Smart students recognize the value of attending Washtenaw Community College, whether they are just launching into their education, enhancing their workplace skills, retraining for a new career, or just satisfying their inquisitive minds.
Located in friendly and accessible Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Community College welcomes 20,000 motivated students from nearby communities and from across the globe to challenge themselves in and out of the classroom through engaging courses of study in more than 100 programs, offered with excellence – and flexibility – in mind.
“One of the biggest benefits here is our teachers,” says Dr. Kimberly Hurns, vice president for instruction at Washtenaw Community College. “The caliber of our faculty is outstanding, bar none. People would be surprised by how our instructors are engaged academically and aligned with the local industry, and by how much they love to teach. This is one of the benefits of being in Ann Arbor, which is one of the most educated communities in the country. Our students absolutely benefit from that.”
Highly affordable at just $95 per credit hour, Washtenaw Community College offers a smart jumpstart to the workforce with certificate, advanced certificate and associate degree programs in diverse industry sectors like culinary arts, automotive and motorcycle technology, business and entrepreneurial studies, digital media arts, nursing and health sciences, advanced transportation, information technology, and so much more.
Small class sizes foster in-depth discussions, allowing students to reflect, share, and build communication and critical thinking skills. Instructors engage and challenge students while sharing critical real-world information gained directly across the breadth of today’s industry sectors. Students have ample opportunities to engage in teamwork and collaboration, build leadership skills, and develop competencies recognized by employers and colleagues alike.
Respecting the pace of change in the job market, Washtenaw Community College invests in the latest state-of-the-art equipment and software for instructional use from journalism to engineering to advanced manufacturing to lightweighting.
“In welding class, students learn how to use a robotic welder. Animation students use the very latest version of Adobe. In photography and video, students don’t have to bring their own equipment,” Hurns says. “Each year, we check out a million dollars’ worth of the latest media equipment for students to practice with and learn their skill. Nursing and health simulation labs look like hospital rooms so students are learning on real equipment from the workplace.”
Washtenaw Community College recognizes your prior experience, and grants credit based on previous education, such as on-the-job training, apprenticeships, and military training. Classes are offered during the day, at night and on the weekends to accommodate busy schedules, and on-site child care is available and affordable. More than 23 programs can be completed entirely online.
Students can study at Washtenaw Community College, then enter the workforce, or continue on to a four-year degree university or college, saving thousands in tuition and housing costs. In fact, one-third of all Washtenaw Community College students transfer on to a university within three years of initial enrollment – without mountains of student debt. Tuition at Washtenaw Community College is a fraction of what most students pay at most four-year public colleges and universities in Michigan, and Washtenaw Community College offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.
For those with their sights set on pursuing a degree at one of Michigan’s excellent four-year colleges or universities, a start at Washtenaw Community College is a smart choice financially, as well as academically. This is the place where students learn the “how things work” skills so very valuable in today’s experience-driven workforce.
“I hear students compare their experience here and share how it complemented their transfer experience,” Hurns says. “They say when they got to their chosen university, they learned the theory portion, but that they had already touched the equipment, the software, the systems that they go on to learn more about at the university. Our students already know how to DO.”
Washtenaw Community College is more than just a top-ranked place to learn. It’s an inclusive educational community, focused on the highest level of academics and resources available, fully supported by Ann Arbor stakeholders, and committed to the success of its students.
“Community colleges really are a hidden gem. And at Washtenaw Community College, we really appreciate the support of our community so we can provide value to our students,” Hurns says. “It’s a very special place to be.”
For more information on Washtenaw Community College, visit wccnet.edu.