WCC is a logical meetup space for the Ann Arbor Autonomous Vehicle Group, considering the tools, instruments and other resources available in the college’s lab space. But it was something decidedly low-tech — the hoop house garden located on the eastern edge of campus — that was vital to the group’s winning strategy in the 2018 Autonomous Robot Challenge.
WCC faculty member Elizabeth Connors, program director of the college’s Surgical Tech and Sterile Processing programs, was honored with an Occupational Studies Outstanding Educator Award.
Michigan Medicine’s recently launched Service Desk Apprenticeship Program pays entry-level candidates to serve a one-year apprenticeship in frontline technology support, receiving extensive on-the-job training and formal technical coursework at WCC in the process. At the end of the program, apprentices receive a U.S. Department of Labor journeyman’s card and earn a 16-credit Computer Systems Technology certificate from WCC.
A special Veterans Day ceremony at Washtenaw Community College on November 12 honored the college’s students, faculty and staff who have served in the U.S. military.
Students in WCC’s Custom Cars & Concepts program and other auto body students customized a Ford F-350 exhibited at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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.