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Launch A Washtenaw Community College Publication | Summer 2020

WCC to MD

Dr. Erika Gale and Dr. Allison Fox are two of many Washtenaw Community College graduates who prove you can start at WCC, transfer anywhere and become anything.

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Program Spotlights page 14

Inside 4 | Presidential Scholarship

Winner Found Opportunity and Enrichment at Washtenaw Community College

8 | Following His Dream WCC grad pursues his dream of a career in law enforcement. 10 | Grandma and the Graduate

A Tradition of Nursing

A family legacy of WCC nursing graduates.


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 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.

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Welcome to Launch Whenever I’m out in the community, I like to ask audiences if they know someone who attended Washtenaw Community College. Invariably, a lot of hands go up. In this issue of Launch, you will meet doctors, nurses, a police officer and an automotive technician… the kind of people you would encounter in your everyday lives or who might be your neighbor. What do they have in common? They all were students at WCC. Their compelling stories are a testament to our long-standing mission—making a positive difference in people’s lives through accessible and excellent educational programs and services. We continue to work hard to make sure WCC remains the place to go to when it’s time to start, advance or change careers. We want to ensure that the community has access to a highly skilled workforce— like the former students profiled in these pages. They and the thousands of other students at WCC have benefited from our talented and dedicated faculty. None of these missions could be completed, though, without support from Washtenaw County taxpayers who fund nearly half of our annual operating budget. We are fortunate to live in a community that places such a high value on higher education. Our commitment? We will continue to keep up the good work. With warm regards, Rose B. Bellanca, Ed.D. President, Washtenaw Community College


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Presidential Scholarship Winner Found Opportunity and Enrichment at Washtenaw Community College WCC to MD Dr. Erika Gale and Dr. Allison Fox are two of many Washtenaw Community College graduates who prove you can start at WCC, transfer anywhere and become anything.

Following His Dream WCC grad pursues his dream of a career in law enforcement.

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Grandma and the Graduate A Tradition of Nursing

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2020 Programs

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A family legacy of WCC nursing graduates.

Program Spotlights

14..... Pre-Engineering 16 .... Math and Science 18 .... Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement 20 ... Dental Assisting Certificate

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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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Presidential Scholarship Winner Found Opportunity and Enrichment at Washtenaw Community College Washtenaw Community College alumna Mackenzie Benning is completing her studies and leaning into her career, enthusiastic about her work and excited to talk about the contributions her team is making to support the product development eorts of one of the world’s largest auto manufacturers.

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s a calibration technician at General Motors Proving Grounds in Milford, Michigan, Benning is responsible for making sure the instrumentation put on test vehicles to measure everything from acceleration to air pressure to fuel consumption is working correctly. In fact, she’s been asked to lead a group of specialists to develop a new standard for calibration intervals that will be used on all GM vehicle test equipment – over 80,000 pieces of equipment – used at the Proving Grounds. This includes equipment used to develop the next generation of electric and autonomous vehicles. “With the new electric vehicles coming out, we have a lot of new equipment that has to meet the new standards set by National Conference of Standards Laboratories International (NCSLI),” Benning said of the global, non-profit organization that sets world standards for scientific test and measurement equipment. “It’s also interesting how different the instrumentation is for autonomous vehicles. There are sensors for anything you can think of from seeing in front, to the temperature, to humidity, to pressure outside.” After contemplating other four-year institutions, Benning chose WCC after graduating from Chelsea High School in part because she earned a President’s Honor Scholarship. WCC annually offers five President’s Honor Scholarships to graduating seniors from each public high school in Washtenaw County. “That was the kicker,” Benning said. “I was thinking of going to WCC just because smaller class sizes were really crucial for me. I really like one-on-one interaction and the freedom to ask any questions I want and have my questions answered by someone who is very knowledgeable, not just a teaching assistant.” Not long after starting at WCC, she was connected to General Motors. Benning answered an email from WCC Experiential Learning Coordinator Barb Hauswirth regarding three internship positions at GM Proving Grounds that were being offered to WCC math and science majors. “At first, I wasn’t sure if I should apply,” says Benning. “But I got my application together and had two really good interviews. My manager says that I was selected because I had already taken several calculus courses, as well as differential equations.”

