WCC News: On The Record

Kevin Van Kannel

WCC Foundation board member Kevin Van Kannel focused on relationships, service and giving back

Anita LeBlanc - August 21, 2021

Kevin Van Kannel believes his Ann Arbor-based business, UTEC, continues to thrive in part because of investments in relationships like the one his company has with WCC and over 25 Washtenaw County nonprofit organizations.

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tags: On The Record, WCC Foundation, August 2021

HVAC/R program logo

New program supports WCC HVAC/R students and local industry

Rich Rezler - August 19, 2021

A new program operated by the Entrepreneurship Center at WCC aims to prepare students in the college’s HVAC/R program for future business ownership while also supporting local small business owners operating in the industry.

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tags: August 2021, Entrepreneurship Center, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, On The Record, HVAC

Dan Tyrrell at work

Medical researcher got debt-free start at WCC

WCC Communications - August 19, 2021

With WCC’s affordable tuition and an academic scholarship to boot, Dan Tyrrell started his educational journey without the burden of student debt. The money he saved went toward a Ph.D. program at Wake Forest University.

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tags: Alumni Profile, Affordability, On The Record, August 2021, STEAM, Transfer, Student Success

Ford Mustang Mach-E

WCC leads next-generation workforce preparation with new Ford Mustang Mach-E

Fran LeFort - July 22, 2021

WCC has added an all-electric 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV to its bank of cutting-edge technology, solidifying its leadership in preparing the workforce of the future

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tags: Advanced Transportation Center, Workforce Development, On The Record, August 2021, CCAT, Transportation Technologies

Aisha Bowe scholarship

WCC grad Aisha Bowe honored with 2021 MCCA Outstanding Alumnus Award

Rich Rezler - July 21, 2021

A self-described “unmotivated and unfocused” student in high school, Bowe found her passion and purpose while attending WCC from 2003 to 2006. The former NASA aerospace engineer is the founder and CEO of STEMBoard, an engineering solutions company.

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tags: STEM, Alumni Profile, Aisha Bowe, Outstanding Alumnus Award, On The Record, August 2021

Roofers Union

Summer skilled trades training returns to WCC

Fran LeFort - July 16, 2021

More than 600 skilled trades union workers will participate in national training programs on the WCC campus over the next two weeks as hands-on instruction resumes following the pandemic.

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tags: On The Record, Skilled Trades, Union, August 2021, Roofers Union

Doug Waters

WCC faculty member honored for development of engaging, innovative online course

Rich Rezler - July 13, 2021

For the second consecutive year, WCC faculty member Doug Waters has been honored for developing an engaging and innovative online course that represents the best in technology and learning.

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tags: Awards, On The Record, Faculty Profile, Online Learning, Business, August 2021, Business and Computer Technologies

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$1.4M grant to WCC supports student success through new Alpha Scholars program

Fran LeFort - July 13, 2021

WCC has received a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support incoming freshmen in completing their associate degrees and reaching their academic and career goals. The new Alpha Scholars program offers opportunities to connect students with the college's rich support services and exceptional teaching, as well as with peers who share career goals and common interests.

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tags: Student Success, Grants, On The Record, August 2021, Alpha Scholars

Student exercising

Exercise is Medicine: WCC honored for promoting physical activity

Rich Rezler - July 12, 2021

WCC is one of 153 colleges and universities around the world recently honored by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise is Medicine initiative for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus.

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tags: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), August 2021, Exercise, On The Record, Marvin Boluyt

xray of upper chest

Radiography program earns 8-year continuing accreditation

Rich Rezler - July 02, 2021

The Radiography program at WCC has earned full continuing accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) ensuring it meets or exceeds national quality standards.

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tags: On The Record, August 2021, Radiography, Accreditation

Alicia Dusseau

WCC graduate on way to becoming 'Dr. D: Forensic Pathologist'

Rich Rezler - June 30, 2021

Alicia Dusseau's career path was established when she was a middle school student hooked on the reality television show "Dr. G: Medical Examiner."

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tags: Class of 2021, On The Record, Student Success, August 2021, ousearch_News_2021

Max Mercer

WCC's new accelerated business degree provides a quick career boost

Rich Rezler - June 25, 2021

Max Mercer loves his current job as a commissioning engineer, but believes WCC's new Accelerated Associate in Business Degree will help him advance in the industry.

