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Career-Ready In Just Two Semesters A new Medical Assisting certificate program that prepares students for an in-demand career after taking 17 credits in just two semesters.

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Program Spotlights page 14

Inside 4 | ON A MISSION For Joe Derrico, enrolling at WCC is a path not just to an earned degree but to a personally fulfilling life experience. 8 | AFTER CAREFUL ANALYSIS, IT HAD TO BE WCC A WCC education is an asset for this financial advisor. 10 | START HERE, TRANSFER ANYWHERE With nearly 65% of students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university, WCC established a University Transfer Center to help guide them through the process.


Publisher . . . . . . . Rose B. Bellanca, Ed.D.

President, Washtenaw Community College

Executive Editor . . . . . . . . . . Colleen Villa

Director of Marketing

Graphic Designer . . . . . Mandy McCarthy Web Designer . . . . . . . . Sonya McDowell

Welcome to Launch Despite enduring a pandemic, the likes of which we’ve never seen in our lifetimes, I hope this summer is filled with some much-needed relaxation and fun. There is some good news to share.

Production Assistance . . Angela Law-Hill Launch is written and designed by the WCC Marketing and Communications Department, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105-4800. Questions about the WCC programs and services described in this publication should be directed to the Student Connection Center at 734-973-3543. Comments or questions about the publication itself can be directed to the WCC Marketing and Communications Department at 734-973-3704. All rights reserved. No part of the material printed may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage retrieval system without the permission of the publisher. Please note, every effort is made to remove individuals or businesses that have requested, in writing, to be deleted from Washtenaw Community College’s mailing lists and/or database. WCC obtains mailing lists/data from many sources and cannot guarantee you will be eliminated from every mailing. Salary, job, and employment source: Economic Modeling, LLC (EMSi) unless otherwise noted.

wccnet.edu WCC Board of Trustees Christina Fleming, Chair William G. Milliken Jr., Vice Chair David DeVarti, Secretary Angela Davis, Treasurer Ruth A. Hatcher Richard J. Landau, Ph.D., J.D. Diana McKnight-Morton Rose B. Bellanca, Ed.D. WCC President

I’m happy to announce that Washtenaw Community College has begun the process to return to our beautiful campus. With strict safety protocols in place, we will have in-person lab courses on campus but with all other classes offered online through on demand or virtual classroom instruction. We’re very good at what we offer through remote instruction. AC Online rated WCC the best two-year online college in Michigan. Still, we’re excited about once again seeing students and faculty, although few, back on campus. It is a beginning. In this issue previewing the Fall/2020 semester, you’ll read the compelling stories of three graduates and one current student who share their perspectives on what a WCC education means to them. Their stories are a roadmap for future students to follow as they search for a higher education alternative, especially in these challenging times. The quality of our educational programs, the resources we provide to help students succeed and our cost make us an excellent choice. There’s Ypsilanti’s Joe Derrico, who put half a lifetime of work in automotive related industries to good use by being awarded 21 hours of credit for “Life Experience.” Now, he’s just a year away from earning an associate degree in Supply Chain Management. Adam Caballero, took a decidedly analytical approach in deciding on what college was best for him. It’s no wonder the Milan native is a financial adviser today. And Ali Kurmasha and Emilee Seghi, both of whom graduated in May with high honors, are off to Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, respectively, this fall. And by the way, both won prestigious national scholarships and awards along the way. These students represent what WCC is all about: Providing excellent educational programs that are affordable and accessible to all. Enjoy their stories! With warm regards,

Fall Classes Begin August 31, 2020 Rose B. Bellanca, Ed.D. President, Washtenaw Community College

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LAUNCH FALL 2020

In This Issue 4 6 8 10 13 14

On a Mission For Joe Derrico, enrolling at WCC is a mission not just to an earned degree but to a personally fulfilling life experience.

Career-Ready In Just Two Semesters A new Medical Assisting certificate program that prepares students for an in-demand career after taking 17 credits in just two semesters.

After Careful Analysis, it had to be WCC A WCC education is an asset for this financial advisor.

