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ASPEN PRIZE
Wayne County Community College District Named In Top 150 Community Colleges In The Nation. Top National List Makes Wcccd Eligible For $1 Million Aspen Prize; Top Honor For Community Colleges
DETROIT, Mich. – Oct. 20, 2017 – Wayne County Community College District was named one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute, making the six-campus District eligible to compete for the prestigious $1 million 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The prize is the most significant recognition of community college performance and achievement in the nation, and is intended to advance higher education practices, policies and leadership that improve student outcomes and success.
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CLAUD ANDERSON
JOURNALIST AND COLUMNIST BANKOLE THOMPSON, NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED AUTHOR, EDUCATOR DR. CLAUD ANDERSON TO LEAD DETROIT REBELLION ANNIVERSARY DISCUSSION AT WCCCD
DETROIT, Mich., – Sept. 11, 2017– The Detroit News columnist Bankole Thompson will lead historians, educators, activists and authors in a discussion about the causes and enduring effects of the 1967 rebellion in an 11 a.m. Thursday, September 21st panel discussion at the WCCCD Downtown Campus. The Downtown Campus is located at 1001 West Fort St. in Detroit.
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Jamie Farr Starring In Tuesdays With Morrie September 29th At Wcccd’s Heinz C. Prechter Educational And Performing Arts Center
“A touching, life-affirming, deeply emotional drama with a generous dose of humor.” – NY Daily
DETROIT, Mich. – August 31, 2017 – Jamie Farr, best known for his role as “Klinger” on T.V.’s M*A*S*H stars in Tuesdays with Morrie, at 8 p.m. Friday, September 29 at Wayne County Community College District’s Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center, located on the Downriver Campus at 21000 Northline Road in Taylor, Michigan.
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Franc D’ambrosio, Broadway’s “Phantom,” Stars In The Phantom Unmasked: The Songs Of Broadway November 11th - 8:00 Pm At Wcccd’s Heinz C. Prechter Educational And Performing Arts Center
Local Singers to Have Opportunity to Perform the Duet “All I Ask of You,” On Stage with D’Ambrosio
DETROIT, Mich. – August 31, 2017 – Award-winning tenor and renowned “Iron Man of the Mask,” Franc D’Ambrosio will reclaim the role of the “Phantom” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winning musical, The Phantom of the Opera, in The Phantom Unmasked: The Songs of Broadway on November 11th at 8 p.m. at Wayne County Community College District’s Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center. . The Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center is located on WCCCD’s Downriver Campus at 21000 Northline Road in Taylor, Michigan.
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Community Health Fair at WCCCD Celebrates 50 Year Legacy of Giving and Community Involvement July 22 at Downtown Campus
Day-Long Health Fair Includes On Site Medical Professionals, Panels, Diet and Nutrition Information and a Host of Health Services Vendors
Detroit, Mich., July 12, 2017 – The Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development will hold a community health fair on Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Downtown Campus, located at 1001 West Fort Street in Detroit.
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Overcoming Odds! A 16-year-old girl diagnosed with rare form of brain cancer is among Wayne County Community College District’s Class of 2017
Her name is Omoyanjuola Ogunfiditimi, which when translated from her native Nigerian Yoruba language means to complete the wealth of a family. But she prefers to be called Yanju. She is an optimist and she responds to change and adversity with hope. The 16-year-old was diagnosed at age 13 with Pineal Parenchymal Tumor of Intermediate Differentiation (PPTID)— Grade III, a rare form of brain cancer.
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WCCCD Western Campus Named The Ted Scott Campus To Honor Former Wayne County Community College District Trustee Ted Scott
WCCCD Western Campus To Carry Trustee’s Name in Recognition of Scott’s Transformative Leadership and Contribution to Westland, Wayne County
DETROIT, Mich. June 2, 2017 – Theodore (Ted) Scott, former Trustee of Wayne County Community College District will be honored with the naming of the WCCCD Western Campus as the “Ted Scott Campus” in a 12 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 ceremony. The campus is located at 9555 Haggerty Road in Belleville.
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BOXING TRIBUTE

