships to all qualified WCC students who applied. Over 500 WCC students depend on Foundation scholarships to continue their education each semester. Times are tough for a lot of people, but many WCC faculty and staff realize how lucky they are to have jobs here and give to students who need a little help. They are some of the most generous supporters of the Foundation. Last year, 127 WCC employees gave money to the Foundation.
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.
Each year the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays raise awareness of the financial struggles that many families face. This year, WCC students and staff are continuing their time-honored tradition of making the holidays better for families in Washtenaw County and for soldiers a long way from home.
The Detroit Free Press has named Washtenaw Community College one of the top employers in southeast Michigan. The paper announced its Top Workplaces for 2009 on Oct. 18, and WCC ranked 11th.