WCC News

Tony Procassini

In memoriam: Tony Procassini, long-time trustee and college supporter

Rich Rezler - September 23, 2021

“Since Washtenaw Community College was only an idea, Tony Procassini has been woven into the fabric of this institution. He was a driving force behind its formation, served on its Board of Trustees for more than a quarter century, helped establish the WCC Foundation, and was a constant supporter and valued contributor to the WCC mission,” said WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca.

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tags: Memoriam, Board of Trustees, Tony Procassini

Photos of Entrepreneurs-In-Residence

WCC expands its Entrepreneurs-In-Residence program to mentor new business owners

Fran LeFort - September 23, 2021

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) is expanding its Entrepreneurs-In-Residence program to better meet increased needs of a growing number of small business owners.

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tags: Entrepreneurship Center, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Exterior of Wadhams Veterans Center

WCC earns veteran-friendly school 'Gold Status' from Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

Fran LeFort - September 20, 2021

WCC is one of 37 colleges and universities throughout the state recognized with the top-level Gold certification, meaning the school has met at least six of seven criteria. In all, 63 institutions earned either Gold, Silver or Bronze status from the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.

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tags: Student Veterans, Wadhams Veterans Center, Awards

Mott patient gaming

Esports streaming fundraiser to purchase gaming carts for patients at UM's Mott Children's Hospital

Fran LeFort - September 16, 2021

Washtenaw Community College students will be streaming for good as they host a week-long Esports event Oct. 3-9 to raise money to purchase gaming devices for patients at the University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.

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tags: Student Activities, Esports, Alumni Profile, fundraising

David Barfield

Washtenaw Economic Club meeting features global staffing executive David Barfield

Fran LeFort - September 14, 2021

This week’s Washtenaw Economic Club meeting will feature David Barfield speaking on “The Evolution of a Local Business to a Global Enterprise.” The virtual meeting begins at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16. It is free for Washtenaw Economic Club members and $25 for non-members.

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tags: Washtenaw Economic Club

WCC Police Academy graduating class

WCC Police Academy celebrates its Class of 2021 at graduation ceremony

Rich Rezler - September 11, 2021

Family, friends and local law enforcement members gathered in Towsley Auditorium to celebrate the 18-member Washtenaw Community College Police Academy’s Class of 2021.

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tags: Graduation, Awards, Advanced Technologies and Public Services Careers, Police Academy

Students walking on WCC campus

WCC begins new school year with full-slate of on-campus classes starting August 30

Fran LeFort - August 23, 2021

Washtenaw Community College is gearing up for its return to campus, focusing on providing a high-quality education while maintaining a safe environment for students, faculty and staff.

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tags: Transfer, Alpha Scholars, Affordability

Kevin Van Kannel

WCC Foundation board member Kevin Van Kannel focused on relationships, service and giving back

Anita LeBlanc - August 21, 2021

Kevin Van Kannel believes his Ann Arbor-based business, UTEC, continues to thrive in part because of investments in relationships like the one his company has with WCC and over 25 Washtenaw County nonprofit organizations.

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tags: WCC Foundation, On The Record, August 2021

HVAC/R program logo

New program supports WCC HVAC/R students and local industry

Rich Rezler - August 19, 2021

A new program operated by the Entrepreneurship Center at WCC aims to prepare students in the college’s HVAC/R program for future business ownership while also supporting local small business owners operating in the industry.

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tags: HVAC, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, August 2021, On The Record, Entrepreneurship 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: Transfer, Affordability, STEAM, Student Success, Alumni Profile, August 2021, On The Record

STEAM at WCC logo

Middle school students invited to WCC's free monthly Super STEAM Saturdays

Fran LeFort - August 18, 2021

WCC faculty members will lead free monthly Super STEAM Saturdays, designed to engage middle school students in fun and interactive learning.

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tags: Campus Events, STEAM

Parkridge Summer Learning Experience celebration

Summer campers at Parkridge Community Center to receive new laptops through $60,000 grant

Fran LeFort - August 13, 2021

Washtenaw Community College received a $60,000 technology grant to provide new laptops and family digital literacy training for youth attending its Summer Learning Experience at Parkridge Community Center in Ypsilanti.

