Launch Magazine - Summer 2022

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Launch A Washtenaw Community College Publication | Summer 2022


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• 7 Smart Reasons to Choose WCC • Your College Dream Begins with Dual Enrollment • Students Save Big with Zero-Cost Textbooks • Women at Work: MI Reconnect at WCC • Jump Start Career Success with Accelerated Programs


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We’re Back On Campus!


7 Smart Reasons to Choose WCC


Your College Dream Begins with Dual Enrollment


Students Save Big With Zero-Cost Textbooks


Women at Work: MI Reconnect at WCC


Jump Start Career Success With Accelerated Programs

Greetings! Spring is in the air at Washtenaw Community College (WCC), and with it, the anticipation of even more students returning to campus for Summer and Fall 2022 semesters. As COVID-19 infections decline in our community, we are pleased to offer more face-to-face courses and student activities. I especially look forward to celebrating our students and graduates during in-person Commencement and Honors Convocation ceremonies we have planned in May. We are committed to improving the lives of every student by providing excellent and accessible educational programs and services. Whether you’re approaching high school graduation, are a recent graduate, or are a bit older and interested in learning new skills or advancing in your current profession, WCC is here to support your educational goals. In this edition of Launch, we cover how WCC helps to ensure that an affordable, high-quality education is within reach for everyone. We feature stories ranging from earning college credit in high school to accelerated programs that can help students advance knowledge and job skills in as little as 12-15 weeks. You’ll also read about women pursuing new first-time degrees by taking advantage of the Michigan Reconnect free-tuition scholarship program. What do you call someone who went to WCC? The answer is employed! Whatever your stage in life, our exceptional faculty and staff are here to help you achieve your educational goals to fulfill your career aspirations. There is no better time to invest in your education and your future. Registration is open for Summer and Fall 2022 semesters. Join us. I’d love to meet you!

WCC Board of Trustees

With warm regards,

Mr. William G. Milliken Jr., Board Chair Ms. Angela Davis, Vice Chair Mr. David DeVarti, Treasurer Ms. Ruth A. Hatcher, Secretary Ms. Christina M. H. Fleming, Trustee Mr. Richard J. Landau, Ph.D., J.D., Trustee Ms. Diana McKnight-Morton, Trustee Rose B. Bellanca, Ed.D., WCC President 2 | Launch Summer 2022

Rose B. Bellanca, Ed.D., President Washtenaw Community College


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Classes, activities return to WCC

Washtenaw Community College is preparing to welcome an influx of students back to campus in the upcoming school year. Students have already returned en masse. Nearly 5,000 are enrolled in on-campus classes in the current Winter semester, which started in January — when local health and safety guidelines were still strict. As COVID-19 cases continue to decrease, WCC is preparing for even more students to return to face-toface learning and participation in on-campus activities in the upcoming Summer and Fall semesters. 4 | Launch Summer 2022

“Things are changing for the better, which has allowed us to reinstate some important college traditions — like returning to an in-person Honors Convocation and Commencement ceremony this May,” said WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca.

Registration is open for both the Summer (which begins May 9) and the Fall (which begins August 29) semesters. New students can start the process by completing a free application “With the availability of vaccines and at and treatments, I fully expect the return of reviewing areas of study students to on-campus learning and at activities will continue throughout the summer and really make a big jump when the new academic year begins in August.”

ENROLL NOW FOR THE SUMMER/FALL SEMESTERS Summer Classes How To Get Started at WCC Apply to WCC. It’s free! Applying is free and only takes 10 to 15 minutes. Complete items on your personal checklist We’ll call within three days of receiving your application to walk you through each item.

Start May 9

Fall Classes

Start August 29 On Campus and Online


Meet with an academic advisor

Summer Sessions

WCC advisors can help you select a major and plan your class schedule. Call 734-677-5102 or contact the Student Welcome Center.

Session I Start

| May 9

Course schedule

Session II Start

| May 23

Search and register for classes by subject, class name, instructor name, class number or Course Reference Number (CRN). Other tools help you find classes by subject, location, time of day, days of the week and type of class.

Session III Start

| June 21

Online classes are available on-demand or in a virtual classroom format. Mixed-mode classes are a combination of online instruction and on-campus lab time. Pay for school There are many ways to pay for school—financial aid, scholarships and payment plans.

Fall Sessions Session I Start

| August 29

Session II Start

| September 21

Session III Start

| October 5

Session IV Start

| October 20

Tips to help you register! Log into, click on Student Services, then Registration. You will be able to: • Check your course prerequisites • See if there are any holds on your account • Register for classes 5



1 | THIS MATH ADDS UP! Tuition at WCC is among the lowest in the state and country, with current in-district on-campus tuition set at $95 per credit hour. At that rate, students save an average of $8,000 to $20,000 each academic year compared to those at four-year public and private institutions in Michigan. With outstanding student debt in the United States currently at $1.58 trillion, attending WCC is a smart investment in you and your educational goals.

