More than 135 programs prepare students for rewarding careers or transfer to four-year schools for advanced degrees
Winter classes at Washtenaw Community College will begin January 9, with flexible scheduling options and more than 135 programs to prepare students for rewarding careers that meet local workforce needs or transfer to a university to earn a bachelor’s degree.
At $95 per in-district student credit, WCC’s tuition is one of the lowest in the state. The college offers a variety of scheduling options – including in-person and online with weekend and evening times – to accommodate students’ busy schedules.
Alainna Sepulveda is one of those busy students juggling a rigorous Registered Nursing program while working as a patient care technician at Michigan Medicine. Sepulveda transferred to WCC in the summer of 2021 from the University of Toledo.
The new semester will include clinical rotations at partner health care facilities for Sepulveda, who is among the first group of Reading Scholars recipients. Tuition and other school expenses for Reading Scholars nursing students are covered through a $1 million gift announced last year from Agnes and Stephen Reading.
“The nursing program is getting real now, and I’m very excited for this semester. We’ll be doing seven weeks in an area of nursing called Medical-Surgical, which is like a general care floor, and seven weeks of labor and delivery. It’s always been my dream to be a labor and delivery nurse,” Sepulveda said. “I used to work as a certified nurse assistant in hospice so this is kind of coming full circle. I’ve been super blessed with this scholarship that will help me achieve my end goal.”
Sepulveda will complete her nursing program in 2024 and transfer to Eastern Michigan University to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Nursing pathways are among more than 135 programs, including 45 completely online, offered at WCC, along with low tuition and comprehensive student and academic support services.
The first of four sessions of the Winter semester begins January 9. Session II begins January 31. Sessions III and IV begin February 14 and March 2, respectively. Later start dates cover the same course material within a compressed amount of time.
A number of financial aid and scholarship options are available, including the Michigan Reconnecttuition scholarship, which was introduced by the State of Michigan during the early months of the pandemic.
The state scholarship encourages and supports students who are returning to their education path. The “last dollar” program provides in-district tuition, technology fees and contact hours not already covered by a Pell grant, scholarships or other tuition-only funds. Students should be at least 25 years old, have lived in the state for one year and not have previously earned a college degree to be eligible.
For more information on how to register, please visit https://www.wccnet.edu/announcements/winter.php.
WINTER SEMESTER AT WCC
About Washtenaw Community College
Washtenaw Community College (WCC), Ann Arbor, Mich., educates students through a wide range of associate and certificate programs in areas such as health care, business, STEM and advanced transportation and mobility. WCC offers accelerated and online programs and was ranked the number one community college in Michigan, according to schools.com. WCC is committed to student success, with nearly 70% of students intending to transfer to complete a bachelor degree. The college also works through community, business and union partnerships to develop highly specialized training programs to meet the region’s workforce talent needs.
For more information about Washtenaw Community College, visit www.wccnet.edu.