News & EventsSaturday, June 25, 2016
Filed under: neighbors and visitors
Coaching an entrepreneur through the gauntlet of starting or growing a small business is a daunting task. A good coach will ask a lot of tough questions: Is enough financing secured? Is the business plan sound? Does the product match customers’ needs? Will the owner put in the hours necessary to make the business successful? The questions are endless and the answers are critical when seeking advice from the professionals at the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center at WCC.
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.
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?
Each academic year Anne Rubin, director of Gallery One, plans three art exhibitions and the theme around which they are organized. This year WCC students, faculty, and staff and members of the public will have an opportunity to learn more about landscapes through both traditional and nontraditional interpretations.
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.
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.