Launch Your Academic Success at WCC!

August 5, 2020 Washtenaw Community College

Student Success Conference

The 2020 Student Success Conference, Plug Into Your Success at WCC virtual conference was help on Friday, August 28, 2020. Helping students start their academic year with some tools and tips to be successful is an important priority.

If you missed it, we hope that you will find value in reviewing the presentations for each session.

Best wishes for a successful semester!

View the special video invitation from our President, Dr. Rose B. Bellanca.

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Student Success Conference Agenda


9:00-9:40 a.m.

ROUND 1 - Setting the Foundations For Success


Session 1 - Learning Resources for Success

Learning Resources for Success session covers information on WCC's Tutoring & Writing Centers, Bailey Library, and Learning Support Services. You will learn how these resources can assist you in your academic studies and learning process.

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Session 2 - Stepping Stones to Success

Stepping Stones to Success session covers information on Advising, Counseling, Success Coaches, Career Transitions Office, and the Co-Curricular Transcript. You will learn how these resources can assist you in your academic, career, and personal development throughout college.

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Session 3 - Your Financial Platform

Your Financial Platform session covers information about how to afford your tuition, books, and supplies through financial aid plus grants/scholarship opportunities through the WCC Foundation and Student Resource Center.

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9:45 - 10:15 a.m.

ROUND 2 - Academic Connections: First Lecture


Session 1 - Climate Change: Science, Scenarios, and Solutions
Instructor: Smita Malpani

This lecture goes over the basics of climate science, the impact of climate change, and some solutions that are surprisingly simple.

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Session 2 - Starting your own business? What makes you special?
Instructor: Shawn Ferguson

Figuring out what makes your business, your passion, your idea, special. Many people start business with zero planning, thought or analysis. Here are some things to consider.

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Session 3 - Hostage Video or Online Presentation? You be the Judge!
Instructor: Claire Sparklin

Do you dread turning your camera ON for online meetings? Discover the top 10 tips to go from looking like the subject of a hostage video to the star of a talk show.

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Session 4 - Newborn Care
Instructor: Theresa Dubiel MSN, RN

We will explore a nurse's role in caring for a new baby in the first five minutes of life. A newborn exam is much more than saying "ten fingers and ten toes".     You need knowledge related to anatomy, an eye for detail, the confidence to speak up and skills needed to make the right moves.  You might just save a life!

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Session 5 - Brake System Fundamentals: How small brakes can stop a big car
Instructor: Allen Day

This lecture is a refresher for students, but also builds on the operational details of transportation hydraulic braking systems.

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10:20 - 11:00 a.m.

ROUND 3 - Skills and Strategies


Session 1 - Strategies for Connecting Online

Strategies for Connecting Online session covers information about:

  • Do's and Don'ts in the Online Classroom
  • Finding Ways to Make a Shared Learning Team
  • Managing the Stresses of Online Learning
  • Blackboard Hacks
  • How to connect with your instructor

You will learn how these strategies can assist you in building skills for success in online classes.

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Session 2 - Deconstructing the First Lecture

In the Deconstructing the First Lecture session you will discover how to "unpack" the First Lecture session you just attended where an instructor demonstrated one of their lectures. You will learn how the following skills and strategies can help you deconstruct and understand other lectures in your college classes:

  • Finding a Theme
  • Notetaking
  • Time Management
  • Study Strategies
  • Appy Hour: Apps Of Use
  • Librarian Research
  • Meet the Instructor

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Session 3 - How to Go to College Without Going Broke

How to Go to College Without Going Broke session covers information about money management skills, banking information, and entrepreneurship resources. You will learn how these skills and strategies can assist you in successfully managing your finances.

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11:00 - 11:15 a.m. - BREAK


11:15 - 11:55 a.m.

ROUND 4 - Student-Led Conversations


Session 1 - Academic Activities & Enhancing The Co-Curricular Transcript

Academic Activities & Enhancing the Co-Curricular Transcript session covers information about various academic-related activities at WCC such as the honor society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the student-run newspaper The Washtenaw Voice, and course-related groups like the Poetry Club. You will learn about these opportunities and the co-curricular transcript, how to get involved, and how this will enhance your WCC experience.

Session 2 - Balancing College Life With Some Fun

Balancing College Life With Some Fun session covers information about the wide range of exciting student activities, events, trips, and clubs available for you to participate in as a WCC student. You will learn about these fun opportunities and how to stay informed and connected so you don't miss out!

Session 3 - Becoming a Force For Good

Becoming a Force For Good session covers information about the wide range of community outreach, activism, and volunteer opportunities available for you to participate in as a WCC student, including how to become a Student Ambassador (a paid position!). We'll also talk about how to embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. You will learn about these rewarding opportunities and how to stay informed so you can stay connected.


Q & A Session/Final Conversation


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the conference committee at [email protected].