Automotive Technician Salary

$62,067

Michigan median salary

Job Openings

476

Annually in Michigan

I was thinking of going to WCC just because smaller class sizes were really crucial for me.

I really like one-on-one interaction and the freedom to ask any questions I want and have my questions answered by someone who is very knowledgeable, not just a teaching assistant.” “I feel like WCC prepared me really well,” continued Benning, who earned a General Math and Natural Science associate degree from WCC. “The hardest thing for a lot of students in engineering is calculus and with the personalized help I got at WCC, it not only encouraged me to keep going for my engineering degree, but also put it in my mind that I might want to teach at the community college level. In engineering, math is so important. Everything builds on calculus.” Along with her full-time job, Benning is currently completing two bachelor’s degrees at Oakland University, in mechanical engineering and actuarial science. She says the transition from being a full-time student to being a full-time student with a full-time job was challenging but rewarding.

“WCC and GM gave me the opportunity to go to school and hold down a full-time job,” she said. “I didn’t even know I was capable of doing that until I did it.”

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MD Dr. Allison Fox, MD, WCC Alumna

Think you can’t start at a CC and end up an MD? Think again! Dr. Erika Gale and Dr. Allison Fox are two of many Washtenaw Community College graduates who prove you can start at WCC, transfer anywhere and become anything.

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oth WCC alumna recently earned their Doctor of Medicine degree and are working as residents in Midwestern hospitals. Gale worked at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor as a nursing assistant while she took classes at WCC, mixing Allied Health courses into her Math and Science associate degree transfer program. Today, she's completing her internal medicine residency at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. “You’ve got to have a firm foundation in order to build your knowledge and experience. I feel like Washtenaw gave me that,” said Gale. “Washtenaw made me more comfortable in my abilities and opened my eyes to what I could pursue. I’d had issues with self-confidence when I was younger, and had planned to go into nursing because I didn’t feel I had what it took to become a doctor. I feel like WCC made me more comfortable with who I

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was. The college gave me the confidence to pursue the career I really wanted.” Gale went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Cornell University in 2011 and graduated from medical school at the University of Queensland in Australia. Fox had already earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and was conducting research at the University of Michigan Hospital when she decided she wanted to pursue her childhood dream of practicing medicine. The problem? She hadn’t completed many pre-requisites for medical school and questioned her ability to succeed. While working up to three jobs at a time, Fox maintained a 4.0 GPA and earned an Associate in Science degree in General Studies in Math and Natural Sciences at WCC.

Midway through her stint at WCC, she enrolled in a Quality Management master’s degree program at Eastern Michigan University because she had developed an interest in healthcare quality improvement and patient safety. She completed that program just before starting on her Doctor of Medicine degree at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in 2013. “One of the biggest lessons my time at WCC taught me is that your education is what you choose to make it. You own it,” said Fox. “What you get out of it is what you put in, and there are absolutely wonderful educators and peers everywhere if you’re open to finding them.”


WCC made me more comfortable with who I was. The college gave me the confidence to pursue the career I really wanted.� - Dr. Erika Gale, MD, WCC Alumna

Physician Salary

$195,840 Michigan Median Salary

Job Openings

119

Annually in Michigan

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Michigan State Police Trooper James Cheese recalls his mother recently coming across something a very young James wrote years ago: “When I grow up I want to be a police officer,” it said. But as years passed, other possible career paths filled his mind. Then, years later, through a program of ridealongs with sheriff ’s deputies and city police officers, that childhood dream suddenly became clearer. A job in law enforcement would be his future.

