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Ann Arbor, Mich., – April 26, 2017 – As part of the celebration of National Community College Month in April, the Mayor of Ann Arbor, Mich., Christopher Taylor, issued a proclamation urging all citizens to recognize and appreciate the outstanding contributions Washtenaw Community College makes to the community.

The proclamation noted that for more than 50 years, Washtenaw Community College has offered services that benefit the Washtenaw community including: training for job seekers and retraining for those already employed; more than 137 programs that can culminate in 55 associate degrees or 83 different certificates; GED preparation courses for adults seeking their high school diploma; customized training for local companies; scholarships grants and other sources of assistance for students who need financial aid to complete their education; and free classes for residents over the age of 65.

WCC has 132 transfer agreements with colleges and universities across the country.

The proclamation also recognized the college’s estimated overall economic impact of $373.4 million on the city of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County.

President Ronald Reagan, in 1986, penned the first National Community College Month proclamation, commending the enormous contributions two-year colleges make “to the strength, vitality, and prosperity of our Nation” by providing “educational opportunities at costs and locations accessible to all who are qualified.”

WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca presented the proclamation to the WCC Board of Trustees last night at its April meeting.

For a link to the proclamation, visit