Start Here, Transfer Anywhere With nearly 65% of students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university, WCC established a University Transfer Center to help guide them through the process.

2020 Programs Program Spotlights

14...... Medical Assisting 16..... Supply Chain Management 18..... Associate in Liberal Arts Transfer 20.... Automotive Cybersecurity

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At WCC, your success is so important to us that we guarantee it! WCC's Assurance of Student Success policy, which serves as a guarantee to students, employers, and educational partners at four-year colleges and universities, states that all WCC degree graduates will have the knowledge and performance skills required for their major program. It also allows students who meet specified qualifications to retake courses tuition free if necessary. See wccnet.edu/guarantee for information.

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ON A MISSION At age 42 and a long-time employee in the automotive industry, Joe Derrico would seem to have it made.

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ut his busy daily routine suggests otherwise: a full day’s work as a Supply Chain Management Analyst at Yanfeng Automotive Interiors in Romulus, a quick meal, then hitting the books in the evening. “I’m on a mission,” Derrico said. “A year from now I will graduate with my associate degree in Supply Chain Management from Washtenaw Community College.”

I can’t say enough about the help and guidance I received at WCC. They helped me put together a portfolio, that included, among other things, letters of recommendation.”

Working for a company that emphasizes education to its employees, Derrico initially re-enrolled at Eastern Michigan University, where he had earlier pursued a degree in Criminal Justice. But then he heard about WCC’s credits for Life Experience and thought: “That’s where I need to go. I shouldn’t waste the experience I’ve gained on the job.” All total, Derrico was awarded 21 credits toward his Supply Chain major for the nearly 20 years he had spent in area automotive and electronic manufacturing jobs. “I can’t say enough about the help and guidance I received at WCC,” Derrico said. “They helped me put together a portfolio, that included, among other things, letters of recommendation.” Guiding him through the process was Student Advisor Cristina Buzas. “With his experience in the Supply Chain industry and prior college credits, he is much closer to earning his associate degree,” Buzas said. “I appreciated his professionalism, follow-through and determination to complete his degree.” A resident of Ypsilanti, Derrico also has high praise for WCC faculty members: Victor Johnson, Interpersonal Communication; Cheryl Byrne, Retail Principles and Practices and Elizabeta Ilich, Principles of Management. “They come to class so prepared and well organized. It’s a joy to be there.” But it wasn’t all business and management oriented classes that inspired Derrico. It was an elective-- Music Appreciation, Music World-- class he took last year that opened a door to a new experience. Taught by Michelle Urina, Derrico said it was a class he thoroughly enjoyed. “I learned so much about so many different kinds of music that I hadn’t paid a lot of attention to,” he said. For Joe Derrico, enrolling at WCC is a mission not just to an earned degree but to a personally fulfilling life experience.

Supply Chain Manager Salary

Job Openings

$60,790 1,653 4 | Launch Fall 2020

Median Salary


GET THE CREDIT YOU DESERVE! Why take college classes when you can get credit for your skills and experience? With a portfolio evaluation, you may be able to earn college credit in your program of study, reducing the time it takes to complete your degree and saving you thousands of dollars in tuition! WHAT EXPERIENCES COUNT? • Employment experiences

•C  ivic / community / religious activity

• Entrepreneurship

•C  ontinuing professional education

• Military service

•V  olunteer work

• Professional development

•N  on-credit courses

• Licenses, certifications and other credentials

•W  ork or study abroad

• Seminars, workshops and in-service training

•O  nline and open educational resources

WHY CONSIDER A PORTFOLIO EVALUATION? • Earn up to 30 college credits • Complete your degree faster • Save thousands of dollars on tuition

HOW TO SUBMIT A PORTFOLIO Submit your portfolio in four easy steps.

1. Submit the Application to Request Credit for Prior Learning by Portfolio Review 2. Provide all supporting documentation listed in the application. 3. Pay a $50 non-refundable evaluation fee. 4. Email your Request for Credit by Portfolio Review form along with supporting documentation to transcripteval@wccnet.edu.

Learn more at wccnet.edu/portfolio-evaluation or call 734-973-3543.

