WCC News

Graphic design student Mary Huotari shows her portfolio May 2 at the annual Digital Media Arts Student Gala.

Creativity on display at annual DMA Student Gala

Kelly Gampel - May 09, 2019

A semester worth of creativity culminated May 2 at the annual Digital Media Arts Student Gala.

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tags: ousearch_News_2019

WCC alumnus Thomas Klemm (left) and his father, Richard Klemm, prior to commencement ceremonies at Eastern Michigan University.

With WCC and EMU degrees complete, high school dropout and addict is off to U-M

Richard Rezler - April 29, 2019

Following his graduation from Eastern Michigan University on Sunday, Washtenaw Community College alumnus Thomas Klemm is two-thirds of the way through a trifecta of Washtenaw County higher education.

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tags: ousearch_News_2019, Keeping Up the Good Work, Graduation

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WCC students claim five first-place video awards in statewide competition

Richard Rezler - April 28, 2019

Washtenaw Community College students won five awards at the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ 41st annual Student Production Awards on Sunday, April 28.

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

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WCC recognizes faculty, staff for milestone anniversaries

Richard Rezler - April 25, 2019

Washtenaw Community College employees celebrating milestone work anniversaries of 10 or more years in 2019 were recognized at an Employee Recognition Reception on Thursday, April 25.

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tags: ousearch_News_2019, Employee Recognition

WCC student Ahmed Ghalib with a certificate signifying his selection as a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship recipient.

WCC student Ahmed Ghalib wins highly selective, national scholarship

Richard Rezler - April 24, 2019

For the second straight year, a Washtenaw Community College student is the recipient of a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship that awards bachelor's degree-seeking students up to $40,000 annually for as many as three years.

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tags: Keeping Up the Good Work, ousearch_News_2019, Award

Susan Dentel

WCC instructor receives national 'distinguished faculty' designation

Richard Rezler - April 23, 2019

Susan Dentel, a Washtenaw Community College life sciences faculty member and coordinator of its STEM Scholars program, is one of 22 instructors from around the nation to receive 2019 Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty designation from the American Association of Community Colleges.

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tags: Distinguished Faculty, ousearch_News_2019

WCC will host the Michigan National Arts and Sciences’ annual awards ceremony on Sunday, April 28 in Towsley Auditorium.

WCC finalists for video awards include project from introductory class

Richard Rezler - April 17, 2019

The Foundations in Digital Video I class at Washtenaw Community College is designed to introduce students to “the basics of video production and editing.” Those exact words appear in the first sentence of the VID 105 course description.

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tags: ousearch_News_2019

The number of young children and families attending the bi-annual Free College Day event at WCC has steadily grown since it started in 2014.

500+ community members enjoy Free College Day at WCC

Richard Rezler - April 09, 2019

Pamela Lewis and her 9-year-old daughter were running late to their last of three Free College Day classes, but Evanna was fully captivated by what was in front of her on the first floor of the Crane Liberal Arts and Science Building.

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tags: ousearch_News_2019, Free College Day

Professional illustrator Cathy Gendron speaks to an ART 112 class during WCC's Professionals in the Classroom event on April 4.

Students get real-world lessons from Professionals in the Classroom

Washtenaw Community College - April 08, 2019

Students at Washtenaw Community College got a glimpse at how their classwork applies to the real world during the Professionals in the Classroom program on April 3-4.

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tags: ousearch_News_2019

WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca sits with Bravo Award winners (from left) Myron Covington, Bob Lowing and Jing Bai Swanson.

Bravo! WCC faculty, staff honored for positive impact on students' lives

Richard Rezler - April 04, 2019

Washtenaw Community College faculty and staff members were recognized Thursday, April 4 for making a positive impact on students’ academic, professional and personal lives.

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tags: Bravo Awards, ousearch_News_2019

Ann Arbor City Council member Jane Lumm (left) presents Bellanca with a Community College Month proclamation from Ann Arbor mayor Christopher Taylor.

Bellanca thanks supporters at President's Leadership Recognition Luncheon

Kelly Gampel - April 04, 2019

The support Washtenaw Community College receives from area partners is what makes it, in part, successful. Those partners include leaders in the community, government, business and industry, and education.

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tags: ousearch_News_2019, President's Leadership Recognition Luncheon

Ann Arbor mayor Christopher Taylor

Ann Arbor mayor's proclamation honors WCC during Community College Month

Richard Rezler - April 02, 2019

In recognition of national Community College Month, Ann Arbor mayor Christopher Taylor issued a proclamation urging citizens "to recognize and appreciate the outstanding contributions" that Washtenaw Community College makes to the community.

