Washtenaw Community College was named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing, one of just 16 nursing programs nationwide to earn the honor this year from across the academic spectrum of higher education in nursing and leading teaching hospitals and clinical sites.
Work crews recently put the finishing touches on more than 2,800 square feet of new nursing lab space at WCC. Designed to look and function as actual hospital patient rooms, the renovated space on the first floor of the Technical and Industrial Building includes a six-bed Nursing Skills Lab and a Nursing Simulation Lab that consists of a nurses’ station and two patient rooms with fully-functioning hospital headwall systems.
Washtenaw Community College has been a leader in cybersecurity education since it became the first institution in the state to offer a cybersecurity degree in the early 2000s. The college recently took that visionary approach to the next level. WCC is believed to be the only college in the nation with its own mobile hacking workbench, which allows students hands-on experience with an exact replica of an automobile’s complete communication and computer systems.
A group of administrators from Guidaojiaotong Polytechnic Institute (GPI) in the Liaoning Province of China visited Washtenaw Community College in late September, touring the college’s facilities in an effort to learn more about the American community college system and to discuss possibilities for collaborations of mutual benefit to students, faculty and staff at both institutions.
Washtenaw Community College enhanced the after-school academic support services it offers at the Parkridge Community Center in Ypsilanti thanks to a $133,176 grant from Washtenaw Coordinated Funders.
Brandon Tucker, Dean of Advanced Technologies and Public Service Careers at Washtenaw Community College, has been appointed to the Michigan Council on Future Mobility by Governor Rick Snyder.
Jim Krupp was one of 41 United Association members to receive a Washtenaw Community College associate degree at the UA’s Completion Ceremony at the end of its week-long Instructor Training Program held on the WCC campus in August. He waited more than 20 years to achieve the accomplishment and was wearing a black graduation gown that represented three other degrees he was partially responsible for.
According to research by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), well over half of students in America who earned a certificate in the 2016-17 academic year received their credentials from a public community college.
The STEM Scholars Program opens doors for internships, research opportunities and mentoring support, among other benefits, increasing the likelihood of participants getting into a STEM program at nearby universities, according to Susan Dentel, the coordinator of the WCC STEM program.
When LaChanda Thomas first contacted the Adult Transitions Pathways program at Washtenaw Community College, she had one goal in mind — complete a GED. A little more than one year later, the 43-year-old has a GED, a college certificate in a high-demand healthcare field and a full-time job, with benefits, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.