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Alumni Take Active Role Helping the Class of 2018 Succeed

Thursday, May 10, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: John Fellas
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As the Class of 2018 prepares for graduation on May 17th, the WCC Alumni Association is busy with plans to help them succeed in the next chapter of their lives.  Speaking at the Student Leadership Recognition Dinner on April 13th, WCC Director of Alumni Engagement Michelle Schleibaum urged the students present to continue their involvement with WCC as alumni. “To all of the students who proudly stood up as leaders on this campus, I look forward to seeing you at future alumni events, sharing your own stories of success and inspiring future students at WCC,” said Schleibaum.  One of the programs to assist graduates who are transferring to a four-year institution is the Association’s College Connection Program.  This program matches WCC alumni at 4-year schools with students who are (or are considering) transferring to that school.  This year more than 100 alumni from the classes of 2017, 2016 and 2015 have volunteered representing almost 40 colleges and universities.  Those involved with the program will be given a send-off on August 7th with a barbecue sponsored by the Alumni Association.  At the other end of the spectrum, the Class of 2018 will be lead into their graduation ceremony by the Class of 1968, who celebrate their 50th anniversary as graduates of the College.  These “Golden Alumni” have been a tradition at graduation since 1998, when the College celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first graduating class. Sergio Serratto, president of the WCC Alumni Association (pictured at left with WCC president Dr. Miles), hopes that the current student leaders at the College, come back and take leadership roles with the Alumni Association.  “As alumni of the community college experience, we have a unique perspective of the value of a community college education,” noted Serratto.  “Passing on our experiences to the next generation, strengthens their ability to succeed in a highly competitive environment.”