WCC had a multi-faceted presence at this year’s Ann Arbor TechTrek, held in downtown Ann Arbor on June 15.

Sponsored by Ann Arbor SPARK, the community event showcased leading technology companies who opened their doors to the public and displayed their latest innovations. More than 80 companies participated and attendees literally “trekked” a pathway by foot or shuttle bus from one company to another – providing an opportunity for students, professionals, community members and job seekers with a fun and educational experience.

New this year was the addition of Mobility Row – a collection of companies and organizations that specialize in the rapidly expanding mobility sector. WCC was invited to participate to publicize the college’s degree programs, certificate programs and workforce development programs in its Advanced Transportation Center. On display was the college’s prototype vehicle, constructed by WCC faculty and staff using lightweighting materials and the college’s state-of-the-art equipment.

The vehicle featured transmitters, receivers and sensors – the latest technologies which allow cars to communicate with other technologically equipped vehicles and to road and traffic infrastructure. Hundreds of attendees stopped by the booth where ATC Director Al Lecz and College Relations Coordinator Loren Townes demonstrated the vehicle’s technology and answered questions about the wide array of ATC programs.

WCC was also represented at one of the event’s Tech Stop, where WCC faculty and staff were on hand to promote the Business & Computer Technologies Division, the Entrepreneurship Center and the Career Services department. The Human Relations department was represented at the event’s Talent Terrace, where it promoted its the college’s available technology positions.