Points of Pride
Henry Ford Community College has a 70-year tradition of providing transfer opportunities, career training and other service to Dearborn, Dearborn Heights and southeastern Michigan. The list of accomplishments of students, faculty and staff is long and distinguished. This is a brief listing of our latest achievements.
Training for Michigan Growth Industries
HFCC Home to Training for Growing Film Industry in Effort to Revitalize SE MI Economy
To assist in the economic development of southeast Michigan and help develop a workforce for the state’s burgeoning feature film production industry, the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) at HFCC offered a Basic Film Set Training course to prepare people for entry-level employment in the film and television industry. Partners in this workforce development project included the Office of the Wayne County Executive, the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth (DLEG), the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) and TicTock Studios of Holland, MI.
First-Rate Honors Program
Graduate receives Harvard University Presidential Scholarship
HFCC Henry Ford II Honors Graduate, Ardeta Gjikola (Class of 2005), received a Presidential Scholarship from Harvard University in 2008. She was also a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship which she continues to receive. After graduating from HFCC, Ardeta completed her B.A. in Biology at the University of Michigan in December 2007.
Student Work Presented at LAND Student Conference
HFCC student Barbara Haugh presented at the Liberal Arts Network for Development (LAND) Student Conference; her paper, which was developed as an Honors Directed Study, took First Place in the Psychology category, Fall 2008.
Hana Shannir also presented at the LAND Student Conference; her research paper on the effects of natural products on yeast growth, which was completed as an Honors Directed Study, won First Place in the Biological and Physical Sciences Category, Fall 2008. Her paper was also accepted for presentation at the Sigma Xi National Science conference in Washington, D.C. in November 2008.
HFCC Phi Theta Kappa Chosen to Host Regional Convention
HFCC’s Alpha Xi Mu chapter was chosen to host the 2008 Regional Convention. Members of Phi Theta Kappa from schools around the State of Michigan will be visiting HFCC’s campus for the event.
Henry Ford II Honors Graduate Receives Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
In 2008, Cristina Toledo-Cornell (Class of 2005) was awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship for Graduate Studies worth $50,000/year for five years. After graduating from HFCC, Cristina completed her studies in Biology at Wayne State University and is currently studying at the Cornell Medical School.
HFCC Ceramics Students Receive Scholarships and Recognition
Two Henry Ford Community College ceramics students, John Antczak and Angela Carter received $500 scholarships from the Michigan Ceramic Arts Association. This award is to encourage students to further their ceramics education and to continue on to a career in ceramic arts or ceramics industries, and/or the teaching of ceramics arts. The Governing Board judged on talent, skill, inventiveness, originality, craftsmanship, form and subject. Other winners included students from the College for Creative Studies and Adrian College.
HFCC is Home to Top-Rated Planetarium
HFCC offers students and the community access to planetarium shows and observatory open houses in conjunction with the University of Michigan – Dearborn. The HFCC planetarium, solar system scale model and full access to UM’s observatory provide our students and community with access to top-rate astronomical equipment.
HFCC Athletics Department Attracts Scholars/Athletes
In the last 8 years, HFCC has had 11 Academic All-Americans (3.6 GPA or better and a minimum of 45 credits) and 6 Distinguished Academic All-Americans (3.8 or better and a minimum of 45 credits).
HFCC Student Clubs Raise Record Amount of Money for Charity
Team HFCC, a group of students, staff, faculty, family and friends who support the American Cancer Society, participate in two events each year. Michele Featherston, Student Activities Secretary, was recognized as a team captain for the Relay for Life. The team has contributed approximately $18,000.00 since 1999 and MIchele has served as team captain for each of the ten years.Hundreds of students have participated in fund-raising, awareness programs, and group activities.
Alumna Co-Founds Non-Profit Organization - Scholars for Schools
Henry Ford II Honors Program graduate, Hannah Kelley (Class of 2007), studied abroad 2008-09 as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Valparaiso, Chile. While in Chile Hannah co-founded a non-profit organization called Scholars for Schools, whose aim is to improve literacy and education in marginalized communities by establishing libraries in under funded public schools in the country.
National Literacy Project Activities Held at HFCC
HFCC participated in “The Big Read”, a national project to promote literacy and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. HFCC’s participation includes promoting service learning and increasing involvement in our community. As community outreach, the College celebrated Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning To Kill a Mockingbird by holding movie screenings, book readings, and an essay contest related to the book. In addition, the College welcomed Charles Shield, author of Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee.
Dedicated Faculty/ Staff
CISCO instructor Todd Browning was the subject of an interview in a recent issue of Certification Magazine. Todd spoke of the on-going collaboration between HFCC and Ford Motor Company on a highly successful CISCO program and other joint educational initiatives.
Dr. Mary Assel, ELI Co-Director and Instructor, was the subject of a recent article published in the Your Community Voice newspaper. The article is entitled, “The Woman Who Wouldn’t Quit”.
Adnan Salhi, Reading and Language Instructor, had his research article, “Do Test Scores Tell All the Story? A Close Up Look at Students Who Score High On Standardized Tests But Say They Hate To Read” published in the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction.
Cassandra Fluker, Student Activities Officer/Mirror News Liaison, was recognized by the Michigan Campus Compact Organization (February, 2009) for her planning and organization of Community Service Based Learning projects. Ms. Fluker organizes the campus-wide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service each year.