Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Wayne County Community College District is one of the largest community colleges in the United States. The school maintains five campuses and one center in the Detroit Metropolitan and surrounding areas.
The school offers a variety of associate degrees, including associate in arts (AA), associate in science (AS), and associate in applied science (AAS), as well as certificate programs. The associate degrees are designed to prepare students for four-year institutions or provide a solid knowledge base for entry into the workforce. The certificate programs do not typically take as long and provide students with real-world knowledge to use in entry-level positions within the workforce.
In addition, continuing education, distance learning, the opportunity to study abroad, and dual enrollment for high school students are also available.
The continuing education program provides diversified seminars and non-credit courses, as well as short-term certificates, youth classes and online classes. Distance learning provides students with a flexible learning environment within three options: (1) online classes, (2) live-interactive online courses, and (3) interactive television courses. Specialty programs for distance learning include business, finance, insurance, service and hospitality, law, healthcare, engineering, and technology online. Dual enrollment gives high school students a jump start on their college education by providing high school credit as well as college credit for specific classes.
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Admissions are open to all students interested in furthering their education and who have graduated with a diploma from a secondary school or equivalent.
To be considered for admission, prospective students must:
- submit an application for admission (students may do so online)
- provide transcripts (for transfer students only)
- take an assessment test
- meet with an academic advisor
International students should fill out and submit an application and affidavit of support form to the college. Once the forms are received, an Admissions representative will contact the student with further instructions.
The Financial Aid Office provides a variety of aid options. Students may be eligible for grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The school’s website provides detailed information along with descriptions of all financial aid available to qualifying students. All students are required to fill out and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the following semester deadlines: Fall semester—March 1; Spring semester—October 1; and, Summer semester—February 1.
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The college serves a wide range of commuting students, including students preparing for four-year institutions, students seeking associate degrees, high school students, international students, continuing education students, distance learners, and working professionals.
Campuses include: Downriver Campus, Northwest Campus, Downtown Campus, Western Campus, and Easter Campus. In addition, the college has a learning center through the Eastern Campus, in Detroit.
There are several opportunities for students to get involved in campus life including art galleries, an international book fair, college athletics, as well as many services such as academic counseling, a campus bookstore, and a career placement center.
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The athletic department is part of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA). The college supports the following sports teams: men’s basketball, volleyball, golf, and cross country, as well as women’s cross country, basketball, and volleyball. The mascot is Wildcats.
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