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CAREER-READY IN JUST TWO SEMESTERS One of the primary roles of a community college is to fill the workforce needs of the local economy. So when two prominent employers in Washtenaw County identified a strong need for medical assistants, the Health Science Division at Washtenaw Community College got to work.

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he result was the creation of a new Medical Assisting certificate program that will prepare students for an in-demand career after taking 17 credits over just two semesters. Local healthcare organizations IHA and Michigan Medicine have both expressed to WCC a pressing need to fill their talent pipeline with more certified medical assistants. Both have indicated they will provide clinical site placement to WCC students and employment opportunities with a sustainable living wage and comprehensive benefit package upon program completion. “The medical assistant role is a very important role and a much needed role in healthcare,” said IHA Talent Acquisition Manager Annie Steiner, who added that it is “extremely difficult to find enough medical assistants to even make a dent in our recruitment efforts.”

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The medical assistant role is a very important role and a

much needed role in healthcare.”

Job Outlook

23% GROWTH

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent by 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Medical Assisting program director Rhonda Johns will welcome a new cohort each fall semester. Typically, those students would take all of their classes together on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays and work an externship on Mondays and Wednesdays. Contingency plans are in place, depending on how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the Fall 2020 semester. Johns worked as a medical assistant herself for many years and values the field because of its flexibility. She said graduates of the program can forge a career path as a medical assistant, or use it as a stepping stone to other positions in the healthcare field.

A lot of students end up using medical assistant programs to get a foot in the door of healthcare.

The fact is that medical assistants do so many things in an office, they get an opportunity to get a little taste of everything and decide what’s next.”

“IHA has designed a career path for medical assistants that not only allows them to expand their roles as a medical assistant, but also to expand into other clinical roles,” Johns said. “A lot of students end up using medical assistant programs to get a foot in the door of healthcare. The fact is that medical assistants do so many things in an office, they get an opportunity to get a little taste of everything and decide what’s next.” The program prepares students to manage both administrative and clinical duties such as coding, scheduling, arranging for laboratory services, instructing patients about medication and special diets, and drawing blood. It is designed to prepare professional multi-skilled individuals for employment in physician's offices, medical clinics, laboratories and other ambulatory health care facilities.

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After Careful Analysis, it had to be WCC WCC education an asset for this financial advisor.

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espite the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on his business, Edward Jones financial advisor Adam Caballero remains calm and confident.

“I think it helped me become the person I am. I became very strict with my studies because I didn’t want to be in college forever.”

Some of that confidence mirrors the careful, analytical approach he used when he looked at colleges to attend after graduating from Milan High School. “Washtenaw Community College was the foundation of my education and eventual career as an Edward Jones financial advisor,” he said.

Caballero says his grades in college were “amazing,” and credits WCC for opening a career path. “Washtenaw allowed me to take classes without the financial burden because I had scholarships. The online classes allowed me flexibility. My instructors were great!”

“I wasn’t a big fan of school,” he explained. “I was a jock, active in wrestling and football, and I just wanted to do what I wanted to do back then, and my grades weren’t very good. But I’m the kind of person when I know what I want, I go after it, and I think that’s why I was so good at sports.”

It was affordable, it was close to home and I didn’t see why I wouldn’t go to WCC. There was no other choice in my mind.”

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Eventually, Caballero decided it was in his best interest to “go after” college. His parents, though, explained to him that he would be responsible for funding his education. “I didn’t want to get into debt going to college. And, if my parents weren’t going to pay for it, what was I going to do?” he said he asked himself. “I always had good money management skills, and I knew if I didn’t get scholarships I was going to have to do it myself.” It was quickly apparent that WCC was going to be the college for him: “It was affordable, it was close to home and I didn’t see why I wouldn’t go to WCC. There was no other choice in my mind.” A two-year scholarship from WCC cinched his plan, with additional scholarships following. He attended classes full-time and worked full-time in landscaping, managing a crew.

