WCC News

Image of electronic engineer in laboratory.

Middle school teachers immerse in hands-on semiconductor education at Washtenaw Community College June 24-27

Fran LeFort - June 20, 2024

Fifteen area middle school teachers will spend next week at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) immersed in semiconductors as part of the state’s commitment to making Michigan a leader in the semiconductor industry.

View Post :   Middle school teachers immerse in hands-on semiconductor education at Washtenaw Community College June 24-27

tags: 2024, Semiconductor Industry, Semiconductor, Workforce Development, STEM Careers, STEM

Mikala Sposito

WCC welding student Mikala Sposito shooting for national title in Atlanta

Rich Rezler - June 18, 2024

Already firmly established as one of the best student welders in the state of Michigan, WCC's Mikala Sposito is now ready to take on the nation. And then … the world!

View Post :   WCC welding student Mikala Sposito shooting for national title in Atlanta

tags: SkillsUSA, Welding and Fabrication, Welding, Skills USA

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Tech Ecosystem Development Pilot Project empowers entrepreneurs

Fran LeFort - June 18, 2024

Washtenaw Community College announces the launch of the Tech Ecosystem Development Pilot Project aimed at fostering innovation and empowering local entrepreneurs.

View Post :   Tech Ecosystem Development Pilot Project empowers entrepreneurs

tags: Boot Camp, Entrepreneurship Center, Entrepreneurship

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WCC, UMCU partner to grant students access to Fast Track Job Training

Fran LeFort - June 17, 2024

Washtenaw Community College and the University of Michigan Credit Union have partnered to provide affordable financing options for students seeking non-credit Fast Track Job Training.

View Post :   WCC, UMCU partner to grant students access to Fast Track Job Training

tags: Partnership, Non-Credit, professional development, Fast Track Job Training

FAME students.

'Signing Day' for advanced manufacturing apprentices welcomes new WCC students, employers

Fran LeFort - June 12, 2024

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) continues to lead the state and grow its advanced manufacturing technician apprenticeship program, adding new employers and student apprentices for the upcoming academic year.

View Post :   'Signing Day' for advanced manufacturing apprentices welcomes new WCC students, employers

tags: MI FAME, FAME, Apprenticeships, Advanced Manufacturing, Apprenticeship Programs, Student Success

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Five trade unions to bring 6,100 members for skills training this summer

Fran LeFort - June 10, 2024

More than 6,100 members from five national and international trade unions will travel to Ann Arbor this summer to advance their skills and knowledge. Nearly 5,000 will train at Washtenaw Community College.

View Post :   Five trade unions to bring 6,100 members for skills training this summer

tags: OPCIMA, United Association, Roofers Union, Economic impact, Ironworkers, Electrical Workers, UA Instructor Training Program

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WCC recognized as Bee Campus USA for fifth consecutive year

Rich Rezler - June 07, 2024

Washtenaw Community College has been recognized as a Bee Campus USA affiliate of the Xerces Society for enhancing pollinator habitats, reducing pesticide use and educating the community.

View Post :   WCC recognized as Bee Campus USA for fifth consecutive year

tags: Bee Campus USA, Awards, Sustainability

A photo of Dr. Rose B. Bellanca.

From the President: Filling skills gap key to economic prosperity

Dr. Rose B. Bellanca - May 30, 2024

We’re fortunate to live and work in Washtenaw County, where job growth and other economic indicators are expected to continue to outpace the state average over the next three years. That message was clear when University of Michigan economists recently presented their Washtenaw County Economic Outlook report at an event I hosted at Washtenaw Community College.

View Post :   From the President: Filling skills gap key to economic prosperity

tags: Dr. Rose B. Bellanca, President's Column, Economic Outlook, On The Record, Washtenaw County, May 2024, Student Success

Veteran flag raising

WCC earns national Military Friendly School designation

Fran LeFort - May 22, 2024

Washtenaw Community College has earned the national 2024-25 Military Friendly Schools designation for its support of nearly 500 veteran students and their families.

View Post :   WCC earns national Military Friendly School designation

tags: Veterans, Veteran-Friendly School, Student Veterans, Wadhams Veterans Center

Glenn Stevens Jr.

Washtenaw Economic Club hosts MICHauto leader Glenn Stevens for mobility, EV presentation on May 23

Fran LeFort - May 14, 2024

The Washtenaw Economic Club will host “Big Picture 2024: Mobility and Electric Vehicle Transformations” featuring MICHauto executive director Glenn Stevens Jr.,on Thursday, May 23.

View Post :   Washtenaw Economic Club hosts MICHauto leader Glenn Stevens for mobility, EV presentation on May 23

tags: Electric Vehicles, Mobility, Washtenaw Economic Club

Parkridge summer campers in 2023

Parkridge Community Center Summer Camp offers hands-on STEM learning

Freeman Gregory - May 07, 2024

Registration is open for Parkridge Community Center’s month-long annual STEM Summer Camp.

View Post :   Parkridge Community Center Summer Camp offers hands-on STEM learning

tags: Parkridge Community Center, Parkridge Youth Program, Summer Camps

High Honors and Honors

Winter 2024 High Honors and Honors Students

WCC - May 03, 2024

Congratulations to the following students for receiving high honors (3.8+) and honors (3.5-3.79) during the Winter 2024 semester at Washtenaw Community College.

View Post :   Winter 2024 High Honors and Honors Students

tags: High Honors, Student Recognition, Winter 2024, Honors

CSU signing

WCC, Central State University sign transfer partnership during Washtenaw HBCU Day

Fran LeFort - May 03, 2024

Representatives from Central State University in Ohio today signed a partnership to officially join the HBCU Pathway program offered to Washtenaw Community College transfer students.

