For the past two years, WCC has received the highest percentage increase of all 28 Michigan community colleges in budget dollars from the state. In the 2015-2016 budget the state has allocated a 3.7 percent increase in WCC’s funding, meaning an additional $466,500. In the 2014- 2015 budget the state allocated a 2.3 percent increase …

At Washtenaw Community College, more students are choosing to take their classes online. In fact, Distance Learning at the college has grown 11 percent over the past three years. That growth is due in part to the college offering more online classes, degrees and certificates than ever before. WCC has seen a small decrease in …

Starting in Sept. 2015, Washtenaw Community College students will have more ways to connect real-world experiences to their academic curriculum. First, WCC is making plans to utilize new technology to link students to campus organizations, departments and programs. A new system will provide a record of a student’s engagement on campus and within the community—a …

Under the guidance of Washtenaw Community College faculty members Kathleen Weber, Kristina Sprague and Jodi Neuman, students in the college’s Dental Assisting program learn a broad array of skills to become certified dental assistants. The program also offers the chance to earn a certificate and an Associate in Applied Science degree. “Our program is designed …

Newly elected Foundation Board Chair Betsy Petoskey is looking forward to the new school year. She will play a key role in leading the Washtenaw Community College Foundation to raise money for tuition assistance and support services such as childcare and transportation. “I am excited to work with so many wonderful volunteers for a cause …

Nagash Clarke’s two-week STEM summer camp is like an electric shock for unsuspecting middle and high schoolers. Every day from 8:30am to 3pm, students undertake a variety of exciting topics including designing a package meant to keep an egg intact when dropped from three stories high, a tour of the University of Michigan’s biology, engineering …

Dr. Kimberly Hurns is the new interim dean of the Business and Computer Technologies division. Born and raised in Detroit, Hurns received a B.B.A. in marketing from Eastern Michigan University and her M.B.A. from Loyola University Chicago. She spent the early years of her career working in marketing and sales for technology companies. “Although I …

Spring/Summer 2014 Semester enrollment is up approximately 4.2 percent over last year. WCC is one of only four  of the state’s 28 community colleges reporting an increase in enrollment compared to Spring/Summer 2013. The college is also seeing significant increases in distance learning enrollments with a 17.3 percent jump from Spring/Summer 2013.

As interim dean for the Advanced Technology and Public Service Careers division, Brandon Tucker is determined to understand the breadth and depth of the programs that fall under his leadership by getting his hands dirty and shadowing at least one course in each department. He plans to “take a journey” with each department and spend …

Longtime math faculty member, Kristin (Kris) Brandemuehl, is the new interim dean of the Math and Sciences division. “It is a big change being a dean,” Brandemuehl said, “but I’m excited to continue to work with my faculty colleagues, now in a different role with new responsibilities.” After growing up in Traverse City, Brandemuehl attended …