His first assignment was at the State Police Post in Niles where he was part of a multi-state investigation of prescription drug fraud. That investigation eventually led to arrests and recovery of money and fraudulent prescriptions.

So, after graduating from Lincoln High School, James enrolled at Washtenaw Community College, eventually earning an associate degree in Liberal Arts.

The 27-year-old trooper is not finished with his education. This summer he will return part time to WCC to earn a few more credits, then transfer to Eastern Michigan University where he will complete a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

“I loved it here at WCC,” Trooper James Cheese said in a recent interview with Launch Magazine. “I remember Welcome Day. I remember the friends I had here.” Student James Cheese probably got to know many more people at WCC than his peers. He worked at the busy Subway sandwich shop on the first floor of the Student Center. But he credits WCC for focusing him on the important things in life. “I wanted to do something that matters,” he said. In 2016, he followed his dream by enrolling at the Michigan State Police Academy in Lansing. Now, four years later, Trooper Cheese is in his second posting--the Metro South Post in Livonia where he patrols busy Telegraph Road, among other duties.

Police Officer Salary

As for his career path: “I wouldn’t change a thing,” Trooper Cheese said. “Through Pell grants, I got the financial assistance I needed when I started here at WCC.” He also credits the college’s advisers for keeping him on the right track. “There was a time when I was actually homeless,” he said. “The advisers here helped me during that difficult time.” Next stop on Trooper Cheese’s career path will be back at the college he loves.

$57,699 Michigan Median Wage

Job Openings

1,364 Annually in Michigan

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WCC's nursing program is one of only 16 programs nationwide to be recognized as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing.

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ost graduates have family members attend their graduation ceremony.

But there was an extra special relative present at Cassidy Snow Andrusyszyn’s commencement. It was her grandmother, Louise Salamin, who was one of the speakers at the event and from whom she received her nursing pin. Andrusyszyn earned her associate degree from WCC’s accredited nursing program in December. Her grandmother earned her associate nursing degree over 40 years ago as a member of WCC’s first graduating class from its then-newly established associate nursing degree program. Salamin had aspired to be a nurse since she was a child, but marrying young and having children put her nursing education on hold. Years later when she made the decision to return to college, she didn’t have the budget or time to attend a four-year nursing program. “Because it was so convenient, affordable and less time consuming, I chose to attend Washtenaw’s licensed practical nurse program,” explained Salamin. 10 | Launch Summer 2020

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“She wouldn’t let me quit. She said, ‘you have to do this, and one day you’ll save somebody’s life.’” Salamin was nearly finished with her LPN program when WCC launched its associate registered nursing program. She leapt at the chance to expand her education and skills, going on to earn her bachelor’s in nursing from Eastern Michigan University and master of science in administration with a healthcare focus from Central Michigan University after receiving her second degree from Washtenaw. She worked at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital until she retired. Salamin continues to work parttime at Michigan Medicine. Andrusyszyn had initially wanted to be a teacher, but her grandma’s advice changed her mind. “Grandma Louise wanted all of us to go into the medical field. She said that nursing would give us limitless opportunities. She was hardworking. Family came first, but work was a close second.”

When Andrusyszyn was nearly halfway through her program, her family suffered a number of tragic losses. She had wanted to quit school, but recalled her grandmother’s determination to continue her own education while being a single mother. “I reminded myself that Grandma had done this while raising three kids,” said Andrusyszyn. “She wouldn’t let me quit. She said, ‘you have to do this, and one day you’ll save somebody’s life.’” Andrusyszyn considers her grandma’s phone calls, dinners and visits as instrumental to her graduation. From the stage at Washtenaw Community College’s nurse pinning ceremony, Salamin shared her nursing experience and appreciation for how WCC prepared her for her career. She praised her granddaughter after personally pinning her, saying, “Cassidy, I am so very pleased with your choices,

tenacity and accomplishments. You make me so very proud.” Now equipped with her degree, Andrusyszyn is looking for employment. She plans to pursue her bachelor of science in nursing degree and eventually become a certified registered nurse anesthetist. Cassidy thinks it is a good omen that the World Health Organization has dubbed 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honor of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday. She added that Nightingale, the “Lady with the Lamp,” was not only the founder of modern nursing, but also of today’s modern pinning ceremony. Today, WCC nursing graduates light their candles from one large candle. “It shows how our instructors passed their knowledge on to us,” said Andrusyszyn, just as her grandma continues to do for her.