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tags: Grants, Parkridge Youth Program, Parkridge Community Center

Dr. Kimberly Hurns

WCC's Dr. Kimberly Hurns chosen for national presidential fellowship for community college leaders

Fran LeFort - August 06, 2021

Dr. Kimberly Hurns, Executive Vice President for Instruction & Academic Affairs at Washtenaw Community College, is one of 40 leaders selected for the 2021-22 class of the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has announced.

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tags: Dr. Kimberly Hurns

Java Spot

On-campus food services return with new partner, Creative Dining Solutions

WCC Communications - August 04, 2021

As the WCC campus reopens, there's an update on food service options on campus. Michigan-based Creative Dining Services is our new partner in the outlets located on the first floor of the Student Center.

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tags: Food Services, Campus News

Ford Mustang Mach-E

WCC leads next-generation workforce preparation with new Ford Mustang Mach-E

Fran LeFort - July 22, 2021

WCC has added an all-electric 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV to its bank of cutting-edge technology, solidifying its leadership in preparing the workforce of the future

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tags: August 2021, Workforce Development, On The Record, Advanced Transportation Center, CCAT, Transportation Technologies

Aisha Bowe scholarship

WCC grad Aisha Bowe honored with 2021 MCCA Outstanding Alumnus Award

Rich Rezler - July 21, 2021

A self-described “unmotivated and unfocused” student in high school, Bowe found her passion and purpose while attending WCC from 2003 to 2006. The former NASA aerospace engineer is the founder and CEO of STEMBoard, an engineering solutions company.

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tags: On The Record, Aisha Bowe, STEM, Alumni Profile, August 2021, Outstanding Alumnus Award

Roofers Union

Summer skilled trades training returns to WCC

Fran LeFort - July 16, 2021

More than 600 skilled trades union workers will participate in national training programs on the WCC campus over the next two weeks as hands-on instruction resumes following the pandemic.

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tags: Skilled Trades, On The Record, August 2021, Union, Roofers Union

Doug Waters

WCC faculty member honored for development of engaging, innovative online course

Rich Rezler - July 13, 2021

For the second consecutive year, WCC faculty member Doug Waters has been honored for developing an engaging and innovative online course that represents the best in technology and learning.

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tags: Awards, Business and Computer Technologies, Online Learning, Faculty Profile, Business, On The Record, August 2021

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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: Alpha Scholars, On The Record, Student Success, August 2021, Grants

Student exercising

Exercise is Medicine: WCC honored for promoting physical activity

Rich Rezler - July 12, 2021

WCC is one of 153 colleges and universities around the world recently honored by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise is Medicine initiative for its efforts to create a culture of wellness on campus.

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tags: Marvin Boluyt, August 2021, Exercise, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), On The Record

xray of upper chest

Radiography program earns 8-year continuing accreditation

Rich Rezler - July 02, 2021

The Radiography program at WCC has earned full continuing accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) ensuring it meets or exceeds national quality standards.

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tags: On The Record, Radiography, Accreditation, August 2021

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: On The Record, August 2021, Student Success, Class of 2021, ousearch_News_2021

Max Mercer

WCC's new accelerated business degree provides a quick career boost

Rich Rezler - June 25, 2021

Max Mercer loves his current job as a commissioning engineer, but believes WCC's new Accelerated Associate in Business Degree will help him advance in the industry.

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tags: August 2021, Accelerated Programs, ousearch_News_2021, On The Record, Accelerated Business, Business and Computer Technologies

wind and solar

WCC furthers sustainability goals with DTE Energy's MIGreenPower program

Fran LeFort - June 23, 2021

The first community college to enroll in the voluntary renewable energy program, WCC has committed to sourcing 100% of its electric power needs through clean energy by 2029.

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tags: MIGreenPower, DTE Energy, August 2021, Sustainability, On The Record, ousearch_News_2021

Staff receiving vaccine

WCC joins White House's COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge

Rich Rezler - June 18, 2021

Joining higher education institutions from across the nation, Washtenaw Community College is participating in the COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge, a joint initiative of the White House and U.S. Department of Education to help end the pandemic.

