It was recently brought to the attention of President Bellanca that at the beginning of the winter semester, a faculty member had an uninvited visitor come to her classroom. Identifying themselves as a visitor from South America, the person asked to tour the classroom and take photos.  The faculty member asked her class how they …

A package of 10 bills was passed by the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives in March, which is intended to restore 100 percent of the revenue local governments and community colleges were set to lose due to phasing out the personal property tax (PPT). Washtenaw Community College previously estimated a loss of up to …

The second in a series of articles focusing on detailed updates on the priorities of the WCC 2012-15 Strategic Plan, Shaping Our Future Student Success is the second of the eight priorities in the 2012-15 Strategic Plan Shaping Our Future. The plan states that WCC will “Strengthen and enhance student success,” with an emphasis on …

On April 2, Washtenaw Community College was honored to host former Surgeon General of the United States Dr. Regina Benjamin as a featured speaker at an event recognizing Diversity Month and Women’s History Month. The event was sponsored by WCC’s recently formed Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and the President’s Office, and was made possible …

It’s not often that women consider the construction field as a source of job opportunities. And if they do – they often don’t know where to turn for information. As a way to broaden the understanding of the wide variety of opportunities for women in the construction field, the WCC Student Resource and Women’s Center …

The continued enrollment declines that community colleges have faced over the past few years have been much discussed. As reported in the last issue of On The Record, at the start of the Winter 2014 semester, the number of students enrolled at WCC was down 3.4 percent compared to the start of Winter 2013. Other …

Positive economic news was shared at the Washtenaw Economic Club’s annual Economic Forecast luncheon on March 29th. University of Michigan Economist Dr. George Fulton presented data from a 2014-2016 economic forecast prepared by Fulton and fellow University of Michigan economist Donald Grimes. According to Fulton, Washtenaw County should expect to see 12,500 new jobs by …

Governor Snyder released his budget recommendation for fiscal years 2015 and 2016 in February, with a recommendation that Washtenaw Community College receive the highest  percentage increase of all 28 Michigan community colleges. If approved by the Michigan House and Senate, this would be the second year that WCC would receive the highest  percentage appropriation. The …

Each month at WCC, a group of ten students who sign up through the WCC Student Services department attend a luncheon with WCC president Dr. Rose Bellanca and Julie Morrison, WCC executive director for institutional effectiveness, planning and accreditation. One of the regular agenda items for each event is called: “What Would You Do If …

The first of the eight priorities of the 2012-15 Strategic Plan Shaping Our Future focuses on professional development and organizational health. As part of this priority, the plan indicates that WCC will “Sustain and enrich organizational culture and health with an emphasis on building and leveraging a learning community.” In particular, the large, cross-campus team …