DETROIT, Mich. –February 6, 2017 –  Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) will celebrate a unique relationship between sports and the city of Detroit with a historic exhibit that will pay tribute to Detroit’s Champion Boxers at The Brown and Juanita C. Ford Art Gallery. A commemorative Opening Reception is scheduled at 5:30pm on Thursday, February 9, 2017 located at the Downtown Campus, 1001 W. Fort St., Detroit, Michigan.
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A DIFFERENT WORLD COLLEGE 2017 TOUR

DETROIT, Mich. February- 6, 2017 – The cast members from the 90’s hit TV sitcom “A Different World”, reunite for a college tour at WCCCD’s Downriver Campus to discuss the show's legacy of emphasizing the importance of higher education from 7:30p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.
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WCCCD Pays Tribute to Detroit Boxing Legends

Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) will celebrate a unique relationship between sports and the city of Detroit with a historic exhibit that will pay tribute to Detroit’s Champion Boxers at The Brown and Juanita C. Ford Art Gallery. A commemorative Opening Reception is scheduled at 5:30pm on Thursday, February 9, 2017 located at the Downtown Campus, 1001 W. Fort St., Detroit, Michigan.
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Iconic 90's Sitcom A Different World Brings National College Tour to WCCCD

The cast members from the 90’s hit TV sitcom “A Different World”, reunite for a college tour at WCCCD’s Downriver Campus to discuss the show's legacy of emphasizing the importance of higher education from 7:30p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.
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WCCCD To Participate In National Credentialing Program For Retail Workers

CLC is among 12 community colleges across the country chosen to participate in the program, Brighter Futures 3.0.

The League for Innovation in the Community College today announced a $2.9 million grant to develop a credentialing program for retail workers. The College of Lake County (CLC) is among 12 community colleges across the country chosen to participate in the program, Brighter Futures 3.0, which will build on the success of the Western Association of Food Chains’ (WAFC) Retail Management Certificate (RMC).
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New federal grant: A win-win for science education at three Michigan higher education institutions

University of Michigan, Henry Ford College and Wayne County Community College District team up for better teaching & learning in biomedical science.

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- They're at two different ends of the higher-education journey: some just starting out on associate's degrees, the others finishing up advanced training after earning a doctorate in biomedical science.
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ITT CLOSURE WCCCD Offers Help To ITT Technical Institute Students Impacted By Closure

DETROIT – Sept. 7, 2016 - Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) is offering assistance to students displaced by the closure of ITT Technical Institute. Students impacted by the ITT Technical Institute closure can review WCCCD’s full list of information technology, computer science, business, and health care programs, and apply today at www.wcccd.edu.
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Cool Summer Film Fest Special Showing of Grease to Include Classic Car Cruise, Food Truck and Costume Contest

TAYLOR, MICH. – July 1, 2016 – Wayne County Community College District’s Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center will feature a variety of films during its Cool Summer Film Fest. The movie fest takes place every Thursday starting June 30 – July 21, 2016 featuring matinee and evening showings. All movies are open to the public at no cost.
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BLUE RIBBON TASK FORCE National Leadership Perspective Added To WCCCD Strategic Planning Initiatives With 50th Anniversary Blue Ribbon Leadership Task Force

DETROIT, Michigan – June 20, 2016 – A national leadership perspective has been added to the Wayne County Community College District’s forward-looking planning with the creation of the 50th Anniversary Blue Ribbon Leadership Task Force, WCCCD Chancellor Curtis L. Ivery announced today.
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Great Grandmother 87 years old Gets Nursing Degree from WCCCD

More than 1,800 students are expected to graduate from the Wayne County Community College District on Saturday June 7, 2016, but it’s likely none of them learned persistence better than Ruby Watson Parker. At 87, Parker is the college’s oldest graduate in its history, according to college officials.

