ANN ARBOR, Michigan (June 28, 2018) – Washtenaw Community College’s economic impact on its surrounding communities continues to expand, contributing $524.1 million into the Washtenaw County economy last year.

A recent study conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (Emsi) breaks WCC’s contributions to the county’s economy into three categories: alumni impact ($422.9 million), student spending impact ($16.2 million) and operations spending impact ($85 million) during fiscal year 2016-17.

“What we’re most proud of in this economic impact study are the college’s strong benefit-to-cost ratios,” said WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca.

“Most people know a student who invests in completing a program at WCC will more than make that money back over a lifetime through higher annual salaries. But higher education is unique compared to other uses of government funds in that a well-run institution actually generates much more tax revenue than it receives from state and local taxpayers. The report shows that’s true at WCC by a more than 4-to-1 ratio.”

According to the report:

  • For every $1 invested in WCC by taxpayers, the college returns $4.10 to government coffers;
  • For every $1 invested in WCC by students, the college returns $7 in additional lifetime earnings;
  • For every $1 invested in WCC by society, the college returns $16 in added state revenue and social savings.

The study shows the college’s economic impact is approximately 2.1% of the gross regional product (GRP) of Washtenaw County. By comparison, the contribution the college provides is slightly larger than the entire hotel and restaurant industry in the county.

The $524.1 million economic impact in 2016-17 represents a 40.3-percent increase over the $373.4 million impact the college made during fiscal year 2013-14, the last time Emsi was commissioned to conduct the study.

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Media contact: Susan Ferraro, WCC Director of Media Relations, 734-677-5295,


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