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How Does It Work?

Would you like to get a college certificate or degree in construction supervision to boost your career? We’ve streamlined the process if you’re an apprentice or journey-level member of a building trades union with which WCC has an agreement.

Getting started on a certificate requires two steps, and moving up to an associate degree adds just one more:

  1. Take the Introduction to Online Learning class
  2. Register for construction supervision classes
  3. Register for general education classes

All of the classes—both construction supervision and general education—are totally online. You watch video lectures, submit assignments, participate in class discussions, and take tests on any computer with a high-speed Internet connection. Miss something in a video lecture? Just rewind your instructor.

Not done with your apprenticeship? No problem. You can take WCC’s classes during your apprenticeship.

Read on for details about how to get started on your certificate or degree.

Take the Introduction to Online Learning Class

The first step toward earning a certificate or degree is registering for and completing the Introduction to Online Learning class. This non-credit, self-paced class helps prepare you to take online classes at WCC. You’ll learn about everything from basic computer literacy to how to communicate online with your fellow students. As part of the class, you’ll also be admitted to WCC.

To sign up for the class, you need to submit a registration request online. Once we process your request, which usually takes one business day, we’ll send you further instructions by email. After you register, you have two weeks to complete the class.

The class costs $25, which is non-refundable. United Association members have alternate payment arrangements through the UA.

Register for Construction Supervision Classes

You can take the construction supervision classes at any time, since they’re not on a semester schedule. We’ve designed the self-paced classes to last 12–15 weeks, but you have up to 24 weeks from the date you register to finish a class.

We recommend that you take the construction supervision classes one at a time. To start the process, you need to fill out the online registration request form. There’s one exception: If a company or organization will pay your tuition in advance, you should call 734-973-3685 for registration help.

Register for General Education Classes

If you’d like to pursue an associate degree in construction supervision, you also need to register separately for general education classes. These classes follow the standard WCC schedule, which has three semesters that last from 12 to 15 weeks.

Lists of general education classes are available on pages about the Associate in Applied Science and Associate in Science degrees. You register for the classes online through MyWCC during the period listed on the registration website.

You can finish the construction supervision classes and then take the general education classes, or you can take them at the same time. The choice is yours.

What Does It Cost?

Tuition for online classes is $89 per credit, and most classes are three or four credits.

All of the construction supervision classes are three credits, so tuition is $267 for each one. Each construction supervision class also has a materials fee, which covers books and other materials. This fee ranges from $100 to $160 per class.

If you take all five construction supervision classes to earn your certificate, your total cost for tuition and materials fees is just over $2,000. Isn’t that a remarkably small price to boost your skills and your career?

Continue Your Education

If you finish your associate degree and want to go further, WCC has special agreements with three colleges where you can continue on to a bachelor’s degree: Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University, and the National Labor College. WCC also has a similar agreement with the International Masonry Institute that lets BAC members apply their credits toward a credential in the certified masonry construction program.

Build Your Skills

“Being out in the field, you don’t realize all of what goes into a construction project behind the scenes. I have enjoyed learning about construction contracts and how to work with supervisors and treat people. These are invaluable skills.”

—Mitch Maher
BAC Local 9
Lansing, Mich.

Anxious About Online?

We understand that taking tests and doing your schoolwork online might seem a little scary, but we offer lots of help online and by phone.

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Attend Class Anytime

“I can turn on the computer at 3:00am when I cannot sleep and attend class.”

—Dwight Bird
BAC Local 1
Warren, Mich.

Get a Solid Education

Washtenaw Community College has been providing quality, affordable education for more than 40 years. It’s accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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