WCC News

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WCC, faculty union agree on one-year contract extensions

Rich Rezler - October 27, 2020

WCC and its faculty union, the Washtenaw Community College Education Association, have agreed on a one-year extension of two current contracts.

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tags: Press Release, Faculty Contract, Faculty, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC sponsor of local Diversity, Equity and Inclusion internship program

Rich Rezler - October 26, 2020

WCC and the Entrepreneurship Center at WCC are sponsoring a program that will provide underrepresented college students with paid internship opportunities with local tech startup companies and venture capital firms

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tags: community involvement, Diversity, Internship, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC Fall Career and Internship Fair goes virtual, still free and open to public

Rich Rezler - October 21, 2020

Th November 6 virtual job fair will be hosted on the Brazen platform and is made possible thanks to the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity's Office of Employment and Training.

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tags: Career Fair, Career Transitions, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC's Mary Mullalond wins statewide Faculty of the Year award

Rich Rezler - October 14, 2020

English and College Readiness faculty member Mary Mullalond was named 2020 Faculty of the Year by the National Organization for Student Success: Michigan Chapter (NOSSMi).

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tags: Student Success, Faculty Profile, Awards, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC wins $23K for 'HVAC Partnership Pipeline' from national competition

Rich Rezler - October 14, 2020

WCC is one of five winners in the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) second annual 2020 Pitch for the Trades competition, sponsored by the Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation.

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tags: Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, Awards, Entrepreneurship Center, HVAC, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC hosting second annual Michigan Community College Gender and Sexuality Conference

Rich Rezler - October 05, 2020

The day-long event is intended for students, faculty and staff from community colleges around the state of Michigan.

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tags: Student Organizations, Conference, Gender and sexuality, ousearch_News_2020

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Get a boost from WCC's Career Catapult

Rich Rezler - October 02, 2020

Career Catapult is a free, three-day virtual event designed to help jump-start careers and help people land the jobs they want.

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tags: Economic impact, Career Transitions, Career Catapult, Corporate Training, ousearch_News_2020

EIR program coaches

Local entrepreneurs ready to mentor aspiring business owners

Rich Rezler - September 29, 2020

The Entrepreneurship Center at Washtenaw Community College recently announced it has secured funding to extend its successful Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIR) program for another year.

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tags: Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Center, ousearch_News_2020

Be The One to Ask

Suicide Prevention Month tips from WCC personal counselors

Rich Rezler - September 21, 2020

The WCC personal counseling department distributed five evidence-based steps that any individual can take to help someone that is in suicidal crisis.

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tags: Personal Counseling, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC's 'HVAC Partnership Pipeline' named a finalist in pitch competition

Rich Rezler - September 18, 2020

WCC is one step away from receiving a significant financial boost in its quest to prepare graduates of its HVAC program for business ownership.

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tags: Entrepreneurship Center, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, HVAC, ousearch_News_2020

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Applications being accepted for Futures for Frontliners program

Rich Rezler - September 12, 2020

The State of Michigan has opened applications for its Futures for Frontliners program that will cover tuition costs at Washtenaw Community College and other community colleges for those who served as essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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tags: Futures For Frontliners, Affordability, COVID-19, Scholarships, ousearch_News_2020

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Small business counseling team at WCC honored

WCC - September 04, 2020

The Greater Washtenaw Region of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at WCC received an Ambassador Award from The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.

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tags: Awards, small business, SBDC, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC personal counselors earn certification to better serve students virtually

Rich Rezler - September 02, 2020

All six licensed personal counselors on staff at WCC recently completed TeleMental Health Training Certification to better serve students virtually.

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tags: Counseling, COVID-19, Personal Counseling, Student Services, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC student's art flies outside famed Rockefeller Center

Rich Rezler - August 26, 2020

Artwork by Washtenaw Community College student and Ann Arbor-based artist Therese Basha Jarjoura was part of a public art installation displayed outside The Rockefeller Center.

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tags: Fine Arts, Student Success, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC Foundation's annual golf fundraiser goes virtual

Tabetha Chaney - August 25, 2020

The WCC Foundation has announced that its annual Jerry Jernigan Memorial Golf Outing is going virtual this year.

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tags: WCC Foundation, fundraiser, Student Emergency Fund, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC joins EMU, YMCA to address critical need for child development workers

Rich Rezler - August 14, 2020

The Early Childhood Education program at WCC is joining an effort spearheaded by the Office of [email protected] to respond to a critical community need for certified child development workers in eastern Washtenaw County.

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tags: Community enrichment, Early Childhood Education, community involvement, ousearch_News_2020

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New certificates: Automotive Cybersecurity, Advanced Automotive Services Technician

Rich Rezler - August 11, 2020

WCC is offering two new certificate programs beginning in Fall 2020 — Automotive Cybersecurity and Advanced Automotive Services Technician.

