WASHTENAW COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Climbing COVID-19 cases delay start of Washtenaw Community College’s semester
ANN ARBOR, MI - Winter semester is being pushed back a little more than a week at Washtenaw Community College due to COVID-19 cases climbing in the county, officials said. With virus transmission high throughout Washtenaw County, the delay was made “out of an abundance of caution” to mitigate spread by limiting people on campus, officials said. The last two weeks have seen nearly 4,000 reported COVID-19 cases in Washtenaw County, according to county health department data. COVID-19 measures from the fall semester remain the same at WCC, including a requirement to wear masks on campus indoors and in public spaces. Read more from The Ann Arbor News:Fall semester at Washtenaw Community College features new programs, mask mandateWashtenaw Community College announces new transfer program with historically Black schools10 full-ride scholarships for WCC nursing students made possible after $1M giftmlive.com
Washtenaw Community College announces new transfer program with historically Black schools
ANN ARBOR, MI - Washtenaw Community College announced a targeted transfer program for three Historically Black College & University (HBCU) schools, according to a Tuesday release. The Ann Arbor-based community college will make it easier for students to transfer their associate degrees to Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University and Southern University at New Orleans, the Oct. 12 WCC release stated. The transfer agreement provides a “clear, direct affordable and supportive pathway” for WCC students to attend these schools, the release stated. On top of the programs offered at the other HBCU schools, it touted its business, public administration and social work programs in the WCC release. The initiative with the three HBCU schools was started through WCC’s Office of Diversity, the release stated.mlive.com
Therapeutic gaming: Students host tourney to raise money for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital patients
ANN ARBOR, MI - A week-long Esports event hosted by Washtenaw Community College will raise money to buy gaming devices for patients at C.S. A full calendar of streams will be posted the Wolfpack Esports Week #StreamforMott website. Gabanyicz playing video games with Clayton was “therapeutic” and a “miracle,” Clayton’s mother Molly said. His experience playing video games with Clayton inspired him to pursue a career in recreational therapy, he said. For the tournament, all player registrations, as well as one-time donations and sponsorships, may be completed through the Wolfpack Esports Week #StreamforMott website.mlive.com
Fall semester at Washtenaw Community College features new programs, mask mandate
ANN ARBOR, MI - In one week, Washtenaw Community College will be holding in-person classes. Monday’s release also outlined important dates for the fall semester for students. That advising opportunity is also available Aug. 30. The fall semester has four sessions where classes can start. Washtenaw Community College received a $1.4 million U.S. Department of Education grant to expand student support for associate degree programs.mlive.com
Washtenaw Community College secures $60k grant to provide labtops, digital literacy to local youth
YPSILANTI, MI - Washtenaw Community College secured a $60,000 technology grant to provide local youth labtops and digital literacy training through the college’s Ypsilanti summer camp, according to a release. Irwin and Peterson helped secure the Washtenaw County Youth Development grant, which will provide funds to allow the Parkridge Community Center to “serve as a technology support resource for student and community learning,” the release stated. The program will provide students at the WCC summer camp to receive labtops and sign up family members for the computer skills training, the release stated. This fall, WCC will collect information from community members on their digital literacy needs, which will help curate the curriculum of the training modules, the release stated. The college has an additional $130,000 in secured funding for those career readiness programs, the release stated.mlive.com
US Department Of Defense Awards Detroit Mercy-Led Cybersecurity Consortium $1.12-Million Grant
University of Detroit Mercy received a $1.12-million grant from the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to establish the Metro-Detroit Regional Vehicle Cybersecurity Institute, a regional-based cybersecurity consortium.detroit.cbslocal.com
Washtenaw Community College receives $1.4 million grant to expand associated degree programs
ANN ARBOR, MI - Washtenaw Community College received a $1.4 million U.S. Department of Education grant to expand associated degree programs for incoming freshmen. More information about the Alpha Scholars program, including funding information, can be found online at wccnet.edu/alpha-scholars or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The timeline for these business degrees would be 17 months versus the standard 24-month one. The college’s business programs offer opportunities for supply chain and retail management, entrepreneurial leadership and other business administration topics, the release stated. Similar to the Alpha Scholars program, students in these degrees will work in a cohort with a mentor.mlive.com
Washtenaw Community College joins DTE Energy’s MIGreenPower program
ANN ARBOR, MI – Washtenaw Community College is the first community college to join MIGreenPower, a voluntary renewable energy program from DTE Energy. MIGreenPower provides DTE Energy customers with an easy, low-cost option to access more clean energy without installing on-site generation, according to a WCC release. WCC is thrilled to partner with DTE as the first community college in Michigan to participate in MIGreenPower to accelerate our longtime commitment to these efforts,” said WCC President Rose Bellanca. “(WCC) is one of our area’s top community colleges,” said Brian Calka, director of DTE’s Renewable Solutions team. READ MORE:Washtenaw Community College extends president’s contract into 2024Washtenaw Community College launches program for caregiversTuition for in-district Washtenaw Community College students frozen for fourth straight yearmlive.com