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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 your career. 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

BUSINESS, CONT. Entrepreneurship Innovation 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

HEALTH SCIENCES DENTAL

Dental Assisting

IMAGING

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 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.

PRE-EDUCATION

Child Development Early Childhood Education Elementary Education Secondary Education

PUBLIC SAFETY

Criminal Justice Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement Paralegal Studies Police Academy

MANUFACTURING & AUTOMOTIVE AUTOMOTIVE

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

MANUFACTURING

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

SCIENCE, COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATH

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

ENGINEERING

Engineering and Design and 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 Construction Construction Supervision/ Management Facility & Energy Management HVACR Cabinetmaking/Millwork 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: Pre-Engineering Science Transfer, Associate in Science Degree

PRE-ENGINEERING SCIENCE TRANSFER, ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE DEGREE Program Description This program addresses the increasing need of students pursuing STEM fields, specifically engineering. Students in this program will have their coursework pre-planned with specific courses laying the groundwork for successful transfer to a four-year engineering program.

For more information, visit wccnet.edu/engineering-science. Top Jobs in Engineering Technology JOB

MEDIAN SALARY

ENTRY-LEVEL DEGREE REQUIRED

Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary

$67,237

A.S. + Transfer + Advanced Degree

Biomedical Engineers

$76,440

A.S. + Transfer

Civil Engineers

$77,711

A.S. + Transfer

Environmental Engineers

$86,778

A.S. + Transfer

Mechanical Engineers

$87,790

A.S. + Transfer

Industrial Engineers

$88,205

A.S. + Transfer

Median salary source: Economic Modeling, LLC (EMSi)

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Program Spotlight: Pre-Engineering Science Transfer, Associate in Science Degree

Engineer Your Path to Success Do you enjoy using your math and science skills to design solutions or products? Then engineering may be the right path for you. From automobiles to x-ray machines, engineering plays a role in nearly every aspect of life. WCC offers students who are interested in engineering the pre-engineering associate in science option, which is specifically designed to transfer to a four-year college or university. Students can save thousands of dollars by starting their pre-engineering education at WCC. And with WCC’s articulation agreements with four-year schools, students have the confidence knowing their credits will transfer seamlessly to continue their studies.

EARNING POTENTIAL Industrial Engineer NEW WORKERS

PER YEAR

Generally start around

Normal pay is

$58,599

$88,205 PER YEAR

$125k $107k $88k $72k $59k

10th

MICHIGAN NUMBERS

50th

75th

90th

Pay percentile

CURRENTLY EMPLOYED INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERS

31,316

25th

JOB OPENINGS

2,639

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

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Program Spotlight: Math and Science Associate in Science Degree

MATH AND SCIENCE ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE DEGREE Program Description The Math and Science Associate in Science program prepares students to transfer to a four-year college or university and major in the biological sciences, chemistry, or math. Students should obtain program requirements and transfer equivalencies from the college to which they are transferring.