View Post :   WCC, Central State University sign transfer partnership during Washtenaw HBCU Day

tags: HBCU, Washtenaw HBCU Day, HBCU Pathway

Nick Avram

What do you call someone who attended WCC? Account Manager, Controls Engineer, Site Administrator and more!

WCC Public Relations - May 02, 2024

When it comes to spreading the message about the many benefits of starting your higher ed journey at a community college, it’s safe to call alumnus Nick Avram one of WCC’s biggest advocates.

View Post :   What do you call someone who attended WCC? Account Manager, Controls Engineer, Site Administrator and more!

tags: Launch, 2024, Student Success, Summer Launch 2024

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Student veterans prepare to continue lifetime of service

WCC Public Relations - May 01, 2024

Washtenaw Community College is proud to be named a gold-level veteran-friendly school by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. The Wadhams Veterans Center on the second floor of the college’s Student Center is a place where military veterans attending WCC can meet fellow veterans, receive academic advising or just hang out. It’s a great place to meet students with interesting stories, including Melanie Chen and Nathaniel Jaskierny.

View Post :   Student veterans prepare to continue lifetime of service

tags: 2024, Student Success, Launch, Wadhams Veterans Center, Launch Summer 2024

First Reading Nursing Scholars graduate

Nursing graduates welcomed to profession at time-honored pinning ceremony

Fran LeFort - April 27, 2024

The 69-member graduating class of the WCC Nursing program was honored in front of family and friends at Towsley Auditorium on Friday.

View Post :   Nursing graduates welcomed to profession at time-honored pinning ceremony

tags: Center of Excellence in Nursing Education, Student Success, Graduation, Pinning Ceremony, Class of 2024, Nursing

Students walk on campus

Tuition for in-district students at WCC will remain frozen for next academic year

Fran LeFort - April 25, 2024

Tuition for in-district Washtenaw Community College students will remain unchanged for the next academic year, with modest increases for students in other categories.

View Post :   Tuition for in-district students at WCC will remain frozen for next academic year

tags: Board of Trustees, Affordability, Accessibility, 2024-2025 Academic Year, Tuition

FAME apprentices in a WCC lab

Apprenticeship Fair connects employers with job-seekers

Freeman Gregory - April 24, 2024

Washtenaw Community College will join the Job Developers Alliance (JDA) and its inaugural Apprenticeship Fair next week to showcase work-learn opportunities for students and partner with employers. The Wednesday, May 1, event is designed to connect those who want to earn trade or professional skills through hands-on experiences with local employers. The fair will be from 4-7 pm at Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple Road, Ann Arbor.

View Post :   Apprenticeship Fair connects employers with job-seekers

tags: USDOL Registered Apprenticeship, Apprenticeships, Apprenticeship Programs

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Why it's a smart decision to start your college journey at WCC

WCC Public Relations - April 23, 2024

Starting your college journey at WCC is a smart choice for many reasons.

View Post :   Why it's a smart decision to start your college journey at WCC

tags: Student Success, Career, Launch, Launch Summer 2024

WCC's Women's Council celebrates 'Sheroes' for their community work

Kayla Gahagan - April 23, 2024

A prosecuting attorney, workforce talent recruiter and local Foundation leader are among the women to be highlighted at this year’s 27th Annual Washtenaw Community College Foundation Women’s Council Celebration Luncheon. The event will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 1. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Washtenaw Community College Foundation Student Emergency Fund, which helps students meet unanticipated expenses that may jeopardize their ability to stay in school.

View Post :   WCC's Women's Council celebrates 'Sheroes' for their community work

tags: Student Emergency Fund, Sheroes, WCC Foundation, Women's Council

Image of student, Skye Stonestreet, posing in front of library bookshelves.

Skye's the limit for this HBCU-bound student

WCC Public Relations - April 21, 2024

Currently, WCC has established agreements with six HBCUs — and the list is expected to grow — but whether students plan to enroll at one of the partner schools or any other HBCU, advisors stand ready to help. Partnership agreements include guaranteed admission, access to in-state tuition, ease of transfer credits and more.

View Post :   Skye's the limit for this HBCU-bound student

tags: Launch Summer 2024, Student Success, HBCU Pathway, Launch, HBCU

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WCC is a gateway to healthcare careers

WCC Public Relations - April 20, 2024

Washtenaw Community College is an ideal launch point for a career in healthcare. The college’s 17 programs form a gateway to an industry constantly in high demand for trained professionals. Beginning your career journey at WCC offers many advantages — like low cost, small class sizes, excellent transfer opportunities to advance your education at a four-year institution, or direct job placement.

View Post :   WCC is a gateway to healthcare careers

tags: Medical Billing and Coding, Launch, Surgical Technology, Sterile Processing, Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Health Administration, Physical Therapist Assistant, Health Sciences, Nursing Skills Assistant, Student Success, Cardiac Telemetry, Healthcare, 2024, Health Care, Summer Launch 2024, Radiography

Entrepreneurship Center

WCC Start-Up Week, Pitch@WCC boost entrepreneurs

Fran LeFort - April 19, 2024

The inaugural Start-Up week will run in conjunction with the annual Pitch@WCC competition in which new and aspiring business owners compete for cash prizes to launch or grow their companies.