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tags: Accelerated Programs, On The Record, Accelerated Business, ousearch_News_2021, Business and Computer Technologies, August 2021

wind and solar

WCC furthers sustainability goals with DTE Energy's MIGreenPower program

Fran LeFort - June 23, 2021

The first community college to enroll in the voluntary renewable energy program, WCC has committed to sourcing 100% of its electric power needs through clean energy by 2029.

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tags: MIGreenPower, August 2021, ousearch_News_2021, On The Record, Sustainability, DTE Energy

Sabrina Lanker

Graduate Profile: Future geologist Sabrina Lanker is a WCC 'rock star'

Rich Rezler - May 04, 2021

Between wrapping up her time at WCC and beginning classes at the University of Michigan in the fall, Sabrina Lanker will be the only community college student completing a National Science Foundation internship in Greenland.

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tags: On The Record, ousearch_News_2021, April 2021, Internship, Geology, Class of 2021, STEM Scholars Program, Student Success

Hunter Darrow

WCC nursing grad: 'I knew what I was getting into'

Rich Rezler - May 04, 2021

WCC alumna Hunter Darrow started her nursing career in the midst of a global pandemic. "I knew what I was getting into,"she said. "I knew it wasn't going to be easy."

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tags: Alumni Profile, April 2021, On The Record, Nursing, ousearch_News_2021

Welding booth

Students and employers benefit from apprenticeships

WCC - May 04, 2021

In so many ways, apprenticeships offered through Washtenaw Community College are a win/win situation. Both students and employers can be the clear beneficiaries.

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tags: Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, April 2021, Welding and Fabrication, Apprenticeships, ousearch_News_2021, Healthcare, On The Record, Advanced Transportation

Student Emergency Fund

Student Emergency Fund: Making a tough year a little better

Phil Snyder - April 29, 2021

83% of WCC students who've received Student Emergency Fund assistance are either still in school or have graduated.

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tags: On The Record, WCC Foundation, April 2021, Student Emergency Fund, ousearch_News_2021

STEM Scholar celebration

Celebrating STEM Scholars who are moving on from WCC

Rich Rezler - April 23, 2021

The WCC STEM Scholar program held a virtual celebration to honor its participants who have completed their WCC programs and are transferring to four-year universities.

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tags: April 2021, On The Record, ousearch_News_2021, Student Success, Transfer, STEM Scholars Program

Chanel Stitt

Detroit Free Press business reporter Chanel Stitt, a WCC alumna, is Free College Week closing speaker

Rich Rezler - April 05, 2021

Detroit Free Press business reporter Chanel Stitt, a WCC alumna, is the closing speaker for WCC's Free College Week on April 12-19.

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tags: Alumni Profile, April 2021, On The Record, Free College Week, ousearch_News_2021, Journalism

My Favorite Pants

WCC 2021 Student Art Show winners announced

Rich Rezler - March 30, 2021

Alexandrea Capatina is the first-place winner for her film photograph, but she prefers her art a little larger — like performing custom fabrication on an automobile.

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tags: Digital Media Arts, ousearch_News_2021, Student Art Show, Awards, Fine Arts, On The Record, April 2021

Job growth in Washtenaw County

Forecast: Washtenaw County should recover quickly from recession, but disparity may widen

Rich Rezler - March 27, 2021

University of Michigan economists Donald Grimes and Gabriel Ehrlich presented the Economic Outlook for Washtenaw County to the Washtenaw Economic Club.

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tags: On The Record, Washtenaw Economic Club, April 2021, Economic Outlook, Workforce Training, ousearch_News_2021

Trees on campus

WCC earns Tree Campus Higher Education recognition for fifth straight year

Rich Rezler - March 24, 2021

WCC has been honored by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

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tags: ousearch_News_2021, On The Record, April 2021, Awards, Tree Campus Higher Education, Tree Campus USA, Facilities Management

Scholarship semifinalists

3 WCC students are semifinalists for Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

Rich Rezler - March 10, 2021

Umang Bhojani, Jesse Bishop and Abdul Kizito are on the 2021 semifinalist list, selected from a pool of more than 1,500 applicants attending 398 community colleges.

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tags: Transfer, Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholarships, Student Success, April 2021, STEM Scholars Program, ousearch_News_2021, On The Record

WCC logo

Mark of quality: WCC earns accreditor's seal of approval

Rich Rezler - March 04, 2021

The Higher Learning Commission, one of the nation’s six regional accreditors for institutions of higher education, has continued WCC’s accreditation through 2029-30.

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tags: February 2021, ousearch_News_2021, Accreditation, On The Record

William Glover

Never too late: William Glover finds path to rewarding career at WCC

WCC - March 04, 2021

William Glover is an award-winning television producer, but the journey to a full-time job in a profession he loves wasn’t easy.

