News & EventsTuesday, August 23, 2016
Filed under: neighbors and visitors
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.
The ninth edition of The Huron River Review arrives any day at the WCC Barnes & Noble Bookstore, filled once again with the kinds of words and imagery that have made it a stunning award winner.
(Editor’s note: This article is by Julianne Mattera, a former WCC student who’s a reporter for The Argus-Press in Owosso).
WCC has named Stuart T. Blacklaw, dean of curriculum and program development at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., as its new vice president for instruction. He replaces Roger Palay, who returns to the classroom this fall. Blacklaw begins his WCC assignment in August.
Joe Nader, 39, stands over an empty Ford Field wearing his chef’s coat and a toque, or chef’s hat. It’s quiet now, but once his day gets going he’ll oversee the work of about 100 employees. And during football season, an average of nearly 50,000 people per game will look to him for tasty and interesting food.
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.
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.