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tags: ousearch_News_2019, Community College Awareness Month

U-M economists Donald Grimes, center, and Gabriel Ehrlich answer questions from the audience after presenting the county economic outlook data March 28 at the Washtenaw Economic Club luncheon.

Economic outlook for Washtenaw County: Three more years of growth

Richard Rezler - March 28, 2019

University of Michigan economists anticipate three more years of job growth, falling unemployment and real wage growth for Washtenaw County.

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tags: Washtenaw Economic Club, ousearch_News_2019

Washtenaw Community College logo

Human Library aims to challenge stereotypes

Kelly Gampel - March 27, 2019

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

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tags: ousearch_News_2019, Human Library, Library

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In-district tuition rates at WCC to remain flat for second consecutive year

Richard Rezler - March 26, 2019

The Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees has approved the college’s plan to freeze tuition costs for in-district students for a second consecutive year, maintaining WCC’s status as one of the most affordable higher education options in the state of Michigan.

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tags: Tuition, ousearch_News_2019

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WCC recognizing employees' milestone anniversaries on April 25

Washtenaw Community College - March 26, 2019

Please join us in congratulating the following WCC employees celebrating milestone anniversaries of 10 or more years of service in 2019.

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tags: Employee Recognition, ousearch_News_2019

Therese Jarjoura won second place honors at the 2019 WCC Student Art Show for her sculpture

Award winners announced at WCC Student Art Show

Richard Rezler - March 07, 2019

Versatility was on full display at the opening reception of the 2019 Student Art Show on Thursday at Washtenaw Community College. The evening event featured an awards ceremony, with the show’s top two honors going to student artists who excelled while experimenting with mediums outside their primary focus.

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tags: WCC Student Art Show, ousearch_News_2019, Associate of Art, Fine Arts

WCC instructor Betsy Foss leans against the unabridged Webster’s Third New International Dictionary in the college’s Writing Center.

WCC ESL instructor gets her 'spelling geek on' at spelling bee fundraiser

Richard Rezler - March 04, 2019

There are more than 476,000 entries in the unabridged Webster’s Third New International Dictionary. Betsy Foss is responsible for picking out a few dozen of the best, most interesting and most challenging words from the tome.

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tags: ousearch_News_2019, Betsy Foss, fundraiser, ESL

New WCC Board of Trustees chairperson Christina Fleming

WCC Board of Trustees elects officers for 2019-2020

Richard Rezler - February 26, 2019

Christina M.H. Fleming was elected as chairperson of the Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees by fellow members of the board at its Tuesday, Feb. 26 organizational meeting.

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tags: Board of Trustees, ousearch_News_2019, Christina M.H. Fleming

Student recruitment fair

WCC's annual Spring Career and Internship Fair is free, open to public

Richard Rezler - February 25, 2019

The 2019 Spring Career & Internship Fair at Washtenaw Community College is expected to include representatives from approximately 80 employers with full-time, part-time and internship opportunities in a variety of industries.

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tags: Career & Internship Fair, ousearch_News_2019, Career Transitions

Women's History Month postcard graphic

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha kicks off Women's History Month at WCC

Richard Rezler - February 25, 2019

An appearance by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician responsible for exposing the Flint water crisis, highlights a series of free, open-to-the-public Women’s History Month events at Washtenaw Community College during March.

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tags: Flint water crisis, Women's History Month, ousearch_News_2019, Mona Hanna-Attisha

Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist speaks with a Washtenaw Community College welding student Feb. 20 about their experience at the college and what they are learning in class. Gilchrist toured the Advanced Transportation Center and Center of Nursing Excellence facilities at WCC.

Lt.-Gov. Gilchrist visits campus

Kelly Gampel - February 22, 2019

When colleges are successful, the state is successful, Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist said Feb. 20 while standing inside a WCC healthcare simulation lab.

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tags: cybersecurity, Advanced Transportation Center, Lieutenant Governor, Welding, Nursing, Garlin Gilchrist, ousearch_News_2019

Megan Di Dio

WCC dental assisting graduate wins national scholarship

Richard Rezler - February 21, 2019

For the second consecutive year, a graduate of the Washtenaw Community College dental assisting program has been selected for a national scholarship by the American Dental Assistants Association and the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.

