News & EventsWednesday, May 27, 2015
Filed under: honors and awards
WCC students in skilled trades programs placed first in three categories and second in three others at the national SkillsUSA Championships this summer in Kansas City, Mo.
Each year at commencement, WCC recognizes an individual or couple who have worked tirelessly on behalf of education and the College with its highest honor, the Award of Merit. This year’s honorees are Richard and Marie Duke.
WCC is joining more than 130 community colleges in 24 states to improve completion rates for students limited by socio-economic barriers. The initiative, “Achieving the Dream,” provides consultants and coaches to select two-year colleges across the country to expand data collection, conduct program evaluations, and share best practices. Until now, participation in the initiative has been by invitation only.
Years of academic hard work and study will be celebrated at WCC’s commencement on Saturday, May 22, at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center. The ceremony will honor more than 2,370 degree and certificate candidates. The processional starts at 9:20am.
WCC students swept the awards in numerous categories at the state SkillsUSA competition in Lansing on April 16-18. All first-place winners will represent Michigan at the national competition in June in Kansas City. WCC’s winners include:
For the twenty-third consecutive year, the Southeastern Michigan Science Fair returns to WCC March 12-13. The University of Michigan is cosponsoring the event.
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.
Tracking down financial help for college can be like trying to find directions in an unfamiliar city—without Google Maps. Planning a route is sometimes a frustrating and time-consuming experience. But if you’re persistent, money is often available—and WCC offers lots of help finding it.
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.
An eight-member consultant-evaluator team from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association is recommending that Washtenaw Community College be granted an unconditional 10-year accreditation renewal, the maximum allowed by the HLC. The team, consisting of community college administrators and faculty from the central United States, will now pass its recommendation on to the HLC for final approval, which is expected to occur in February 2010.