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tags: cybersecurity, Certifications, Automotive Services, Automotive Cybersecurity, Certificates, ousearch_News_2020

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Women's Council hosts important community conversation

Susan Ferraro - August 05, 2020

The Women's Council at Washtenaw Community College hosted a community conversation Tuesday focusing on how women and people of color have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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tags: COVID-19, Women's Council, WCC Foundation, ousearch_News_2020

Doug Waters

WCC faculty member receives Exemplary Course Program Award

Susan Ferraro - July 24, 2020

WCC Business instructor Doug Waters received an Exemplary Course Program Award from Blackboard, Inc., for his work developing the college's online Business Law (BMG 111) course.

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tags: Awards, Business and Computer Technologies, Faculty Profile, Business Law, ousearch_News_2020

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New app will give WCC students opportunity to study together virtually

WCC - July 24, 2020

With more and more students taking online and virtual classes, WCC has taken steps to add a missing ingredient to their education: Studying with their classmates.

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tags: Fall 2020, Technology, Student Success, ousearch_News_2020

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Washtenaw Economic Club provides 300 gourmet meals to local healthcare workers

WCC - July 14, 2020

700 local healthcare workers were treated to a gourmet meal thanks to a group effort by the Washtenaw Economic Club, Washtenaw Community College and Fabulous Foods, Inc.

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tags: Washtenaw Economic Club, Fabulous Foods, Donation, COVID-19, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC returning to campus in Fall 2020 with safety as top priority

Rich Rezler - June 26, 2020

WCC has taken exhaustive steps to protect the health of the limited number of students, faculty and staff that will be on campus during the Fall semester.

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tags: Dr. Rose B. Bellanca, COVID-19, Press Release, Fall 2020, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC offering free Race and Ethnic Relations virtual learning series to community

Rich Rezler - June 26, 2020

Washtenaw Community College is offering a free, five-part Race and Ethnic Relations virtual learning series.

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tags: Community enrichment, Race and Ethnicity, ousearch_News_2020

President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca

Board of Trustees unanimously extends contract of President Bellanca

WCC - June 26, 2020

The WCC Board of Trustees voted to extend the contract of WCC President and CEO Dr. Rose B. Bellanca to June 30, 2023.

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tags: Board of Trustees, Dr. Rose B. Bellanca, ousearch_News_2020

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Board of Trustees approves department chair appointments for 2020-21

Rich Rezler - June 23, 2020

Faculty department chair appointments for the 2020-21 academic year.

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tags: Board of Trustees, Faculty Department Chair, ousearch_News_2020

National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

WCC designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

Rich Rezler - June 16, 2020

The announcement places WCC among a select group of two-year, four-year and graduate-level institutions nationwide to receive the prestigious distinction.

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tags: National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, Computer Science, cybersecurity, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC student Maximilian Ehinger selected as NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar

Rich Rezler - June 12, 2020

Maximilian Ehinger came to WCC intent on learning more about the worlds of aerospace, physics and astronomy. He got that opportunity, and then some.

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tags: Astronomy, NASA, Student Success, ousearch_News_2020

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Medical Assisting certificate program addresses needs of local employers

Rich Rezler - June 03, 2020

Local healthcare organizations IHA and Michigan Medicine have both expressed to WCC a pressing need to fill their talent pipeline with more certified medical assistants.

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tags: Certificates, Health Sciences, Medical Assistant, Medical Assisting, Allied Health, ousearch_News_2020

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Graduate profile: Nearly 40 years later, mom of 5 completes her degree

Rich Rezler - June 03, 2020

When Sandy Coward left college in 1983, she promised her mother she would finish her degree one day. And then "life got in the way.”

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tags: Non-Traditional Student, Graduation, Occupational Studies, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC graduate Emilee Seghi selected as NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar

Rich Rezler - May 23, 2020

Emilee Seghi will participate in the five-week, online NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar program with hopes of being selected for an all-expense-paid, four-day visit to a NASA center.

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tags: Aerospace Engineering, NASA, Student Success, ousearch_News_2020

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Board of Trustees remembers first chairman, Samuel Harmon

Rich Rezler - May 19, 2020

WCC Board chair Christina Fleming requested a moment of silence at the beginning of Tuesday’s virtual meeting in honor of the death of Samuel Harmon, the first WCC board chair in 1965.

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tags: Board of Trustees, ousearch_News_2020

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Winter 2020 High Honors and Honors Students

WCC - May 15, 2020

Congratulations to the students who earned High Honors and Honors distinction during the Winter 2020 semester.