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tags: ousearch_News_2019, National Scholarship, Dental Assisting, Megan Di Dio

WCC instructor Jing Bai Swanson

WCC instructor part of international group presenting at conference in China

Richard Rezler - February 21, 2019

Jing Bai Swanson, professional faculty in WCC's Business & Computer Technologies department, is part of an international group of college instructors that will present at the ACM Global Computing Education Conference (CompEd 2019) in Chengdu, China in May.

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tags: ousearch_News_2019, Jing Bai Swanson, Business and Computer Technologies

WCC will fly its Tree Campus USA flag for the third consecutive year.

Three-peat! WCC earns Tree Campus USA distinction for third consecutive year

Richard Rezler - February 19, 2019

Washtenaw Community College has earned the distinction of Tree Campus USA from the Arbor Day Foundation for the third consecutive year.

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tags: ousearch_News_2019, Tree Campus USA, Holly Herman, Landscape and Grounds

Ahmed Ghalib (left) and Jianing

Two WCC students are semifinalists for prestigious scholarship

Richard Rezler - February 11, 2019

Two Washtenaw Community College students are among the semifinalists for a prestigious Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

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tags: Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, ousearch_News_2019

Press Release

WCC opening new Career Transitions Office

Richard Rezler - February 08, 2019

Washtenaw Community College is opening a new Career Transitions Office to prepare employers, individuals and the community for future jobs.

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tags: ousearch_News_2019, Career Transitions

WCC alumna Aisha Bowe prior to her lecture,

WCC alumna Aisha Bowe inspires students, energizes staff with lecture

Richard Rezler - February 06, 2019

Aisha Bowe has two aerospace engineering degrees from U of M, spent seven years working for NASA and is a successful tech entrepreneur.

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tags: Aisha Bowe, Entrepreneur, Aerospace Engineering, ousearch_News_2019, STEM, STEM Scholars Program, NASA

Career & Technical Education Month

WCC celebrates Career and Technical Education Month

Richard Rezler - January 25, 2019

Washtenaw Community College has joined the national movement to celebrate Career and Technical Education (CTE).

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tags: ousearch_News_2019, Brandon Tucker, Career and Technical Education, Apryl Scheffler

Abbee Elwell delivers her student address at the 2019 Winter Honors Convocation on Thursday, Jan. 24.

WCC celebrates high-achieving students at Winter Honors Convocation

Richard Rezler - January 24, 2019

Abbee Elwell called it an “awe-inspiring” honor to be chosen as the student speaker at Washtenaw Community College’s Winter Honors Convocation ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 24.

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tags: Honors Convocation, Abbee Elwell, ousearch_News_2019

RN/LPN Skills Refresher class offered at WCC

RN/LPN Skills Refresher class offered at WCC

Richard Rezler - January 23, 2019

The Washtenaw Community College Nursing and Health Sciences Division and its Workforce Development department are teaming up to help get nurses whose licenses have lapsed back into the profession.

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tags: Nursing, ousearch_News_2019, Health Sciences

WCC Dental Clinic

WCC dental clinic opens Feb. 5; offers low-cost treatments to community

Richard Rezler - January 22, 2019

The WCC Dental Clinic opens for the winter semester on Tuesday, Feb. 5 and will provide low-cost treatments to the community.

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tags: ousearch_News_2019, Dental Clinic

A stack of stickers was among the giveaways at a previous Welcome Day.

Winter 2019 Welcome Day: Wednesday, Jan. 23

Richard Rezler - January 21, 2019

Welcome Day for the Winter 2019 semester will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23 on the first floor of the Student Center.

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tags: ousearch_News_2019, Welcome Day, Rachel Barsch, Student Activities

The Bond family cuts the ribbon on their new home.

Ypsilanti family cuts ribbon on home built by WCC's YouthBuild program

Richard Rezler - January 20, 2019

When the Bond family cut the ribbon on their new beginning, it also signified the culmination of the three-year YouthBuild program administered by Washtenaw Community College.

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tags: YouthBuild, Ypsilanti, Construction Technology, ousearch_News_2019

Carol Tinkle stocks the shelves of the WCC food pantry.

Student food pantry gets big donation from a little WCC teamwork

Washtenaw Community College - January 16, 2019

Student food pantry stocks the shelves with help from WCC teams.

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tags: Food Pantry, 2018, ousearch_News_2018

WCC receives donation of 2018 Murano from Nissan Technical Center North America

WCC receives donation of 2018 Murano from Nissan Technical Center North America

Richard Rezler - January 16, 2019

Nissan Technical Center North America’s (NTCNA) donation of a 2018 Nissan Murano is being called a “turning point” for the Auto Service.

