Oakland Community College 

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Oakland Community College provides a number of student support services, including counseling and career planning, financial assistance, placement and student activities. These services help students discover, define and, finally, realize their needs, interests, goals and potential.

Counseling

Oakland Community College provides students with comprehensive counseling services at each campus location. Licensed Professional Counselors are available to assist students in the development of decision-making skills which will enable them to establish and attain appropriate educational, vocational and personal/social goals.

The following Counseling courses are available:

In addition, individual and group counseling, academic skills assessment, vocational interest assessment, computer-assisted career information programs and academic advisement are offered and designed to meet the needs of a diverse student population and to assist students in attaining their optimal, individualized development. The Counseling faculty coordinates a guidance program enabling each OCC student to help achieve academic, vocational and social success.

Academic Support Center (ASC)

The Academic Support Center (ASC) offers instructional support for all registered OCC students. Students wishing to expand learning opportunities in regular classes as well as those experiencing difficulty in their course work may receive assistance in the ASC. Instructional support is provided for a diversity of learners in reading, writing, math, study skills, and critical thinking.
To encourage students to be successful in achieving their academic goals, the ASC develops and implements services and programs including:

  • The accredited Supplemental Instruction (SI) study group program
  • The accredited College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) tutoring program
  • Skill-building workshops and success seminars
  • Educational software for course assignments and independent study
  • ASC 1070 College Success Skills course.

   Services of the ASC are available without charge to all OCC students and, for a minimal charge, to members of the community sixteen or older.

Developmental Education

Because OCC is an open-door institution, it sees the value and importance of developmental education. The goal of developmental education at OCC is to enable students to perform at the college level, develop holistically and realize their potential.

Accessibility Compliance Center and Educational Support Services (ACCESS)

The ACCESS program provides a network of support services for special population students. These students include: students with disabilities, students whose English is their second language, academically disadvantaged students (below a 2.0 GPA), students who are single parents, teen parents, displaced homemakers and students who are enrolled in non-traditional training programs of study for their gender.

Students with disabilities are supported through ACCESS accommodations including but not limited to: sign language interpreters, note takers, alternative testing arrangements, specialized equipment, tutoring and counseling.
Services are provided through ACCESS to students whose English is their second language and students who are academically disadvantaged with tutoring and academic/career counseling.

Supplemental Assistance is available to all eligible ACCESS students including: single parents, non-traditional students, and students with disabilities. Assistance includes: tuition, books and supplies and other support services for students whose goal is to obtain job skills in an approved occupational educational program.

ALL students requesting ACCESS accommodations/support services MUST meet eligibility guidelines. ACCESS offices are located on every campus. For more information, contact your campus ACCESS office.

Auburn Hills 248.232.4080
Highland Lakes 248.942.3080
Orchard Ridge 248.522.3480
Royal Oak 248.246.2480
Southfield 248.233.2780

Services to Non-Native Speakers

OCC provides its growing number of international students with services at each campus location. International Student Advisors help students with admissions, orientation and immigration-related issues. Additionally, OCC offers courses and programs to help non-native speakers of English establish proficiency in English. Each campus has English as a Second Language (ESL) courses to help foreign-born, non-native speakers of English develop academic English skills. Group and individual tutoring is available for all students for whom English is not their first language.

Libraries

The five The five OCC campus libraries offer a wide variety of information resources and services to support and enhance learning across the College curriculum and beyond.

Collections and Connections
The onsite collections at each library include books, magazines and journals, newspapers, microforms, videos, DVDs, audio CDs, CD-ROMs, pamphlets, and maps. These materials are selected by the librarians with suggestions from other faculty. The Orchard Ridge Campus Library is a selective depository for U.S. government publications.

The online library catalog is available from any computer with internet access and a standard web browser. The library catalog provides information about materials held by the five libraries. It also has links to digitized collections, electronic books, magazines and journals in electronic format, U.S. government documents, and resource websites.e libraries provide access to a wide-range of electronic resources. Featuring easy-to-use web-based search tools, they include full-text electronic magazines and journals, newspapers, encyclopedias, general reference resources, books, and indexing/abstracting services. These resources are available from computers on the OCC campuses, as well as from home or work to any currently registered student or college employee. OCC is a member of the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET), a consortium of more than 20 academic, medical, law, art, and public libraries in the metropolitan Detroit area. In addition to providing access to materials held by the five OCC libraries, the library catalog is a gateway to searching for materials held by other DALNET libraries.