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tags: Winter 2020, Student Recognition, Honors, High Honors, ousearch_News_2020

Nik Kopka dribbling

Talent show winner knows his dad 'would've loved to see it'

Rich Rezler - May 05, 2020

Nik Kopka spent thousands of hours working on ball-handling drills during his basketball playing days. When he saw WCC’s Digital Talent Show advertised, he decided to polish up those skills.

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tags: Talent Show, Student Success, ousearch_News_2020

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Four WCC students win Student Production Awards

Rich Rezler - May 03, 2020

Four WCC Digital Media Arts students won first-place honors at the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' annual Student Production Awards.

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tags: ousearch_News_2020

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WCC freezes tuition rates and fees amid COVID-19 crisis

Rich Rezler - April 29, 2020

As part of an ongoing commitment to affordability and in recognition of the financial impact of COVID-19, WCC announced it will freeze tuition rates and fees for the 2020-21 academic year.

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tags: COVID-19, Tuition, ousearch_News_2020

Ali Kurmasha

Ali Kurmasha is WCC's fifth Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship winner

Rich Rezler - April 24, 2020

Ali Kurmasha is one of 50 community college students from around the country to receive the highly competitive Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

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tags: Student Awards, Scholarships, Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Student Success, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC team finishes 62nd out of 931 at National Cyber League competition

Rich Rezler - April 21, 2020

A group of Washtenaw Community College students finished 62nd out of 931 teams in the National Cyber League (NCL) Spring 2020 competition.

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tags: Student Activities, Awards, cybersecurity, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital co-hosting blood drive, donation drive

Rich Rezler - April 09, 2020

In a spirit of collaboration, WCC and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital are co-hosting a blood drive on Thursday, April 16 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the Morris Lawrence Building.

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tags: COVID-19, ousearch_News_2020

Tom Penird in front of 3D printed masks

WCC instructor 3D printing reusable face masks for health care providers

Rich Rezler - March 28, 2020

Tom Penird is manufacturing reusable plastic face masks in the WCC's 3D printing lab that will be donated to health care providers.

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tags: COVID-19, 3D Printing, Advanced Manufacturing, Donation, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC Health Sciences Division donates supplies to local hospitals

Rich Rezler - March 26, 2020

The healthcare industry's shortage of personal protective equipment has been well-documented during the COVID-19 outbreak. WCC's Health Sciences Division has done its part to provide local hospitals with the critical supplies they need.

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tags: Donation, COVID-19, Health Sciences, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC continues offering resources to community

Susan Ferraro - March 25, 2020

Washtenaw Community College is operating in a remote capacity, but still providing a variety of resources and services to Washtenaw County residents.

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tags: COVID-19, ousearch_News_2020

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President Bellanca: Thank you, Washtenaw County voters

Dr. Rose B. Bellanca - March 11, 2020

A letter from WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca to Washtenaw County voters.

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tags: Dr. Rose B. Bellanca, Keep Up The Good Work, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC employees complete campus emergency response training

Rich Rezler - March 11, 2020

More than 20 WCC employees completed a six-month CERT training that prepared the volunteers to assist the Public Safety Department in the event of an emergency on campus.

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tags: Public Safety, CERT Training, Emergency Preparedness, ousearch_News_2020

Ken Hannan and Dena Blair

Scholarship will help WCC student with his career transition

Rich Rezler - March 06, 2020

Ken Hannan is one of five statewide recipients of a scholarship from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation.

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tags: Student Success, Scholarships, Career Transitions, Broadcast Media Arts, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC librarian, winner of inaugural ALA fellowship, believes in power of community colleges and libraries

Rich Rezler - February 24, 2020

Tashia Munson, an Outreach and Reference Librarian at WCC’s Bailey Library, recently attended the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits after being selected as the organization’s inaugural Lois Ann Gregory-Wood Fellow.

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tags: Awards, Staff Profile, Library, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC, Destination Ann Arbor win state award for hospitality apprenticeship program

Susan Ferraro - February 21, 2020

Destination Ann Arbor and Washtenaw Community College are joint recipients of the Tourism Industry Coalition of Michigan 2020 Governor’s Award for Innovative Tourism Collaboration.

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tags: WCC Foundation, Awards, Workforce Development, ousearch_News_2020

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Spring 2020 Career and Internship Fair on March 11 is free, open to the public

Rich Rezler - February 21, 2020

The Spring 2020 Career and Internship Fair on Wednesday, March 11 is expected to include representatives from an estimated 80 employers, many looking to immediately fill current job opportunities.

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tags: Career Fair, Career Transitions, ousearch_News_2020

Richard Florida speaking on a stage

Speaker: Community colleges are 'the heart and soul' of societal transformation

Brian Malone - February 19, 2020

Author and urbanist Richard Florida: “The energy we are seeing that is transforming our society, socially and economically, is happening (locally). Community colleges are the heart and soul of it and don’t get the credit they deserve.”