Caballero earned his associate degree in Liberal Arts Transfer in 2007 and later transferred to Eastern Michigan University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration, followed by a master’s degree in business administration. He was pleased he could affordably take some WCC classes that transferred as credits he needed for his master’s degree. While at Eastern, he received a full-time paid internship at Integrated Healthcare Associates in Ann Arbor while pursuing his master’s. He later moved to a full-time position at IHA, overseeing financial and administrative functions. He says the development of his professional skill set and passion for helping others inspired him to move into a financial/investment career. He’s been with Edward Jones in Ypsilanti for the last five years. While in mandatory quarantine with his wife and son, Caballero is conducting online financial seminars and meetings for clients and prospective clients. “There are so many new opportunities in the emerging economy,” he said enthusiastically. “To benefit from them, it’s important not to overreact. I tell my clients to stay the course.”


Washtenaw Community College was the foundation of my education and eventual career as an Edward Jones financial advisor.� Financial Planner Salary

$74,382 Median Salary

Job Openings

611

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Start Here

TRANSFER

Anywhere

There’s a saying you’ll see and hear frequently around Washtenaw Community College: “Start Here, Transfer Anywhere.”

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ith nearly 65% of students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university, WCC established a University Transfer Center to help guide them through the process. The end result is earning an associate degree, completing a large percentage of university prerequisites, and saving thousands of dollars on the way to a bachelor’s degree. WCC is full of high-achieving students with lofty academic goals who make the smart financial decision to start their higher education journey at a community college. Let’s introduce you to a couple of the elite members of our Class of 2020:

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Ali Kurmasha

Ali Kurmasha is among just 50 community college students from across the country to win a highly-competitive Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship that provides him with up to $40,000 per year toward the completion of his bachelor’s degree.

He is the third student in as many years to win the scholarship since 2018. The Ann Arbor resident plans to take his Liberal Arts Transfer degree from WCC to Michigan State University, where he’ll study chemistry or biology. From there, he plans to apply to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. “I chose dentistry because of my love for science and arts. I believe that dentistry is a perfect marriage of both,” he said. “I would also like to use my career as a way to help unite people and offer those who cannot afford dental care the chance to smile.” Winning the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship made Kurmasha a bit of a local celebrity. During an appearance on CTN, the Ann Arbor public access television network, he talked about the benefits of attending WCC. “You get the same credits that you would get at a university for a lower price,” he said. “And sometimes you get them even better at a community college because it has smaller class sizes and the faculty are very friendly and approachable. It’s just amazing how community colleges are underestimated, but they are pretty amazing in what they do.”

Emilee Seghi

After graduating from WCC with a PreEngineering Science Transfer degree in May, Emilee Seghi had a couple items on her summer to-do list before enrolling in the University of Michigan School of Engineering to study Aerospace Engineering. She signed up for a WCC class to learn Python, a computer programming language, so she could develop her own app that would assist with another interest —learning different languages.

The app was put on hold when Seghi was one of 273 community college students from around the country selected to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar program. Beginning in late May, she started working through a five-week online course that could lead to her being selected to participate in an all-expense-paid, four-day experience at a NASA center. “I couldn’t really think of a better way to spend my summer,” said Seghi, who graduated from WCC with a perfect 4.0 GPA. “I hope to gain more connections with other community college students interested in this kind of opportunity and I’m excited to learn more about the engineering process.” For Seghi, the opportunity to participate in the NASA program is one last reason why starting her academic pursuits at WCC was the right decision. “Coming to WCC before going to U-M was the best thing I could have done for my education and my personal development,” Seghi said.

Learn more about the services offered by the University Transfer Center at WCC at wccnet.edu/learn/transfer. Read more about Ali Kurmasha and Emilee Seghi at wccnet.edu/news.

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Discover the WCC Difference

Low tuition, high quality programs and courses, and a team that is dedicated to your success makes WCC a smart choice for college and beyond.

Low Tuition AMONG THE LOWEST TUITION IN THE U.S.

$95

Turbocharge Your Learning Advance your career or be job-ready in weeks with our accelerated learning programs. Cut down on the time it takes to get the career you want! Learn more at wccnet.edu/accelerated-programs.

