Twenty-three key full-time faculty members have been hired to the Wayne County Community College District staff across its 500 square mile service area to support the full scope of its programming, services and operations. The new hires will help to bolster Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs, business management and general education programs at the District.
The 23 full-time faculty members were part of a District-wide initiative to hire 75 key personnel over the next two years as part of its 2015-2020 strategic planning process. The boost to personnel levels will help WCCCD recover important levels of operational support for its expanded role as a key education, workforce development and economic development partner in the region.
“We performed an exhaustive analysis of community colleges in Michigan and nationwide, as well as our own history and growth.” said WCCCD Chancellor Curtis L. Ivery. “There was little doubt that to appropriately serve the 32 cities and townships we cover, we need to commit dollars to recruit more full-time staff in key areas such as student services and information technology, including administrative staff, support staff, and more full-time faculty.”
While the District grew its offerings to respond to emergent needs of the region during the financial challenges of the last decade, including career training and innovative workforce development programming with public and private partners, it did so with reduced staff levels to appropriately respond to the financial instability of the time. Financial vigilance and rigorous planning allowed the District to maintain its services, programming and stability, and to emerge in a position to now add key supportive staff.
The 23 full-time faculty members will be in the classroom for the start of the District’s Spring Semester, which begins Jan. 17, 2017.
WCCCD, the largest urban community college in Michigan, is a multi-campus district with six campus locations, including the Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center and the Michigan Institute for Public Safety Education (MIPSE), serving more than 70,000 credit and non-credit students annually across 32 cities and townships, and more than 500 square miles. WCCCD is committed to the continued development of new programs, workforce transformation, hosting community-based training sessions, and improving student facilities and services.