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tags: Community Colleges, President's Leadership Recognition Luncheon, ousearch_News_2020

Liam Stanyer of Lake Orion High School works underneath a vehicle during a Skills USA competition at WCC.

High school students win scholarships, prizes at Skills USA competition

Rich Rezler - February 17, 2020

Sixty-one high school students from 13 area high schools vied for scholarships, prizes and a spot in the state finals at the 2020 Skills USA Automotive Technology regional competition held at WCC.

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tags: Scholarships, Skills USA, Automotive Services, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC, other community colleges sign transfer agreements with 25 Michigan universities

Rich Rezler - February 05, 2020

Transferring to a four-year college or university from WCC is now even simpler thanks to new transfer agreements with 25 Michigan colleges and universities.

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tags: Articulation Agreements, Academic Pathways, Transfer, ousearch_News_2020

Aisha Bowe and Kim Hurns holding checks to WCC Foundation from Bowe

WCC alumna Aisha Bowe endows scholarship for engineering transfer students

Rich Rezler - February 03, 2020

The Aisha R. Bowe eMpower Engineering Scholarship will be awarded to select WCC students who’ve earned a minimum of a 3.3 GPA while completing at least 14 credits in a WCC academic program designed to transfer into the University of Michigan College of Engineering.

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tags: Scholarships, Transfer, WCC Foundation, Aisha Bowe, Alumni Profile, STEAM, Alumni, ousearch_News_2020

Photos of WCC students Ali Kurmasha and David Seaman

Two WCC students make semifinal list for Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

Rich Rezler - January 27, 2020

Ali Kurmasha and David Seaman are two of the 456 students nationwide to make the 2020 semifinalists list, selected from a pool of nearly 1,500 applicants.

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tags: Awards, Student Success, National Scholarship, ousearch_News_2020

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Agreement with Purdue Fort Wayne offers WCC students path to bachelor's without leaving home

Rich Rezler - January 26, 2020

WCC and Purdue Fort Wayne recently signed an agreement that allows WCC students to transfer 88 credits and complete a bachelor's degree at Purdue Fort Wayne completely online.

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tags: Articulation Agreements, Transfer, ousearch_News_2020

David Seaman speaking at a podium

Honors Convocation speaker shares inspiring story of recovery and support

Rich Rezler - January 23, 2020

David Seaman entered detox on January 23, 2017. Exactly three years later, he elicited a standing ovation as student speaker at the WCC Winter Honors Convocation.

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tags: Student Resources, Collegiate Recovery Program, Honors Convocation, High Honors, Honors, ousearch_News_2020

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Collegiate Recovery Program celebrates one-year anniversary at WCC

Rich Rezler - January 23, 2020

The Collegiate Recovery Program at Washtenaw Community College celebrates its one-year anniversary this month with a new facilitator and the exact same mission – to help recovering students succeed in college while maintaining sobriety.

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tags: Student Resources, Collegiate Recovery Program, ousearch_News_2020

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3 honored with WCC Equity in Action awards at MLK event

Rich Rezler - January 16, 2020

WCC handed out three “Equity in Action” awards during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance ceremony held at the college today.

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tags: MLK Day, Awards, Equity in Action, ousearch_News_2020

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Fall 2019 High Honors Students

WCC - January 16, 2020

A total of 679 students earned "High Honors" during the Fall 2019 semester at Washtenaw Community College. To earn "High Honors" distinction, a student must complete 12 or more credits with a 3.8 GPA or higher.

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tags: High Honors, Fall 2019, Student Recognition, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC ranked No. 8 in national list of online certificate programs

Rich Rezler - January 16, 2020

WCC is ranked No. 8 in the nation on a list of the Top 60 Online Certificate Degree Programs for 2020 released by Intelligent.com.

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tags: Online Learning, Online Certificates, Ranking, ousearch_News_2020

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WCC celebrating Career and Technical Education Month throughout February

Rich Rezler - January 15, 2020

For its third consecutive year, Washtenaw Community College will participate in the national movement to celebrate Career and Technical Education (CTE).

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tags: CTE, CTE Month, ousearch_News_2020

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Winter Welcome Day: Wednesday, Jan. 29

Rich Rezler - January 11, 2020

The 2020 Winter Welcome Day is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 29 in the Student Center.

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tags: Event, Welcome Day, Student Activities, ousearch_News_2020

WCC Dean of Advanced Technologies and Public Service Careers Dr. Jimmie Baber

Meet WCC's newest academic dean, Dr. Jimmie Baber

Rich Rezler - January 09, 2020

Dr. Jimmie Baber now leads the college’s Advanced Technologies and Public Service Careers division, starting in the role at the beginning of the calendar year.

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tags: Dean, Advanced Technologies and Public Services Careers, ousearch_News_2020