Tuition remains low at only $95*/credit hour compared to other colleges and universities. Visit wccnet.edu/tuition to learn more.

In-District

Give Your Education A Boost This Fall

*in-district

Finish your degree and transfer fast with SmartPairs courses. Visit wccnet.edu/smartpairs for more information.

THE MOST FOR YOUR EDUCATION DOLLARS Pay thousands less in tuition at WCC than you would at a private or public four-year institution.

* Average full-time tuition based on findings from the National Center for Educational Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, 2017–2018 (based on provisional data) Values. ** 2018–2019 academic year in-district tuition for 24 credits. Source: wccnet.edu

Start Here, Transfer Anywhere! #1 Community College Transfer to U of M

With our track record for successful transfers to four-year institutions, students can seamlessly transfer English, Humanities, Math, Science, Social Sciences, and more! Learn more at wccnet.edu/transfer-agreement.

Experience Is Your Best Teacher Think your experience can’t count toward a degree? Think again. Experience from training, your job, even volunteer work can help you earn college credit! Learn more at wccnet.edu/portfolio-evaluation.

Paying for College

Your Trusted Partner in Education WCC is a trusted partner in your education, with staff to provide individualized support and tools for your success!

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Choose the virtual classroom format for scheduled class times and real-time interaction, or ondemand courses for maximum flexibility.

Watch our webinar, Tips for Successful Online Strategies, to learn more about our online courses at wccnet.edu/online.

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Student loans, grants, scholarships and emergency funding are available for students who qualify. Funding for laptops, internet access, course materials, childcare and more due to COVID-19 is available through the WCC CARES grant. Visit wccnet.edu/financial-aid.

Parents are invited to visit wccnet.edu/parents to learn more about student and family resources.

enrollment is underway! Apply for free at wccnet.edu/apply.


WCC has programs you want! With more than 130 different programs of study, it’s easy to get an associate degree and transfer to a four-year college, train for a career you can start right away, or earn a certificate to advance in your job. Visit wccnet.edu/programs for the full list of programs and to learn more.

BROADCAST, COMMUNICATION, VISUAL, DIGITAL & FINE ARTS BROADCAST MEDIA ARTS Audio Production and Engineering Broadcast Media Arts Journalism Technical Communication

DIGITAL ARTS

3D Animation Animation for Film and Broadcast Animation for Game Art Client-side Web Developer Digital Strategist Digital Video Production Interface Designer Server-side Web Developer User Experience Designer Web Design and Development

FINE ARTS

Film Studies Fine Arts Global Studies Liberal Arts Transfer

VISUAL ARTS

Graphic Design Photographic Imaging Photographic Technology

BUSINESS AND CULINARY ARTS BUSINESS

Accounting Accounting for Business Administrative Assistant Applied Data Science Business Administration—Transfer Business Enterprise Business Office Administration Computer Software Applications Core Business Skills Digital Business Marketing and Sales Entrepreneurship Innovation

BUSINESS, CONT. Human Resources Management Management Occupational Studies Retail Operations or Management Supply Chain Operations or Management

CULINARY ARTS

Baking and Pastry Arts and Management Culinary Arts and Management

GENERAL STUDIES General Studies— Transfer Pathway General Studies— Employment Pathway

PRE-EDUCATION

PUBLIC SAFETY

Criminal Justice Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement Paralegal Studies/Pre-Law Police Academy

MANUFACTURING & AUTOMOTIVE AUTOMOTIVE

Dental Assisting

IMAGING

HEALTH SCIENCES DENTAL

Computed Tomography (CT) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Mammography Radiography

NURSING

Nursing Assistant LPN to RN RN

OTHER PROGRAMS

Health Care Foundations Health Program Preparation Medical Assisting Medical Billing and Coding Physical Therapist Assistant Sterile Processing Surgical Technology

HUMAN SERVICES, PRE-EDUCATION & PUBLIC SAFETY HUMAN SERVICES Addiction Studies Human Services

WCC also offers an English as a Second Language (ESL) certificate for international students in preparation for a college degree in the U.S. Programs available as of publication date. Consult wccnet.edu/programs for the latest information.