View Post :   WCC Start-Up Week, Pitch@WCC boost entrepreneurs

tags: Start-Up Incubator, Pitch@WCC, Entrepreneurship Center, Entrepreneurship

Dr. Gabriel Ehrlich

Economic forecasters project job growth for Washtenaw County through 2026

Fran LeFort - April 18, 2024

The 39th annual Economic Outlook for Washtenaw County report was presented at the WCC President’s Leadership Recognition Luncheon hosted by Dr. Rose B. Bellanca.

View Post :   Economic forecasters project job growth for Washtenaw County through 2026

tags: Economic Outlook, Washtenaw County, President's Leadership Recognition Luncheon

Image of student Steven Keppner welding.

WCC welding students compete with world's best, fill jobs in a multitude of industries

WCC Public Relations - April 17, 2024

The world of welding is broad and vast. And with one of the largest welding labs in the state and exceptional instructors, Washtenaw Community College trains some of the best.

View Post :   WCC welding students compete with world's best, fill jobs in a multitude of industries

tags: 2024, Launch, Summer Launch 2024, Student Success, Welding

LEAD Prep Academy

WCC signs multi-year agreement to educate LEAD Prep Academy student-athletes

Fran LeFort - April 15, 2024

Student-athletes will earn college credits in pursuit of associate degree at WCC in Ann Arbor while competing in a national football schedule at LEAD Prep Academy in Brighton.

View Post :   WCC signs multi-year agreement to educate LEAD Prep Academy student-athletes

tags: Partnership, LEAD Prep Academy

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Nursing graduate adds Student Art Show winner to her list of WCC accomplishments

Rich Rezler - April 05, 2024

As she neared completion of the nationally recognized Nursing program at WCC, Xiaoyan Cui carved out a little time to further develop a long-time hobby. She took ART 120: Portrait Painting and Life Drawing as an elective. The results were award-winning.

View Post :   Nursing graduate adds Student Art Show winner to her list of WCC accomplishments

tags: Nursing, Student Succes, Student Awards, WCC Student Art Show, Student Art Show, Digital Media Arts, Fine Arts

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Boot camps launching healthcare careers

Kayla Gahagan - April 03, 2024

WCC's 10-week Pharmacy Tech Boot Camp put Aiden Kinczkowski on a new career path.

View Post :   Boot camps launching healthcare careers

tags: On The Record, March 2024, Pharmacy Tech, Workforce Development, Boot Camp

NATAS Student Production Awards

WCC video students earn a dozen Student Production Awards nominations

Rich Rezler - April 02, 2024

WCC video students received 12 nominations for Student Production Awards from the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

View Post :   WCC video students earn a dozen Student Production Awards nominations

tags: Student Succes, Digital Video Production, Digital Media Arts, Student Awards, Student Production Awards

JKC semifinalists

Two WCC students among semifinalists for prestigious Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

Rich Rezler - March 29, 2024

WCC students Ana Garcia-Osorio and Carmen Samaniego are among 459 community college students nationwide selected as semifinalists for the highly competitive Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship that will provide as much as $165,000 to complete a bachelor’s degree.

View Post :   Two WCC students among semifinalists for prestigious Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

tags: Student Success, Nursing, Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholarships, Transfer

Ceramic sculpture at 2024 Student Art Show

Public invited to WCC Student Art Show featuring 125 works of art

WCC Public Relations - March 27, 2024

The 2024 Student Art Show at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) is open to the public through April 15. The show features 125 works of art in various media throughout the second floor common space of the Student Center Building on campus, 4800 E. Huron River Drive.

View Post :   Public invited to WCC Student Art Show featuring 125 works of art

tags: Student Art Show

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WCC Police Academy celebrates special 31-member graduating class

Rich Rezler - March 23, 2024

The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) had a significant need for additional academy training, so WCC answered that call for assistance and built an additional 18-week academy.

View Post :   WCC Police Academy celebrates special 31-member graduating class

tags: Public Service Training, Graduation, Police Academy, Class of 2024

Ashley Hudok

As adults go back to college at increasing rates, Ashley Hudok seeks second career

Rich Rezler - March 21, 2024

Amidst a national trend, WCC students like Ashley Hudok exemplify the diverse motivations driving adults to return to college.

View Post :   As adults go back to college at increasing rates, Ashley Hudok seeks second career

tags: March 2024, Adult Learners, On The Record

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Kiwanis Club continues to fund student success

WCC Public Relations - March 21, 2024

The Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor is continuing to help Washtenaw Community College students reach their finish line, and doing so with record contributions.

View Post :   Kiwanis Club continues to fund student success

tags: Scholarships, December 2023, WCC Foundation, Foundation, On The Record, Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor

Astronaut on the moon looking at Earth

From underground to outer space: Register for WCC youth summer camps

Freeman Gregory - March 20, 2024

Registration is open for Washtenaw Community College’s (WCC) hands-on summer camps for area youth ages 5-18.

View Post :   From underground to outer space: Register for WCC youth summer camps

tags: Summer Camps, Youth Camps

Free College Week logo

Public invited to Free College Week April 8-13; over 120 class sessions offered

Freeman Gregory - March 13, 2024

Washtenaw Community College will open its virtual classroom doors to the public during Free College Week on Monday, April 8, through Friday, April 12. The week will culminate in on-campus, in-person events Saturday, April 13.

View Post :   Public invited to Free College Week April 8-13; over 120 class sessions offered

tags: March 2024, Community College Month, On The Record, Free College Week

Award winners and nominees

WCC honors three local entrepreneurs with Black Business Excellence and Impact Awards

Rich Rezler - March 13, 2024

Three local entrepreneurs were recognized with WCC/Parkridge Black Business Excellence & Impact Awards for their dedication to community service.