Save Money on Your EDUCATION Planning to transfer? Save thousands with a WCC associate degree before moving on to a four-year college or university


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*Average full-time tuition based on findings from the National Center for Educational Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, 2020–2021 (based on provisional data) values. **2020–2021 academic year in-district on-campus tuition for 24 credits. Source:

A SMART PLACE | 3 TO START Thanks to the Michigan Transfer Agreement, any student who starts at WCC and transfers to a four-year institution can meet many, if not all, of the general education requirements at Michigan colleges and universities. That’s a minimum of 30 credits taken at WCC’s in-district on-campus low tuition rate of $95/credit that will transfer seamlessly to a school that costs $500/credit or more and meet the exact same requirements. Complete one of WCC’s 60-credit associate degree programs to transfer even more credits and save even more money. We won’t even blow your mind by telling you about the 3+1 agreements we have with several in-state colleges that allow you to complete three years (up to 90 credits) at WCC toward a 120-credit bachelor’s degree. But feel free to ask us about it if you’re interested!

Low Tuition Seamless Transfers

FAST TRACK TO CAREER SUCCESS 2 | THE A two-year associate degree can put you on the path to a new job or career and even help you advance or refresh skills in your current profession. WCC offers 135+ degree and certificate programs you need for the career you want. We also offer accelerated degree and certificate programs to help you advance your skills even faster. Some of today’s fastest-growing and most in-demand jobs require an associate degree. (See table at right.)

Job Median Salary* Paralegals or legal assistants..............$52,920 Computer network support specialists................................$55,510 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians.............$58,230 Occupational therapy assistants........$60,950 Radiologic and MRI technologists......$63,710 Web developers...................................$77,200 * Median salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics

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FLEXIBLE TO FIT | 4 YOUR NEEDS WCC offers something for everyone. More than a third of our students, 32%, are age 18-20, with another 21% between the ages of 21-24. In fact, we welcome students of all ages – with nearly 7% age 17 or younger, 22% age 25-34, and others sprinkled in older age groups. Did you know that 12% of our student body has already earned a bachelor’s degree and has enrolled in WCC to update their skills or even change careers? About 76% of our students are employed and 75% take classes part-time (one or two classes at a time). Having so many students in different stages of life means flexibility is important to meet busy schedules. Want to take all day-time classes? All night-time classes? All online? Prefer on-campus classes because WCC is close to work or home? Our scheduling options allow you to dedicate time to your studies, work, family and personal life.

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THAT ENTRY-LEVEL JOB | 5 IS PROBABLY NOT ENOUGH Some people are putting college on hold because plenty of employers are offering entry-level jobs with starting salaries above the state’s living wage – which, according to an MIT study, is $13.63 per hour for a single adult.


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But will you be able to advance quickly enough in those careers if you plan to start a family? Add a child to the mix and the living wage for a single adult jumps to $31.15. Two working adults with three children must each make $27.72 per hour to reach a living wage in Michigan. Studies show associate degree holders earn about $7,300 more per year than high school graduates in similar jobs.



Still not sure you can afford college? You probably can afford WCC, and we’re here to help make that happen. The WCC Foundation distributes more than $1 million in scholarships annually and our Financial Aid Office helped students secure $28 million toward their education during the 2020-21 academic year. We’ve even saved students more than $9 million by replacing costly textbooks with open educational resources that our faculty and staff painstakingly produced for 47 different classes.


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We get it. People are concerned they’re missing out on two years of the “college experience” by starting at WCC. Granted, there’s no frat parties or football tailgates here. But ask a recent college grad if they’d trade a couple of parties for $20,000 less student debt. (Go ahead, we’ll wait.)

Plus, WCC’s student life can be pretty darn great. We have a large number of student organizations, club and intramural sports, and year-round activities that provide plenty of social opportunities. You can’t live on campus, but you can study and work and play pretty much all day! 7

College Dreams Begin With Dual Enrollment

Annie Peurach, 2017 WTMC and WCC graduate, is employed as a French teacher at Emerson School in Ann Arbor.