The OCC Raider One Card serves as a library card for students. Students should stop by any campus library circulation desk to activate this feature of their Raider One Card. Students and employees with active OCC library accounts can check the library catalog to review a list of materials they have checked-out and the dates the items are due. Materials that are not yet overdue may be renewed online.

Services
Librarians offer assistance in the libraries, by phone and email, and via real-time chat. They also teach library research skills to classes and individuals. Students can connect into a live chat reference service, Research Help Now, for one-on-one assistance through the internet. Students may use any OCC campus library regardless of the location of their classes. Materials can be sent from one campus to another, and students may obtain books and periodical articles not in the OCC collections via interlibrary loan. Students may also obtain materials in person from selected metro area libraries through OCC’s reciprocal borrowing agreements. In addition to the many full-text articles, reference materials, and web guides available to all students via the library Website, special services are available to OCC students enrolled in online courses. These may be accessed through the library home page at www.oaklandcc.edu/library.

Bookstores

The OCC Bookstore is organized as an auxiliary service of Oakland Community College. The mission of the OCC Bookstore is to support and enhance the educational processes of OCC. To fulfill this mission, the bookstore works as a partner in the College community, including students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and members of the local community. The store strives to provide exemplary customer service, appropriate goods/services in a timely manner, and reasonable and competitive prices as well as to generate income to supplement College resources. There is a bookstore located on each campus. The bookstore stocks required textbooks, supplies, paperback books, College insignia items and software. OCC Bookstores are happy to place special orders upon request. Used textbooks are purchased from students during final exam week. Exact dates and hours for the buy-back will be posted. Refunds on textbooks are authorized during a period of 10 working days after the first day that classes meet at the beginning of each semester. Contact any campus bookstore for further details of the return policy.

Auburn Hills - Bldg. G 248.232.4320
Highland Lakes - SC 248.942.3020
Orchard Ridge - Bldg. J 248.522.3420
Royal Oak - Bldg. G 248.246.2420
Southfield 248.233.2720

Children's Centers

Most OCC campuses have licensed, on-site child care facilities. This service is available to all OCC students who attend classes on campus. These centers are staffed with professional teachers and care givers who offer a wide range of experiences to the children. Contact an individual campus for questions concerning hours, age requirements and fees. A brochure is available upon request at the individual centers or from the Counseling Departments.

Auburn Hills 248.232.4230
Highland Lakes 248.942.3030
Orchard Ridge 248.522.3830
Royal Oak 248.246.2530

S.A.F.E. On Campus (Students, Staff, Administrators & Faculty for Equality)

Oakland Community College provides a vital service to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students who may need to talk with someone. We have an established network of students, staff, administrators and faculty trained to provide supportive services and resource referral information to our LGBTQ student community.
Allies are identified by displaying the S.A.F.E. On Campus symbol on a sign or button, signifying that their space is safe to talk about LGBTQ issues and/or obtain information, and that students and staff can safely express their sexual orientation or gender identity. If you need the services of S.A.F.E. On Campus, look for the S.A.F.E. symbol on buttons or signs around your OCC campus or site.
For more information, contact the S.A.F.E. On Campus office at 248.522.3641.

Womencenter

The Womencenter, located at the Orchard Ridge Campus in J Building, serves women from all OCC campuses as well as from the surrounding communities. The Womencenter’s purpose is to help empower women through the development of educational and supportive programs for campus and community women.
Conferences, workshops, seminars, supportive groups, peer counseling and scholarship funds as well as resource and referral services assist women in developing the necessary skills to meet their needs and offer women an opportunity to achieve their personal, educational and career goals. Regularly scheduled programs emphasize education, self-knowledge, participation and support. For information on the dates, times and specifics of our available programs, please contact the Womencenter at 248.522.3642 or www.oaklandcc.edu/womencenter.