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.
Ray Papierniak, a 19-year-old student from Ann Arbor, beat out 36 state champions from around the country to win the gold medal in Overall Welding at the SkillsUSA 54th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
Ashlea Carravallah earned her second-place finish in her second year of competing against 28 other state champions in the Automotive Refinishing Technology competition. She finished 10th last year, but used that year of experience to boost her score to 904 out of a possible 1,000 points this year.
When Therese Basha Jarjoura won first place at the annual WCC Student Art Show, she was too self-effacing to place monetary value on her own work. Months later, a market value was set at a charity auction. It was higher than she expected. “Not a little higher,” she says. “A lot higher.”