Not many people can boast of earning a college degree before their high school diploma. But that accomplishment is one of Annie Peurach’s most favorite fun facts about herself. In 2017, Peurach earned her associate degree from Washtenaw Community College (WCC) one day before walking across the stage to receive her high school diploma. The benefits of her dual enrollment experience as a Washtenaw Technical Middle College (WTMC) and WCC student are almost immeasurable. Less than five years out of high school, Peurach has already earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees, spent a year working and living in France and is now in her first year teaching French to middle and elementary students at Emerson School in Ann Arbor. The jump start allowed her 8 | Launch Summer 2022

I often think about what my life would have been like had I not attended WTMC ...I would not have been confident in myself or my abilities. Annie Peurach, 2017 WTMC and WCC graduate

to graduate debt-free from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. WTMC, the charter high school located on the WCC campus, emphasizes soft skills through an advising model that nurtures and guides students, preparing them to transition from high school-only courses to a full college schedule. “I often think about what my life would have been like had I not attended WTMC. I may have followed the same path, but I would not have been confident in myself or my abilities,” says Peurach, who describes herself as “barely staying afloat” in the public schools before enrolling in WTMC as a junior. One hundred percent of WTMC students graduate with at least one college certificate or associate


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Earned an associate along with high school diploma in past five years

Earned multiple associate degrees or certificates along with high school diploma in past five years

100% Of high school students graduate with at least 1 WCC certificate or associate degree

67 Average number of transferrable college credit hours earned

Is Dual Enrollment for You? In addition to Washtenaw Technical Middle College students located on the WCC campus, 844 high school students from 67 different schools are enrolled in college courses this academic year. High school students should check with their school counselor on dual enrollment options. continued from page 8

degree along with their high school diploma. In fact, it’s a requirement to graduate. Over the last five years, 85% of WTMC graduates also earned a WCC associate degree and 67 hours of transferrable college credit, at no cost as a WTMC student. About 35% completed multiple degrees or certificate programs.

Nationally ranked WTMC hosted its first classes 25 years ago and is the second oldest middle college in the state. With nearly 800 students, it is also one of the largest early middle colleges in the country.

serving 15,300 students. In addition to its own WTMC, Washtenaw Community College has early middle college partnerships in Ypsilanti, Dexter and Livingston County.

The number of early middle college schools and programs is exploding throughout Michigan and in the past 25 years has grown to over 170

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Leading the Way in Offering Zero-Cost Textbooks

WCC’s faculty have developed free, high-quality online resources for 47 courses, saving students millions of dollars in textbook purchases since 2017.

Accustomed to budgeting hundreds of dollars for textbooks each semester, Ana Andrade found a nice surprise in her inbox after registering for Fall 2020 classes. The simple message from her instructor: No need to purchase the official textbook because a free online resource is offered. Since Fall 2017 when the zero-cost textbook program officially known as Open Education Resources (OER) was introduced, Washtenaw Community College students have saved nearly $9 million in WCC’s 47 courses offering OER. WCC now offers four entirely no-cost textbook business certificates, and the college is close to offering zero-cost textbook associate degrees, also known as “Z Degrees”. Andrade estimates she has saved at least $200 in two courses through the free online textbook program. “I have to work to pay my school, so for me it was a very good help at that time. With books, tuition, transportation, and other costs of college, it’s great to have more tools to help students with all the expenses,” says Andrade, who plans to graduate

from WCC’s nursing program next year. An international student from Brazil, Andrade first enrolled at WCC in 2018. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the costs of textbooks have increased 88% between 2006 and 2016. Nationally, the average cost for one textbook is $153, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. In some cases, even with WCC’s low tuition, a textbook could potentially exceed tuition. Nationally, during the 2020-2021 school year, the average cost of books and supplies for students at public two-year colleges was $1,460, according to the College Board. Faculty members work in cohorts with WCC’s librarians, developing original content, scouring open resources, mixing and matching graphics and other types of information, and navigating through the issues of attributions and copyrights to create top quality free textbooks that meet standards for each class. OER is a growing movement in higher education. A leader in this effort among community colleges in the State of Michigan, WCC’s OER program is one of three two-year institutions statewide highlighted by the Michigan OER Network.

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H R Essentials Certificate (three courses) ■ H R Skills & Operations Certificate (six courses) ■ S upply Chain Essentials Certificate (two courses) ■ C ++ Programming Certificate (three courses) ■

Coming in Fall 2022 ■ M anagement Certificate (CTMNGC) (four courses) “We are committed to providing an excellent education for all students, no matter their socioeconomic background. Our growing OER efforts help tremendously with affordability, and students can be assured that the quality and content of the materials is exceptional,” says WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca. OERs benefit students and faculty alike. Instructors tailor content to curriculum so that all students have materials on the first day of class and don’t risk falling behind. While the primary goal is cost savings, students point to other benefits such as the ease of access and convenience of not having to haul or store large, heavy textbooks. Molly Ledermann, professional librarian who leads WCC’s Bailey Library OER cohorts, praises faculty members dedicated to helping students. “One of the amazing things about WCC is our faculty are passionate about their students, and they want to save them money. They see the choices students have to make between buying a pair of glasses or fixing a car or purchasing a textbook.” 11