Washtenaw Community College launches program for caregivers
ANN ARBOR, MI -- As the long-term care industry grows and more employees are needed, Washtenaw Community College is launching a new program. The free program started with an online recruitment and information session on Monday, June 14, according to a press release. Openings are still available and those interested can still apply here, as candidates are currently still being vetted for the program, WCC Director of Media Relations Fran LeFort said in an email. Employer demand is driving this new program, and it is especially important now as we come out of the pandemic and the need for caregivers is great in our community,” Washtenaw Community College President Dr. Rose Bellanca said. Southeast and employer partners Vibrant Life Senior Living, Homewatch CareGivers, and Interim Healthcare.mlive.com
Washtenaw Community College graduates honored with drive-thru parade, celebration
ANN ARBOR, MI – Hundreds of Washtenaw Community College graduates and their families were on campus Saturday morning to take part in a drive-thru graduation ceremony. The drive-thru graduation celebration marks the final day of a three-day celebration, which included a virtual honor convocation for students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher on Thursday and a virtual graduation salute on Friday. It was a very special day for the Jones family, who celebrated Linda Jones’ graduation. One of those graduates was Raetoshia Watson of Brownstown, Michigan, who earned her degree in human services last year. READ MORE:Tuition for in-district Washtenaw Community College students frozen for fourth straight yearOn-campus children’s center closes after 53 years at Washtenaw Community CollegeWashtenaw schools lost thousands of students during the pandemic.mlive.com
Tuition for in-district Washtenaw Community College students frozen for fourth straight year
ANN ARBOR, MI – Washtenaw Community College is freezing tuition for in-district students for a fourth-straight year, the college announced Thursday. The tuition freeze for the 2021-22 school year was approved at the WCC Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday, according to a college release. Tuition is $95 per credit hour for on-campus, in-district students and $108 for online in-district students, according to the release. In-district students live, work or own property in Washtenaw County, the release states. READ MORE:On-campus children’s center closes after 53 years at Washtenaw Community CollegeWashtenaw schools lost thousands of students during the pandemic.mlive.com
On-campus children’s center closes after 53 years at Washtenaw Community College
ANN ARBOR, MI – After 53 years of providing students, faculty and staff with affordable, on-campus child care, Washtenaw Community College has closed its children’s center. The last day for the children’s center was April 16, WCC President Rose Bellanca said, noting the center has been closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Only about 0.4% — 94 out of WCC’s 21,234 students — utilized on-campus child care, Blakey said. In the near future, 800 Washtenaw Technical Middle College students will move into the former children’s center space and have their own dedicated learning area, Blakey said. “The children’s center was sensitive to the student and their child’s needs.mlive.com
Washtenaw Community College invites area residents to virtually ‘attend’ Free College Week
ANN ARBOR – Washtenaw Community College has expanded its annual Free College Day -- a full day of classes for members of the community of all ages -- to Free College Week. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the school shifted its event online April 12-16. Residents of Washtenaw County and beyond are welcome to “attend” the biannual event that shares student experiences with the broader community. Designed for K-8 and high school students as well as adults and seniors, participants can elect to attend 82 different classes throughout the week. AdFor more information about Washtenaw Community College, visit www.wccnet.edu.
‘Free College Week’ coming to Washtenaw Community College
ANN ARBOR, MI – Washtenaw County residents are invited to attend Free College Week at Washtenaw Community College from April 12-16. The event is being done virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but residents still can share the same experiences as a WCC student, college officials said. There are 82 different classes being offered for community members. Classes start as early as 9 a.m. and run as late as 8 p.m. Those wanting to attend should register online here. READ MORE:Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College partner in Futures for Frontliners program11 women file lawsuit alleging Eastern Michigan University mishandled sexual assault claims‘Envision Green’ gives Lansing Community College students a pathway to transfer to MSUmlive.com
Washtenaw Community College hosting virtual spring career fair in April
ANN ARBOR – The Washtenaw Community College Career Transitions department will be holding its annual Spring Career Fair virtually on April 9. Ad“The spring virtual career fair will help to connect the two together. With the career fair being held in a virtual environment, students, alumni and community members can join us from the safety of their homes. We are excited about that.”The Spring Career Fair is one of several events the WCC Career Transitions departments hosts each year, which include a fall job fair and events tailored to those in the business, health care and advanced manufacturing fields. For more information about Washtenaw Community College, visit www.wccnet.edu.
Here are the 21 largest employers in Washtenaw County
Pizza Prep School in the Domino's Pizza World Resource Center in Ann Arbor. The advertiser paid a fee to promote this sponsored article and may have influenced or authored the content. ANN ARBOR – One way to reflect on a regional economy is to check out the top employers and their industries, including public and private organizations. Here’s the latest list identifying the top employers in Washtenaw County compiled by Ann Arbor SPARK. Ann Arbor SPARK updates the list annually in January.
Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College partner in Futures for Frontliners program
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — Frontline workers who graduate from Washtenaw Community College can receive additional scholarship money from Eastern Michigan University to get a four-year degree. Since then, EMU has partnered with WCC, Jackson College, Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College as well, according to EMU’s admissions website. Eastern Michigan University, Henry Ford College partner to extend Futures for Frontliners programThe EMU Frontliners scholarship is only available for new transfer students, and cannot be combined with other transfer scholarships, according to the website. The deadline to apply for the Futures for Frontliners program is Dec. 31. READ MORE:2 ‘wellness days’ replacing one-week winter break for Eastern Michigan University studentsEastern Michigan University renames Quirk Building in honor of late faculty memberEastern Michigan University to begin winter 2021 semester online, president saysmlive.com
Local family’s Facebook rap videos bring joy during pandemic
The Klemmer family has released eight rap videos on Facebook since the pandemic began. SOUTH LYON, Mich. – The Klemmer family has been making waves on Facebook with their original rap videos that they’ve been creating since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Dad Bobby Klemmer’s oldest daughter, Sienna, was given a homework assignment in the spring using an online vocabulary tool that engages children through hip-hop. “One of the options was to write a rap,” said Klemmer. They also did one for Mother’s Day, one to celebrate teachers, a video to encourage people to vote, and, most recently, a Christmas rap.
Washtenaw Community College, teachers union agree to contract extensions
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Washtenaw Community College and the Washtenaw Community College Education Association (WCCEA) teachers union have agreed to one-year extensions for two current contracts. The extensions delay contract renegotiations for both the WCCEA master agreement and the part-time adjunct teaching contract until 2022 and 2023, respectively. The contract extensions were unanimously ratified by the WCC Board of Trustees at its October meeting last week. In a release from the Ann Arbor college, WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca thanked faculty. Almost 70 percent of union membership voted, according to WCCEA President Dr. Julie Kissel, who said that support was “overwhelmingly positive.”
Union volunteers build new observation deck in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Volunteers from the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance have constructed a new observational deck on the Washtenaw Community College campus. A 16-foot bench attached to the deck allows users to stop and watch for wildlife. “This project at WCC is one of perseverance,” said USA Director of Union Relations Walt Ingram in a release. The deck was assembled as a Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Work Boots in the Ground conservation project. “Getting people in the mechanical trades together to build something for WCC’s biology students and community members to use was an awesome experience,” said UA Local 190 Training Director Andy Fielder, who led the project.
Ann Arbor YMCA launches free swim program for girls, collaborates to offer child development certificate
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The Ann Arbor YMCA has announced two programs intended to serve the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti community. The second is a collaborative effort to create a child development certificate program that aims to help Washtenaw Community College students gain experience in the field of child development. Child Development Certificate Pipeline ProgramThe Y also announced that the Collaborative: Ypsilanti YMCA Child Development Center is partnering with Engage@EMU and the Washtenaw Community College Early Childhood Program to offer a child development certificate. The CDC Pipeline Program will give WCC students an opportunity to have an in-person practicum at the Collaborative: YMCA Child Development Center after four semesters of online study. Once students complete the program, they can work at a child development center or use program credits to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education at Eastern Michigan University.
Washtenaw Community College announces fall semester plans -- more virtual classes, tuition freeze
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Washtenaw Community College has announced that its fall plans will include online classes, hybrid courses, a tuition freeze and changes centered around preventing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). SafetyStudents, faculty and employees returning to campus will be required to complete an online safety training module. Bellanca stated that the community college has worked with two organizations in order to reopen safety. An updated fall schedule is available on the Washtenaw Community College website. Washtenaw Community College is at 4800 E Huron River Dr.
Washtenaw Community College Fall Career & Internship Fair set for Oct. 8
ANN ARBOR - Looking for a job? The 2019 Fall Career & Internship Fair at Washtenaw Community College will be held Oct. 8 in the Morris Lawrence Building and is free and open to the public. The WCC career transitions department hosts a number of annual events, from spring and fall career fairs to events for niche areas such as business, health care and advanced manufacturing. Washtenaw Community College's Ann Arbor campus is at 4800 E. Huron River Drive. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Ann Arbor branch of AAUW to hold 67th annual used book sale today through Sunday
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Beginning today, the Ann Arbor branch of American Association of University Women will hold its annual used book sale through Sunday. In its 67th year, the book sale will be in the Morris Lawrence Building on the Washtenaw Community College campus. Early birds will have access to the sale, and first dibs on books, today from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for $15. More About the AAUW Ann Arbor branchA registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the AAUW Ann Arbor branch aims to advance equity amongst women and girls within the area. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Summit to discuss wrongful conviction in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County Saturday
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - On Saturday, Washtenaw Community College will host the Wrongful Conviction Summit in the Morris Lawrence Building. From noon to 4 p.m., the Wrongful Conviction Summit will include a panel discussion and a series of speakers including Jeffrey Deskovic, founder of the Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation and exoneree; and Robyn Frankel, leader of the Conviction Integrity Unit recently created by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. While the event is free, possible attendees are asked to register through the Eventbrite page so as to reserve seating. For more information about the speakers, call 734-252-6075 or visit the Eventbrite event page. The Morris Lawrence Building is at 4800 E. Huron River Dr.All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.