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tags: 2018, ousearch_News_2018, Automotive Services

Shawn Deron, an instructor in WCC's Motorcycle Service Technology department, puts the finishing touches on the vehicle the college is displaying in the Automobili-D exhibition at NAIAS on Jan. 14-17. Deron led the multi-department project.

WCC showcasing advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity programs at NAIAS

Richard Rezler - January 13, 2019

Washtenaw Community College is back at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) to showcase how it is combining those two worlds to help create the talent pipeline for the mobility revolution.

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tags: cybersecurity, Manufacturing, North America International Auto Show, Mobility, ousearch_News_2019, Information Technology

One of the 90 new recycling stations placed around campus over the holiday break.

90 new stations will make WCC's recycling effort easier, more effective

Richard Rezler - January 04, 2019

When students return for the start of the winter semester, they’ll be greeted by 90 new recycling and waste stations placed in corridors, lobbies and other common spaces around campus.

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tags: Sustainability, Facilities Management, Recycling, ousearch_News_2019

Lousayni Benson was one of the first hires made to enter Michigan Medicine's new Service Desk Apprenticeship Program.

WCC, Michigan Medicine launch Service Desk Apprenticeship Progam

Richard Rezler - November 16, 2018

Apprenticeships are typically associated with the skilled trades. That convention is changing and a recent apprenticeship program helps Michigan Medicine attract IT professionals

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tags: 2018, ousearch_News_2018

High school students listen to WCC faculty Cyndi Millns and Michael Galea discuss the importance of cybersecurity Nov. 12 at Square One's Autonomous Innovative Vehicle Design program, which kicked off earlier in the day.

Students get glimpse into cybersecurity thanks to WCC instructors

Kelly Gampel - November 15, 2018

High school students listen to WCC faculty discuss the importance of cybersecurity.

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tags: 2018, ousearch_News_2018

Attendees at the inaugural

Breaking Barriers: Women in CTE @ WCC

Richard Rezler - November 13, 2018

The first meetings of the Breaking Barriers: Women in Career and Technical Education @ WCC group were held last week.

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tags: ousearch_News_2018, 2018

Christopher Taylor

Ann Arbor mayor releases proclamation for National Apprenticeship Week

Richard Rezler - November 12, 2018

November 12-18 is National Apprenticeship Week, a U.S. Department of Labor-led opportunity to show support for apprenticeship and showcase programs, facilities and apprentices in local communities.

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tags: 2018, ousearch_News_2018

Tuition Rate Comparison

How much will you save?

Washtenaw Community College - November 08, 2018

Students who complete their first two years of general education classes at WCC before transferring to complete their bachelor's degree can save more than $17,000.

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tags: ousearch_News_2018, 2018

DaQuann Harrison

WCC student's bid for Ypsilanti school board comes up short

Richard Rezler - November 07, 2018

The day didn’t end as DaQuann Harrison hoped. He finished fourth out of the six candidates vying for three open seats on the school board.

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tags: 2018, ousearch_News_2018

One of the winner of WCC United Way campaign raffle

WCC United Way campaign raffle winners drawn

Richard Rezler - November 06, 2018

Congrats to the winners of the WCC United Way campaign raffle.

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tags: ousearch_News_2018, 2018

Veterans career fair offers networking, sessions

Veterans career fair offers networking, sessions

Richard Rezler - November 05, 2018

Designed to connect veterans and their families with potential employers, Washtenaw Community College is co-hosting a networking event and job fair with Hire MI Vet.

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tags: ousearch_News_2018, 2018

WCC Radiography program director William Nelson (right) has a Technologist of the Year pin placed on his lapel by his father, Robert Nelson, who won the same award in 1986.

WCC faculty member William Nelson following his father's footsteps

Richard Rezler - October 23, 2018

When Washtenaw Community College faculty member William Nelson won the Technologist of the Year Award from the Michigan Society of Radiologic Technologists last month, a familiar face was there to pin the award on his lapel – his father, Robert Nelson, who won the same award in 1986.

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tags: 2018, ousearch_News_2018

Elizabeth Connors (left) learns that she's won an Occupational Studies Outstanding Educator Award from WCC Dean of Health Sciences Dr. Valerie Greaves.

