News & EventsFriday, September 19, 2014
Filed under: computers
Automotive students at WCC have a fancy new gadget in their toolbox this winter: the Apple iPad.
The Blackboard used today at WCC isn’t a slab of slate hung on a classroom wall. Chalk won’t stick to it. You can’t make that nerve-numbing screech with your fingernails on it. But you can use it to pass notes to other students. You can check the status of assignments on it. And you can use it to mark your answers on a quiz or exam.
WCC has stuff—lots and lots of stuff. What do most people do who have extra stuff? They put it on eBay.
You can’t tell by looking at people that they have trouble reading. But students who find reading a barrier to learning at WCC have access to some cool tools that will help them learn without drawing attention to the problem.
Degree-seeking students whose first semester of enrollment at WCC is Fall 2010 Semester or later will be required to take a computer class that aims to equip them with skills for school, home, and work.
WCC welcomes over 150 home-based hobbyists and owners of small shops from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. when it hosts the Digital Machinist CNC Workshop June 22-25. The workshop, which covers computer numerical control and is sponsored by Digital Machinist magazine, includes demonstrations and discussions involving software, machine conversions, equipment improvements, and electronics related to machine building and modifying. It also features hands-on training.
Residents in the Lincoln Consolidated Schools community in Ypsilanti can take several WCC enrichment classes close to home this spring. WCC’s Lifelong Learning department is piloting a program with Lincoln Community Education to provide classes on digital photography, American Sign Language, and the use of social networking websites like Facebook.
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.
Online classes are popular at WCC because they offer the ability to study anytime, anywhere. But many students are being drawn to blended classes because they combine that flexibility with invaluable classroom time with instructors and fellow students.
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.