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.
The Fall Open House started when two popular on-campus events – Free College Day and Cars & Bikes on Campus – combined in 2015 and were enhanced with new features and activities. The event grows once again this year with the addition of “Open Arts,” a celebration of the arts at WCC that includes a gallery show and live performances by students, faculty, staff and alumni.
A schedule of events:
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Free College Day
A variety of 25 free classes led by WCC faculty and community partners are offered during two sessions (starting at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.). Registration is required and seating is limited. Register at wccnet.edu/openhouse. Class titles:
- A Brief History of ‘Fake News’
- Adult CPR
- Biology and Aging: Positive Effect of Exercise
- Campus Tree Walk
- Chair Yoga for Flexibility
- Computer Networking for Home or Office
- Creating Customer Advocates
- Creative Writing and Chinese Food
- Demystifying College
- Educating a Police Officer
- Financial Fitness for Young Adults
- Fun and Easy Fabric Collage
- #Hashtags# for Social Media Marketing
- Have Your DNA and Eat It, Too!
- Improv Yourself
- iPhone Photography
- Journal Writing
- Muscle Fibers: Biology Behind Training & Adaption
- Parenting Toolbox: Helping Our Littles with Big Emotions
- Physiological and Psychological Tolerance of Opioid Use
- Psychology: Controversy to Science
- Social Media Best Practices
- STEM Labs Backstage Pass
- Taking a Peek at Brazilian Portuguese
- Wills 101
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Cars & Bikes on Campus
WCC’s 15th annual show will feature cool cars, amazing motorcycles and revved up competitions. Register your vehicle in advance at wccnet.edu/openhouse or beginning at 9 a.m. the day of the event. Enjoy music, food and activities for children.
11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Open House
WCC labs across campus are open to the public. See an operating room, participate in a welding competition, view an art exhibit, try out airbrushing, see a 3D printer and dynamometer in action, and much more. Complete an Open House scavenger hunt for a chance to win an Apple Watch 3.
11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Party in the Park
Held in Community Park on the WCC campus, this mini-carnival will include free cider and donuts, inflatables, life-sized Jenga, wax hands, airbrush tattoos and other fun activities for kids of all ages. Jennifer Mann, a WCC librarian and well-known storyteller with the Michigan Humanities Council, will conduct “Tell Me a Story” from noon to 1 p.m. at the park.
2:15 to 3:30 p.m. – Open Arts
Join WCC students, faculty, staff and alumni for a live talent show in Towsley Auditorium. Experience music, dance, poetry and theater. A gallery exhibit will be set up in the auditorium lobby prior to the show and an artist reception will be held immediately following.
Lunch will be available for purchase at Party in the Park and Cars & Bikes on Campus. Registration is required only for Free College Day classes. All other events are free and open to the public. Classes are open to all ages, though children 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Suggested parking is in Parking Lot 4, off E. Huron River Drive. Cars & Bikes on Campus will be held in Parking Lot 3. Campus maps and directions can be found at wccnet.edu/about-us/visiting.