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WCC Timeline: 2000

Construction of the Gunder Myran building

Construction begins on Gunder Myran Building.

Institute for Workforce Development staff.

U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Rivers visits WCC.

"Big Rock" discovered during excavation of site for Gunder Myran Building.

January 2000

WCC's student enrollment tops 10,000 making the college number one in enrollments of all Michigan community colleges.

February 2000

Institute for Workforce Development (IWD) provides instruction to over 6200 employees at 45 businesses throughout the greater Washtenaw County area.

April 2000

Orchard Radio begins Internet broadcasting at WCC.

April 2000

WCC and the University of Michigan begin a transfer program geared toward encouraging more minority scholars to finish their education at UM. The Michigan Transfer for Emerging Scholars (M-TIES) will support the Alliance for Minority Scholars already at the college. In 2007, the program was renamed Michigan-Pursuing Our Dreams (M-POD).

May 2000

WCC's new Western Center opens to serve students from the western side of the college's service area. Chelsea and Saline classroom sites close.

May 2000

Board of Trustees approves a new academic structure for the college. WCC's new approach zeroes in on academic objectives that provide coherent bodies of knowledge. This new structure departs form the learning objective or competency model used previously, and at other two-year colleges across the country.

July 2000

Safety and Security staff at the college choose the Police Officers Association of Michigan as their official union.

August 2000

400 million year old boulder unearthed on campus weighing approximately 55 tons during site preparation for Gunder Myran Building.

September 2000

Hon. Lynn Rivers (D-Michigan) and the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service sponsor citizenship ceremony at WCC. 200 new U.S. citizens take the oath of allegiance to the their new country.

December 2000

Harriet St. Center (WCC's eastern regional center) opens in Ypsilanti, MI with nearly 3,000 square feet of renovated space continuing the college's commitment to the Adult Transitions program, a WCC program that prepares students who haven't finished high school to take the GED and move into college level classes if they so choose.

December 2000

WCC December commencement program broadcasted live via Webcast on the Internet.

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