WCC faculty member wins Occupational Studies Outstanding Educator Award

Richard Rezler - October 22, 2018

Washtenaw Community College faculty member Elizabeth Connors will be honored with an Occupational Studies Outstanding Educator Award at the Trends in Occupational Studies Conference being held October 24-26 in Troy.

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tags: Occupational Studies, Outstanding Educator Award, 2018, ousearch_News_2018

Best Online Computer Science Degrees

WCC's computer science program recognized for online learning excellence

Richard Rezler - October 08, 2018

Washtenaw Community College has been recognized as offering one of the best online computer science programs in the country by AffordableCollegesOnline.org.

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tags: ousearch_News_2018, Computer Science, 2018

Matea Pejic describes her involvement with the Campus Vote Project to the WCC Board of Trustees during its September meeting.

Student leaving an 'indelible mark' on WCC on her way to law school

Julia Ochoa-Corante, Public Relations work study student - October 08, 2018

Matea Pejic describes her involvement with the Campus Vote Project to the WCC Board of Trustees during its September meeting.

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tags: Paralegal Studies/Pre Law Program, 2018, ousearch_News_2018, UNICEF Campus Initiative

Twilight to Dawn

WCC student exhibiting classroom assignment at ArtPrize

Richard Rezler - September 20, 2018

When Lois Wightman first enrolled in a digital photography class at Washtenaw Community College, she was simply looking to learn something creative in her retirement.

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tags: Photography, ousearch_News_2018, Digital Photography, Lois Wightman, 2018

Fall Career and Internship Fair

WCC's annual Fall Career and Internship Fair is free, open to public

Richard Rezler - September 20, 2018

The 2018 Fall Career & Internship Fair at Washtenaw Community College is expected to include representatives from an estimated 70 employers looking to immediately fill current job opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.

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tags: ousearch_News_2018, 2018, Career, Internship

I like WCC

Community invited to WCC's Fall Open House on Sept. 30

Richard Rezler - September 18, 2018

The entire community is welcome when Washtenaw Community College once again opens the doors to its classrooms, labs and performance spaces for its annual Fall Open House celebration on Sunday, Sept. 30.

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tags: Free College Day, Open House, 2018, ousearch_News_2018

WCC's Fall 2017 Welcome Day in Community Park

Students: Come to Welcome Day on September 12

Richard Rezler - August 30, 2018

Come for the fun and games, leave with important information about the wide range of programs and services available to Washtenaw Community College students.

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tags: Welcome Day, ousearch_News_2018, 2018

Michael Kozma

Alumni profile: From college dropout to eyeing Ivy League doctoral programs

Richard Rezler - August 29, 2018

The night before starting classes at Washtenaw Community College in the fall of 2016, Michael Kozma laid in bed contemplating his future. He grabbed his phone from the nightstand and typed into Google: How to succeed in college.

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tags: 2018, ousearch_News_2018, Michael Kozma, Police Academy

Jim Krupp, wearing the same graduation gown his wife wore 30 years ago, and each of his three children wore during their own graduation ceremonies.

UA member receives WCC degree in a graduation gown also worn by his wife, 3 kids

Richard Rezler - August 20, 2018

UA member receives WCC degree in a graduation gown also worn by his wife, 3 kids

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tags: 2018, Commencement, United Association, Jim Krupp, ousearch_News_2018, Graduation, Union

RN/LPN Skills Refresher class offered at WCC

RN/LPN Skills Refresher class offered at WCC

Richard Rezler - August 18, 2018

The Washtenaw Community College Nursing and Health Sciences Division and its Workforce Development department are teaming up to help get nurses whose licenses have lapsed back into the profession.

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tags: 2018, Workforce Development, ousearch_News_2018, Nursing, Mary Burns-Coral, Health Sciences

Fiber Optics Certifications

WCC Fiber Optics Bootcamp offers three national certifications in one week

Richard Rezler - August 16, 2018

Washtenaw Community College is offering week-long fiber optic installation training program in September.

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tags: Fiber Optics, 2018, Certifications, ousearch_News_2018

Community Development Manager Anthony Williamson outside the Parkridge Community Center in Ypsilanti.

WCC receives grant to enhance after-school program at Parkridge Community Center

Richard Rezler - August 16, 2018

Washtenaw Community College is enhancing the after-school academic support services it offers at the Parkridge Community Center in Ypsilanti thanks to a $133,176 grant from Washtenaw Coordinated Funders.