“I’ve had to go over so many hurdles,” Parker said. “That’s been my life, going over hurdles. But I found my way, some kind of way. I didn’t get nothing easy. I didn’t want nothing easy ‘cause I didn’t want nobody saying they did something for me ‘cause I can do it myself.”
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Mom of Quadruplets Makes the Grades in Nursing School

Meranda Sawabini will always remember the Spring of 2016. It was the year that she was selected to represent the 40 diverse students who walked across the stage to receive their nurse’s pins during the Nursing and Allied Health Pinning Ceremony at the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center at the Wayne County Community College District’s (WCCCD) Downriver Campus in Taylor. There were loud applauses when Sawabini approached the podium and it did not only come from her classmates; but from the audience; most especially, from her husband and their quadruplets; two daughters and two sons; Sophia, Gabriella, Nicholas and Noah.
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Wayne County Community College District to hold 47th Annual Commencement on Saturday, June 4, 2016

DETROIT, MI, May 31, 2016 – Dr. Mark S. Schlissel, the 14th President of the University of Michigan (U of M), will deliver the commencement address at Wayne County Community College District’s (WCCCD) Forty-Seventh Annual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 4 at Ford Field in Detroit. Dr. Schlissel, a distinguished academic leader, is the first physician-scientist to ever lead the University of Michigan. He became president in July 2014.
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Interactive Programs, Storytelling And Giveaways Make Reading Fun At Ninth Annual WCCCD Chancellor's Reading Carnival

DETROIT, Mich. May 18, 2015 – Interactive programs, storytelling and exciting giveaways will be included in a day of family fun at the Wayne County Community College District’s Ninth Annual Chancellor’s Reading Carnival for Children. The program will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21st at WCCCD’s Downtown Campus located at 1001 W. Fort St. in Detroit.
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The International Nurses Association Welcomes WCCCD Graduate Tishara L. Lewis, BSN, RN to Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare

The International Nurses Association is proud to induct Tishara L. Lewis, BSN, RN, to represent Detroit in the latest publication of Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Tishara is a specialized rehab and long-term care nurse and has been working for over four years. Over the years, she has displayed a great sense of commitment towards her field of work.
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Brewing Up A Crafty Career! Wayne County Community College District offers more than 50 certificate programs. New certificates programs for the 2015-16 academic years include anesthesia technology, product development and prototyping and fashion design.

Jason Lorenz had just graduated with an associate’s degree in Computer Science when he and his wife stumbled upon the Craft Brewing Program at Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD). A 4.0 student, Lorenz was motivated to take on more. He was already brewing beer as a hobby and thought why not learn more about it – in theory and in practice.
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WCCCD Emergency Medical Technology Student Delreesa Lyons Receives
Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital Exemplary Service Award

Her name is Delreesa Lyons, and she is a single mother of five and a grandmother of two. Her story is the story of thousands of single parents nationwide who are finding out that parenting, working fulltime, and going to school at the same time is not an easy thing to do. It is a full-time job, but Lyons, who is in her second semester in the WCCCD’s Paramedic Program, said she is up for the challenge.
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WCCCD Automotive Program Receives National Accreditation

Detroit, MI – April 1, 2016 - The automotive training program at the Wayne County Community College District’s (WCCCD) Downriver Campus in Taylor has received reaccreditation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). WCCCD’s automotive program has been accredited in the area of Master Automobile Service Technology.
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WCCCD Heinz C. Pretcher Educational And Performing Arts Center Presents Shakespeare In Detroit’s “Julius Caesar”
Theater Company Opens Third Season with First Performance Downriver

TAYLOR, MICH. –March – WCCCD's Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center presents Shakespeare in Detroit's “Julius Caesar” on Friday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 5 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance via the Shakespeare in Detroit or WCCCD’s website. The theatre is located on WCCCD’s Downriver Campus at 21000 Northline Road, Taylor, MI 48180.
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WCCCD Heinz C. Pretcher Educational And Performing Arts Center Presents Acclaimed Actress And Singer Molly Ringwald Preforms First Jazz Album Concert – Downriver Campus

TAYLOR, MICH. –Feb. 9- Molly Ringwald will take to the Wayne County Community College District’s (WCCCD) Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center (EPAC) stage to perform her first jazz album, 8:00 pm, Saturday, April 9th. Tickets are $37.00 per person.
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