WCC News Story Archive: Alumni Profile

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Alumni Profile: Brazil native started with ESL classes, ended with associate degree in Nursing

WCC Public Relations - December 18, 2023

Ana Andrade arrived in Michigan from Brazil in 2018, speaking very little English, and today is a nurse in the medical surgery cardiac unit at Detroit Medical Center. During the five years in between played out a story of perseverance and perspective.

View Post :   Alumni Profile: Brazil native started with ESL classes, ended with associate degree in Nursing

tags: Alumni Profile, Launch, Nursing, Launch winter 2024, ESL

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Alumni Profile: Advanced Manufacturing graduate fine-tuning his career

WCC Public Relations - December 15, 2023

Like many people, Felipe Agurto wandered along life’s path for a while before finding the right direction for his career. After graduating from high school on the west side of the state, Agurto enrolled in the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering but soon discovered it wasn’t really what he wanted to do.

View Post :   Alumni Profile: Advanced Manufacturing graduate fine-tuning his career

tags: Alumni Profile, Launch Winter 2023, 2023, Advanced Manufacturing, Launch

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Alumni Profile: Teacher says 'attending WCC was the best decision I could have ever made'

WCC Public Relations - December 13, 2023

Early on, Lauren Alexander knew she wanted to be a teacher. After graduating from Saline High School, Alexander began the pursuit of her dream at WCC. She earned an Associate in Arts in Elementary Education Degree and a Liberal Arts Certificate before transferring to Eastern Michigan University to complete her bachelor’s.

View Post :   Alumni Profile: Teacher says 'attending WCC was the best decision I could have ever made'

tags: teacher, Launch winter 2024, Alumni Profile, 2023, Launch

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Alumni Profile: Veteran helping advance the safety of intelligent vehicles

WCC Public Relations - December 12, 2023

Mike Rudisill played the long game when it came to his education at Washtenaw Community College. He showed up, stayed late, listened, studied and connected with his instructors. Today, he leads a team at an innovative tech company which focuses on future vehicle technology – from smart infrastructure, to autonomous vehicles, to driver experiences.

View Post :   Alumni Profile: Veteran helping advance the safety of intelligent vehicles

tags: Mechatronics, 2023, Alumni Profile, Veteran, Launch winter 2024

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Alumni Profile: Graphic designer sees a bright future

WCC Public Relations - December 10, 2023

Her Washtenaw Community College instructors called her an ideal student – positive, hardworking, focused, and exceptionally open to feedback. That’s why it was no surprise when Liz DeRensis, armed with an Associate in Applied Science-Graphic Design and Technologies from WCC, landed a job as the graphic designer for SEE Eyewear.

View Post :   Alumni Profile: Graphic designer sees a bright future

tags: 2023, Graphic Design, Alumni Profile, Launch winter 2024

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Award-winning creative manager got his start at WCC

Kayla Gahagan - July 04, 2023

Hallisy appreciated the approach to teaching the technical side of video production as well as the human and emotional side of capturing video. He puts those skills to use in his role as creative manager, collaborating with patients, faculty, hospital and university staff, executives, his own team and more.

View Post :   Award-winning creative manager got his start at WCC

tags: Video Production, What Do You Call, Career, Alumni Profile, Digital Media Arts, Summer 2023, Student Success, Digital Video Production, Launch

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Certificates align higher education with workforce needs

Rich Rezler - March 29, 2023

“Creating shorter certificates is crucial for working professionals returning to college, because it gives students quick and flexible options to re-skill themselves,” said Trinity Health Director of Digital Marketing and Websites Jason Karas, who transitioned into the industry thanks to a WCC credential.

View Post :   Certificates align higher education with workforce needs

tags: Web Design, Adult Education, Certificates, Alumni Profile, March 2023, On The Record

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WCC grad Alex Spencer exemplifies next generation of transportation workforce

Fran LeFort - August 10, 2022

WCC is educating a nimble, highly skilled workforce for the next generation of automated transportation and mobility, and recent graduate Alex Spencer is poised to become one of those new leaders.

View Post :   WCC grad Alex Spencer exemplifies next generation of transportation workforce

tags: Launch, On The Record, December 2022, Automotive Services, Advanced Transportation, CCAT, ousearch_News_Launch Magazine, Alumni Profile, Automotive, Launch Fall 2022

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Goldwater Scholar on track to be next WCC alumna turned STEM star

Fran LeFort - August 06, 2022

Look no further than recent alumna Alex Chumney’s achievements to see WCC’s relevance in bringing up the next generation of STEM leaders.

View Post :   Goldwater Scholar on track to be next WCC alumna turned STEM star

tags: Launch Fall 2022, Alumni Profile, Automotive Cybersecurity, Launch, ousearch_News_Launch Magazine, STEM, cybersecurity, NASA, STEM Scholars Program

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Local French teacher's accelerated path to a career started with dual enrollment

Fran LeFort - April 18, 2022

Less than five years out of high school, Annie Peurach has already earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree, spent a year in France and is in her first year teaching at Emerson School in Ann Arbor.

View Post :   Local French teacher's accelerated path to a career started with dual enrollment

tags: Washtenaw Technical Middle College, Dual-Enrollment, Launch Summer 2022, Alumni Profile, wtmc

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