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tags: Anthony Williamson, 2018, Parkridge Community Center, ousearch_News_2018

Washtenaw Community College logo

UA brings record attendance, $8 million impact to WCC, community

Richard Rezler - August 11, 2018

For the 29th consecutive summer, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (UA) will hold its week-long Instructor Training Program in classrooms and laboratories across campus.

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tags: Training Programs, ousearch_News_2018, 2018, Union, Plumbers and Pipefitters, United Association

Brandon Tucker

Governor appoints WCC dean to Michigan Council on Future Mobility

Richard Rezler - August 10, 2018

Brandon Tucker, Dean of Advanced Technologies and Public Service Careers at Washtenaw Community College, has been appointed to the Michigan Council on Future Mobility by Governor Rick Snyder.

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tags: ousearch_News_2018, Brandon Tucker, Advanced Technologies and Public Services Careers, Mobility, 2018

WCC students Rosa Lechartier and Zachyre Van Buren stand at the college's exhibit during the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City.

WCC students network with industry experts at CAR Management Briefing Seminars

Richard Rezler - July 31, 2018

A pair of Washtenaw Community College students are interacting with automotive industry experts at the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars being held July 30-August 2 in Traverse City.

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tags: Rosa Lechartier, Business, 2018, Automotive Powertrain Development, ousearch_News_2018, Zachyre Van Buren, Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management

Diana McKnight-Morton at the March 2018 meeting of the WCC Board of Trustees

WCC alumna, Board chair Diana McKnight-Morton honored by MCCA

Richard Rezler - July 27, 2018

Diana McKnight-Morton, an alumna of Washtenaw Community College and the current chairperson of the college’s Board of Trustees, has been awarded the Michigan Community College Association’s Outstanding Alumnus Award.

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tags: 2018, Diana McKnight-Morton, ousearch_News_2018, Board of Trustees, Outstanding Alumnus Award

WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca welcomes the Union Ironworkers to the area during an opening session on Sunday.

WCC welcomes Ironworkers back to campus for Instructor Training Program

Richard Rezler - July 16, 2018

The Ironworkers are back, bringing with them more than 825 people to the state-of-the-art training facilities at Washtenaw Community College and an estimated economic impact of up to $5 million to Washtenaw County.

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tags: Ironworkers, ousearch_News_2018, 2018

Jas Obrecht

Rock and roll, blues author Jas Obrecht brings Music Journalism class to WCC

Julia Ochoa-Corante - July 09, 2018

Back in November 1978, a young music journalist named James “Jas” Obrecht introduced the world to an up-and-coming musician named Eddie Van Halen, who was on the verge of revolutionizing rock n’ roll guitar playing.

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tags: Journalism, ousearch_News_2018, 2018, Jas Obrecht

Washtenaw Community College logo

WCC Foundation board names new president, four new members

Richard Rezler - July 02, 2018

The Washtenaw Community College Foundation recently announced a new Chairman of its Board of Directors and the addition of four new board members.

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tags: David Sams, Amy Cell, Sean Duval, WCC Foundation, Bhushan Kulkarni, ousearch_News_2018, Todd Clark, 2018

WCC student Ashlea Carravallah (right) poses with instructor Bobby Feldkamp and her SkillsUSA silver medal.

Second time's a charm: WCC student brings home silver medal at SkillsUSA

Richard Rezler - June 29, 2018

Washtenaw Community College student Ashlea Carravallah took home a silver medal from the 54th Annual SkillsUSA national championships on Friday at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

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tags: Ashlea Carravallah, SkillsUSA, ousearch_News_2018, 2018

Gold medal winner Ray Papierniak (right) with WCC welding instructor Alex Pazkowski, who won his own gold medal in 2010.

Hip, Hip, Hoo-Ray! WCC student wins national title

Richard Rezler - June 29, 2018

Washtenaw Community College has another welding national champion to add to its storied Wall of Fame.

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tags: Ashlea Carravallah, 2018, ousearch_News_2018, Welding, Raymond Papierniak

Washtenaw Community College logo

Study: WCC has $524.1 million impact on Washtenaw County economy

Richard Rezler - June 29, 2018

Washtenaw Community College’s economic impact on its surrounding communities continues to expand, contributing $524.1 million into the Washtenaw County economy last year.

