WCC News: On The Record

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, Class of 2021, Student Success, April 2021, ousearch_News_2021, Internship, STEM Scholars Program, Geology

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

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: WCC Foundation, ousearch_News_2021, Student Emergency Fund, On The Record, April 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: Transfer, April 2021, STEM Scholars Program, On The Record, ousearch_News_2021, Student Success

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

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: April 2021, Digital Media Arts, Student Art Show, Awards, On The Record, Fine Arts, ousearch_News_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: Workforce Training, April 2021, On The Record, Economic Outlook, Washtenaw Economic Club, 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: Tree Campus USA, Tree Campus Higher Education, On The Record, April 2021, Awards, Facilities Management, ousearch_News_2021

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

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

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, Workforce Development, On The Record, Student Success, community involvement, Dr. Rose B. Bellanca, ousearch_News_2021

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

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

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

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: Faculty Profile, On The Record, GED, Academic and Career Skills, ousearch_News_2021, February 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: ousearch_News_2021, On The Record, cybersecurity, February 2021, 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: Student Emergency Fund, On The Record, Scholarships, Donation, WCC Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor, ousearch_News_2021, February 2021

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

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: On The Record, February 2021, Workforce Development, ousearch_News_2021, Workforce Training, 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, Scholarships, On The Record, ousearch_News_2021, Journalism, Orchard Radio, February 2021, Washtenaw Voice

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

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

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

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

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, December 2020, ousearch_News_2020, CCAT, ousearch_News_On The Record

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

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: Business and Computer Technologies, ousearch_News_On The Record, ousearch_News_2020, On The Record, Alumni Profile, December 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: December 2020, ousearch_News_2020, Cisco Networking Academy, cybersecurity, Networking, ousearch_News_On The Record, 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: ousearch_News_On The Record, Student Emergency Fund, December 2020, On The Record, WCC Foundation, Donation, 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: December 2020, Graduation, ousearch_News_2020, ousearch_News_On The Record, On The Record, Police Academy

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

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: On The Record, ousearch_News_On The Record, December 2020, Awards, Library, Faculty Profile, ousearch_News_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: ousearch_News_On The Record, ousearch_News_2020, community involvement, On The Record, Internship, December 2020, Diversity

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

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