Child Development Early Childhood Education Elementary Education Secondary Education

Auto Body Repair Automotive Cybersecurity Automotive Services Automotive Test Technician Collision Repair and Refinish Technician Custom Auto Body Fabrication and Chassis Design Motorcycle Service Technology Powertrain Development Technician Transportation Technologies

MANUFACTURING

Advanced Machine Tool Programming Engineering Technology— Manufacturing Fluid Power Industrial Electronics Technology Machine Tool Setup, Operation and Programming Mechatronics Welding and Fabrication

SCIENCE, COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATH

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY, CONT. Foundations of Information Systems Information Systems: Programming in C++ Linux/UNIX Systems Programming in Java Web Database Programming Professional

ENGINEERING

Engineering and Design Technology Pre-Engineering Science Transfer

MATH AND SCIENCE

Environmental Science Exercise Science General Studies in Math and Natural Sciences Math and Science Biology Chemistry Mathematics

SKILLED TRADES & CONSTRUCTION Cabinetmaking/Millwork Construction Construction Supervision/ Management Facility & Energy Management HVACR Welding

APPRENTICESHIP & UNION TRADES

Apprenticeship Completion Construction Supervision Industrial Training Ironworkers Pre-Apprenticeship Journeyman Industrial Occupational Studies

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY

C++ Programming Computer Networking Computer Software Applications Computer Systems Technology Cybersecurity

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Program Spotlight: Medical Assisting (CTMA2)

Hot Program!

MEDICAL ASSISTING (CTMA2) Program Description In this program, students will develop comprehensive skills in managing both administrative and clinical duties such as coding, scheduling, arranging for laboratory services, instructing patients about medication and special diets and drawing blood. This program is designed to prepare professional multi-skilled individuals for employment in physician's offices, medical clinics, laboratories and other ambulatory health care facilities. Graduates will be prepared to sit for the medical assisting certification exam.

For more information, visit wccnet.edu/ctma2. Related Jobs JOB

MEDIAN SALARY

ENTRY-LEVEL DEGREE REQUIRED

Medical Equipment Preparers

$35,443

Sterile Processing Technician Certificate (CTSPTC)

Medical Records and Health Information Technician

$38,284

Medical Billing and Coding Certificate (CTMBC)

Physical Therapist Assistant

$52,190

Physical Therapist Assistant A.A.S. (APPTA)

Median salary source: Economic Modeling, LLC (EMSi)

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Program Spotlight: Medical Assisting (CTMA2)

Get a Dose of Variety as a Medical Assistant If your passion is working in healthcare and you enjoy multitasking, consider earning a certificate in medical assisting. In this role, you will welcome patients, take vital signs, arrange healthcare procedures, provide care instructions, and much more! As a valued team member, your contributions will be key to the success of a healthcare facility in this high-demand profession. This program is designed to prepare you to take the medical assisting certification exam and work in physicians’ offices, medical clinics, and other healthcare facilities. If you plan to start in healthcare and advance your career, medical assisting is a great way to experience a range of healthcare disciplines and continue your studies in nursing, radiography, and more.

EARNING POTENTIAL Medical Assistant NEW WORKERS

PER YEAR

Generally start around

Normal pay is

$25,213

$31,911 PER YEAR

$41k $37k $32k $28k $25k

10th

MICHIGAN NUMBERS

50th

75th

90th

Pay percentile

CURRENTLY EMPLOYED MEDICAL ASSISTANTS

24,044

25th

JOB OPENINGS

2,961

Salary and employment source: Economic Modeling, LLC (EMSi)

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Program Spotlight: Supply Chain Management (APSCM)

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT (APSCM) Program Description This program emphasizes both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to succeed in both customer-facing and behind-the-scenes jobs in any type of logistics setting as products move from point-of-origin to point-of consumption. The curriculum was developed with input from industry experts and topics include the supply chain ecosystem, warehousing, operations, transportation, purchasing, reverse logistics, retail, inventory management, and analytics. Students also learn about supplier relationship management and leadership/management skills. As part of the program, students will be ready to take the tests needed to receive their CLA (Certified Logistics Associate) and CLT (Certified Logistics Technician) industry certification.