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tags: COVID-19, community involvement, ousearch_News_2021

Dr. Rose B. Bellanca

WCC Board of Trustees extends President Bellanca's contract through 2024

Fran LeFort - June 18, 2021

The contract for Dr. Rose B. Bellanca as President and CEO of Washtenaw Community College has been extended for an additional three years.

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tags: ousearch_News_2021, Dr. Rose B. Bellanca, Board of Trustees

WCC logo

Trustees approve department chairs for 2021-22 academic year

Rich Rezler - June 17, 2021

The Washtenaw Community College Board of Trustees approved the Faculty Department Chair appointments for 2021-22 at its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 16.

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tags: Faculty Department Chair, ousearch_News_2021, Board of Trustees

Kym Worthy

Women's Council Celebration of women leaders benefits Student Emergency Fund

Fran LeFort - June 11, 2021

This year’s Celebration of Women Leaders honored an illustrious group of women and raised money for WCC’s Student Emergency Fund.

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tags: WCC Foundation, Student Emergency Fund, Women's Council, ousearch_News_2021

Press Release

WCC, Michigan Works! New four-week program trains health care workers for immediate job placement

Fran LeFort - June 10, 2021

Washtenaw Community College, Michigan Works! Southeast and employer partners Vibrant Life Senior Living, Homewatch CareGivers and Interim Healthcare are partnering to train and immediately place health care workers in a new four-week program.

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tags: Health Care, Michigan Works, 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: ousearch_News_2021, Astronomy, 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: United Association, ousearch_News_2021, Class of 2021, Student Success

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

Commencement Parade

Meet graduates at WCC's first Commencement Parade and Celebration

Rich Rezler - May 22, 2021

Spend any time around Washtenaw Community College students and you're bound to meet interesting people and hear compelling stories. Here are just a few we gathered at the college's Commencement Parade & Celebration.

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tags: Graduation, Commencement Parade, Class of 2021, ousearch_News_2021, Student Profile

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

Press release

Four WCC students receive Breaking Traditions Award from Michigan Department of Education

Rich Rezler - May 21, 2021

Four Washtenaw Community College students are among the 75 high school and college students statewide to receive a 2021 Breaking Traditions Award from the Michigan Department of Education.

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tags: Computer Science, Men in Nursing, Nursing, CTE, Awards, ousearch_News_2021, Early Childhood Education

Mortarboard with 2021

On-campus parade highlights WCC plans to honor graduates

Fran LeFort - May 17, 2021

Washtenaw Community College will honor 1,578 new graduates during a three-day slate of commencement activities capped by a first-ever on-campus parade and celebration.

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tags: Honors Convocation, ousearch_News_2021, Class of 2021, Commencement, Graduation

Entrepreneurship Center sign

Entrepreneurs pitch winning business plans at WCC virtual competition

Fran LeFort - May 14, 2021

After several stages of the virtual competition, winners in three Pitch @ WCC categories were announced during a virtual celebration on Tuesday, May 11.

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tags: Awards, ousearch_News_2021, Entrepreneurship Center, Pitch@WCC

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Winter 2021 High Honors and Honors Students

WCC - May 13, 2021

Congratulations to the students who earned High Honors and Honors distinction during the Winter 2021 semester.

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tags: Honors, High Honors, Winter 2021, Student Recognition, ousearch_News_2021

Future of Mobility

Education, workforce development key for Michigan to retain global mobility leadership position

Fran LeFort - May 11, 2021

Michigan will need about 12,000 workers to keep its position as a global mobility leader in the decades to come, the state's Chief Mobility Officer said during a Washtenaw Economic Club event.

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tags: Advanced Transportation, CCAT, Mobility, Washtenaw Economic Club, ousearch_News_2021

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

Layers of Identity

'Our Layers of Identity' reception officially unveils community art project

Rich Rezler - May 08, 2021

The WCC Fine Arts Department teamed with First Fridays Ypsilanti on a reception for the Our Layers of Identity community art project in downtown Ypsilanti.

