News & EventsMonday, March 30, 2015
Filed under: k12 students
Admit it: When you walked by that 600-pound bike in the parking lot, you felt a little jealous. Someone else had sat on top of its shiny chrome, with every cell in their body idling at the same RPM as its engine. Unlike you, in your boxy SUV or fuel-friendly compact, they felt the freedom of the road that you never could, encased in metal and fiberglass. If what's holding you back from a two-wheel experience is your skill at doing it safely, WCC has a class for you.
Lucilla Chalmer is a recent high school graduate who wants to be a neurosurgeon, so this fall she enrolled at the University of California-Berkeley to pursue a pre-med degree. The unique thing about Chalmer is that she earned 90 college credits as a high school student, giving her a head start on her freshman classmates.
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.
For young college students and their parents, the transition from high school to college is also a transition into adulthood.
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.
This fall, WCC will make it more convenient for Dexter High School students to take college classes right on their own campus.
The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation has awarded the WCC Foundation $13,350 to help address the unique needs of residents in Ypsilanti’s Parkridge Community Center neighborhood.
Spring—that time of year when financially strapped college students apply for scholarships and government grants for the upcoming semesters. For most, filling out the required paperwork is a stressful ordeal. Smart students get help from WCC’s financial aid experts on “FAFSA Fridays,” special days set aside for one-on-one assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid online form—the first step in qualifying for most financial assistance programs.
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.