Washtenaw Community College

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Washtenaw Community College
Established 1965
Type Community College
President Rose B. Bellanca, Ed.D.
Location Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America
42°15′51″N 83°39′54″W / 42.2641°N 83.6650°W / 42.2641; -83.6650Coordinates: 42°15′51″N 83°39′54″W / 42.2641°N 83.6650°W / 42.2641; -83.6650
Campus Suburban, 291 acres
Mascot Wolfpack (Formerly Warriors)
Website www.wccnet.edu
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Washtenaw Community College.

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) is a community college located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Founded in 1965,[1] WCC welcomes more than 13,000 people from over 100 countries for study each year and grants certificates and degrees to over 1,400 students annually. The college offers approximately 100 credit programs in business, health and public service, humanities and social science, math and natural sciences, and technology. The campus is home to the Washtenaw Technical Middle College, a charter high school providing students a chance at vocational degrees. The college has extension centers in Brighton and Hartland and offers courses at high schools in Dexter, Chelsea, Manchester, Milan and Whitmore Lake.

WCC has comprehensive training partnerships with local and national businesses and organizations, and has transfer agreements with the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, and UM–Dearborn.

Campus life[edit]

The Health & Fitness Center.

The Washtenaw Community College (WCC) core campus includes 14 instructional and auxiliary buildings and is surrounded by 291 acres of pristine woodlands and naturalized spaces in the heart of Washtenaw County and southeast Michigan. The college sponsors off-site extension centers in Brighton, Dexter, Hartland and two in Ypsilanti.

Over 13,000 students enroll in credit classes each fall and winter semester; adults 18–24 years of age represent almost 48 percent of the WCC student body. The college charters Washtenaw Technical Middle College, one of the most successful high school middle colleges in the country. The WCC Foundation provides over $400,000 in scholarships annually. In 2009 WCC received a full ten-year accreditation renewal without contingencies from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Washtenaw offers over 1,000 credit classes and learning off campus at extension centers.

Washtenaw Community College is publicly funded, with an annual operating budget in excess of $98,500,000; full-time authorized strength is 561 employees. A new outdoor athletic complex was dedicated in fall 2010 adjacent to a premier health and fitness center. After state-funded renovations are completed in fall 2011, a 120,000-square-foot (11,000 m2) classroom building will be heated and cooled by the earth through geothermal technology.[4]

Orchard Radio broadcasts live on the web and is one of the first Internet-based radio formats produced by a college. The college's on-site child care center was established in 1968, long before on-site programs became popular with businesses.

The college claims ownership of the largest fossiliferous limestone rock (55 tons and roughly 400 million years old) ever unearthed in the region. The school newspaper is known as the Washtenaw Voice, a national Pacemaker Award paper. Washtenaw Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).[5]

Past Presidents[edit]

David H. Ponitz - 1965-1974.

Gunder A. Myran - 1975-1998.

Larry L. Whitworth - 1998-2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WCC Timeline: 1965". Wccnet.edu. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  2. ^ "Facts and Figures". Wccnet.edu. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  3. ^ "Higher Learning Commission Self Study". Wccnet.edu. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  4. ^ Aug 10, 2010 9:14am (2010-08-10). "WCC " News & Events " OE Building Renovations Underway". Wccnet.edu. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  5. ^ "About Accreditation | Higher Learning Commission Self-Study | Washtenaw Community College". Nca.wccnet.edu. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 

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