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tags: Fine Arts, ousearch_News_2021, community involvement

Graduate on stage

Surgical Technology, Sterile Processing programs host pinning ceremonies

Rich Rezler - May 08, 2021

The WCC Surgical Technology and Sterile Processing programs' graduates were socially distanced across Towsley Auditorium while friends and family watched a live stream of their pinning ceremony from home.

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tags: Health Sciences, Surgical Technology, ousearch_News_2021, Class of 2021, Graduation, Sterile Processing

Future of Mobility

'Future of Mobility' focus of Washtenaw Economic Club event on May 11

Fran LeFort - May 05, 2021

Trevor Pawl, State of Michigan’s Chief Mobility Officer, and Michelle Krebs of AutoTrader.com will be guest panelists discussing “The Future of Mobility” at the Washtenaw Economic Club’s event on Tuesday, May 11.

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tags: Press Release, Washtenaw Economic Club, ousearch_News_2021, Mobility

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

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, Class of 2021, Student Success, April 2021, ousearch_News_2021, Internship, STEM Scholars Program, Geology

Hunter Darrow

WCC nursing grad: 'I knew what I was getting into'

Rich Rezler - May 04, 2021

WCC alumna Hunter Darrow started her nursing career in the midst of a global pandemic. "I knew what I was getting into,"she said. "I knew it wasn't going to be easy."

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tags: Alumni Profile, ousearch_News_2021, Nursing, On The Record, April 2021

Welding booth

Students and employers benefit from apprenticeships

WCC - May 04, 2021

In so many ways, apprenticeships offered through Washtenaw Community College are a win/win situation. Both students and employers can be the clear beneficiaries.

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tags: Apprenticeships, Information Technology, Advanced Transportation, April 2021, Welding and Fabrication, Healthcare, On The Record, Advanced Manufacturing, ousearch_News_2021

Tuition freeze

Tuition to remain frozen for fourth straight year for WCC in-district students

Fran LeFort - April 29, 2021

Tuition for in-district students at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) will remain frozen for the fourth consecutive year, the college announced following Board of Trustees approval.

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tags: Press Release, Tuition, Board of Trustees, ousearch_News_2021

Student Emergency Fund

Student Emergency Fund: Making a tough year a little better

Phil Snyder - April 29, 2021

83% of WCC students who've received Student Emergency Fund assistance are either still in school or have graduated.

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tags: WCC Foundation, ousearch_News_2021, Student Emergency Fund, On The Record, April 2021

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: ousearch_News_2021, Student Production Awards, Digital Video Production, Digital Media Arts, 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: Transfer, April 2021, STEM Scholars Program, On The Record, ousearch_News_2021, Student Success

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

Chanel Stitt

Detroit Free Press business reporter Chanel Stitt, a WCC alumna, is Free College Week closing speaker

Rich Rezler - April 05, 2021

Detroit Free Press business reporter Chanel Stitt, a WCC alumna, is the closing speaker for WCC's Free College Week on April 12-19.

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tags: April 2021, On The Record, Journalism, Free College Week, Alumni Profile, ousearch_News_2021

My Favorite Pants

WCC 2021 Student Art Show winners announced

Rich Rezler - March 30, 2021

Alexandrea Capatina is the first-place winner for her film photograph, but she prefers her art a little larger — like performing custom fabrication on an automobile.

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tags: April 2021, Digital Media Arts, Student Art Show, Awards, On The Record, Fine Arts, ousearch_News_2021

Job growth in Washtenaw County

Forecast: Washtenaw County should recover quickly from recession, but disparity may widen

Rich Rezler - March 27, 2021

University of Michigan economists Donald Grimes and Gabriel Ehrlich presented the Economic Outlook for Washtenaw County to the Washtenaw Economic Club.

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tags: Workforce Training, April 2021, On The Record, Economic Outlook, Washtenaw Economic Club, ousearch_News_2021

Trees on campus

WCC earns Tree Campus Higher Education recognition for fifth straight year

Rich Rezler - March 24, 2021

WCC has been honored by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.

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tags: Tree Campus USA, Tree Campus Higher Education, On The Record, April 2021, Awards, Facilities Management, ousearch_News_2021

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, Women's History Month, Student Success, ousearch_News_2021

Career Fair logo

WCC hosting 2021 Spring Virtual Career Fair on April 9

Rich Rezler - March 18, 2021

Annual event is free, open to the public and will include employers looking to immediately fill current job opportunities.

