Photo by Jessica Bibbee

WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca is interviewed by WJR’s Paul W. Smith during an on-campus broadcast on July 18. (Photo by Jessica Bibbee)


50th anniversary, millage, transportation discussed during WJR remote broadcast

It’s not every day that a renowned radio station broadcasts live from the Washtenaw Community College campus. You could feel the excitement when the Paul W. Smith show – broadcast on WJR-AM 760 – went “on the air” bright and early on July 18.

The broadcast focused on the college’s 50th anniversary, its upcoming millage and the Advanced Transportation Center.

WJR has a listening audience of 600,000 and can be heard in Michigan, the Midwest and in Canada.

Interviews were held with WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca and Al Lecz, Director of the WCC Advanced Transportation Center.

A wide array of business partners attended and spoke on behalf of the many ways the college’s programs support the needs of business and industry in our region.

Guests included Steve Arwood, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; Ed Krause, Global Manager, Ford University Programs, Ford Motor Company; Sean Duval, Chair of Michigan Works! Southeast Workforce Board; Bill Sleight, Director of Michigan Works! Southeast, and Nathaniel Brown, Area Sales Manager in the Building Technologies Division for Siemens.

Each spoke about the important work WCC does to support not just the workforce of today, but the rapidly expanding workforce that’s developing in the area of transportation mobility.

“It was an honor to speak with Paul W. and share with him all the exciting initiatives here at WCC,” said Dr. Bellanca. “We talked about the importance of our upcoming millage and how we are honoring message we heard from the community to ‘Keep Up The Good Work!’”

By Susan Ferraro, APR
Director of Media Relations