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.
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.