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tags: Career Fair, Career Transitions, ousearch_News_2021

Voter Friendly Campus logo

WCC designated a Voter Friendly Campus

WCC Communications - March 11, 2021

WCC is one of over 231 campuses in 37 states and the District of Columbia designated as a “Voter Friendly Campus” by two national nonpartisan organizations.

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tags: Vote, Awards, ousearch_News_2021

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: Scholarships, ousearch_News_2021, On The Record, STEM Scholars Program, Student Success, Transfer, Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, April 2021

WCC logo

Mark of quality: WCC earns accreditor's seal of approval

Rich Rezler - March 04, 2021

The Higher Learning Commission, one of the nation’s six regional accreditors for institutions of higher education, has continued WCC’s accreditation through 2029-30.

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tags: Accreditation, February 2021, 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: February 2021, ousearch_News_2021, Student Success, Alumni Profile, On The Record, Digital Video Production

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, Workforce Development, On The Record, Student Success, community involvement, Dr. Rose B. Bellanca, ousearch_News_2021

Children at Parkridge Community Center

Parkridge Community Center helping to bridge the digital divide

Rich Rezler - March 04, 2021

A $60,000 grant to WCC and the Parkridge Community Center will help bridge the digital divide that exists in the Ypsilanti neighborhood the center serves. And that’s only a part of help available at Parkridge.

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tags: Parkridge Community Center, On The Record, community involvement, ousearch_News_2021, Ypsilanti, February 2021

Mentor Connect

Local experts sought to mentor WCC students

Rich Rezler - March 04, 2021

WCC is inviting local professionals to share their expertise with its students.

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tags: Professionals in the Classroom, Liberal Arts Innovation Group, On The Record, February 2021, ousearch_News_2021, Mentor Connect

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: ousearch_News_2021, Student Profile, February 2021, On The Record, Digital Photography, Student Success

Barnaby Pung

Ph.D. in hand, first-gen college grad teaching others academic and career skills

WCC - March 01, 2021

Barnaby Pung, a part-time instructor of Academic and Career Skills at WCC, is motivated to guide students along career paths.

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tags: Faculty Profile, On The Record, GED, Academic and Career Skills, ousearch_News_2021, February 2021

Cybersecurity Bootcamp

Cybersecurity Bootcamp is a win-win proposition

WCC - March 01, 2021

Washtenaw Community College joined with the private sector and state employment agencies in working to fill a worrisome talent gap in the critical cybersecurity field.

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tags: ousearch_News_2021, On The Record, cybersecurity, February 2021, Workforce Development

Kiwanis donation

Kiwanis Club support gives WCC student recipient 'fresh energy'

Anita LeBlanc - March 01, 2021

The Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor Scholarship Program results in the largest annual gift the WCC Foundation receives.

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tags: Student Emergency Fund, On The Record, Scholarships, Donation, WCC Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor, ousearch_News_2021, February 2021

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: Alumni Profile, On The Record, ousearch_News_2021, Student Success, February 2021

SEMCA WIN logos

WCC part of consortium awarded $10M for workforce training

Rich Rezler - February 04, 2021

WCC is part of a consortium awarded a $10 million grant from the United States Department of Labor to invest in workforce training.

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tags: On The Record, February 2021, Workforce Development, ousearch_News_2021, Workforce Training, Grants

Kristy King

From sales to sidelines: Kristy King's career change begins at WCC

Rich Rezler - January 30, 2021

Kristy King had a successful career in sales before making the decision to pursue something that would make her happier: A sideline sports reporter.

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tags: Broadcast Media Arts, Scholarships, On The Record, ousearch_News_2021, Journalism, Orchard Radio, February 2021, Washtenaw Voice

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: February 2021, On The Record, ousearch_News_2021, Rose B. Bellanca, Student Success, Honors Convocation

Dr. Eric Reed

Dr. Eric Reed is WCC's new Dean of Student Access, Success, Equity and Inclusion

Rich Rezler - January 27, 2021

Dr. Eric Reed has spent most of his career helping minority and low-income students get to college, through college, and into gratifying yet equitable careers.