For more information, visit wccnet.edu/math-science. Top Jobs in Math and Science JOB

MEDIAN SALARY

ENTRY-LEVEL DEGREE REQUIRED

Statisticians

$76,896

Associate in Science + Transfer (Advanced Degree)

Actuaries

$80,381

Associate in Science + Transfer

Computer and Information Systems Managers

$121,213

Associate in Science + Transfer

Pharmacists

$122,155

Associate in Science + Transfer (Pharmacy Degree)

Chief Sustainability Officers

$154,511

Associate in Science + Transfer

Allergists and Immunologists

$174,335

Associate in Science + Transfer (Advanced Degree)

Family and General Practitioner Physicians

$195,840

Associate in Science + Transfer (Medical Degree)

Surgeons

$241,164

Associate in Science + Transfer (Medical Degree)

Median salary source: Economic Modeling, LLC (EMSi)

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Program Spotlight: Math and Science Associate in Science Degree

Start Your Medical Education Here, Transfer Anywhere If your passion is helping people improve their health through the diagnosis, treatment, and counseling of health issues, consider starting your education at WCC. At WCC, you can take advantage of low tuition to earn your associate in science degree with a concentration in Biology or Chemistry and transfer to any bachelor’s program to continue your studies. The Math and Science Associate in Science degree easily transfers to a four-year institution, as it fulfills Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) requirements, provided the student takes two science courses from two different disciplines.

EARNING POTENTIAL Surgeons NEW WORKERS

PER YEAR

Generally start around

Normal pay is

$54,872

$241,164 PER YEAR

$419k $256k $241k $195k $55k

10th

MICHIGAN NUMBERS

50th

75th

90th

Pay percentile

CURRENTLY EMPLOYED SURGEONS

1,404

25th

JOB OPENINGS

44

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

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Program Spotlight: Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement

CRIMINAL JUSTICE LAW-ENFORCEMENT ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE Program Description The Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement program prepares students for certification to work in law enforcement jobs in the State of Michigan. Forty-five credit hours are earned through academic instruction. Eighteen hours are earned upon successful completion of WCC’s police academy.

For more information, visit wccnet.edu/criminal-justice. Top Jobs in Law Enforcement JOB

MEDIAN SALARY

ENTRY-LEVEL DEGREE REQUIRED

Police Officers

$57,699

Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement A.S.

State Troopers

$61,500*

Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement A.S. + Transfer

Criminal Investigators and Special Agents

$80,309

Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement A.S.

Police Detective Supervisors

$78,166

Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement A.S.

State trooper salary source: Michigan State Police web page, average of starting salary and salary after 20 years of service. Median salary source: Economic Modeling, LLC (EMSi)

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Program Spotlight: Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement

You Can Grow Up to be a Police Officer Whether it’s been your dream to be a sheriff ’s deputy, a state trooper, or a city public safety officer, you can get your start at WCC. As a police officer, you will enforce laws to protect the public, provide emergency assistance, and perform positive community relations. Enroll in the Criminal Justice Law-Enforcement Associate in Applied Science program, where you will learn about ethics, policing, forensics and more in addition to core requirements. As part of the associate degree program, you will earn 18 credit hours in WCC’s police academy. Graduates of the program are eligible to be hired as Certified Police Officers in the state of Michigan.

WCC's Police Academy is accredited by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.

EARNING POTENTIAL Police Officers NEW WORKERS

PER YEAR

Generally start around

Normal pay is

$33,342

$57,699 PER YEAR

$79k $69k $58k $46k $33k

10th*

MICHIGAN NUMBERS

50th

75th

90th

Pay percentile

CURRENTLY EMPLOYED POLICE OFFICERS

17,541

25th

JOB OPENINGS

1,364

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

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Program Spotlight: Dental Assisting Certificate

DENTAL ASSISTING CERTIFICATE Program Description This program prepares students for entry-level dental assisting positions in a variety of settings such as private dental offices, dental schools, the military, and dental insurance offices. The curriculum includes the required dental radiography courses that allow graduates to expose dental radiographs in the State of Michigan. The program also prepares students for the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) examination, which leads to the nationally recognized status of a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). As a CDA, graduates assist in the treatment of patients. Graduates are also prepared to take the Michigan State Board of Dentistry examination, which gives recognition as a Registered Dental Assistant (RDA). As an RDA in the State of Michigan, graduates can perform specific intra-oral functions generally performed by a dentist. Students may enroll in this program in one of two pathways. Pathway I is for students with no previous dental experience. Pathway II (ADAEP) is the advanced standing option for dental assistants with two or more years of experience as a dental assistant who has passed all three portions of the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) CDA examination.