View Post :   WCC honors three local entrepreneurs with Black Business Excellence and Impact Awards

tags: Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Center, Black Business Excellence and Impact Awards, Parkridge Community Center, College and Career Readiness

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell will open entrepreneur panel discussion

Rep. Debbie Dingell to open entrepreneur panel discussion April 4

WCC Public Relations - March 06, 2024

The public is invited to a panel discussion, "Entrepreneurs: Why They Start & What Keeps Them Going," to be hosted at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) on Thursday, April 4.

View Post :   Rep. Debbie Dingell to open entrepreneur panel discussion April 4

tags: Entrepreneurship Center, Entrepreneurship

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Tickets available for Feb. 29 Black Business Excellence & Impact Celebration

WCC Public Relations - February 23, 2024

Tickets are available for the February 29 Black Business Excellence & Impact Celebration honoring the 2024 WCC/Parkridge Black Business Community Impact Award recipients. The awards for entrepreneurial excellence and commitment to community service will be presented at the celebration held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 29, at the Parkridge Community Center, 591 Armstrong Drive, Ypsilanti. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online.

View Post :   Tickets available for Feb. 29 Black Business Excellence & Impact Celebration

tags: Parkridge Community Center, WCC Parkridge Black Business Community Impact Award, Entrepreneurship Center

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2024 Start-Up Incubator Program: Applications open soon for June cohort

WCC Public Relations - February 21, 2024

The 2024 business Start-Up Incubator Program offered through The Entrepreneurship Center at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) has been announced. The application window for the June cohort will open March 1.

View Post :   2024 Start-Up Incubator Program: Applications open soon for June cohort

tags: On The Record, Entrepreneurship Center, March 2024, Start-Up Incubator, Business, Entrepreneur

Home for summer?

Coming home for the summer? Let's hang out!

WCC Public Relations - February 15, 2024

Every summer, Washtenaw Community College welcomes thousands of guest students to its campus and online learning environment.

View Post :   Coming home for the summer? Let's hang out!

tags: Guest Student, Spring/Summer Classes, On The Record, March 2024

Students planting in the Bee garden.

WCC launches Center for Sustainability and Resilience

WCC Public Relations - February 08, 2024

In a significant step toward achieving sustainability goals and carbon emission targets on campus and building broader environmental consciousness, Washtenaw Community College has launched a new Center for Sustainability and Resilience.

View Post :   WCC launches Center for Sustainability and Resilience

tags: 2024, On The Record, March 2024, Environmental Science, Sustainability, Resilience

WCC students work in a chemistry lab.

Explore STEM and STEAM careers February 27-29

WCC Public Relations - February 07, 2024

High school students from throughout the region are invited to Washtenaw Community College (WCC) February 27-29 to learn more about career opportunities in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). Events are also open to WCC students and the community.

View Post :   Explore STEM and STEAM careers February 27-29

tags: STEM Scholars Program, STEM, STEM Careers, Science Technology Engineering Mathematics, STEAM Week, STEAM Careers

Career photo from 2022

February 28 Career Fair open to public, students

WCC Public Relations - February 07, 2024

Job seekers are invited to Washtenaw Community College’s (WCC) Annual Winter Career Fair on Wednesday, February 28. Approximately 70 employers are expected to attend the fair, with many looking to hire for immediate job opportunities.

View Post :   February 28 Career Fair open to public, students

tags: Career and Internship Fair, Career Fair, Workforce Development, Community Partnership

Graphic illustration for CTE Month 2024

Career exploration workshops, community job fair highlight CTE Month at WCC

WCC Public Relations - February 05, 2024

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) will offer a series of in-person and virtual events in February designed to highlight Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways for current and prospective students.

View Post :   Career exploration workshops, community job fair highlight CTE Month at WCC

tags: Career Fair, Career and Internship Fair, CTE Month, CTE

Black business owners

Nominations open for 2024 WCC Parkridge Black Business Community Impact Award

WCC Public Relations - January 26, 2024

Nominations for the 2024 WCC Parkridge Black Business Community Impact Award are being accepted to honor exceptional black business leaders in Washtenaw County.

View Post :   Nominations open for 2024 WCC Parkridge Black Business Community Impact Award

tags: Entrepreneurship Center, Parkridge Community Center, WCC Parkridge Black Business Community Impact Award

2023 Pitch competition at WCC

2024 Pitch@WCC opens applications with new categories for Skilled Trade, Returning Citizens and Art

WCC Public Relations - January 16, 2024

Pitch@WCC 2024, a unique initiative allowing aspiring entrepreneurs from all backgrounds to transform their business ideas into reality, is open for applications. Members of the public are invited to apply for the competition hosted by Washtenaw Community College’s Entrepreneurship Center.

View Post :   2024 Pitch@WCC opens applications with new categories for Skilled Trade, Returning Citizens and Art

tags: Pitch@WCC, Entrepreneurship Center

Equity in Action winners

Equity in Action Awards honor WCC faculty and staff, Sheriff Clayton

Rich Rezler - January 12, 2024

The Equity in Action Awards are presented annually during WCC's MLK Day Celebration, with one of the criteria for nomination being someone “who exemplifies the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., specifically in the areas of advocacy, leadership and service."

View Post :   Equity in Action Awards honor WCC faculty and staff, Sheriff Clayton

tags: Awards, On The Record, Equity in Action, March 2024, MLK Day, Diversity

Agnes & Stephen Reading with Reading Scholars

Agnes and Stephen Reading gift additional $1 million, now funding 20 full-ride nursing scholarships

Fran LeFort - January 09, 2024

Agnes and Stephen Reading have endowed an additional $1 million to double the size of the Reading Nursing Scholarship program for Washtenaw Community College students.