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tags: On The Record, February 2021, Student Success, Digital Video Production, ousearch_News_2021, Alumni Profile

Dr. Rose B. Bellanca

'We're here. We're ready.' President Bellanca on WCC's role in post-pandemic recovery

WCC - March 04, 2021

On The Record sat down with WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca to discuss how WCC is supporting current students and the community to help secure a brighter future.

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tags: February 2021, Online Learning, Student Success, Workforce Development, On The Record, Dr. Rose B. Bellanca, ousearch_News_2021, community involvement

Children at Parkridge Community Center

Parkridge Community Center helping to bridge the digital divide

Rich Rezler - March 04, 2021

A $60,000 grant to WCC and the Parkridge Community Center will help bridge the digital divide that exists in the Ypsilanti neighborhood the center serves. And that’s only a part of help available at Parkridge.

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tags: ousearch_News_2021, Parkridge Community Center, On The Record, Ypsilanti, February 2021, community involvement

Mentor Connect

Local experts sought to mentor WCC students

Rich Rezler - March 04, 2021

WCC is inviting local professionals to share their expertise with its students.

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tags: February 2021, On The Record, Liberal Arts Innovation Group, Mentor Connect, Professionals in the Classroom, ousearch_News_2021

Brenda Anderson

Student Spotlight: Brenda Anderson exploring photography as 'retirement career'

Tabetha Chaney - March 01, 2021

Q&A with Brenda Anderson, a WCC alumni who's back on campus exploring photography as a "retirement career."

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tags: February 2021, ousearch_News_2021, Student Profile, On The Record, Student Success, Digital Photography

Barnaby Pung

Ph.D. in hand, first-gen college grad teaching others academic and career skills

WCC - March 01, 2021

Barnaby Pung, a part-time instructor of Academic and Career Skills at WCC, is motivated to guide students along career paths.

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tags: Academic and Career Skills, GED, On The Record, Faculty Profile, February 2021, ousearch_News_2021

Cybersecurity Bootcamp

Cybersecurity Bootcamp is a win-win proposition

WCC - March 01, 2021

Washtenaw Community College joined with the private sector and state employment agencies in working to fill a worrisome talent gap in the critical cybersecurity field.

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tags: cybersecurity, February 2021, ousearch_News_2021, On The Record, Workforce Development

Kiwanis donation

Kiwanis Club support gives WCC student recipient 'fresh energy'

Anita LeBlanc - March 01, 2021

The Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Scholarship Program results in the largest annual gift the WCC Foundation receives.

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tags: ousearch_News_2021, Donation, Scholarships, February 2021, Student Emergency Fund, On The Record, WCC Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor

Nicholas Ochal

Nicholas Ochal's search for a purpose

WCC Communications - February 26, 2021

It was a winding road with some fits and starts that took WCC alumni Nicholas Ochal to the career in social work that he enjoys today.

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tags: ousearch_News_2021, Student Success, On The Record, February 2021, Alumni Profile

SEMCA WIN logos

WCC part of consortium awarded $10M for workforce training

Rich Rezler - February 04, 2021

WCC is part of a consortium awarded a $10 million grant from the United States Department of Labor to invest in workforce training.

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tags: Workforce Development, February 2021, On The Record, Workforce Training, ousearch_News_2021, Grants

Kristy King

From sales to sidelines: Kristy King's career change begins at WCC

Rich Rezler - January 30, 2021

Kristy King had a successful career in sales before making the decision to pursue something that would make her happier: A sideline sports reporter.

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tags: Broadcast Media Arts, Washtenaw Voice, February 2021, Journalism, On The Record, Scholarships, Orchard Radio, ousearch_News_2021

Abdur-Raheem Al-Hallak

2,471 WCC students honored at Winter Honors Convocation

WCC - January 29, 2021

The 2021 Winter Honors Convocation includes remarks from President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca, Trustee Christina Fleming and two student speakers — Umang Bhojani and Abdur-Raheem Al-Hallak.

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tags: Honors Convocation, Student Success, Rose B. Bellanca, On The Record, February 2021, ousearch_News_2021

CircleIn scholarship winners

CircleIn app rewards WCC students with scholarships

Rich Rezler - January 22, 2021

WCC rolled out the CircleIn app so students could be more productive remotely. Now, CircleIn is rewarding its most frequent users with scholarship money.

