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Week of July 11, 2011

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WCC signs three-year U-M contract

Washtenaw Community College will expand its offering of evening classes on the U-M campus under terms of a new three-year agreement.

The arrangement was reached after successfully completing a pilot program during the 2010-11 academic year. WCC leased several classrooms in the Mason Hall-Angell Hall complex and offered classes ranging from English composition to basic statistics.

The new agreement calls for WCC to use up to eight classrooms four nights a week in the same location. LSA and Information and Technology Services manage the classrooms and will provide instructional support services to the WCC faculty and students. There is no conflict with U-M evening classes.

WCC officials said between 70 and 90 students, including a number of U-M employees, took advantage of the classes offered on the U-M campus during the fall and winter semesters last year. With more classes being offered and more time to promote the classes, enrollment is expected to rise in the coming year.

Allowing WCC to utilize U-M classrooms when they are not being used is an ideal extension of the university’s effort to make better use of campus facilities while serving the community, says Frances Mueller, project manager for U-M’s Space Utilization Initiative.

Mueller says the Mason Hall-Angell Hall complex was picked because of its convenient central-campus location. Nearby U-M parking structures are open after 5:30 p.m. and there are restaurants and other businesses a block away in the State Street area.

Among the WCC classes offered for fall semester are introduction to business, basic statistics, English composition, introduction to psychology and introduction to computer information systems. Registration for WCC’s fall classes now is open.

 

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