View Post :   Agnes and Stephen Reading gift additional $1 million, now funding 20 full-ride nursing scholarships

tags: Nursing, Scholarships, March 2024, Reading Scholars, On The Record, Donation, WCC Foundation

Dr. Clarence Jennings speaks at the 2023 MLK Day celebration.

WCC celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy

WCC Public Relations - January 05, 2024

Washtenaw Community College will host its 18th annual celebration of the legacy of civil rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday, January 11. The public is welcome. Admission is free.

View Post :   WCC celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy

tags: Equity in Action, MLK Day

Fall 2023 High Honors and Honors

Fall 2023 High Honors and Honors Students

WCC - December 21, 2023

Congratulations to the following students for receiving high honors (3.8+) and honors (3.5-3.79) during the Fall 2023 semester at Washtenaw Community College.

View Post :   Fall 2023 High Honors and Honors Students

tags: High Honors, Fall 2023, Student Recognition, Honors

Winter 2024 edition of Live Work Learn magazine

Non-credit classes for the community offer professional development and personal enrichment opportunities

WCC Public Relations - December 21, 2023

Non-credit offerings during Winter 2024 at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) include classes for professionals and community members who want to boost their business acumen, prepare for Spring gardening and more.

View Post :   Non-credit classes for the community offer professional development and personal enrichment opportunities

tags: Non-Credit, Personal Enrichment, professional development, LiveWorkLearn

Enrollment is open throughout the holidays.

Winter 2024 semester begins January 8

WCC Public Relations - December 21, 2023

The first day of classes for the Winter 2024 semester at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) will be January 8.

View Post :   Winter 2024 semester begins January 8

tags: Winter 2024, Registration, enrollment

Photo of Andrew Denton

Reconnect, FAME changed student's life

WCC Public Relations - December 20, 2023

Andrew Denton is on a new path to a rewarding career in the advanced manufacturing industry, and the Michigan Reconnect Scholarship, coupled with some hard work, is to thank.

View Post :   Reconnect, FAME changed student's life

tags: Michigan Reconnect, 2023, Launch, Student Success, Launch Winter 2023, Scholarship

Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Nursing graduates honored at pinning ceremony

Rich Rezler - December 19, 2023

The Fall 2023 graduates of the WCC Nursing program participated in a pinning ceremony, a time-honored tradition dating back to the 1880s that represents an initiation into the profession.

View Post :   Nursing graduates honored at pinning ceremony

tags: Graduation, Class of 2023, Student Succes, Nursing, Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

Photo of Ana Andrade

Alumni Profile: Brazil native started with ESL classes, ended with associate degree in Nursing

WCC Public Relations - December 18, 2023

Ana Andrade arrived in Michigan from Brazil in 2018, speaking very little English, and today is a nurse in the medical surgery cardiac unit at Detroit Medical Center. During the five years in between played out a story of perseverance and perspective.

View Post :   Alumni Profile: Brazil native started with ESL classes, ended with associate degree in Nursing

tags: Alumni Profile, Launch, Nursing, Launch winter 2024, ESL

Emily Riley

Photography graduate focused on building her business

WCC Public Relations - December 17, 2023

Emily Riley caught the photography bug in high school, which she says made her college decision an easy one.

View Post :   Photography graduate focused on building her business

tags: Digital Media Arts, December 2023, Digital Photography, On The Record, Alumni Profile

Photo of Felipe Agurto

Alumni Profile: Advanced Manufacturing graduate fine-tuning his career

WCC Public Relations - December 15, 2023

Like many people, Felipe Agurto wandered along life’s path for a while before finding the right direction for his career. After graduating from high school on the west side of the state, Agurto enrolled in the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering but soon discovered it wasn’t really what he wanted to do.

View Post :   Alumni Profile: Advanced Manufacturing graduate fine-tuning his career

tags: Alumni Profile, Launch Winter 2023, 2023, Advanced Manufacturing, Launch

Esports arena at WCC

WCC ahead of the curve with Esports arena, competitive teams

Kayla Gahagan - December 14, 2023

WCC Esports is expanding rapidly after the college's new Esports Arena was launched in the Spring of 2023.

View Post :   WCC ahead of the curve with Esports arena, competitive teams

tags: Esports, Sports & Entertainment Management, Gaming, Digital Video Production, 3D Animation

Photo of Lauren Alexander

Alumni Profile: Teacher says 'attending WCC was the best decision I could have ever made'

WCC Public Relations - December 13, 2023

Early on, Lauren Alexander knew she wanted to be a teacher. After graduating from Saline High School, Alexander began the pursuit of her dream at WCC. She earned an Associate in Arts in Elementary Education Degree and a Liberal Arts Certificate before transferring to Eastern Michigan University to complete her bachelor’s.

View Post :   Alumni Profile: Teacher says 'attending WCC was the best decision I could have ever made'

tags: teacher, Launch winter 2024, Alumni Profile, 2023, Launch

Photo of Mike Rudisill

Alumni Profile: Veteran helping advance the safety of intelligent vehicles

WCC Public Relations - December 12, 2023

Mike Rudisill played the long game when it came to his education at Washtenaw Community College. He showed up, stayed late, listened, studied and connected with his instructors. Today, he leads a team at an innovative tech company which focuses on future vehicle technology – from smart infrastructure, to autonomous vehicles, to driver experiences.