Michigan Reconnect at WCC State’s free tuition program helps women pursue career passions with first-time degrees Business closures as well as child and eldercare issues brought on by the pandemic displaced women from the workforce at an alarming rate that has yet to fully recover. In Michigan, the 2020 pandemicrelated employment drop for women reached 26.3%. While some losses have been restored, employment of females remains below pre-pandemic levels. The Michigan Reconnect state tuition program launched at the height of the pandemic was designed to help older students return to college to prepare them for a reentry into the workforce. And at WCC, many are women. Reconnect was the spark that Amanda MacDonald and a thousand others at Washtenaw Community College (WCC) needed to fulfill career aspirations. Of the nearly 1,300 WCC students who have enrolled in their first classes

through the Reconnect program, 64% are women.

Since the Reconnect program’s launch in February 2021, over 12,000 scholarship participants are currently enrolled at schools statewide in a degree or skills certificate program, according to the state.

“Enrolling in college was always in the back of my mind but was not something I was necessarily planning,” says Chelsea resident MacDonald, a wife and mother of three. “Now I can earn a degree and do something I have a passion for,” says MacDonald, who is pursuing a Medical Billing and Coding Certificate and dreams of helping those in need navigate through complicated insurance cases and advocate for coverage. She expects she’ll eventually stack her credits toward pursuing an associate degree in health administration. Michigan Reconnect pays the cost of in-district tuition for eligible adults 25 and older wanting to pursue an associate degree or skills certificate at any of Michigan’s public community colleges.

WCC’s Financial Aid office serves as a resource and starting point for many incoming students, and the college’s success coaches and career counselors support students throughout all aspects of their educational journeys. “We are so proud of our Reconnect students, many of whom are balancing families and full-time jobs. They’ve chosen to enroll at Washtenaw because they have big goals for themselves and their families and know this is the next step to their dream job,” said WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca.


Women Studying at WCC

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Total Number of Female Students

Percentage of Female Students Attending WCC

Percentage of Reconnect Students Who are Female

E nrolling in college was always in the back of my mind ...Now I can earn a degree and do something I have a passion for. Amanda MacDonald, Medical Billing and Coding Certificate student, shown here with her family

“We are so proud of our Reconnect students, many of whom are balancing families and full-time jobs. They’ve chosen to enroll at Washtenaw because they have big goals for themselves and their families and know this is the next step to their dream job.”

WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca



Jump Start Your Career in as Little as 12-15 Weeks In addition to the great return on investment that Washtenaw Community College’s low tuition and excellent education offers, the college’s new suite of accelerated business programs is helping students like Anthony Scianimanico get a jump start on their careers. The same quality education is delivered in a compressed format, allowing students to achieve their goals more quickly than the traditional route. Accelerated classes and certificate programs are offered in a variety of formats to meet students’ needs, with lengths varying from three weeks to 15 weeks and via online, in-person, virtual through Zoom or in mixed-mode formats. Students are assigned to a student success team that provides support during their academic journeys. Through a new fully online accelerated associate business degree, Scianimanico will transfer to Eastern Michigan University to earn his bachelor’s degree and get started on his career a year and a half earlier than he might have otherwise. “While it’s not easy, I think it’s a very good opportunity if you want to get your degree quickly. I know with this program I am getting a head start on my career. It’s going to allow me to get a bachelor’s in about two and a half years instead of four,” says Scianimanico, whose ultimate goal is to own an insurance business. 14 | Launch Summer 2022

I am getting a head start on my career.

It’s going to allow me to get a bachelor’s in about two and a half years instead of four. Ten other accelerated certificate programs can be completed in one semester in the areas of business and information technology. Students can earn certificates in the area of management, human resources, supply chain, C++ programming, networking and many more.

“We continue to add more sections and offerings each semester. Students no longer want to spend two years in school. They want to earn a credential that will give them an employable skill in a short amount of time,” says Eva Samulski, Dean of the Business & Computer Technologies Division. Additionally, WCC’s Workforce Development office works with the community and industry to promote accelerated offerings as professional development opportunities or as an apprenticeship program.

Finish fast with programs like these and more:

• Supply Chain Essentials • Management • HR Essentials • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Essentials • Business Enterprise Basics

With course content offered in a compressed format, students must be self-motivated and willing to invest the time needed to succeed. Scianimanico, for example, devotes 30-40 hours per week toward his studies on top of his full-time job. The majority of accelerated offerings are geared toward students who would like to complete a credential within one semester. Each certificate nests within a degree for those who want to continue on with their studies.

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What do you call someone who went to WCC?

Employed. After first considering a career in computer science, Patrice Scott found his true passion in the Digital Video program at Washtenaw Community College. An award-winning video director while at WCC, Patrice is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Grand Valley State University while also working as a content creator and editor for a major YouTube channel.

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