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 …

Emily Thompson, Ph.D., [Biology] holds special expertise in the area of genetics and will present an informative talk on the subject Thursday, March 27, 6 p.m. Titled “DNA Testing, Your Ancestry, and Your Health: The Hopes and Perils of Genetic Testing” the discussion focuses on the rapidly growing interest in DNA testing. Her talk will …

Each year hundreds of new faces grace the college’s campus, but this semester someone extra special will be joining the crowd. Alpha, WCC’s new mascot, was designed by Digital and Media Arts student Erik Morris and will officially make his debut campus wide on apparel and assorted merchandise at the college’s bookstore. Morris’ artwork was …

Given the ever rising gas prices and a growing interest in preserving the earth’s natural resources Allen Day, faculty member in the Automotive Services department recently gave a timely and informative presentation on how consumers can save money by improving fuel economy with their cars. The presentation titled, “Automotive Talk and Tour: Making The Most …

The WCC Gateway launched on Monday, March 10. It is the start of an ongoing process to enhance the WCC online experience for faculty, staff and students. Currently, the WCC Gateway is the single point of access for MyWCC, Blackboard, web based email and eBill for students. WCC faculty, staff and students only need to …

A unique partnership between WCC’s Workforce Development Department and representatives from the University of Michigan’s Plant Operations Facilities Maintenance Department – resulted in the WCC Commercial Building Maintenance Certification [CBM] program. The four semester, twelve credit hour program provides a practical, structured and accredited program for the University of Michigan building maintenance staff – with …

Community colleges across the country, including Washtenaw Community College, are facing a new reality when it comes to student enrollment. Since 2010, enrollments have been steadily declining. According to state data, Michigan community colleges enrolled 10,000 fewer students over the course of just one year, between Fall 2012 and Fall 2013. Because slightly more than …

Over 1000 community college trustees, presidents and students traveled to Washington, D.C. on February 10th to participate in the National Legislative Summit (NLS). Hosted annually by the American Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the summit is the largest community college advocacy event each year. …