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tags: ousearch_News_2021

William G. Milliken Jr.

WCC Board of Trustees elects new officers, Milliken named chair for two-year term

Rich Rezler - January 27, 2021

William G. Milliken Jr. was elected as chairperson of the WCC Board of Trustees by fellow members at their annual organizational meeting on Tuesday, January 26.

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tags: Board of Trustees, 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: February 2021, Student Success, On The Record, Scholarships, CircleIn, ousearch_News_2020

picture of students in classroom

Fall 2020 High Honors and Honors Students

WCC - January 20, 2021

Congratulations to the students who earned High Honors and Honors distinction during the Fall 2020 semester.

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tags: Fall 2020, Student Recognition, Honors, High Honors, ousearch_News_2020

Shari Piracha

Piracha, Human Library team win WCC Equity in Action Awards

Rich Rezler - January 18, 2021

WCC awarded its Equity in Action Awards during a virtual observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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tags: ousearch_News_2021, Equity in Action, MLK Day, Awards

WCC Chief of Public Safety Scott Hilden

WCC Public Safety chief appointed to chair county-wide association

Rich Rezler - January 15, 2021

WCC Chief of Public Safety Scott Hilden has been appointed chair of the Washtenaw County Criminal Justice Association for 2021

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tags: Public Safety, community involvement, ousearch_News_2021

Police Academy graduates

WCC Police Academy earns prestigious accreditation

Rich Rezler - January 12, 2021

The WCC Police Academy is the first in the United States to be accredited by the IADLEST and the first in the world to receive an Award of Excellence from the international non-profit organization.

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tags: On The Record, Police Academy, ousearch_News_2021, Accreditation, February 2021, Advanced Technologies and Public Services Careers

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: Transfer, ousearch_News_2021, On The Record, NASA, February 2021, Student Success

Brandon Tucker

Tucker appointed to Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office policing commission

Rich Rezler - January 07, 2021

WCC Associate Vice President for Workforce and Community Development Brandon Tucker will serve on the 21st Century Policing Compliance Commission operated by the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office.

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tags: police, ousearch_News_2021, community involvement

cybersecurity workbench

WCC has new tools for automotive cybersecurity

WCC - December 21, 2020

The college procured seven new workbenches that will allow students to interact with a vehicle infotainment system in an engineering and cybersecurity capacity.

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tags: On The Record, Automotive Cybersecurity, December 2020, ousearch_News_2020, CCAT, ousearch_News_On The Record

WCC Liberal Arts building

WCC faculty launch Liberal Arts Innovation Group

WCC - December 21, 2020

Because the importance of a strong liberal arts education is sometimes underestimated, a group of WCC faculty is designing methods and strategies to make them more relevant in today’s tech-heavy world.

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tags: ousearch_News_2020, December 2020, ousearch_News_On The Record, Liberal Arts Innovation Group, On The Record, Faculty Profile, liberal arts

Carl Vitullo

Hip to crypto: 2 associate degrees led WCC grad to high-tech job in NYC

WCC - December 21, 2020

Carl Vitullo credits WCC for helping to prepare him for his job as an engineering manager and front-end developer for Stellar Development Foundation.

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tags: Business and Computer Technologies, ousearch_News_On The Record, ousearch_News_2020, On The Record, Alumni Profile, December 2020

Exceptional Academy graduate

'Exceptional' students complete WCC's Cisco Networking Academy

Rich Rezler - December 21, 2020

Six adults with disabilities from the Exceptional Academy in Northville have completed WCC’s Cisco Networking Academy. The goal of the academy is to prepare students for permanent employment in cybersecurity or networking.

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tags: December 2020, ousearch_News_2020, Cisco Networking Academy, cybersecurity, Networking, ousearch_News_On The Record, On The Record

Foundation donation

100+ women who care about WCC

Anita LeBlanc - December 20, 2020

A generous $19,800 donation to the WCC Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund from 100+ Women Who Care of Washtenaw County is helping meet a 200% increase in student requests for aid since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

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tags: ousearch_News_On The Record, Student Emergency Fund, December 2020, On The Record, WCC Foundation, Donation, ousearch_News_2020

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EMU offers scholarships to WCC Futures for Frontliners graduates

Rich Rezler - December 18, 2020

Essential workers using state-funded Futures for Frontliners scholarships at WCC can capitalize on an additional scholarship opportunity to continue their education at EMU.