For more information, visit wccnet.edu/apscm. Related Jobs JOB

MEDIAN SALARY

ENTRY-LEVEL DEGREE REQUIRED

Industrial Production Managers

$111,517

Associate in Science + Transfer

Geothermal Production Managers

$111,517

Associate in Science + Transfer

Hydroelectric Production Managers

$111,517

Associate in Science + Transfer

Purchasing Managers

$111,228

Associate in Science + Transfer

Median salary source: Economic Modeling, LLC (EMSi)

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Program Spotlight: Supply Chain Management (APSCM)

Deliver the Goods as a Supply Chain Manager Supply chain management is all about making sure goods and services are delivered to manufacturers and consumers in a timely manner in order to gain competitive advantage in the marketplace. Companies like Amazon, FedEx, and others are successful due to expert supply chain practices. Whether it’s through the purchase and delivery of production materials, logistics, warehousing, or operations, those who work in supply chain play a critical role in today’s environment and will continue to do so, as consumers and industry increasingly move to online ordering and delivery of goods and services.

EARNING POTENTIAL Supply Chain Manager NEW WORKERS

PER YEAR

Generally start around

Normal pay is

$26,814

$60,790 PER YEAR

$144k $87k $61k $40k $27k

10th

MICHIGAN NUMBERS

25th

75th

90th

Pay percentile

CURRENTLY EMPLOYED SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGERS

17,292

50th

JOB OPENINGS

1,653

Salary and employment source: Economic Modeling, LLC (EMSi)

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Program Spotlight: Associate in Liberal Arts Transfer (AALAT)

ASSOCIATE DEGREE LIBERAL ARTS TRANSFER (AALAT) Program Description This program allows students to design a program of study to meet their individual needs. The associate in arts Liberal Arts Transfer degree is a good option for students who are undecided about a major or who simply want to explore various areas in the arts and social sciences. Students may customize their coursework to meet the requirements of the transfer college or university. A counselor will assist in developing a program of study that meets WCC’s graduation requirements. A counselor can also help students determine interests, career and educational goals, and provide transfer and career information.

For more information, visit wccnet.edu/aalat. Related Jobs JOB

MEDIAN SALARY

ENTRY-LEVEL DEGREE REQUIRED

Sales Managers

$128,472

Associate in Liberal Arts Transfer + Transfer

Chief Sustainability Officers

$154,510

Associate in Liberal Arts Transfer + Transfer

Legislators

$19,593

Associate in Liberal Arts Transfer + Transfer

Marketing Managers

$121,083

Associate in Liberal Arts Transfer + Transfer

Median salary source: Economic Modeling, LLC (EMSi)

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Program Spotlight: Associate in Liberal Arts Transfer (AALAT)

Create a Successful Career or Transfer Path The associate degree in Liberal Arts Transfer program is designed for students who wish to create their own unique program in order to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree. Students can take coursework across academic areas of the college in order to achieve their education goals. The associate degree in Liberal Arts Transfer is applicable to numerous fields for those who want to start or advance their career. For those who plan to transfer to a four-year institution, this degree is a great way to save thousands of dollars on tuition before transferring to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Adam Caballero (see page 8) chose the associate degree transfer path before transferring to a university. Today, he is a successful financial advisor at Edward Jones.

UNIVERSITY TRANSFER CENTER

EARNING POTENTIAL Personal Financial Advisor

WCC is a top transfer school to the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, and more! Learn about transfer opportunities at wccnet.edu/transfer.

NEW WORKERS

PER YEAR

Generally start around

Normal pay is

$30,575

$74,382 PER YEAR

$222k $132k $74k $51k $31k

10th*

MICHIGAN NUMBERS

25th

75th

90th

Pay percentile

CURRENTLY EMPLOYED PERSONAL FINANCIAL ADVISORS

611

50th

JOB OPENINGS

6,452

Salary and employment source: Economic Modeling, LLC (EMSi)

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New Program!