View Post :   Alumni Profile: Veteran helping advance the safety of intelligent vehicles

tags: On The Record, Veteran, March 2024, Alumni Profile, 2023, Launch winter 2024, Mechatronics

Photo of Liz DeRensis

Alumni Profile: Graphic designer sees a bright future

WCC Public Relations - December 10, 2023

Her Washtenaw Community College instructors called her an ideal student – positive, hardworking, focused, and exceptionally open to feedback. That’s why it was no surprise when Liz DeRensis, armed with an Associate in Applied Science-Graphic Design and Technologies from WCC, landed a job as the graphic designer for SEE Eyewear.

View Post :   Alumni Profile: Graphic designer sees a bright future

tags: 2023, Graphic Design, Alumni Profile, Launch winter 2024

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WCC celebrates STEM Scholars, receives $15K gift to boost program

Fran LeFort - December 08, 2023

Washtenaw Community College celebrated a new cohort of STEM Scholar students preparing to transfer to a four-year university.

View Post :   WCC celebrates STEM Scholars, receives $15K gift to boost program

tags: Student Succes, Transfer, STEM Scholars Program, STEAM

Bridge Award winner

Skyline counselor David Almassy wins 2023 WCC Bridge Award

Jenelle Franklin - December 08, 2023

First-year WCC student Aaralyn Huhn nominated Skyline High School counselor David Almassy for a WCC Bridge Award, which is awarded annually to a high school staff or faculty member who “built a bridge” to WCC.

View Post :   Skyline counselor David Almassy wins 2023 WCC Bridge Award

tags: Awards, March 2024, high school counselors, On The Record, WCC Bridge Award, High School Partners Breakfast

Library at WCC

Washtenaw named #1 community college in Michigan

Kayla Gahagan - December 07, 2023

Washtenaw Community College has been named the top community college in Michigan in two recent independent rankings.

View Post :   Washtenaw named #1 community college in Michigan

tags: Top College, Best Community College in Michigan, Rankings

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Honors scholarships attract top high school graduates to WCC

WCC Public Relations - December 07, 2023

Skyline High School graduate Mustafa Alhefady has tinkered around with cars since seventh grade. What started as a hobby with his dad has turned into a promising career path. After researching top automotive technician programs, he decided to pursue his education at WCC and enrolled this Fall.

View Post :   Honors scholarships attract top high school graduates to WCC

tags: Student Success, Scholarships, Launch winter 2024, Automotive Services, Launch

Photo of James-Cameron Chenault

Army veteran earns WCC scholarship, saves GI Bill for transfer school

WCC Public Relations - December 06, 2023

Chenault is enrolled at Washtenaw Community College thanks to a Divisional Scholarship through the Health Sciences Division and will begin the Registered Nursing program with the Winter 2024 cohort.

View Post :   Army veteran earns WCC scholarship, saves GI Bill for transfer school

tags: Wadhams Veterans Center, December 2023, On The Record, 2023, Nursing, Launch winter 2024, Veteran, Divisional Scholarship, Launch

WCC students walking

Yes, you can afford college!

WCC Public Relations - December 05, 2023

Fear of debt and the ability to afford college continue to be major concerns for students, their parents and adult learners seeking to expand their education to support their career goals. But at Washtenaw Community College financial aid awards are on the rise, allowing students to chase their dreams and avoid the college debt trap.

View Post :   Yes, you can afford college!

tags: Michigan Reconnect, Scholarships, Fall 2023, Michigan Achievement, Launch, Student Success

First Gen Students

WCC supporting first-generation students

WCC Public Relations - November 23, 2023

Nationally, only 26% of first-gen students earn a degree compared to 82% of students with two parents who earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.

View Post :   WCC supporting first-generation students

tags: December 2023, First generation, Student Services, On The Record

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U.S. Department of Labor approves new Registered Apprenticeship Program for WCC

Fran LeFort - November 17, 2023

WCC received approval for its first U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship program, serving as an intermediary in partnership with Toyota & Subaru of Ann Arbor.

View Post :   U.S. Department of Labor approves new Registered Apprenticeship Program for WCC

tags: On The Record, December 2023, Workforce Training, Apprenticeships, US Department of Labor, Workforce Development, Apprenticeship Programs

WCC, Washtenaw County join forces to empower non-profit agencies

WCC Public Relations - November 16, 2023

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) and Washtenaw County have partnered to offer a tailored training program that enhances the capacity and impact of local non-profit agencies.

View Post :   WCC, Washtenaw County join forces to empower non-profit agencies

tags: December 2023, On The Record, Non-profit training, Community Partnership

Advance Ypsi

Information sessions coming up for Ypsi residents to learn about new education and jobs training program

WCC Public Relations - November 13, 2023

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) will host two virtual information sessions in November for Ypsilanti adults and high school students interested in the new Advance Ypsi education and jobs training program.

View Post :   Information sessions coming up for Ypsi residents to learn about new education and jobs training program

tags: Workforce Training, Workforce Development, Advance Ypsi

Brandon Tucker, Benjamin Whisman, Kolbe Watson, Linda Blakey

WCC recognized as Veteran-Friendly School for sixth consecutive year

Fran LeFort - November 10, 2023

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) has been named a Gold-level Veteran-Friendly School for the sixth consecutive year by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.

View Post :   WCC recognized as Veteran-Friendly School for sixth consecutive year

tags: Wadhams Veterans Center, Student Veterans, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, Veteran-Friendly School, December 2023, On The Record

Veteran's Day flag-raising at WCC

Veterans honored during WCC ceremony November 9

Kayla Gahagan - November 02, 2023

America’s veterans will receive gratitude and recognition during Washtenaw Community College’s annual Veterans Day celebration on Thursday, November 9.

