WCC, Central State University sign transfer partnership during Washtenaw HBCU Day

May 3, 2024 Fran LeFort

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WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca (left) and Central State University Vice Provost Dr. Arletha McSwain sign an agreement that makes CSU the seventh official partner in WCC's HBCU Pathway program. (Photo by JD Scott)


Representatives from Central State University in Ohio today signed a partnership to officially join the HBCU Pathway program offered to Washtenaw Community College transfer students.

The partnership was made official during the backdrop of WCC’s second annual Washtenaw HBCU Day in which more than 400 high school students are visiting the campus to learn about the pathway that helps students easily transfer to one of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities.

With today’s CSU signing, WCC is now officially partnered with seven HBCUs throughout the country, with most offering guaranteed admission, in-state tuition, priority housing consideration, ease of credit transfers, scholarship access, advising and many other support services.

WCC’s HBCU Pathway partners include;

WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca welcomed Central State University guests and community leaders at the signing ceremony.

“Washtenaw Community College is committed to student success. This partnership with Central State paves the way for students to achieve their dreams of attending one of our country’s premier HBCUs and to make their mark in the world,” Bellanca said.

Dr. Arletha McSwain, Vice Provost of Access & Enrollment Management representing Central State University’s Interim President, Dr. Alex Johnson, signed the partnership agreement.

“We are thrilled to solidify this HBCU Pathway partnership. Our collaboration with Washtenaw’s students has been ongoing, and we eagerly anticipate this agreement streamlining the transfer process, facilitating more students in achieving their educational aspirations at Central State,” McSwain said.

Located in Wilberforce, Ohio, Central State boasts a storied heritage with its roots beginning at Wilberforce University, the oldest private HBCU in the nation. Since its inception in 1887, Central State has been dedicated to teacher training and vocational education, marking the genesis of a legacy honored today. Evolving over the years, Central State achieved independence and stands as Ohio’s sole public HBCU. It molds leaders in humanities, arts, social sciences, and education while fostering diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Washtenaw HBCU Day

Representatives from all of WCC’s HBCU partner institutions are on hand throughout the day to share information from their schools with more than 400 visiting sophomores, juniors and seniors from Ypsilanti Community Schools, Ann Arbor Public Schools, Lincoln Consolidated Schools and others throughout the county.

Today’s HBCU Day will culminate in a Central State University Marching Band performance and a “Divine Nine Fraternity & Sorority Stroll Off” in the Community Park on WCC’s campus. Events of the day are sponsored by a grant from Washtenaw County.


View last year’s inaugural Washtenaw HBCU Day video.

Tags: HBCU, HBCU Pathway, Washtenaw HBCU Day

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