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tags: CircleIn, On The Record, February 2021, ousearch_News_2020, Scholarships, Student Success

Police Academy graduates

WCC Police Academy earns prestigious accreditation

Rich Rezler - January 12, 2021

The WCC Police Academy is the first in the United States to be accredited by the IADLEST and the first in the world to receive an Award of Excellence from the international non-profit organization.

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tags: Advanced Technologies and Public Services Careers, On The Record, February 2021, Police Academy, Accreditation, ousearch_News_2021

Donaven Lee

Donaven Lee is WCC's third NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar

Rich Rezler - January 07, 2021

Donaven Lee is the third WCC student selected for the prestigious NASA program, following Emilee Seghi (Spring 2020) and Maximilian Ehinger (Fall 2020).

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tags: NASA, Student Success, ousearch_News_2021, February 2021, On The Record, Transfer

cybersecurity workbench

WCC has new tools for automotive cybersecurity

WCC - December 21, 2020

The college procured seven new workbenches that will allow students to interact with a vehicle infotainment system in an engineering and cybersecurity capacity.

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tags: On The Record, Automotive Cybersecurity, ousearch_News_2020, ousearch_News_On The Record, December 2020, CCAT

WCC Liberal Arts building

WCC faculty launch Liberal Arts Innovation Group

WCC - December 21, 2020

Because the importance of a strong liberal arts education is sometimes underestimated, a group of WCC faculty is designing methods and strategies to make them more relevant in today’s tech-heavy world.

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tags: December 2020, On The Record, liberal arts, Liberal Arts Innovation Group, ousearch_News_2020, Faculty Profile, ousearch_News_On The Record

Carl Vitullo

Hip to crypto: 2 associate degrees led WCC grad to high-tech job in NYC

WCC - December 21, 2020

Carl Vitullo credits WCC for helping to prepare him for his job as an engineering manager and front-end developer for Stellar Development Foundation.

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tags: Alumni Profile, ousearch_News_On The Record, Business and Computer Technologies, December 2020, On The Record, ousearch_News_2020

Exceptional Academy graduate

'Exceptional' students complete WCC's Cisco Networking Academy

Rich Rezler - December 21, 2020

Six adults with disabilities from the Exceptional Academy in Northville have completed WCC’s Cisco Networking Academy. The goal of the academy is to prepare students for permanent employment in cybersecurity or networking.

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tags: ousearch_News_2020, On The Record, cybersecurity, December 2020, Networking, Cisco Networking Academy, ousearch_News_On The Record

Foundation donation

100+ women who care about WCC

Anita LeBlanc - December 20, 2020

A generous $19,800 donation to the WCC Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund from 100+ Women Who Care of Washtenaw County is helping meet a 200% increase in student requests for aid since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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tags: Donation, Student Emergency Fund, ousearch_News_On The Record, On The Record, December 2020, WCC Foundation, ousearch_News_2020

Police Academy graduates

33 WCC Police Academy graduates honored for perseverance and dedication

Rich Rezler - November 20, 2020

What this year’s Washtenaw Community College Police Academy graduation ceremony was missing of its typical pomp and circumstance was replaced with an unparalleled level of pride and admiration for those who completed their training in a most atypical year.

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tags: Graduation, ousearch_News_On The Record, ousearch_News_2020, Police Academy, On The Record, December 2020

Student welding

WCC welding students have new pathway to bachelor's degree

Rich Rezler - November 17, 2020

A new articulation agreement allows students to complete 87 WCC credits before transferring to Wayne State to complete a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering Technology.

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tags: Articulation Agreements, On The Record, ousearch_News_2020, ousearch_News_On The Record, Advanced Manufacturing, December 2020, Welding

Sandy McCarthy

WCC's Sandy McCarthy is Academic Librarian of the Year

Rich Rezler - October 30, 2020

Sandy McCarthy received the award during the virtual presentation of the 2020 Michigan Library Awards, considered the state’s highest honors within the library community.

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tags: Library, ousearch_News_On The Record, ousearch_News_2020, On The Record, Faculty Profile, Awards, December 2020

Student with laptop

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: Internship, community involvement, Diversity, On The Record, ousearch_News_On The Record, December 2020, ousearch_News_2020

Mullalond accepting award

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: December 2020, Faculty Profile, ousearch_News_2020, Awards, Student Success, On The Record, ousearch_News_On The Record

HVAC student

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: On The Record, HVAC, Entrepreneurship Center, ousearch_News_2020, ousearch_News_On The Record, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, Awards, December 2020