View Post :   Veterans honored during WCC ceremony November 9

tags: Student Veterans, Veterans, Wadhams Veterans Center

Washtenaw Economic Club

Washtenaw Economic Club hosts DTE executives for discussion on energy needs

Kayla Gahagan - October 31, 2023

The Washtenaw Economic Club will host its final luncheon event of 2023 with a session focused on energy needs.

View Post :   Washtenaw Economic Club hosts DTE executives for discussion on energy needs

tags: DTE Energy, Washtenaw Economic Club

Fall 2023 Corrections Academy graduation

Celebrating the Fall 2023 WCC Corrections Academy graduates

Rich Rezler - October 28, 2023

Family, friends and colleagues gathered in Towsley Auditorium on the WCC campus to celebrate the graduation of the 14-member WCC Corrections Academy Fall Class of 2023.

View Post :   Celebrating the Fall 2023 WCC Corrections Academy graduates

tags: Graduation, On The Record, December 2023, Correctons Academy, Class of 2023, Public Service Training

Bellanca at MEDC press conference

WCC joins MEDC, universities in announcing major expansion of semiconductor education and training programs in Metro Detroit

WCC Public Relations - October 23, 2023

Washtenaw Community College joined the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and other higher education institutions to announce the largest investment in state history to expand semiconductor education and training programs.

View Post :   WCC joins MEDC, universities in announcing major expansion of semiconductor education and training programs in Metro Detroit

tags: Semiconductor, Mobility, Economic Development, December 2023, On The Record

Liberal Arts Week

Liberal Arts Week October 23-27 highlights career paths

WCC Public Relations - October 17, 2023

Washtenaw Community College will host Liberal Arts Week October 23-27 to highlight how skills obtained through a Liberal Arts Education empower individuals to a fulfilling career path.

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tags: Liberal Arts Week

Fall 2023 Career Fair

Washtenaw Community College hosts Career & Internship Fair

WCC Public Relations - October 11, 2023

Upwards of 70 employers looking to hire for job and internship openings will be represented at Washtenaw Community College’s (WCC) Fall Career & Internship Fair on Thursday, October 12.

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tags: Workforce Development, Career Fair, Internships

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WCC Digital Video student premiering film on October 12

Rich Rezler - October 05, 2023

A premier of Ethan Williams’ fictional comedy “I Hear That You Make Baby Videos” will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12 in Towsley Auditorium.

View Post :   WCC Digital Video student premiering film on October 12

tags: On The Record, December 2023, Student Succes, Student Profile, Digital Video Production, Digital Media Arts

Reconnect at WCC

Michigan Reconnect Scholarship lowers minimum age requirement from 25 to 21 for a limited time

WCC Public Relations - October 03, 2023

The State of Michigan’s Reconnect program is expanding its reach to help more students pursue their dreams through a college education.

View Post :   Michigan Reconnect Scholarship lowers minimum age requirement from 25 to 21 for a limited time

tags: Scholarships, Affordability, Michigan Reconnect

Manufacturing Day

High school students, adult learners invited to visit campus for Manufacturing Day

Kayla Gahagan - October 03, 2023

Washtenaw Community College will host Manufacturing Day 2023 this week to introduce prospective students to educational and career possibilities in advanced manufacturing – a high-wage, high-demand industry.

View Post :   High school students, adult learners invited to visit campus for Manufacturing Day

tags: Manufacturing Day, On The Record, Advanced Manufacturing, December 2023

Barbara Hughes, embracing son, Zhakharius Holloway

Army veteran and her son find an educational home at WCC

Fran LeFort - September 21, 2023

“After 30 years since I’d been in school it was kind of hard – and it still is being a single mom and trying to raise my last of three babies – but I don’t think I would have enrolled as quickly as I did if WCC hadn’t helped me immediately,” Barbara says.

View Post :   Army veteran and her son find an educational home at WCC

tags: Wadhams Veterans Center, Vet Fest, Launch, Fall 2023, Student Succes, Veteran

Gala dueling pianos

WCC Foundation hosts Gala 2023 to support Student Emergency Fund

Kayla Gahagan - September 20, 2023

The Washtenaw Community College Foundation will host Gala 2023 to support the college’s Student Emergency Fund and other programs. This year’s presenting sponsor is Toyota.

View Post :   WCC Foundation hosts Gala 2023 to support Student Emergency Fund

tags: Foundation, Student Emergency Fund, Scholarships, Gala

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Washtenaw Economic Club wraps 2023 season with two Fall events

Kayla Gahagan - September 18, 2023

The Washtenaw Economic Club will wrap up another successful season with two events this fall.

View Post :   Washtenaw Economic Club wraps 2023 season with two Fall events

tags: cybersecurity, energy, Washtenaw Economic Club, natural gas, electrification

Students walk on WCC campus

WCC's additional Fall semester start dates accommodate flexible student schedules

Fran LeFort - September 14, 2023

Session II of Washtenaw Community College’s (WCC) Fall semester begins September 20, with registration continuing until the start of classes.

View Post :   WCC's additional Fall semester start dates accommodate flexible student schedules

tags: Michigan Reconnect, Fall 2023, Registration, enrollment

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WCC at Detroit Auto Show: Preparing students for future EV workforce

Fran LeFort - September 12, 2023

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) will attend the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, highlighting education programs to prepare the workforce for the advancement of battery powered electric vehicles.