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tags: Economic impact, 2018, ousearch_News_2018

Raymond Papierniak

3 students representing WCC at SkillsUSA national championships

Richard Rezler - June 27, 2018

Three Washtenaw Community College students are competing this week at SkillsUSA's 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

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tags: SkillsUSA, 2018, Raymond Papierniak, ousearch_News_2018, Joe Eddy, Ashlea Carravallah

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Board of Trustees approves faculty department chair appointments for 2018-19

Richard Rezler - June 26, 2018

The Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees approved the Faculty Department Chair appointments for 2018-19.

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tags: ousearch_News_2018, Faculty Department Chair, Board of Trustees, 2018

Dr. Rose B. Bellanca

WCC trustees extend contract of President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca

Richard Rezler - June 26, 2018

The Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees voted to extend the contract of President and CEO Dr. Rose B. Bellanca to June 30, 2021.

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tags: ousearch_News_2018, Board of Trustees, 2018, Rose B. Bellanca

OPCMIA General President Daniel Stepano (right) signs a contract to host his organization's Instructor Training Program on the WCC campus as WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca looks on.

WCC welcomes international labor union to campus

Richard Rezler - June 25, 2018

Washtenaw Community College welcomed representatives of the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association (OPCMIA) to campus today for the organization’s inaugural Instructor Training Program.

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tags: ousearch_News_2018, Rose B. Bellanca, Training Programs, Daniel Stepano, 2018, Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association

WCC history instructor Dr. David Fitzpatrick with his 2017 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award

WCC instructor wins Distinguished Writing Award from Army Historical Foundation

Richard Rezler - June 15, 2018

Washtenaw Community College social sciences faculty member Dr. David Fitzpatrick was honored with a 2017 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award at the organization’s annual meeting this week in Arlington, Virginia.

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tags: David Fitzpatrick, Social Sciences, 2018, ousearch_News_2018, Faculty

Elisa Limon and her husband, Rene.

Two WCC photography students selected for Documenting Detroit

Richard Rezler - June 12, 2018

Two Washtenaw Community College photography students have been selected to participate in Documenting DETROIT, a juried community photojournalism fellowship that showcases emerging and early-career photographers’ work.

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tags: Photography, 2018, Elisa Limon, Janice Milhern, ousearch_News_2018

Therese Basha Jarjoura with her WCC Student Art Show entries, including Best of Show winner

WCC student's painting sells for $11,500 at charity auction

Richard Rezler - June 12, 2018

When Therese Basha Jarjoura won first place at the Washtenaw Community College Student Art Show in March, she received inquiries from people interested in purchasing her prize abstract painting, titled “Bridging.”

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Home Health Aid Training Program

WCC, Kennedy Care offering home health aide training program

Richard Rezler - June 04, 2018

The Workforce Development department at Washtenaw Community College and Kennedy Care, a home health care service provider headquartered in Ann Arbor, have teamed up to create a two-week Home Health Aide training program.

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tags: Home Health Aid, 2018, Workforce Development, ousearch_News_2018

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WCC Foundation honors 3 community leaders at Women's Council luncheon

Richard Rezler - May 24, 2018

The Washtenaw Community College Foundation’s Women’s Council honored three local women at its annual Salute to Women’s Leadership luncheon today.

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WCC Board approves new faculty contract

Richard Rezler - May 23, 2018

The Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Tuesday, May 22 to approve a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the Washtenaw Community College Education Association, the union representing its faculty.

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Jamie Buhr, chairman of the WCC Foundation Board.

Local philanthropists to match 'Class of 2018' gifts to Student Emergency Fund

Richard Rezler - May 23, 2018

WCC Foundation Board of Directors chairman Jamie Buhr asked the recent graduates to first consider making a difference for current and future students at the college.

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tags: Graduation, WCC Foundation, Jamie Buhr, Student Emergency Fund, ousearch_News_2018, Commencement, 2018

Paula Salazar

WCC student speaker: From tragic childhood to limitless future

Richard Rezler - May 20, 2018

Paula Salazar, the student speaker at WCC’s 2018 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, takes the phrase “overcoming obstacles” to a higher level.

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National Academy of Television and Digital Arts

Two WCC students win state video production awards

Richard Rezler - May 08, 2018

The Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences brought its annual ceremony to the stage of Towsley Auditorium at Washtenaw Community College.

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tags: Student Awards, Towsley Auditorium, Student Production Awards, Student Success, 2018, Digital Video Production, ousearch_News_2018, Digital Media Arts

WCC Digital Certificate

WCC introduces digital certification service for graduates

Richard Rezler - May 07, 2018

Washtenaw Community College announced it is providing graduates with a new way to share their accomplishments with family, friends and future employers.