For more information, visit wccnet.edu/dental-assistant. Top Jobs in Nursing JOB Dental Assistant

Median salary source: Economic Modeling, LLC (EMSi)

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MEDIAN SALARY

ENTRY-LEVEL DEGREE REQUIRED

$36,718

• Dental Assistant Certificate • Pathway I for students with no dental experience • Pathway II for students with 2+ years of dental experience


Program Spotlight: Dental Assisting Certificate

Maintain Healthy Smiles as a Dental Assistant Good oral health is key to maintaining overall health. And whether you’re taking x-rays, working chairside with a dentist, or calming a nervous patient, you’ll be helping people maintain healthy teeth and gums. Dental assistants typically work in an office environment during the week, which is perfect for those who cherish their nights and weekends. Many work full-time, but part-time positions are also available for those with families or other responsibilities. Dental assisting is a great path for a quick start in healthcare. It takes only three semesters for students with no dental experience to earn a dental assisting certificate with Pathway I. For students with more than two years of experience and have passed the Dental Assisting National Board exam, it takes just one semester to earn a certificate. WCC also has options for students to continue their studies and earn associate degrees.

WCC's Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

EARNING POTENTIAL Dental Assisting NEW WORKERS

PER YEAR

Generally start around

Normal pay is

$26,904

$36,718 PER YEAR

$51k $43k $37k $32k $27k

10th*

MICHIGAN NUMBERS

50th

75th

90th

Pay percentile

CURRENTLY EMPLOYED DENTAL ASSISTANTS

10,161

25th

JOB OPENINGS

1,285

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

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Important Dates: May 8 Summer I Classes Begin May 25 Memorial Day, College Closed May 26 Summer II Classes Begin June 23 Summer III Classes Begin July 3 Independence Day Observed July 4–5 No Credit Classes August 3 Summer Semester Ends August 31 Fall I Semester Begins September 23 Fall II Semester Begins October 7 Fall III Semester Begins October 23 Fall IV Semester Begins

Student Connection

Need help? Call or visit the Student Connection. Student Center building, second floor, 734-973-3543 Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Register

WCC’s class schedule is easy to navigate. Search classes using keywords such as a 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 (in-person, online or a mix of both). wccnet.edu/schedule

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.

Pay for school

There are many ways to pay for school—financial aid, scholarships and payment plans. Visit wccnet.edu/pay for more details.

WCC students

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. • Make sure you meet the prerequisites of the classes you want. • Planning to graduate soon? Run a graduation audit to see what classes you still need to take. See an advisor if you need help selecting classes or want to make sure you’re on the right track. wccnet.edu/advising

Washtenaw Community College does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other protected status in its programs and activities. The following office has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, Title IX or ADA/504 inquires: Executive Vice President of Student & Academic Services, SC 247, 734-973-3536. Facility access inquiries: Associate V.P. of Facilities, Development & Operations, DF 112, 734-677-5322 Employment compliance inquiries: V.P. for Human Resources, BE 120, 734-973-3497. Washtenaw Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411 800-621-7440 http://www.hlcommission.org/ For information about Washtenaw Community College, call 734-973-3300 If you have a disability and require accommodation to participate in this event, contact Learning Support Services at 734-973-3342 to request accommodations at least 72 hours in advance. The Student-Right-to-Know and The Crime Awareness & Campus Security Act of 1990 (also known as the Clery Act) requires institutions to disclose information about graduation rates, crime statistics, and security information to current and prospective students. Individuals interested in obtaining this type of information should contact the Dean of Students office at 734-973-3328 © 2020 Washtenaw Community College

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