WCC News: Student Success

Miles Butler on Harvard campus

After 'finding his path' at WCC, Miles Butler is pursuing a master's degree at Harvard

Rich Rezler - October 13, 2021

Miles Butler's educational journey started at Washtenaw Community College and continued at two of the elite academic institutions in the nation — the University of Michigan and Harvard University.

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tags: Transfer, Student Success, Center for Career Success, Alumni Profile, University Transfer Center

HBCU Pathway graphic

WCC opens HBCU Pathway, a new pipeline to student success

Fran LeFort - October 12, 2021

WCC has established the first comprehensive transfer agreement between a Michigan community college and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Benefits include guaranteed admission, access to in-state tuition and student support.

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tags: Diversity, Student Success, Transfer, HBCU Pathway, University Transfer Center

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

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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

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

Philip Stolarski and Justin Washburn

WCC students Philip Stolarski, Justin Washburn accepted into NASA scholar program

Rich Rezler - June 09, 2021

Two WCC students will take part in a five-week online course and final project beginning in October. Those who excel in the course modules can be selected to participate in an all-expense-paid, four-day learning experience at a NASA center.

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tags: Astronomy, ousearch_News_2021, NASA, Student Success

Eric Ortega

Graduate Profile: Eric Ortega, other UA members, spread out WCC alumni base

Rich Rezler - May 31, 2021

Colorado resident Eric Ortega is one of 73 out-of-state students among the 1,796-member Washtenaw Community College Class of 2021.

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tags: Class of 2021, Student Success, ousearch_News_2021, United Association

Marlee Katt

Graduate Profile: Marlee Katt exemplifies adaptability of Class of 2021

Rich Rezler - May 30, 2021

The Winter 2021 honors graduate not only successfully pivoted to online learning, but completely changed her career goals.

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tags: Internship, Class of 2021, Student Success, ousearch_News_2021, Business and Computer Technologies

Abdul Kizito

WCC academic 'stars' recognized at Honors Convocation

Rich Rezler - May 21, 2021

The WCC Spring 2021 Virtual Honors Convocation honored 507 high honors and honors graduate candidates in the Class of 2021 and 780 additional students who earned high honors during the Winter 2021 semester.

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tags: Student Success, Honors Convocation, ousearch_News_2021, Class of 2021, Graduation

Cat Hadley

WCC alumna, current U-M student selected as Truman Scholar

Rich Rezler - May 10, 2021

WCC alumna Cat Hadley is one of 62 Truman Scholars from around the country, selected from a record number of candidates.

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tags: Alumni Profile, ousearch_News_2021, Student Awards, Student Success, Transfer

Pinning ceremony

WCC nursing graduates celebrated during virtual ceremony

Rich Rezler - May 05, 2021

Sixty-one graduates of the Washtenaw Community College Associate Degree in Nursing program were honored during a virtual Spring Graduate Nurse Pinning Ceremony.

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tags: Nursing, Class of 2021, Student Success, ousearch_News_2021, Graduation, Health Sciences

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

Patrice Scott

WCC digital video students win three statewide Student Production Awards

Rich Rezler - April 25, 2021

Patrice Scott, Tyler Ferrell and John Sherry each won Student Production Awards from the Michigan chapter of the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences on Sunday.

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tags: Digital Media Arts, Student Production Awards, ousearch_News_2021, Digital Video Production, Student Awards, Student Success

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

Student Production Awards

8 WCC student video projects nominated for Student Production Awards

Rich Rezler - April 22, 2021

WCC digital video students have eight projects nominated for the Student Production Awards from the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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tags: Student Awards, Student Success, ousearch_News_2021, Digital Video Production, Digital Media Arts, Student Production Awards

Forgotten Women Composers

Women's History Month: WCC art student creates her own recognition of women composers

Rich Rezler - March 22, 2021

It wasn’t her intention at the time, but when recent WCC graduate Alexis Benson walked into a local thrift store looking for inspiration for an art class assignment, she was embarking on an adventure that’s perfect for sharing during Women’s History Month.

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tags: Fine Arts, ousearch_News_2021, Student Success, Women's History Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jasmine Jones, US Army

Meet a few of WCC's nearly 600 student veterans

Rich Rezler - November 11, 2020

A Veterans Day Q&A with some of WCC's student veterans.

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tags: ousearch_News_2020, Student Veterans, Wadhams Veterans Center, Student Success

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

Jarjoura with flag

WCC student's art flies outside famed Rockefeller Center

Rich Rezler - August 26, 2020

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

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tags: Student Success, ousearch_News_2020, Fine Arts

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New app will give WCC students opportunity to study together virtually

WCC - July 24, 2020

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

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tags: ousearch_News_2020, Technology, Fall 2020, Student Success

Maximilian Ehinger

WCC student Maximilian Ehinger selected as NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar

Rich Rezler - June 12, 2020

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

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tags: NASA, Astronomy, Student Success, ousearch_News_2020

Emilee Seghi holding planner with NASA logo

WCC graduate Emilee Seghi selected as NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar

Rich Rezler - May 23, 2020

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

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tags: Student Success, Aerospace Engineering, NASA, ousearch_News_2020

Nik Kopka dribbling

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

Rich Rezler - May 05, 2020

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

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tags: ousearch_News_2020, Student Success, Talent Show

Screenshot of awards ceremony

Four WCC students win Student Production Awards

Rich Rezler - May 03, 2020

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

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tags: Student Awards, Digital Video Production, Digital Media Arts, ousearch_News_2020, Student Success, Student Production Awards

Ali Kurmasha

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

Rich Rezler - April 24, 2020

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

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

Ken Hannan and Dena Blair

Scholarship will help WCC student with his career transition

Rich Rezler - March 06, 2020

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

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tags: Center for Career Success, Student Success, ousearch_News_2020, Scholarships, Broadcast Media Arts

Photos of WCC students Ali Kurmasha and David Seaman

Two WCC students make semifinal list for Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

Rich Rezler - January 27, 2020

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

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tags: ousearch_News_2020, Student Success, National Scholarship, Awards

WCC logo

WCC joins statewide basic needs initiative to support students

Rich Rezler - December 11, 2019

WCC is joining a statewide initiative to help students connect with resources to support basic needs.

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tags: Student Resources, Student Success, ousearch_News_2019

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

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