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tags: Scholarships, ousearch_News_2020, Futures For Frontliners, Eastern Michigan University

Mika McAskill

Gov. Whitmer appoints WCC's Mika McAskill to state commission

Rich Rezler - December 18, 2020

WCC vice president Mika McAskill has been appointed to the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission.

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tags: ousearch_News_2020

Heidi Kutzley with award

Clinton High School counselor wins second annual WCC Bridge Award

Rich Rezler - December 04, 2020

A strong dedication to students and a willingness to go the extra mile to help them succeed earned Clinton High School counselor Heidi Kutzley the second annual WCC Bridge Award.

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tags: Awards, high school counselors, WCC Bridge Award, ousearch_News_2020

Police Academy graduates

33 WCC Police Academy graduates honored for perseverance and dedication

Rich Rezler - November 20, 2020

What this year’s Washtenaw Community College Police Academy graduation ceremony was missing of its typical pomp and circumstance was replaced with an unparalleled level of pride and admiration for those who completed their training in a most atypical year.

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tags: December 2020, Graduation, ousearch_News_2020, ousearch_News_On The Record, On The Record, Police Academy

Student welding

WCC welding students have new pathway to bachelor's degree

Rich Rezler - November 17, 2020

A new articulation agreement allows students to complete 87 WCC credits before transferring to Wayne State to complete a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering Technology.

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tags: Advanced Manufacturing, ousearch_News_On The Record, ousearch_News_2020, December 2020, Welding, On The Record, Articulation Agreements

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

Success Tools webinar series

WCC offering free webinar series for small business owners

Rich Rezler - November 08, 2020

The WCC Economic & College Development division and its Entrepreneurship Center have combined resources for Success Tools webinars.

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tags: Entrepreneurship Center, ousearch_News_2020, Economic impact

Tim Skubick

Tim Skubick discusses election with Washtenaw Economic Club

Rich Rezler - November 05, 2020

Long-time Michigan capitol correspondent Tim Skubick brought his typical humor and insight to a Washtenaw Economic Club discussion about the recent election

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tags: Washtenaw Economic Club, ousearch_News_2020

Ron Stevens

Washtenaw SBDC business counselor Ron Stevens honored

Tabetha Chaney - November 02, 2020

Washtenaw associate regional director earns State Star of the Michigan Small Business Development Center.

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tags: ousearch_News_2020, Awards, SBDC

Sandy McCarthy

WCC's Sandy McCarthy is Academic Librarian of the Year

Rich Rezler - October 30, 2020

Sandy McCarthy received the award during the virtual presentation of the 2020 Michigan Library Awards, considered the state’s highest honors within the library community.

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tags: On The Record, ousearch_News_On The Record, December 2020, Awards, Library, Faculty Profile, ousearch_News_2020

Police reform panel

Police reform discussion hosted by Washtenaw Economic Club

WCC - October 30, 2020

The Washtenaw Economic Club hosted a wide-ranging and frank discussion of local policing as it relates to the issues of social and racial justice.

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tags: ousearch_News_2020, Washtenaw Economic Club

Press release

WCC, faculty union agree on one-year contract extensions

Rich Rezler - October 27, 2020

WCC and its faculty union, the Washtenaw Community College Education Association, have agreed on a one-year extension of two current contracts.

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tags: ousearch_News_2020, Faculty Contract, Faculty, Press Release

Student with laptop

WCC sponsor of local Diversity, Equity and Inclusion internship program

Rich Rezler - October 26, 2020

WCC and the Entrepreneurship Center at WCC are sponsoring a program that will provide underrepresented college students with paid internship opportunities with local tech startup companies and venture capital firms

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tags: ousearch_News_On The Record, ousearch_News_2020, community involvement, On The Record, Internship, December 2020, Diversity