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tags: 2018, Commencement, ousearch_News_2018, Digital Diploma, Graduation

Culinary Arts on display in the Michigan State Capitol

Order up: Culinary students shine while serving lunch at state capitol

Kelly Gampel - May 04, 2018

The Washtenaw Community College students and instructors were ready to feed hundreds of government officials April 19 in celebration of Community College Day at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.

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tags: Culinary Arts, Michigan State Capitol, ousearch_News_2018, 2018

Employee Recognition

WCC employees honored for milestone years

Kelly Gampel - April 30, 2018

WCC employees reaching milestone years were honored April 26 at the college's annual Employee Recognition Reception.

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Christopher Taylor

Proclamation from Ann Arbor mayor honors contributions of WCC to community

Richard Rezler - April 24, 2018

In recognition of national Community College Month, Ann Arbor mayor Christopher Taylor issued a proclamation today urging citizens to recognize and appreciate the contributions Washtenaw Community College makes to the community.

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Recognized in April, Community Colleges Make Contributions Year-Round

Brendan Prebo - April 23, 2018

Today’s community colleges are as diverse as the students they serve.

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Dr. Kimberly Hurns (left) congratulates Maria Paula Salazar earning the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

WCC student wins $120,000 scholarship

Kelly Gampel - April 11, 2018

A Washtenaw Community College student has earned a prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

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WCC honors Years of Service recipients at annual Employee Recognition Reception

Richard Rezler - April 10, 2018

Washtenaw Community College celebrate their colleagues' years of service at the annual Employee Recognition Reception.

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WCC Board Approves 2018-19 Tuition and Fee Rates for Credit Courses

Brendan Prebo - March 27, 2018

Tuition and fee rates for Washtenaw Community College continue to be among the lowest for Michigan community colleges with the total cost of enrollment for WCC students consistently ranking in the lowest cost quartile.

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Smart Cities: A Connected Way Forward

Smart Cities aims to prepare local governments for seismic changes

Richard Rezler - March 22, 2018

The upcoming “Smart Cities: A Connected Way Forward” symposium will cover the latest developments that local governments should be following, and what adjustments should be made to infrastructure and land-use plans.

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WCC graduate wins national dental assisting scholarship

Richard Rezler - March 22, 2018

Carmen Jongsma, a graduate of Washtenaw Community College’s Dental Assisting program, was recently selected as one of eight national scholarship recipients by the American Dental Assistants Association and the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.

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Spring/Summer and Fall 2018 registration open

Richard Rezler - March 14, 2018

Register now for Spring/Summer and Fall 2018 classes at Washtenaw Community College. Spring/Summer classes begin May 7 and Fall classes begin August 27.

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Tree Campus USA

WCC repeats Tree Campus USA distinction

Richard Rezler - March 09, 2018

For the second consecutive year, Washtenaw Community College has earned the distinction of Tree Campus USA from the Arbor Day Foundation.

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tags: Landscape and Grounds, Arbor Day, Sustainability, 2018, ousearch_News_2018

Earth Day

WCC's Earth Day celebration on April 12 is open to the public

Richard Rezler - March 09, 2018

Washtenaw Community College will hold its annual Earth Day celebration on Thursday, April 12 with presentations and activities.

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tags: 2018, Sustainability, Earth Day, ousearch_News_2018

Community Enrichment Classes

WCC Community Enrichment classes offer something for everyone

Richard Rezler - February 28, 2018

The college’s Workforce Development department also works diligently with local organizations to ensure it’s creating the labor pool Washtenaw County and southeastern Michigan need to thrive in a global economy.

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WCC and McKinley, Inc. team up to create Maintenance Apprenticeship Program

Richard Rezler - February 22, 2018

Three weeks of apprenticeship readiness training leads to entry-level positions

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Best online community colleges 2018

WCC recognized for online learning excellence

Richard Rezler - February 19, 2018

AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO) lists Washtenaw Community College as the best two-year college in Michigan and among the top 50 in the nation in its annual ranking of excellence in online learning.

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Third international labor union brings instructor training to WCC

Richard Rezler - February 13, 2018

An international labor union representing trained plasterers and cement masons has agreed to hold its instructor training program on the Washtenaw Community College campus.

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Schedule of Career and Technical Education

Schedule of Career and Technical Education events at WCC during national CTE Month

Richard Rezler - January 31, 2018

Washtenaw Community College will host a number of events in February to highlight the value and accomplishments of CTE programs on our campus and across the country.

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