View Post :   WCC at Detroit Auto Show: Preparing students for future EV workforce

tags: North America International Auto Show, Semiconductor, EV, Workforce Development

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WCC Police Academy celebrates 36-member graduating class

Rich Rezler - September 09, 2023

An estimated 500 guests filled the 2|42 Community Church in Ann Arbor to celebrate the 36-member graduating class of the Washtenaw Community College Police Academy on Friday, including more than 100 current and retired law enforcement professionals who formed a long greeting line and, one-by-one, welcomed every graduate into the field after they received their certificate.

View Post :   WCC Police Academy celebrates 36-member graduating class

tags: Class of 2023, Graduation, Police Academy, Public Service Training

Tile for Advance Ypsi initiative

Ypsilanti residents invited to learn more about WCC's Advance Ypsi education and jobs training program

Fran LeFort - September 07, 2023

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) will host three information sessions for Ypsilanti residents interested in the new Advance Ypsi education and jobs training program.

View Post :   Ypsilanti residents invited to learn more about WCC's Advance Ypsi education and jobs training program

tags: Automotive, Advance Ypsi, Mobility, Workforce Development, IT

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Mom, daughter bring their passion for learning to WCC

Fran LeFort - September 05, 2023

As one half of a rare parent-child duo at WCC, Stephanie Suchala cried when she got the news last summer that her 13-year-old daughter Dylan would be joining her as a WCC student.

View Post :   Mom, daughter bring their passion for learning to WCC

tags: Fall 2023, Small Business Development Center, Student Success, Launch, SBDC, Computer Science

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Passion for auto safety drives WCC alum's career with Toyota

Fran LeFort - September 04, 2023

When Zach Van Buren enrolled in WCC in 2016, he wasn’t sure where his career path would ultimately take him. But his pursuit of just one question helped to shape his trajectory. That is, how could he simply walk away from a rather nasty car accident he’d recently experienced?

View Post :   Passion for auto safety drives WCC alum's career with Toyota

tags: Launch, Student Success, Fall 2023, FAME

EV charging stations.

WCC is paving the road of the EV ecosystem

Fran LeFort - August 31, 2023

Washtenaw Community College is pairing with industry and state agencies to lead the advancement of Michigan’s EV ecosystem, offering three new programs to train students for high demand, high-wage jobs.

View Post :   WCC is paving the road of the EV ecosystem

tags: Advanced Transportation, Advanced Transportation Center, Launch, Electric Vehicles, Fall 2023

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Flexibility of classes at WCC is a game-changer for adult learners

Fran LeFort - August 28, 2023

Flexibility is a game changer. That’s exactly what WCC offers learners of all ages and something Carolyn Bradshaw has embraced and relied on to earn a college degree and advance in her career.

View Post :   Flexibility of classes at WCC is a game-changer for adult learners

tags: Career, Adult Learners, Student Success, On The Record, 2023, Fall 2023, December 2023, Human Resources, Business Management

Zaria Miller and Elizabeth Perryman

HBCU Pathway helping WCC alumni achieve their dreams

Fran LeFort - August 28, 2023

Less than two years after launching an initiative to help more local students transfer to an HBCU, WCC filled its Towsley Auditorium with more than 400 local high school students to give them a taste of HBCU life.

View Post :   HBCU Pathway helping WCC alumni achieve their dreams

tags: Transfer, Diversity, Fall 2023, Launch, Student Success, HBCU Pathway, HBCU, HBCU Day

Fame signing event

FAME Signing Day pairs WCC students with new employers

Fran LeFort - August 23, 2023

Washtenaw Community College, manufacturers and regional workforce development organizations have joined hands to meet industry talent needs through the national Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) work-and-learn apprenticeship program.

View Post :   FAME Signing Day pairs WCC students with new employers

tags: Advanced Manufacturing, Apprenticeships, On The Record, MI FAME, December 2023

UA Industry Day 2023

Certificates, associate degrees highlight annual UA training week

Fran LeFort - August 18, 2023

More than 200 members of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices (UA) of the plumbing and pipefitting industry in the United States and Canada earned certificates and associate degrees on Thursday, highlighting a week of training at Washtenaw Community College.

View Post :   Certificates, associate degrees highlight annual UA training week

tags: Graduation, United Association, Skilled Trades, Plumbers and Pipefitters

Students walking near Student Center

Fall semester at WCC kicks off August 28 with new academic programs, national recognitions

Fran LeFort - August 15, 2023

WCC is gearing up for the 2023-24 academic year starting Monday, August 28. Registration for classes remains open, and prospective new students may apply at any time.

View Post :   Fall semester at WCC kicks off August 28 with new academic programs, national recognitions

tags: Michigan Reconnect, 2023-2024 School Year, Fall 2023, enroll, register

Center of Excellence

WCC named a Nursing Center of Excellence by National League for Nursing

Fran LeFort - July 31, 2023

Washtenaw Community College has been named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing, the only community college and one of just nine nursing programs nationwide to earn the honor this year.

View Post :   WCC named a Nursing Center of Excellence by National League for Nursing

tags: Awards, Center of Excellence, On The Record, December 2023, Nursing, Health Sciences

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Health Science course added to list of 'exemplary' online offerings at WCC

Rich Rezler - July 31, 2023

A WCC online course titled Evidence-Based Practice in Action was honored as an 'exemplary' online class by Anthology.

View Post :   Health Science course added to list of 'exemplary' online offerings at WCC

tags: Health Sciences, Nursing, Blackboard, Awards

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