Program Spotlight: Automotive Cybersecurity (CTACYB)

AUTOMOTIVE CYBERSECURITY CERTIFICATE (CTACYB) Program Description This certificate program is designed to meet the emerging demand for highly skilled automotive cybersecurity professionals. In this program, students are introduced to the skills and strategies needed to test security related to automobile networks and related infrastructure. Students will work with the various automobile networks (CAN, LIN, Ethernet, and FlexRay) and explore protocols and messages produced by the vehicle that could be vulnerable to attacks. Students will consider risk mitigation technologies including authentication, encryption and firewall technologies.

For more information, visit wccnet.edu/ctacyb. Jobs in Information Security JOB

MEDIAN SALARY

ENTRY-LEVEL DEGREE REQUIRED

Information Security Analyst

$90,563

Associate in Science + Transfer

Computer Systems Analyst

$79,604

Associate in Science + Transfer

Security Management Specialist

$65,658

Associate in Science + Transfer

Computer Network Support Specialist

$58,876

Associate in Science + Transfer

Median salary source: Economic Modeling, LLC (EMSi)

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Program Spotlight: Automotive Cybersecurity (CTACYB)

Protect Vehicles Against Cyberattacks Computer technology impacts virtually every aspect of our lives, including the vehicles we drive. Unfortunately, the addition of this technology exposes our cars and trucks to the possibility of cyberattacks. And with the introduction of driver assisted technology, vehicle cyberattacks could result in harmful situations. WCC’s Automotive Cybersecurity certificate is designed to meet the emerging demand for automotive cybersecurity professionals. As an automotive cybersecurity student, you will learn about vehicle computer networks and how they can be exposed to attacks. You also will learn how to reduce the risk of cyberattacks to keep vehicles operating safely.

EARNING POTENTIAL Information Security Analyst

Washtenaw Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education.

NEW WORKERS

PER YEAR

Generally start around

Normal pay is

$59,405

$90,563 PER YEAR

$135k $117k $91k $71k $59k

10th*

MICHIGAN NUMBERS

25th

75th

90th

Pay percentile

CURRENTLY EMPLOYED INFORMATION SECURITY ANALYSTS

1,622

50th

JOB OPENINGS

182

Salary and employment source: Economic Modeling, LLC (EMSi)

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Quality, Affordable Education

AMONG THE LOWEST TUITION IN THE U.S.

#1 Community College Transfer to U of M

TOP 100 ASSOCIATE DEGREE PRODUCER

$95

In-District Per Credit Hour

#1 On

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IN MICHIGAN

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Register Now for Fall! Fall Classes Begin August 31, 2020 Tips To Help You Get Started At WCC Apply to WCC. It’s free!

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Get answers to your registration questions using the tools in MyWCC in the WCC GATEWAY on the WCC website. • Check to see if you have any registration holds.

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• Make sure you meet the prerequisites of the classes you want.

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WCC advisors can help you with determining your major, class selection and degree planning. Schedule an appointment with Student Services. Call 734-677-5102 or contact the Student Connection. wccnet.edu/advising

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Important Dates: August 31, 2020 Fall I Semester Begins September 23 Fall II Semester Begins October 7 Fall III Semester Begins October 23 Fall IV Semester Begins November 11

Winter Registration Begins for Continuing Students

November 12

Winter Registration Begins for New Students

January 11, 2021 Winter Term Starts At WCC, your success is so important to us that we guarantee it! WCC's Assurance of Student Success policy, which serves as a guarantee to students, employers, and educational partners at four-year colleges and universities, states that all WCC degree graduates will have the knowledge and performance skills required for their major program. It also allows students who meet specified qualifications to retake courses tuition free if necessary. See wccnet.edu/guarantee for information.

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CHOOSE A CAREER IN CYBERSECURITY WCC is pleased to be designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. We look forward to continuing our commitment to provide a comprehensive cybersecurity education to our students.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR CYBER CENTER AND CYBERSECURITY PROGRAMS AT

wccnet.edu/cyber-center

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