News & EventsMonday, September 22, 2014
Filed under: facilities
Accelerating on a rain-soaked highway. Weaving through heavy traffic. Driving safely on any road surface is a critical skill for an emergency first responder.
WCC is letting the Earth heat and cool one of its busiest buildings. Drilling has just been completed on 140 geothermal wells adjacent to the College’s Occupational Education building. The 120,000-square-foot facility was built in 1982 and is home to the automotive, motorcycle, welding, HVAC, dental, and radiography programs, as well as administrative and faculty offices.
You expect to find advanced medical simulation technology at a premier research center like the University of Michigan. But you will find similar technology a few miles away in specially equipped classrooms at WCC.
It’s early October on the WCC campus and the parking lot is full. That’s normal, you say—but on a Sunday? Upon closer inspection you notice that the cars are old and new, customized and modified, hoods open and leather interiors polished. And there are some of the most outrageous motorcycles lined up. What’s going on?
Work begins this month on the much anticipated updates to WCC’s Occupational Education building. Built in 1982 for the College’s vocational programs, the OE building will receive extensive mechanical upgrades, new lighting and ceiling fixtures throughout, and an infusion of green technology, including the addition of 200 geothermal wells and a partial vegetative rooftop.
It’s been a year since many of the 1,500 student instructors for the United Association Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and HVAC Service Techs and an additional 200 faculty, industry reps, and staff visited Ann Arbor and WCC for an intensive week of hands-on instruction. This year they’ll fill classrooms and area restaurants and hotels August 7-13.
School’s out for the summer, but not at the Parkridge Community Center on Ypsilanti’s south side. Area children aged 5 to 13 are keeping their math skills sharp, expressing their artistic side, and learning about the world through special excursions. It’s all part of the Center’s popular summer camp developed four years ago by Anthony Williamson, who coordinates programming at the WCC Harriet Street Center up the street and its expanded operations at Parkridge.
Beginning this fall, WCC will offer evening classes at the University of Michigan. The pilot program, which begins Aug. 27 and runs through Dec. 17, involves holding 10 classes in Mason Hall, which is adjacent to Angell Hall on State Street in the heart of U-M’s campus.
This July, WCC’s campus will be home to approximately 600 instructors from the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers. WCC has been home to summer instructor training for the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters for 20 years, and it will also host some classes for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Summertime is one of the best times to enjoy the WCC campus, and you don’t have to be a student to participate in a number of fun activities.